It’s always more fun to decorate your home with items you made yourself and what a simple and semi quick craft than this diy Patriotic Banner!
Supplies I Used
- Scrap denim: I used my old painting jeans
- Hobby Lobby’s Ready-to-Decorate Burlap Pennant Banner (aka Burlap Banner)
- Jute Rope
- Dixie Belle Paint colors of your choice: I used Cotton and Honky Tonk Red
- Embellishments such as wood beads and Messy Bows
- Watercolor paint brushes and cup of water for each color of paint you plan to use.
- Painters tape for painting stripes, for my star I used a cookie cutter and traced with a chalk pencil.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
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Prepping our banner
To start prepping to make my banner, I first started with the burlap pennants from Hobby Lobby.
I only needed a few, so I cut the banner in half and put one half away for later use.
The remaining half, I cut the strings from the pennant apart.
I needed to use one of the burlap pennants for a template to cut my denim into pennants.
After roughly measuring how long I wanted my banner, I cut my jute rope plus added about 6″ each side, just in case.
I folded the jute rope in half and then used a permanent marker and marked the half way point.
I set aside 3 burlap pennants and I cut 4 denim pennants and then decided how I wanted to embellish them.
embellishing our pennants
The perfect way to embellish my patriotic banner is with Dixie Belle paints!
I chose to add white stripes (Cotton) to my denim pennants and red stars (Honky Tonk Red) to my burlap!
Painting White Stripes
To add the white stripes, grab your painters tape, watercolor brush and a glass of water.
First I added a strip of painters tape down the middle of my denim pennant.
I then added painters tape along each side of this middle strip.
Remove the middle strip and then use this piece of tape as a guide on where to add the next strip.
For a better understanding of this process, I have a video below!
Once your denim pennant is all taped, it’s time to paint.
Here I grab my watercolor brush and start wetting down the areas of the denim with water that are not taped.
Once they are damp, I then add Dixie Belle’s Cotton.
But before I do, I water the paint down in the paint lid.
About half paint and half water, approximately.
Adding this watered down Cotton will give your denim a bleached look and if you get too much white in one area, just add a little more water with you brush.
This will help spread the paint around.
I do this for each pennant and set these aside to dry.
Painting Red Stars
For my star shape, I used a cookie cutter I had on hand.
Another suggestion, I could have made my own stencil with my Silhouette program and contact paper.
I grabbed my chalk pencil and traced around the star directly on the burlap pennant.
This material has loose threading, so when it comes to painting, using no or very little water with your paint, for best results.
Plus, make sure to place something absorbent underneath your pennant because paint will bleed through.
With my watercolor brush, I then painted my star.
The watercolor brush has a nice rounded edge, so after loading my brush with Honky Tonk Red, I started at the point of each star and worked my way inward and then from inside my chalk line and into the center.
I loaded the brush with more paint as I went along and filled in the center of the star.
We are basically painting in the lines.
Once these stars are all filled in, let the paint dry before we move on to assembling our patriotic banner!
Assembling our patriotic banner
Once our pennants are dry we can start assembling our banner.
I decided to assemble mine from the center out.
This is why I marked my jute rope earlier with a permanent marker.
On the back side of my burlap pennant, I applied hot glue along the topside and then placed the center of the jute rope on it and let it cool.
Then I added three wood beads to each side.
To prep my jute rope to add beads, I applied clear tape and rolled it carefully.
If needed, I also “bevel” the end to make the rope ends “smaller” with scissors and snip off one side.
Next I applied a denim pennant to each side or my burlap pennant, again added hot glue to the backside and carefully pushed the jute rope into the hot glue.
Again I added three wood beads to each side and I continued this pattern until I was done with m patriotic banner.
I ended each side with three wood beads and made a small tassel with more jute rope and tied it to the ends.
Bonus Patriotic garland made from my messy bows
I wanted to incorporate my messy bows into this project so I decided to pair this and make a patriotic messy bow garland.
Click here on my Messy Bow tutorials
I made a handful of messy bows in a combination of reds and blues, along with my favorite buffalo plaid ribbons.
Once again, I roughly measured how long I wanted this garland to be and then cut my jute rope.
Since I use jute rope to tie off my Messy Bows, I used this same jute rope, to attach my Messy Bows to my “jute rope banner”.
I spaced the Messy Bows about ever 6″.
Each end, I made a loop and then tied this into a knot.
That is it!
click below to see my diy video
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