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:


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!


Step 2:

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


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!)


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.”



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!!


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.



How easy is that?



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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)? :

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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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