Easy Christmas Banner Tutorial

Guest Post by Megan

It’s time to decorate for Christmas!!!

This year, I wanted to add a little more to the front window of our house, so I decided to make a Merry Christmas banner. It’s so easy and really inexpensive to make.

Here’s how to do it:

Step One

First, you’ll need to decide which font you want for your letters. Just type MERRY CHRISTMAS in your word processor and play around with the different fonts available. I used the “stencil” font and increased the size to 288. Print your letters onto paper and cut them out into 4×5″ rectangles  Next, you’ll need some burlap. I cut out two 5″x28″ strips yielding 7 4×5″ rectangles per strip.

Step Two

You will need acrylic paint and a small paintbrush for this step. I chose white paint, however green or red would be pretty also.

Place your burlap rectangle on top of your paper letter. You should be able to see the black print through the burlap. Load your paintbrush with a moderate amount of paint and begin painting on top of your burlap wherever you see the black print.

Step Three

Once your letters are dry, remove them from the paper and set aside. Next, you will want to cut your felt fabric to desired size for banner. I chose to make my felt squares 3.5″x4″ because I cut away the excess burlap around my letters as well as pulled some of the fibers to make the edges more frayed.

Glue your letters onto twine or ribbon spacing them approximately 1″ apart. Add some embellishments if you want to give it a more personal touch.

Easy and really inexpensive. I had most of the supplies on hand, but to buy the burlap, felt, and ribbon should be no more than $5-6 all together. The stocking embellishments came as a 4 pack from Wal-Mart for $0.98 and a tube of acrylic paint varies. I think the Basics Value Series is about $5 per tube.

Enjoy!

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