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.

Supplies:

  • 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!

 

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15 comments:

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

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

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

    Happy Holidays

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  3. Very cute burlap banner!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  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.

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  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

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  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!

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

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

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

    ~Elisabeth@The Beekeeper's Granddaughter
    www.elisabethferre.com

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

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    1. featuring this today at Aloha Friday!

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  11. Would love for you to link this project up at my new blog and party, dedicated 100% to bunting!
    http://bestbuntingontheblock.blogspot.com/2012/12/link-up-your-bunting.html

    Aloha, Rebecca

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