Saturday, March 3, 2012

DIY: Burlap Banner

Back in my college days, we ordered t-shirts for an event in college. They came in a huge size that we did not order, so we took it on our own to make our own shirt. My friend and roomie had the idea of making a stencil and the spray painting the shirt. It worked! Well.

That was the idea that went into making the thank you sign for our wedding thank yous.

Super easy! And you could use any material to make the banner. Bright colors would be fun!

I printed out the letters on card stock and then used an xacto knife to cut out the letters.

I cut out what I wanted my pennants to look like. I use scrap paper for a lot of things! Gotta make my grandma proud.

I then took that and cut out my pennants from burlap. Pins would have helped, but I didn't have any handy at the time.

Once the pennants were cut out, I taped all around the outside of the back of my stencil. Make sure that you do this well to help keep it down during spray painting.

Turn it over and center it on the pennant. I will need to make sure this is pushed down better when I paint. Unless you want edges that aren't straight.

I laid them out on cardboard on our front porch. Didn't want to freeze too badly going outside!

I made sure that the letters were pushed down well and started spray painting. Make sure that you don't spray at an angle to try to keep from spraying up underneath the letters.

I then peeled the paper off and stitched through the top to have a way to hang them. The nice thing about burlap is that you can count the holes that you go through to get an even stitch. I used a dull needle with a big eye to make my job a little easier.

And here the banner as a whole.
Thank yous

This was the inspiration for our thank yous at our wedding. This sign is currently available on etsy.


  1. That is one of my favorite memories from senior year. They were by far the best t-shirts there! I still have mine. Where do you suggest buying burlap? Your banner is beautiful!

    1. I still have my shirt, too! I got my burlap at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Not sure if you have that down there. I would check with a fabric store.

  2. Love this post, Lydie! I totally still have my shirt. Great times.


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