This reversible burlap banner is a project I have wanted to do for a while…really since I discovered the wonderful world of burlap. I know I was late to the party but now that I have figured a few things out, I really like working with it. Burlap is smelly and sheds…but it has so many other good qualities that those 2 little flaws don’t really matter. It’s inexpensive, very easy to find and neutral in color. I usually prepare my burlap by washing it but this time I left it alone. I wanted it stiff so the pennants would hang nicely. In keeping with my plan to re-purpose my Fall decor for Christmas, one side of the banner says HARVEST and the opposite side says BELIEVE. Here’s how to make your own!
Cut two pieces of burlap and one piece of Wonder Under 12 in. by 36 in. Iron the Wonder Under to one piece of burlap. Peel off the paper backing and iron the second piece of burlap to the first. Here is a pennant template. Cut out the template and trace 7 pennants on the burlap. Make sure to trace the pennants with the points alternating up and down.
Now it’s time to stencil the letters. Since my crafting supplies are pitiful, I had to buy the stencil, brush and paint. Hopefully you will already have these ready to go. If not, this is the paint I found at Hobby Lobby. I highly recommend it…especially for craft-challenged people like me.
Lay your banner out and carefully stencil your letters. If you use this paint you can immediately flip the banner over and stencil your other word. If you use traditional craft paint, let it dry before flipping the banner.
Get creative and add embellishments of your choice. I opted for brown velvet ribbons on the ends and acorn bunches between each letter.
Here is the BELIEVE side of my banner. When it gets closer to Christmas I will show you how to cover the raw edge of the fold and add Christmas embellishments. The hard part is over though! UPDATE: Here are the directions to finish off this banner. Reversible Burlap Banner: The Finishing Touch.
For other crafts or decor items you may want to wash your burlap. Here’s an easy tutorial for that:
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