It's not fancy, but I love how it transforms my mantel and adds just the right touch.
I tried adding ribbons to the sides, but I just didn't love it as much. I think it's charm comes from its simplicity, so I left it as is.
You will LOVE how easy this is! It's one of my favorite ways to make a bunting, and I've used it several times, including my Stars & Stripes Bunting. It seriously takes less than 10 minutes, plus drying time for the paint, which isn't long at all! You can adapt this for any holiday, season, or occasion, just by changing the word that you spell and even the paint color. I have others in the works for Halloween and Thanksgiving!!
- 4 pieces of burlap, cut into 7x9 inch pieces
-craft paint and foam brush
-hot glue gun
1. Cut your burlap into as many pieces as you need for your word. I used 4 for FALL, and cut them into 7x9 inch rectangles.
2. Lay out your burlap pieces into a piece of foil or wax paper. Apply your stencils, and press them down really well to minimize bleeding. I used my Silhouette to cut out vinyl, then used the negative space for my stencil. If you don't have a Silhouette, you can find stencils at hobby and scrapbook stores--Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.
3. Using the foam brush, apply the craft paint. You don't need a lot, since the burlap has holes in it and absorbs the paint well. I usually just dab it with my brush until it's all covered. Let dry completely.
4. Cut a piece of twine to your desired length. Lay it out flat, so you can see where the middle is. You'll want your middle letter in that spot!
5. Starting with the middle letter, fold the top of each burlap letter down (on the back side), then slide the twin underneath that fold. Use the hot glue gun to adhere it in place. BE CAREFUL!! The glue is hot, so you need to find something to press the burlap down with, instead of your fingers. I usually use a damp rag--it doesn't stick to the glue, and it cools the glue quickly. Repeat for each letter, spelling your word.
***Remember, you're gluing these down on their reverse side, so make sure that the last letter is on your far left, and the first letter on your far right, so that when you flip it over after gluing it, it's going the right way!
That's it! SO easy!
You can change it up by doing it pennant style (triangles) or half moon shapes--whatever you like!