DIY Tassel Banner Tutorial

For the past few years, these DIY tissue paper tassle garlands have been floating around on Pinterest and I’ve been hooked on them ever since! They are so festive and easy to make. I make them for bridal + baby showers, birthday parties, and to string along my mantle for various occasions. I’ve had so many people ask me how to make them, and I thought it was about time that I showed you, so Amanda and I broke out the hot glue gun last week and got to work! Keep reading for a step-by-guide on how to make these adorable tassle banners!

 

Materials:

*hot glue gun

*twine

*scissors

*tissue paper (I usually use 3-4 colors; 1 piece of tissue paper will make 4 tassles)

 

DIY Banner

 

Now that you’ve got your supplies ready, it’s time to get this party started!

Step 1: Fold once length-wise.
DIY Banner

Step 2: Fold once width-wise.DIY Banner

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

(you can fold again width-wise; I didn’t and my tassle so ends up a bit wider…either way works!)

Step 3: Start cutting 1 inch strips into the tissue paper– don’t stress about cutting them perfectly even or straight! Leave about 2 inches at the top uncut. DIY Banner

DIY Banner

Step 4: Unfold and cut in half. You will then cut each half in half again, leaving you with 4 pieces.DIY Banner

Step 5: Once you have everything unfolded, take one section at a time and twist the center, making sure the tassels don’t get twisted. Roll the entire section first before twisting it.

DIY Banner

DIY Banner

After you’ve rolled + twisted each section, put a drop or two of hot glue between the two pieces, leaving space for the twine to fit through. DIY Banner

I like to follow a pattern of colors and repeat until I get my banner the length I want it, which is usually 5-6 feet long.

DIY Banner

These colors are sooo Easter-y! After I made this one, I made another one the next day for my cousin’s bridal shower. I think they’re so fun and an expensive, DIY touch that adds a pop of color!

DIY Banner

Easy Homemade Banana Bread

Banana Bread Recipe
Ahhhh, homemade banana bread! I grew up eating it so I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic while making it this past weekend. I’ve tried several banana bread recipes and this one is definitely IT! And to be honest, it’s a bit of a combination of recipes. Other recipes I’ve tried come out dry, or gooey, but NOT this one! Isn’t it amazing how recipes change based on who is making them and their preferences? Adding a pinch more or less of this or that. There is so much history behind each recipe and I think that’s what makes them so special.

I went out of town last week and when I came back, my bananas were waaaay too ripe and looking sad, just sitting on my counter when I got back. I almost threw them away several times and then it hit me – BANANA BREAD! So I saved them until the weekend and then used them to whip up a few batches. They turned out so cute in mini loaf pans and were perfect to give away (don’t worry! I kept a few for myself, too! They freeze really well; just sit out on your counter a little before you’re ready to eat it!)

You probably already have most of these ingredients on hand already, so get to it! If you like bananas, you will love this recipe! I slice up a few pieces and eat it when I have my morning coffee. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much of it I’ve eaten this week and it’s only Wednesday… 😉

Easy Homemade Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 bananas (ripe – “the riper the better!” as my Mammaw says 🙂 )
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1½ cups of flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use Crisco and flour to grease mini loaf pans.
  3. Peel + mash the bananas.
  4. Stir in melted butter, egg, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Stir well.
  5. Add flour and stir well. Pour into loaf pans (about half full).
  6. Cook for 1 hour; make sure toothpick in center comes out clean.

Let cool for about 5 minutes and then remove banana bread loaves from pan and let cool on wire rack.
Next time I make this, I think I’m going to add some miniature chocolate chips, or maybe some finely chopped walnuts. You can also use a larger loaf pan if you’d like!

This would be great to make ahead and freeze, or even sweet little treat to gift someone – wrapped in cellophane bags and tied with ribbon! Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe for yourself!

Fresh Starts + Old Traditions

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Spring is right around the corner and I could not be more excited! January 1st is inspiring, and the New Year pushes me to set goals and dream about what the new year will bring. But spring is when all that contemplating + trying turns into living. The warmer weather and longer days seem to get everything in life moving again. Life feels better, the days seem easier to get through and tomorrow is filled with a little more hope than usual.

Some of my favorite things to do in the spring are freshen up my look, move my morning quiet time outside and my own tradition of delivering Easter Bread and tulips to friends and family.

