Happy almost Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday that gets no recognition (when it comes to decorations), I have an easy reversible holiday burlap banner tutorial today! I’m all for decorating for Halloween and then leaving some of the more “fall-ish” decorations up through Thanksgiving (like my Recycled Book Pumpkin!) But I feel that Thanksgiving needs its own special decoration, hence, my “Give Thanks” bunting. I got this idea a few months ago, and have been slacking since I bought the burlap. When I sat down to make it, I figured why not make it a two-in-one craft with a Thanksgiving greeting on one side and a Christmas greeting on the other? That way after the turkey has been eaten, I can easily flip this banner over and get a head start on my holiday decorating!
To get started, you’ll need a few items – about a half a yard of burlap (get more if you want a different size or shape bunting or if you want to write a phrase with more letters in it), a spool of ribbon at least 6 feet long (mine was burlap ribbon that was 1/2 inch wide), black paint, paintbrush, sharpie and either a hot glue gun or sewing machine to attach your bunting to the ribbon.
To begin, decide on your phrase – I picked “Give Thanks” on one side and “Believe” on the other. Since they don’t have the same amount of letters, I chose to put “Give” all on one flap. If you have 2 phrases with different amounts of letters you could always leave blank flaps on the reverse side or decorate the extra flaps with simple pictures (you’ll see what I mean below)
I wrote mine out on some scrap paper and played around with different fonts – I went with a script like font for “Give Thanks” and a funky mixed up font for “believe”
Next, make your bunting pattern – you can go with the traditional triangle, or with the longer double-pointed flap like I did. My dimensions are below- feel free to replicate that or come up with a size that better suits you (and the area you want to hang it in!)
*Note that mine is on the fold- so it is actually twice that! Having it doubled lets you write letters on both sides without having the paint show through to the other side.
Iron your burlap (you want to make sure it’s flat and it has a good crease at the top).
Now it’s time to begin painting your letters! I used a sharpie marker to freehand the letters, but if you’re not confident in your lettering, you could use a stencil or print out your phrase on your computer and use a window or lightbox to transfer the font to your burlap.
After you have written out your letter in Sharpie, go over it with paint. I did only my first word, and laid out the letters in order. *Make sure you work on scrap paper or newspaper as the paint will bleed through the burlap.
Now, for the reverse side, you’re going to want to work in reverse- so the “b” in “believe” will actually start on the “s” in “thanks”. (This is why I suggest doing only one word at a time!
Repeat with your Sharpie/Painting on the other side.
Last, I decided I wanted a picture flap at each end- so on one side, I painted some simple leaves and on the other, some holly (And after I took this picture, I outlined both and added in some details with Sharpie markers)
Next, lay out your ribbon – my window (where I wanted to hang the bunting) is 72″ long, so I made my ribbon 75″ long so that the bunting would have a slight curve to it when hanging.
With my extra ribbon, I made two little bows to put at each end and used some straight pins to attach it to the wall!
Right now, we have “Give Thanks” hanging up, but come Friday, I’m going to reverse it….
If you make this, what phrase(s) are you going to put! Let me know in the comments! Or show off your final piece on my Facebook page. More of an Instagram person? Follow me @SewIn2Disney so you can tag me and add hashtag #handmadeisbetter. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!