Hi, I’m Leslie from Violet Imperfection
I’m a wife, a stay at home Mama, crafter, reader, lover of all things Disney and an in-progress reformed perfectionist. My blog is about teaching my daughter Violet that not everything in life has to be perfect.
Today I am going to show you how to make a Thankful Burlap Banner.
- Fabric (in at least two patterns)
- Popcorn kernels
- Jute Twine or ribbon of your choice
- Green Ribbon
- Card stock
- Hot Glue or bonding of your choice
- Mini Clothespins
- Permanent Marker
The first thing I did was make a stencil for my burlap flags and cut them out. You can get creative and cut out any shape, triangle, circle, rectangle, etc. Set aside.
I used paper for my stencil, I pinned the stencil to the fabric and cut around. I cut the turkey hands facing in two different directions. For the letters I printed out the word “THANKFUL” in the font I liked and cut them out the same way as the turkey handprints. As you can see I don’t have a machine for cutting so it is good ol’ scissors for me.
Set your turkey prints and letters aside and it is time to start working on the corn cobs.
I cut a rough shape out of card stock for the corn cobs, I used yellow card stock in case any of the kernels showed through. I used hot glue as my bonding agent and I found if I started on the outside edge and went around the kernels laid out more evenly. The key to using hot glue is to lay just a little glue down at a time or it will dry before your can place your kernels.
The next step is to glue the corn cob to your burlap. After the corn cob is glued down, I glued the ribbon to the burlap. I twisted it again as I glued. Glue all four corn cobs onto your flags in the same manner.
I found an easy way to glue the turkey handprints and letters as they were a bit floppy being made out of fabric.
Pick one end to start at, glue a small piece and attach to the burlap. Make sure you don’t glue to your work surface….speaking from experience here…. Once I placed the glued end down, I would glue small sections at a time to make sure the letters and handprints lined up the way I wanted. With a permanent marker I drew legs and a beak directly on the burlap for the turkey handprints.
Next is the fun part, at least for me, attaching your flags to your jute twine. I used mini clothespins to attach mine, you could also use a wider ribbon and sew. I prefer glue gun crafting to machine sewing,
Now it is time to admire your handiwork. I love how this banner turned out if I am allowed to toot my own horn a bit. I think it will be easy to store since I can take the squares off the line and put them away stacked instead of bundled up on the line.
I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial I have shared with you today and I hope to see you over at Violet Imperfection where you will find crafting tutorials like my Disney Pin Wreath
My year long project Year of Violet