Occasionally Crafty: Burlap Star Banner

June 25, 2012

Burlap Star Banner


My mom came to town for the weekend to watch my daughter's dance recital.  We had some down time on Sunday afternoon, so it was the perfect opportunity for the original Mrs. Occasionally Crafty and myself to make something fun.

We decided to make our version of this Burlap Star Banner.  The original picture is from West Elm, but it's no longer available.  I'm not sure you need a tutorial to recreate it, but just in case, I've got a quick one for you.

Supplies needed:
Burlap- 1/2 yard or less
Freezer Paper or other star stencil
White craft paint and brush
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Jute, twine, ribbon, etc. for hanging

1.  Cut your burlap into rectangles.  Add an extra inch to the length you want, since you will be folding over the edge for hanging.  We wanted ours to be 6x8 finished, so we added an extra inch and cut them 6x9 inches.
Note- burlap is messy and hard to cut evenly.  It's part of the rustic charm, so don't worry if it is fraying a lot or not quite even.


2.  Iron your rectangles flat, if necessary.  Fold over one inch at the top and press in place.



3.  Cut a star out of freezer paper to use as a stencil.  I used my Cameo but you could easily use an xacto knife.  You can't re-use the freezer paper once you paint on it, so you'll need one stencil for each rectangle.
If you don't have freezer paper, you could use cardstock and tape it in place- you just have to be more careful.


4.  Iron your stencil onto your burlap rectangle as desired.  


5.  Make sure you cover your painting surface well, as paint will seep through the burlap.  Use a brush to paint your star.  Use a lot of paint if you want it fairly solid, as burlap sucks up paint.  A lighter coat of paint will make an even more rustic look.


6.  Peel off your stencil and let the paint dry.  


When dry to the touch. hang your pieces onto a length of jute or twine by folding your pressed edges over the twine, then sewing into place.  I sewed 1/2 inch seam along the top of each piece.


I used my sewing machine.  My mom used embroidery floss and hand stitched hers for an even more rustic look.

7.  Hang and enjoy!  Here's my patriotic mantel for the 4th- what do you think?  


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2 comments:

  1. So adorable Valerie! Great job and thanks for sharing the technique. :)

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  2. Love it! Everything looks great, I especially love your paper covered star :)

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