Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY {Burlap Banner}

Want to know the great thing about baby showers? Besides the soon to be born baby and teeny tiny clothes...projects. Lots and lots of projects and recipes. So without further adieu, here's another one:)

Once again, Jennifer was my inspiration for this DIY banner. The best part was I already had all the materials except for the ribbon so it cost me next to nothing to make!

What you'll need:
-burlap (I have no idea how much to tell you to get since I already had some left over. Let's say a yard just to be safe:)
- 1 sheet card stock or cardboard
-Thick black sharpie
Start by cutting out a triangle template. This is what you'll trace on the burlap. Make it as big or as small as you want it.

Next, trace the triangle onto the burlap. You'll need one triangle per letter.
Cut out each triangle.
Wipe up the table and change clothes when you realize cutting burlap causes it shed worse than any fur covered creature you've ever met.
With your new clothes on, or not if you prefer to craft in the nude, trace your stencil onto the burlap. I used re-usable store bought stencils, but you could also make your own on the computer or with a cricket.
Fill in the stencil with a thick black sharpie. In Jennifer's original post I think she used paint, but I found the sharpie to be way easier and less messy.
Once all the letters are colored in, it's time to thread the banner. Burlap is a pretty loosely woven fabric so I just strung the ribbon through the top of each triangle. In some places I needed to use scissors to help widen the hole.(TWSS)
Hang it up and you're all done.
Since the banner was personalized and I probably won't use it again, I let the mommy to be take it home with her. You never know when they'll be able to use it again!
I also think this kind of banner would be absolutely adorable for a rustic outside wedding.
Are you as in love with burlap as I am?
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