504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Homemade GIVE THANKS Banner
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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Homemade GIVE THANKS Banner

While my mind has already jumped ahead to Christmas....I took a moment to come back to November and create a quick and simple GIVE THANKS Banner for Thanksgiving...or if I would have planned better it could have been for the entire Fall season.

The banner is pretty darn easy. You need to be able to paint, cut and glue. You can do that, right?

Now since Thanksgiving is right around the corner...let's get crafting!

  • 2 1/2 yards Jute Webbing, cut into 7" lengths. It comes in black and red. I used black for this project.
  • I chose to use black. This is available online and at fabric stores, usually in the upholstery section. I purchased this at Hobby Lobby.
  • Paint.
  • I used American Multi-Surface Satin in Paprika (DecoArt)
  • Pouncer.
  • This works better than a brush for stenciling. If you don't have a pouncer, a foam brush would be my next choice.
  • Lettering.
  • I used American Simple Script Stencil. I use this stencil ALL THE TIME!
  • 3 yards basic twine.
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun 

Make It!
  • Cover your work surface...On occasion the paint will bleed through the burlap.
  • Cut the Jute Webbing into 7" lengths. 
  • You need 11 pieces.
  • I like to notch my banners. At the center mark up about 1". Then cut from each side up to the 1" mark. OR mark up 1", fold the rectangle in half and cut while doubled.
  • Stencil. 
  • Place some paint on a paper plate and then pouncer the pouncer into the paint. Use part of the plate to tap off excess paint.
  • About 1/2" up from the notch on the bottom of the banner piece, place the bottom of your stencil (centered horizontally).
  • If you are not experienced with stencils, take the time to tape the stencil down to keep it from moving.
  • I just hold mine with one hand.
  • Carefully pounce the pouncer loaded with paint all over the stencil.
  • Carefully remove the stencil.
  • Wipe the stencil clean to ensure the paint does not smear onto your other banner pieces.

  • Cut a length of twine 3 yards long.
  • Lay it across the table.
  • Turn on the hot glue gun to heat up.
  • Lay the letters out in order. Place a blank banner piece between GIVE and THANKS
  • Fold over the top edge of each banner piece about 1/2" to 3/4" 
  • Place a line of hot glue in the fold and up the sides and across the edge.
  • Place the twine in the glue in the fold and then fold over the top to sandwich the twine between the layers.
  • Repeat until you are finished.
  • I work with my letters upside down.

Now, just decide where you want to hang it, make a loop on each end of the twine and decorate!

Do You decorate for Thanksgiving?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

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