Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Decor Craft & more!

Hi friends!

Sick of hearing about the election today? So am I. So let's talk about holiday decor and distract ourselves for a bit before they make the big announcement. :)

Last year I made a "Give Thanks" banner but ever since I made it I have not been satisfied. It's really hard to cut burlap in a straight line, so making a pennant banner with perfectly matching triangles was really hard. The edges were all frayed and the letters were uneven as well, so I decided to try a different one today. I like it much better:

(Excuse the picture quality... my camera broke, so I had to use my phone. Praying that the hubby will buy me a new camera for Christmas!!!)


To make the same thing in whatever words you would like, here are the materials you will need:

1.  Burlap material. (Cheap at fabric stores.)
2.  Clothes pins.
3.  Black acrylic paint.
4.  Stencils from Michael's Crafts.
5.  Twine.
6.  Small foam paint brush.

How to:

1.  Simply cut the squares out of the burlap. To cut a straight line, pull a string of burlap on the side of the pieces where you would like to cut, and let the fabric sinch up until the string comes out. That will help you have a straight line to cut across. I cut one and then used it as a guide for the others to make them the same size.  Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect.

2.  Lay your first letter stencil down on the center of the burlap.  I use these blue plastic stencils from Michael's... they worked perfect because I could get paint all over them and then just rinse it right off:


3.  Dip your brush in your glob of paint but do NOT use too much.... it will bleed and mess up your letters. Use just enough to where you can sponge it on in the stencil:


4.  Once you finish all of your letters and the paint is dry, cut a string of twine as long as you would like it to be (I measured over on my mantle first to see exactly how I wanted it) and then use the clothes pins to clip on all the pieces of burlap.


Now when I stare at my banner I can be happy with it instead of annoyed that it's uneven and fraying! 

I also did a little Turkey Day chalk art on my chalkboard key holder:


My stomach was growling while writing out that menu...

One more thing.  I updated the page of my blog with our home tour.  Here is if you would like to check it out:


Alright everyone, enjoy the rest of your evening... finding out who our next president is! May the odds be ever in your favor.... LOL just kidding.  If you got that joke then you're about as geeky as I am. ;)

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!












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