I went to Hobby Lobby this morning armed with ideas and a supply list for several last minute Thanksgiving crafts (and a cranky 4 year old in tow-I don’t recommend that). Let’s face it, two days before Thanksgiving…most crafters have moved on to Christmas. But I couldn’t let Thanksgiving pass by without completing at least one craft!
Behold, my Thankful Banner!
Completed during nap time this afternoon. And I am so thankful that today was a nap day. Naps are mostly a thing of the past here, but it was a good day indeed.
This was a super easy, super satisfying project.
Here are the supplies I used:
- 4″ chipboard/cardboard letters-I haven’t jumped on the Cricut/Silhouette bandwagon yet, and this was so much easier than stenciling them all by hand!
- Acrylic paint for painting the chipboard letters- I used Americana Brand in Burnt Orange
- Burlap- I wound up using about 1/2 a yard. As I mentioned on Facebook, burlap was in short supply today at Hobby Lobby. I wound up with the last yard of Oyster burlap (an offwhite color) instead of the natural color I intended, but I think I love my banner even more with the Oyster burlap!
- 3 yards of 1 1/2 inch brown wired ribbon
- 2 packages of orange flower embellishments-I found these beauties by the scrapbook/card supplies, but you could easily make your own out of fabric or felt. If you know how to do that sort of thing. Which I don’t….yet.
- Hot glue gun-no sewing involved here!!
How I made the banner:
- First I painted the chipboard letters with my burnt orange paint.
3. Trace your template on the burlap (I used a fine tip sharpie) and cut out the triangle. Repeat 8 times. Cutting burlap is messy business, by the way. I’m still covered in it.
4. Once your chipboard letters are dry (and mine were dry by the time I finished cutting the burlap), hot glue the letters to the triangles. I used an index card (so precise, I know!) to make sure all my letters were the same distance from the bottom point of the triangles.
5. Then I glued the ribbon across the top. (I laid it all out first to make sure I had enough ribbon on both ends).
6. Last of all, I glued on the orange flower embellishments. I may add some additional embellishments next year, but for this year, I’m happy with the beautiful simplicity of my banner!
One teensy problem. I had envisioned this banner being hung across my mantle, but it is a bit too long for that. So I’m still playing around with where I want to display it…
The dining room with the red walls?
The kitchen cabinets?
I love my Thankful banner no matter where I decide to place it! (And you’ll note that I’m no banner-hanging-expert…I used Scotch tape for these pics until I can get my handy husband to hang it up properly)
Hoping I have time to squeeze in one more kiddie Thanksgiving craft tomorrow….