For Lennox’s Barbie birthday party, I made my first attempt to make a burlap banner! Now that it is done, looking back on it – I think I would have done a few things different but overall I’m very happy with how it turned out and received many compliments on it! I do love how it turned out, and I plan on letting Lennox hang it with all her Barbie stuff in the playroom!
Since I had success making it, and as a “newbie”, I wanted to share with you what I did, so that you could try to make one as well!
How to Make a Burlap Banner
What you will need:
- Burlap (I bought 1 yard at the craft store – $3.99/yard)
- Construction Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- The first step is to create a template for your triangles, squares, circles (whatever shape you will be using), with the construction paper. Once you have cut out a shape that you are happy with, use that over and over as your template!
- Take that template and trace it onto the burlap. I used a sharpie, and it worked just fine. I just cut slightly inside the line so that the marker would not show up.
- After cutting out all of your pieces (I suggest cutting one or two extra, just for back up!), you are ready to decorate them. For this Barbie banner, I found a font online (on Pinterest) that I liked and put one letter, per page, in word and printed it out. This way I could get the letters the way I like them, without having to do it free hand.
- Once I had all my letters (B-A-R-B-I-E) printed out, I placed the burlap triangle on top of the paper and traced the letter. Since the burlap is somewhat sheer, this is pretty easy to do! You could print out shapes as well, which is how I made the Barbie & heart shapes.
- After all the letters were traced, one by one I painted over the lines and filled it all in. You could do this with marker, acrylic paint, glue, mod podge, etc.
- I added glitter to this Barbie banner, so while the paint was still wet – I sprinkled the glitter all over it, tapping off the excess and let dry.
- Once all your pieces are dry, it’s time to attach it to some ribbon or string. All you need to do for this is hot glue it onto the ribbon/string where you want it. I put it so that the edges just touched each other – but you could spread them out if you want more space or if you will be hanging it straight across something.
- That’s about it! Once you have attached them all and it is dry – you are ready to hang the banner up. If you want to embellish the banner anymore you could add jewels, bows, etc.
A few tips:
Since doing this, i would rethink a few steps. I saw at the craft store that they sold pre-cut triangles of burlap – and they didn’t cost much more. I think this would just make it a little easier and the pieces may fray less. I would also consider covering the whole triangle in mod podge before decorating, as this should keep it a little more stiff and durable over time.