DIY Burlap “Love” Banner

Hello, Hive. Long time no hear from me. I couldn’t stay silent on this project. I thought there might be a lot of you who want to do it!

I have been super inspired by burlap lately and wanted to make a banner! It turned out to be a super easy project and I wanted to share with you the details:

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What you need for my (easy) burlap banner:

  • burlap (you can buy this at any craft/fabric store, some hardware/farm stores even have thicker versions.
  • sharp scissors
  • Sharpie markers (you determine the color…I used black and red)
  • needle and thread (khaki colored thread)
  • thick hemp (or ribbon) – I got mine at Wal-Mart
  • letter stencils –  I used  Stencil Ease (from Hobby Lobby)

Step 1:

Lay out your hemp and determine what size flags you want to create. I used a Word document and literally threw a triangle on it. I then printed that out (home printer) on card stock. Cut the stencil, and there you have it!

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Step 2:

Lightly trace the flags onto the hemp. I used a thin Sharpie for this. Use the top seam as a guide.

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Step 3:

Cut out your hemp flags using your scissors. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect lines. The hemp provides a rough edge (which is really nice!)

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Step 4:

Use your stencil to stencil the letters on. I wanted to keep this super simple and just used a sharpie to trace the letters and filled them in. Some things you can put on your banner are “Love,” “In Love,”  ”Just Married,” “Marry Me,” “Forever,” and my favorite, “Bliss.”

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Step 5:

Create a heart stencil. I just used Word. Print the heart out and trace it onto your burlap. I used a red Sharpie for this and colored it in. Super easy!!

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Step 6:

Get your needle and thread (this would obviously be a lot easier with a sewing machine!). Line up your letters, slightly overlapping the edges of the flag. Sew the hemp string onto the back of the flags. My stitches went around the hemp and through it.

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How easy is that?

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Mrs. Apple Cider

Location:
New York/Charlotte
Wedding Date:
October 2009

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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 7:16 pm

    Super cute! I may have to steal this idea for my Yea! flags…I wanted fabric so bad but didn’t want to mess with screen printing, but your burlap and sharpie looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:24 pm

    burlap + banners? yes please!

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    TiffyNicole 67 posts, Worker bee @ 7:42 pm

    too cute!!

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 8:22 pm

    What a simple and adorable idea. Love it!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:36 pm

    So cute! I love burlap!

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    AshMac, Guest @ 8:36 pm

    I made some of these except I was lazy and hot glued the flags to the string!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:57 pm

    I just so happen to have some unused burlap sitting in our apartment. I think you may have just added a last-minute DIY project to our list. ;) I *love* the stenciled look!

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:09 pm

    Love this, Apple Cider! :) So simple, yet beautiful.

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    Ashley, Guest @ 9:37 pm

    I made one for our engagement shoot, but I’m lazy and used hot glue to attach my burlap to the jute/twine. So quick and easy :)

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    rusticlove 50 posts, Worker bee @ 9:43 pm

    So cute!

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    geenee72 57 posts, Worker bee @ 10:32 pm

    Beautiful! Great Job!

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    berlix 2 posts, Wannabee @ 11:22 pm

    what a super duper cute idea! thanks for sharing! we’re having a school theme and this just might fit in :)

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 11:36 pm

    Love it!

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    ladder 1 posts, Wannabee @ 11:55 pm

    Really beautiful!

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:05 am

    Such an easy wedding add! Great tutorial :) I wouldn’t have thought about using sharpies to make it that much easier! I totally would have gone with paint before doing that. Ooooh paint markers would be great too!

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    sara, Guest @ 10:10 am

    AWE. SOME.

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    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 10:40 am

    So easy and freakin’ cute, my fave type of project! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    pookiepie 317 posts, Helper bee @ 10:57 am

    thanks for sharing, wil def do this for my “thank you” sign :)

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:12 pm

    That looks fantastic!!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:28 pm

    Great tutorial! This turned out so cute.

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    Alicia C 41 posts, Newbee @ 8:54 pm

    im gonna do this and use it for the engagement photos.
    Thanks for the diy!

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    Ellen, Guest @ 12:19 pm

    Wait, I cannot fathom it being so strahigtforward.

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    Esme, Guest @ 6:35 pm

    This is wonderful. May I ask, what size lettering did you use? Was it this font (Imperator)? : http://www.stencilease.com/db/display.asp?input=2176
    Thanks!

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    Lauren, Guest @ 5:30 am

    I saw quite a few similar items on Etsy and ALMOST bought one until I realized I didn’t have time (my wedding is 6/9/12). You inspired me to do my own “thank you” banner and it looks great so far. I cut my burlap, stenciled my letters (I used fabric paint from Walmart) and all I need to do is sew it all together, which I’m very nervous about….I’ll post when its done!

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