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DIY Fall Banner : Burlap and Ragtie

DIY-fall-banner-burlap-ragtie-garlandSince this week we had the first official day of Fall, I thought it only appropriate to celebrate! I love decorating for holidays and even though fall is technically not a holiday, I was excited enough to want to make my house feel festive and “fall-like.” I put my fall wreath on the front door and it seemed like the inside just needed a little something else, so I decided to make a fall banner. All of our home decor is very rustic and we’ve either repurposed or built/made most all of it ourselves so I knew burlap and twine had to be involved at some level. 

DIY Fall Banner:

If you want to make a similar burlap and ragtie fall banner, here’s what you’ll need: 

Twine ($2.99 at Hobby Lobby – and don’t forget to use a coupon!)
4ct. Burlap Flags from Hobby Lobby $3.49 (again, use a coupon!)
White and black Paint – you can get this anywhere, but I got mine from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, I can’t remember. (Again, coupon!)
Stencils – depending on the type of font you want, you might have to trek to several different stores, or just buy them on Amazon – I like these and these
Round Sponges, like these
As many different Fall-like fabrics to rip into strips to tie between each letter creating the ragtie garland portion of the banner
Hot Glue Gun/Gluesticks – I use one like this

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, you can start making your burlap and ragtie banner!

Measure the twine to the length you want it and then evenly space out the burlap flags along the twine. Then, use your hot glue gun to glue the burlap flags to the twine. I left about an inch at the top and folded that flap down over the twine with glue in between so it was well secured. You could always just do a thin line of glue and try to secure it that way, but I wanted to make sure mine holds up over time. 

After you’ve ripped the fabric into 1 inch strips about 12-18 inches long (depending on how “fluffy” you want your ragtie to look), simply tie the fabric strips around the twine in between the burlap flags. Don’t feel like you have to get too fancy with this part, just tie the fabric onto the twine in a rotating pattern and I promise it will look good no matter what!

You’ll want to paint white blocks on each flag using the sponges and allow them to dry so that you can stencil “Fall” or whatever you want your banner to say.

Have you made other burlap banners or ragtie garlands before? What tips do you have and what have you found that works well? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below! Plus, be sure to pin it if you like it! :)

If you like this post about my latest DIY project, then you might like some of the other DIY projects we’ve posted before too!

FREE Emergen-C sample

emergenc-free-sampleHave you tried Emergen-C? Its basically a fun, fizzy way to get in 1,000 mg of vitamin C and other immune supporting antioxidants zinc and manganese, 7 B vitamins to enhance energy naturally, and electrolytes to replenish post-workout! It’s actually quite good and I love getting extra vitamin C in any way I can! (Did I mention I don’t like germs!?!) [Read more…]

Lowes Foods Coupon Policy

Lowes Foods Coupon Policy


Lowes Foods just updated their coupon policy and as we all know, it is super important to know exactly what we are allowed to do at each store, because every store is different. Here are just a few of the highlights of the changes:

  • You can now use up to FOUR like internet printable coupons, up from 2.
  • They will only accept 20 coupons per day per guest/household and it used to be that you could double 20 at a time and come back the same day and double 20 more.
  • They will not accept competitor coupons from drugstores (like CVS or Rite Aid) or dollar stores.

Here are some of the highlights of the whole policy (not just the changes): [Read more…]

7-11 FREE Slurpee Day

7-11 FREE Slurpee Day

7-11-free-slurpeeIts that time again! July 11th is better known as 7-11 and that means it is FREE Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven! You can join the Facebook event and here’s what they have to say about the day:

The week kicks off with the best day ever: 7-Eleven Day. Stop by from 11am – 7pm on Saturday, July 11 to get your FREE SMALL SLURPEE! Then keep coming back July 12-18 to get a 7-SELECT FREEBIE every time you buy a Coffee, Chillers® Iced Coffee, Slurpee, or Big Gulp® and scan your 7-Eleven app. Download now:

Buy any cup, scan the 7-Eleven app and get a FREE 7-Select food or drink under $2. At participating stores, while supplies last.

Enjoy your free slurpee and all the freebies that come along with 7-Eleven free slurpee day, or better yet, free slurpee WEEK! It just keeps getting better!
Comment below with your favorite slurpee, and be sure to find the closest 7-Eleven to you!
If you like freebies like this one (and who doesn’t like free 7-11 slurpee day, because hello, slurpees are awesome and FREE is amazing!), then you’ll probably like the other freebies we’ve posted like this one.

IHOP Short Stack Pancakes Deal

IHOP Short Stack Pancakes Deal!

ihop-short-stack-pancakes-dealHappy Birthday IHOP!

Today is IHOP’s 57th birthday and they are celebrating with 57cent short stack pancakes!

Here’s what their website says:

We’ve been making people smile for 57 years. Why stop now?
Help us celebrate our 57th anniversary on
Tuesday, July 7th, from 7am to 7pm with a 57¢ short stack.

Valid July 7, 2015, 7AM-7PM, at participating IHOP® restaurants only. Limit one short stack
of three buttermilk pancakes per guest. Not valid with any other coupons or discounts.
Dine-in only. Ask your server for details. ©2015 IHOP Restaurants LLC.

I don’t know about you but I know what I’m having for dinner! Come join us for a very inexpensive short stack of pancakes! Today, with this deal on short stacks, I can feed my family for under $3.00! WOW! You can’t do that at too many places!

If you like this post about a deal on IHOP’s short stack pancakes, you’ll probably like our other posts on restaurant deals you can get. IHOP is one of those restaurants that frequently has deals or special days like this and they usually celebrate by giving something away free, like free pancakes on National Pancake Day, and free scary pancakes to kids on Halloween! PLUS, if you ever go to IHOP on your birthday, you get a free dessert and it is a HUGE ice cream sundae! SO DELICIOUS! (And yes, I have eaten the dessert after my breakfast! ;) )