I got inspired over the weekend to make a super easy, inexpensive Christmas banner for my friend's work cube. She loves purple and couldn't find a Christmas banner that she liked. Here's what I did: I bought a package of black and white paper straws while shopping at Home Goods.They are the coolest things! Then I stopped by Target and perused their holiday section and found these felt snowflakes for $1 each. A dollar. How could I not buy them? To make my banner I simply cut the straws into approximately 1" lengths and began stringing them onto cotton string (about 6 feet long). There are probably about 8-10 pieces of the paper straw between each snowflake with about twice that at the beginning and end of the banner. I did cut the gold ribbon off of the snowflakes and used the cotton string to make a loop instead so that all the string would match. When I was done stringing, I made a loop at each end of the banner for easy hanging. This project literally took about 20 minutes at my kitchen table to put together. How easy is that!? And my friend loves it!