Sunday, September 11, 2011

Football Season - Burlap Door Hanger...Day 253

September 11, 2001...
I was working as an auditor for Andersen and had just returned from business trip to Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. the week before. I am so incredibly thankful to God for the perfect timing of my trip. I watched the tragic events unfold on a break room television with about 100 ALLTEL (the client I was working on) employees. I remember how eerily quiet the room got as we watched the towers collapse. I am thankful to the faithful servants that served our country that day and who are still serving today. Where were you that day?

I finished up my second football door hanger this afternoon. I had a request to post about how I made the hangers (Hi Karen!). I am all about new blog post ideas :o) I was about halfway through my LRCA doorhanger so I wasn't able to photograph the entire process, but the process is pretty easy so I don't think that really matters :o)

Here is the finished product...

And here is how I got there...

Cut a football shape out of burlap. You can buy burlap at lots of places like Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby. The didn't have any brown burlap at my Wal-Mart so I had to go to Hobby Lobby...I went to the HL in a neighboring city :o) Good news...burlap is on sale for $2.99 a yard this week! Yay!
For comparative purposes, my football is 20 inches wide and it is a bit uneven, but I like the imperfections when it comes to projects like this :o)

I printed the letters on my Cricut...storybook cartridge (3.5 inches, shadow option).
If you are crafty, you can free-hand the letters. If you are not crafty (like me) and you don't have a Cricut, you can print the letters from Word with the outline option.

I traced around the letters with a black sharpie. I used a paper plate to trace the side arches.

...and also the top arch...

Next, paint with your choice of colors.

I used acrylic paints...

I used a black sharpie and traced around everything after I painted.

Finished with the front...

Next, take the back of your football and attach your ribbon. I used staples. I would have used my glue gun, but I was out of glue sticks. The staples worked fine. Be sure and have the "pretty side" of your ribbon facing you, on top.

Now comes the fun part! Staple the front to the back, leaving an opening to insert the stuffing.

The stuffing...used grocery bags!
After your football (or whatever shape you decide to make) is full, staple (or glue) up the hole! I quickly colored my staples black with my Sharpie so they weren't so noticeable.

Your almost there!!

Next, pick out some coordinating ribbon...

...and tie a knot with your main ribbon and then tie coordinating ribbons around your main knot...

Go Warriors!!

And Hogs!!

Thanks to Cleverly Creative Girl for the inspiration!!!


Renee said...

September 11, 2001. I was in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil. I was getting ready for the day, when my surrogate grandmother ran into my room, yelling in Portuguese that there was an explosion in New York. She's a little ditzy and I thought she was watching one of those "dooms day" movies and thought it was real. Unfortunately, it was real and I spent the week glued to CNN International. I had a sick feeling that I'd never see my family again. When I finally started venturing out again, Brazilian strangers would stop me and with tears streaming down their faces, would tell me how sorry they are for my country, and that they are praying for us. I've never felt so loved.

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Karen Cleveland said...

Thanks so much for posting!! You are always so creative! Hope your girls have a great week at school : )

JJ said...

I LOVE IT! If I had Hobby Lobby in Switzeralnd I would be all over that! WE sport our HOG attire here all the time

Denise Neal said...

Hello fellow Arkansan! I found your blog today and I love it. Your stories are so sweet.