March and April are going to be really busy with my friend Emily’s baby shower and upcoming road trip to Charlotte, NC for the Influence Conference. Knowing I wasn’t going to have much time in the coming months, I changed my hair up a little early this year. I haven’t had blonde hair since before I had my son and I missed how fresh and bright I felt… so I took a leap and went for it in one fell swoop. Ashley from MCN Salon in Pittsburgh, PA did a great job. She was edgy and pushed me to go for it! I’m really happy with the change.

Spring Hair Style

Moving my quiet time outside is such a treat. I love crisp mornings on the deck with a big blanket, my Bible and a light breakfast. Time seems to stand still and the sound of an early spring morning is heaven on earth. Recently, I’ve been studying Acts. I’m following Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. I also found Val Marie Paper on Periscope and loved hearing how to she studies The Bible — so helpful! So many times I’ve found myself lost when I would try to read The Bible without a “study” to accompany my readings. The tips in these two resources have made my time in The Word a lot less frustrating. I also can’t say enough about the ESV Study Bible; I might be gifting a few to girlfriends this Easter. 😉

Spring morning
For the past five years I have been delivering Easter bread and tulips just before Easter Sunday. It’s a day I look forward to every year. For those of you who may not know, Easter bread is an Italian tradition, one both Marrissa and I grew up eating and helping our grandmothers make… it’s amazing drizzled with local honey + hot tea in the morning!

easter traditions

Traditions are so important to me and I look forward to each holiday and season. They help us build relationships with others, creating a history and dependability between the people that share them. So many of my best memories are centered around tradition.

What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season? Do you have any traditions that hold a special place in your heart? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or on our social media.

Flower Crown Tutorial

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We
have been dreaming of making flower crowns for months now. Our Pinterest is
filled with images of these ethereal gems. In true ‘Wild Revival’ fashion: it
was time to stop talking and start doing. So we gathered our (very short list
of) supplies and went down to the lake and got busy.  We hope that this
simple tutorial will help you bring this fun DIY to life.

 

 

  
Tools:

 

 

  • Flowers
  • Greenery
  • Kitchen Scissors
  • Floral Wire
  • Floral Tape 



 


 

We purchased our floral tape and wire from a local craft store.
Your flowers can be right out of your garden or from a local flower shop. There
is no wrong way to go with the type of flowers and greenery you choose to use
in your crown. It’s whatever you like! 
 




Instructions: 

1) Wrap the floral wire around your head to
find out what size your crown should be. Keep in mind the crown will
become more snug as you add your greenery and flowers, so be sure to keep a
(little) bit of space when measuring your crown. Once you determine the most
comfortable fit, cut off the excess wire. Twist the end and tuck the wire,
covering the wire crown in floral tape. 

 

2)  Now you will cover your wire in
your chosen greenery. We found the thinner branches of greenery worked best,
due to them being easier to manipulate. Tape your greenery onto the wire as you
go. This part can be tedious, but so worth it when it’s all done! 

 


3)  Now for the fun! Once all your
greenery is secured, you can add your flowers. Make sure to leave 2-3 inch
stems when cutting your chosen blooms. You will place your flowers one at a
time, taping as you go.  Make sure you wrap the tape 3 times around your
blooms, trying your best to avoid your greenery leaves as you go. 


 

 

Fill your crowns with as many or
as little blooms as you wish.  Flower crowns always come out looking fun +
whimsical. We feel that you can never have too much whimsy in your life.  

 

 

 

 

If you used our tutorial to make
you own flower crown, let us know! #TWRhowto // @thewildrevival

 

 

Picnic-ing


It can be overwhelming to try to bring people together anymore. With so many obligations and
tending to our lives, time for community is usually last on the list. That’s
why when an opportunity arises to do something that brings your tribe together
or allows you to meet new people, you just have to jump in and do it, rather than focusing on making it perfect.

 

Here are a few photos from an early spring picnic. Even without the leaves on the trees, it was a taste of
summer with blue skies, the pond, and 80 degree temps.

 

Since it was a last-minute gathering, we kept the menu super simple; nothing was planned or matching. Paper plates, plastic forks
and mason jars were all on hand.  A festive Mexican blanket (or two) made this not-so-planned-out picnic come together so well.We completed our picnic with the items listed below:
  • Chicken Salad
  • Watermelon
  • Croissants
  • Lemonade
  • Tea 
  • Chips + Salsa

 

We are big fans of last-minute picnics (obviously so is Owen!) It was so nice to pull a few friends together for a quick gathering.

 

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