Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Burlap Baby Shower Banner (aka Bunting)
In the last of my little Baby Shower posts, I wanted to show you how I made the burlap 'Baby Shower' bunting. It really could not have been easier.
The first item of business was to buy the burlap. I bought 5 yards, which was way too much, but I wanted to have some extra around because burlap makes me feel happy, but you could easily do this project with about 2 yards.
I then cut a triangle out of a paper garbage bag. My triangle was approximately 10 inches wide by 12 inches long.
Next, I put the triangle on the burlap and cut around it. If you wanted to, you could pin the triangle to the burlap so it doesn't slide around, but I am too impatient for such business and just went for it. There was some variation in the size of each piece, but I actually like that imperfect look.
Now it was time to paint! I purchased these oil paper stencils at Michaels along with the cheapest black paint they had and a stencil paint brush. I slowly filled in the stencil with only a small amount of paint. You have to make sure to hold down the stencil so there is no bleeding of the color. You can buy a special spray that will keep the stencil in place while you work, but if you are willing to get your hands a little covered in paint, it is possible to work without it.
Make sure that you give each triangle ample drying time. I let these dry on magazines overnight.
At this point, there is very little left to do but glue! I had two spools of dark brown ribbon that I actually sewed together at the ends to make it long enough and stretched it out on the floor.
I have mentioned before that I live in a small apartment and I think this picture demonstrates nicely that I am not a liar.
Once I had the spacing the way I wanted it, I went along with a glue gun and glued each triangle to the underside of the ribbon.
After about 10 minutes, all the glue was dry and it was finished!
Here was the bunting I made, hung at the shower. I was really pleased with the result and how easy it was. And, if you are not a burlap fan, you could really use any fabric. Also, if you are not into the mess of paint, you can buy vinyl decal letters to stick onto the fabric.
So, that is it!
Happy Bunting Making to You!