DIY: Carpe Diem Banner

Molly and I at my wedding. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her!

Molly and I at my wedding. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her!

Seize the day. A while back I headed over to hang out with one of my best friends. Now Molly isn’t any typical best friend – she might as well be my sister and, in fact, I consider her just that. She’s always up for anything. Want to drive? She’s down. Go get fries and a chocolate shake? She’s in her old truck before I know it. Do something crafty with me? She is always there to be my helping hand. So this day was special.

It was beautiful outside; the corn field was bright green with new growth and the sky had the most perfect clouds floating around it.  I was instantly inspired and wanted to make something to remember the day – or rather seize the day. So Molly and I decided to make a burlap banner. While those are pretty popular right now, ours ending up being a little different (Just like us. 😉 ) We didn’t want straight perfect edges or the seam of the burlap flags to fold perfectly over the twine. We wanted it to be bold, crisp and bright.

To get just that, we started with all of our supplies:

    • 2 yards of cream colored Burlap (how much will really depend on what your banner will say or how long you want it)
    • A flag stencil (make a triangle like shape onto a plain piece of printer paper then trace onto cardboard and cut it out)
    • Parchment paper
    • Printed out letters (make sure they are the size and font that you want!)
    • Pencil
    • Scissors/Exacto knife
    • Ruler
    • Scotch tape
    • Acrylic paint (we used gold and loved it)
    • Foam brush
    • A roll of twine (again, how much depends on how long your banner ends up being)
    • Hot glue gun
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Before getting started, take your burlap, trace your flag stencil onto it and cut out your flags!
Steps 1 -4:
1. Print out your letters in the font you want and in a size that will fit perfectly in the middle of the burlap flag.
2. With a ruler, take a piece of parchment paper and divide it into even cube sections by drawing lines, then lay a letter underneath a section and trace.
3. Cut the cube sections to separate them, then use an Exacto knife to cut out the inside of the letter – this will then become your stencil.
4. Using tape along with a firm hand, hold the stencil down on a flag and dab your foam brush with paint onto the burlap. I placed mine on top of cardboard so I wouldn’t get paint on the countertop.
*It is important to make sure a letter’s placement on the flag is centered otherwise it might end up being crooked. Also, do not do a sweeping motion with the foam brush on the burlap! The texture along with a dabbing motion is the key to a perfectly stenciled letter.

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Steps 5-7:
5. Let the flags dry long enough for the paint to dry stiffly.
6. Lay the flags out in the order you want them in. 
7. One by one, add a strip of hot glue to the back of the flag (an inch or so off of the top edge) then attach the twine. *Make sure to leave enough twine at the end to be able to hang it up!

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And here it is – the Final Product!

Just remember to have fun and not stress about it being perfect. After all, it’s homemade – not a cookie cutter buy from the store!

Lauren

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