About three years ago my friend Steph was getting married and she really wanted a burlap banner to go over the dessert table at her wedding. I told her I would make it for her, as I was wanting to make one for myself. I headed to the craft store and started asking questions and looking around for what I thought I might need. I started out by making the love banner in our bedroom (check it out here). I loved the way it turned out, so I was excited to make one for Steph’s wedding that said “best day ever”. It was darling! Since then, I have made burlap banners galore! I have made banners for multiple weddings, engagement parties, baby showers, holiday parties and baby rooms. I even made one for my mom’s house and she loves it. They are a simple to make and the results do not disappoint.
Burlap – amount depends on how big your triangles will be and how many letters you want: about $5.50 a yard
Triangle Pattern – make from something around the house, an old box, back of a notebook, or anything else you think might be sturdy: $0.00
A-Z Letter Stencil Pack – You can find these at any craft store: $5.00 to $10.00
Acrylic Paint: $1.00
Paint Brush: $2.00 to $3.00
Burlap Ribbon – you won’t need the whole roll for one project: $10.00 per roll
Twine: $3.00 to $5.00
Total cost: – $26.50 to $34. 50
This number may seem high, however, you really could make multiple burlap banners with the material above.
Grab your burlap, sharpie and scissors. Make a triangle shape out of some sturdy material (cardboard, back of a notebook or even from a cereal box). It can be any size you prefer. I chose 11 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches.
Trace the triangle on the burlap material with the sharpie. I flip the triangle pattern each time to maximize the use of my burlap (saving more burlap for another banner).
Once the triangles are traced, cut them all out.
I learned a trick once at the fabric store on how to make the edge of your burlap straight. Grab one strand of the burlap on the top side and pull in all the way out (picture a). It will leave the top of the burlap frayed and uneven looking (picture b). Then take your scissors and trim the top even (picture c). Doing this will make a difference in the end how each triangle hangs. It is little messy – I suggest not wearing black pants when doing this.
Grab your stencils, paint and paint brush. Lay the stencil in the middle of your burlap triangle. Hold it steady with one hand, using your other hand color it in with paint. Lay flat to dry. I will usually place a paper towel under the freshly painted triangle just in case it leaks a bit.
At the last minute, I decided to add a heart to each end. I did this using a cookie cutter and tracing the heart shape with a pencil and coloring it in with the paint. You could also freestyle the heart, as I have done many times. Burlap is somewhat forgiving and once it is hung up it usually looks pretty great.
After the painted triangles dry, grab the burlap ribbon, needle, twine and scissors .
You will need to figure out how much burlap ribbon you need and cut it that length. To figure out how much ribbon you need measure the top of the triangle (for me 10 1/2 inches) and multiply that by however many letters you have (for me 6 letters). This gave me 63 inches. If you would like to tie each end in a bow, give yourself an additional 25 inches on each side. For me I cut 113 inches of burlap ribbon.
Lay out the ribbon and place the first few letters on the ribbon so that no burlap ribbon shows. The triangles will overlap a tiny bit. Thread your needle with the twine and tie a generous knot at the end and start stitching away (about 4 to 5 stitches per triangle).
Make sure when you are connecting two triangles that you have one stitch connecting both.
Tie the ends of the burlap ribbon into bows and hang up your banner. Ta-da!
Worth Doing Again:
Totally! I feel like it is such a simple way to add a little love to any room, party, wedding, picture or in our case a trip.