Friday, February 1, 2013

stenciled valentine’s banner tutorial

valentine's banner2a 
This little banner is so quick & easy to do {which almost never happens with my ‘projects’, ha ha} that I thought you might like to make one, too. Even with photographing, it took me about an hour & a half. It was a great naptime project! I like having a bit of whimsy around the house these days. :)

Here are the supplies I used to create this + clear fabric tac {I happened to have everything, which made it free and spur of the moment since the boys were sleeping at the same time}. If you don’t have a heart cookie cutter you could always just create a heart and then tracing that on a heavier cardstock to create a stencil.
banner suppliesI recently stocked up on the wide burlap “ribbon” from Michaels. It’s by the flower arranging/natural material section. {You know burlap is on high demand these days so you’ve got to pick it up when you can find it} This made the project super easy since I just measured the length of each “flag”.  You will also need something that you can stencil on to keep the paint off your table.

I first measured how long I needed my banner to be by holding the twine up to my mantel with some scoop to it. Mine is about 7 ft long with a little twine dangling on each end. I decided to make 7 flags along the twine.

Position your stencil on your flag that is pleasing to you. I made the bottom tip of the heart 1 inch from the bottom and took into account that I would be folding the top down over the twine. In case you have never stenciled, after you squirt some craft paint out, dip your foam pouncer brush in and then pounce the excess paint off the brush before you put it on what you are stenciling {especially when you are near the edges of the stencil }.
banner stencil

banner finished stencil

All 7 flags stenciled and drying . {drying on this open weave fabric took no time and with stenciling, you don’t use much paint so that makes it dry fast, too}.
banner layed out

I was able to clean up my mess while they dried and then turned them over face down to attach the twine. I centered my first flag on the twine and then spaced the remaining ones 3 1/2 inch apart. I added a bit of hot glue along the twine to attach to the burlap. I did find however using hot glue to fold over the top was not a good idea b/c it is soooo hot to work with trying to fold over such an open weave. I may have burned my fingers a few times before I went to plan b. LOL! So I used the hot glue to get the twine to attach quick, but came back with clear fabric tac to fold over the top.
banner attach twine

If you’ve ever worked with burlap, you know it’s not going to be all perfectly straight and there is going to be some fraying. And you don’t see too much of the back folded part once it’s hung anyway. :)
banner fold over

I am liking the bit of rustic & handmade quality to this project. I am slowly but surely appreciating things that don’t look perfect. ha ha
valentine's banner

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  1. What a great banner!

    I'd love to have you link this post to Seasonal Sundays@!

    - The Tablescaper

  2. Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  3. I made a Valentine's Burlap Banner this week too! Love the simplicity of just the hearts on yours. Following you on Pinterest! ~Stacey

  4. Thanks. I would love to see yours!