Thursday, February 28, 2013

DIY: Easy Burlap Banners


After I posted this photo to Instagram, I received lots of questions as to how I make mine and even some offers of people who wanted to pay me to make theirs.  This is something that I would feel bad accepting payment for so I'm here to explain how easy these actually are to make.
You can just as easily buy the precut burlap triangles at craft stores but you're paying more for those and your options are super limited.  If you make these yourself you pay the same amount for a larger portion of burlap that you can customize the size, color of burlap (or even paper or fabric) and how to hang them whereas with the precut pieces you are limited in those aspects.  So for me this is a no-brainer and I prefer cutting them myself.
As with most of the projects I deem "post worthy" this one is no different and really is easy if you just have a bit of patience.
Get creative y'all!

burlap, fabric, paper, etc (amount of your choice)
jute rope
mod podge (you could even use the spray mod podge as well)
hot glue gun
sponge brush

Start by laying out your burlap and tracing your pattern in whatever fashion you want.  Next apply a generous amount of mod podge (my secret weapon) to the pieces you will be cutting out, going outside the lines a bit, then let dry.
Cut out your pieces when dry.  Do you like my choice of table protector? USPS flat rate boxes have multiple uses!

The mod podge will only be useful for burlap and fabric and it's to keep it from fraying plus add a bit of durability to the banner.

Next use your computer to type out the size & font that you want to trace then place your burlap piece up to the screen and trace it.  See, I told you this was easy.  Just make sure that you protect your screen in case whatever you use to trace can bleed through your fabric or burlap.
After all your letters have been traced, lay out the pieces in the order you want them to read and hot glue your jute rope to each piece.  (I usually glue them to the front but you can choose however you want to hang yours)

And that's it!

It's really not difficult and so much thriftier if you just do-it-yourself


holli said...

love this!

Holly said...

Love it!

Libby Soto said...

So cute...definately going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn said...

So cute!

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

too, too cute!!

Ashley Barnhill said...

So cute! This is perfect for a shower!

Lonewolfjustin said...

You should put a piece of tracing paper between your monitor and the project so you don't accidently write on your screen :)

Good Post!

Katie said...

I always think you just make everything look super easy because you're WAY more creative than me. But I actually think I could do this one! Lol.

Ashley from The Kitchen-Sink Chronicles said...

So simple!

Brianne Bracco said...

The banners turned out beautifully!!! I always wanted one or even learn how to make one for any occasion.. you made it look so easy!

Stopped by from the link up today! :)

Valerie said...

What a great idea for a party/baby shower, etc.! Pinning this now!

Kristen said...

super cute!!

Briana McCall said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have already made a few banners in just a couple days. I have been letting the glue dry overnight. Thanks again!