I recently had the honor of co-hosting a baby “Sprinkle” (think, mini baby shower) for a good friend of mine, Nicole, and her third little bundle of joy, Westley.
Nicole refurbishes antique furniture for a living and thus, loves all things rustic, antique, Victorian etc…so we based all the decorations around her passion. There wasn’t a stork or a typical baby decoration in sight and I must admit, it was refreshing to take part in a shower that was outside of the box.
This banner was such a hit with all the guests! Westley’s mommy even took it home and hung it in his beautiful rustic nursery. It makes my heart full to know that she loves it so much and that her family sees it each day.
I am not going to lie to you – this banner was a long project. I’m sure it has a little to do with my perfectionist ways but mostly with the fact that there were 15 letters to paint and that I was totally winging it! In the end though, it was totally worth every minute!
How to Make Your Own
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- Burlap squares or a burlap banner kit
- Twine or Jute for hanging the banner (the kits come with this)
- Embellishments such as tiny fake flowers, jewels etc…
- Creme colored craft paint
- A dry brush for stippling
- Hot Glue Gun
- Craft scissors and /or X-acto Knife
- Word processing software
I started by heading over to Michael’s Craft Store for supplies (What a great store but man, can I spend some major bucks in there) but you can get most of the supplies, including the burlap banner kit, at Amazon too.
The original plan was to cut each burlap shape out by hand but then I realized that they came pre-cut! Score!!! I am all for paying a little extra to save time because that is one thing I am extremely short on these days.
After realizing that I couldn’t find reasonably priced stencils that fit our theme, I decided to make my own. Following a long search, I finally found a beautiful rustic font free online.
Using Microsoft Word, I typed out each letter individually, made them bold, and then held up the burlap to my computer screen and adjusted the font size to fit well in the margins of the banner piece (Approximately 275 point for this project).
Next, I printed each letter (I think it ended up being two letters to a page) and although I started with a regular craft scissors, I found that an X-Acto Knife worked better to carefully cut out each one. I then found the center of the burlap by folding it in half and making a small crease.
I held the burlap and the negative space of the stencil up to the light to put the letter in position and taped it down with transparent tape. You can probably just eyeball this but like I mentioned, I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist.
Next, using a hard, dry bristled brush and crème colored craft paint, I stippled a thin layer of paint on and then let it dry completely before adding a second and third layer. Some letters were a bit trickier than others (The e, the o, the y, and the exclamation point) as I had to hot glue bits of the cut outs back on so the negative space would be correct.
After letting everything dry for a few hours, I flipped them over and with a warm iron, I ironed out the creases. An added bonus was the heat let me simply pluck off the bits of hot glue that I had to use.
For that finishing touch, I hot glued little fake flowers here and there. So adorable!!