Recently I took you guys on a little tour of my
cheaply inexpensively decorated fall home. One of the stops was my fall mantel. It really makes me happy every time I walk in our family room. Even when the pumpkins I so artfully set up are scattered all over the floor. Can you tell I live with little people?
The banner that I added was super easy to make. All I needed was a good movie, and what better movie to get me in the fall/Halloween mood than Hocus Pocus?!? Love Love Love that movie!!!
This was way easy to make. So it hardly needs a tutorial, but I'll show you the steps I took to make mine anyway.
1 Burlap. I bought 2 yards at Walmart. 1yd is enough, but I have plans for my leftover.
2. Some pretty ribbon to hold your pennants together.
3. Stop Fraying (I'm pretty sure glue would work too)
Things I already had on hand: Card stock, Marker for tracing, acrylic paint, hot glue gun
I started by printing my word. One letter per page on card stock. Sorry, I can not for the life of me remember the size, but I used Century Schoolbook for the font.
Next, I created a card stock template for tracing pennants. Mine was 8 inches across the top and 12 inches down each slanted side. I had to play around with sizing to be sure my letters fit. Next I traced a pennant for each letter. I chose autumn because I feel like fall wouldn't have been long enough for the size of my mantel.
Once the pennants were all traced, I cut each one out. Be ready for some serious sweeping and vacuuming, as there will be strands and burlap particles all over.
Then, I immediately applied this Stop Fraying solution. I used this entire bottle.
|TIP: I used a paint brush to help spread it along the edges.|
While I waited for the Stop Fraying to dry I cut out each of my letters. I wish I had one of those awesome Silhouette cutting machines, but I don't. So very carefully I cut out each letter, be very sure to keep the surrounding paper in tact. I laid my letters out on my pennants one last time to ensure they all fit nicely.
I used double sided tape to hold my letter templates down while I sponged on my brown acrylic paint.
Mostly I only had to do one coat, but there were a few I went back over.
Once they were all painted, I lined them up. I left about a fingertip's worth of space between each one.
Last I used my hot glue gun to glue on a pretty crocheted ribbon I picked up from Hobby Lobby.
|I have since fixed my rose, that appears to be unraveling.|
After I had hung my banner I decided it needed a little something, so I made cute little ribbon roses. I hot glued them on, then added a small brown pearl accent to the tips of each pennant. I had those in my stash.
I finished a little before the movie went off, but missed the ending due to the fact I was staring blissfully at my new banner. Sigh... I'm in love.