Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Burlap Thanksgiving Banner


I originally posted this tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts for Mandy's guest posting extravaganza. I love it so much that I had to share it with you here too. Even though it is so close to Thanksgiving.


  • Burlap
  • Fabric (in at least two patterns)
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Jute Twine or ribbon of your choice
  • Green Ribbon
  • Card stock
  • Hot Glue or bonding of your choice
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
The first thing I did was make a stencil for my burlap flags and cut them out. You can get creative and cut out any shape, triangle, circle, rectangle, etc. Set aside.

For the word Thankful you need 8 flags, 4 turkey handprints and 4 corn cobs.

For my turkey handprint I traced my Violet's handprint, no easy task for a 8 month old.

I used paper for my stencil, I pinned the stencil to the fabric and cut around. I cut the turkey hands facing in two different directions. For the letters I printed out the word "THANKFUL" in the font I liked and cut them out the same way as the turkey handprints. As you can see I don't have a machine for cutting so it is good ol' scissors for me.

Set your turkey prints and letters aside and it is time to start working on the corn cobs.

I cut a rough shape out of card stock for the corn cobs, I used yellow card stock in case any of the kernels showed through. I used hot glue as my bonding agent and I found if I started on the outside edge and went around the kernels laid out more evenly. The key to using hot glue is to lay just a little glue down at a time or it will dry before your can place your kernels.

To attach the green ribbon I folded the ribbon in half and found the middle and glued that directly onto the bottom of the corn cobs. Next I glued the ribbon to each side of the corn cob. I twisted my ribbon to make it look a little more rustic to my eye.
The next step is to glue the corn cob to your burlap. After the corn cob is glued down, I glued the ribbon to the burlap. I twisted it again as I glued. Glue all four corn cobs onto your flags in the same manner.

I found an easy way to glue the turkey handprints and letters as they were a bit floppy being made out of fabric.

Pick one end to start at, glue a small piece and attach to the burlap. Make sure you don't glue to your work surface....speaking from experience here.... Once I placed the glued end down, I would glue small sections at a time to make sure the letters and handprints lined up the way I wanted. With a permanent marker I drew legs and a beak directly on the burlap for the turkey handprints.

Next is the fun part, at least for me, attaching your flags to your jute twine. I used mini clothespins to attach mine, you could also use a wider ribbon and sew. I prefer glue gun crafting to machine sewing,

Now it is time to admire your handiwork. I think it will be easy to store since I can take the squares off the line and put them away stacked instead of bundled up on the line.

Close up of the turkey handprint and corn cob.

I have so much to be thankful for this year! Happy Thanksgiving!




  1. Really such a great idea, thanks for sharing it :)

  2. I loved this when I read your guest post! You are so crafty!!


    Happy Holidays

  3. Very cute burlap banner!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I'm 'thankful' you shared this and 'thankful' Mel told me to come check it out. I am not sure which is cuter those little hand prints (and that they were traced from your 8 month old daughter's hand) or those corn cobs...seriously, I love that you used real corn kernels and that the green ribbon you added feels so organic, since it wasn't pinned or glued on too securely. A truly beautiful banner, one I am sure will put a big smile on your face when you take it back out next year.

  5. That's the cutest Thanksgiving Banner ever! I can't decide if I like the hand turkeys or corn more. Cuteness!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  6. I love that you used Violet's handprints! What a sweet idea! And those ears of corn are too cute! Fantastic job, friend! Thanks for sharing at the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

  7. Those are great!
    Visiting today from the Raising Imperfection hop, thanks for hosting!

  8. Very cute. I'm looking to do more crafts with my son. We're making a hat rack now.

  9. Adorable! I'm your newest follower via the hop!

    ~Elisabeth@The Beekeeper's Granddaughter

  10. this is so cute! i love the detail in the corn. i didn't catch it at first glance!

    1. featuring this today at Aloha Friday!

  11. Would love for you to link this project up at my new blog and party, dedicated 100% to bunting!

    Aloha, Rebecca

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