At the beginning of the month I came across this post from Marta at marta writes . com. I knew I wanted to make one for our mantle. Her instructions were fabulous and I was very inspired. I wanted mine to be little bigger so I made my own pattern and printed it on freezer paper, which I buy in the grocery store.
I had a better shot of the banner that is straight and technically superior, but I love the blur of Loaf walking through this shot.
I was not very technical in creating my freezer paper sheets to run through the printer. I grabbed my ruler and a sheet of cardstock and started tearing.
Print the desired letters for the word you want to spell on the paper side of the freezer paper. I have included a star and heart along with the alphabet in the download. Cut out the grey letter using scissors, do not cut the pennant yet. It is a fast process and I did it while watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. They are cheesy, but it's a guity pleasure.
Iron (you might have to press for a few seconds to get the wax to melt) the freezer paper (waxy side down) onto the burlap strip. I cut several lengths of fabric using Marta's cutting method. It was marvelous.
I started painting the letters with a foam brush, but it was quickly destroyed by the rough burlap so I changed to a cheap paint brush that worked beautifully. After everything dried, overnight, I cut around the pennant guide. I cut about 1/4 inch outside of the line because I was wanting to get the maximum size pennant I could.
If you are careful pulling off the freezer paper you can reuse the stencil for another round of paint. I used a paper towel when ironing on the painted stencil onto the new burlap just to make sure paint did not transfer to the iron. This second stencil did not adhere as well, but it was good enough for clean lines.
I chose to sew along the edges and the jute on top of the pennants, rather than the glues that Marta suggested. I always burn myself with the hot glue gun. Always! A sewing machine is a safer option for me. Besides I can run a little "sweat shop" as my daughter put it as she was sewing the pennants. She offered to help. (see this photo)
Dressing it up with a fancy swag that was a gift. Fancy doesn't really work in our home, but those mercury ornaments are my favorites.
We've been talking about faith quite a bit in scripture study with the children so this banner will stay in this spot. Love the stars!
I am toying with idea of reducing the pennants by 50% for a smaller banner. Something to think about. Thank you again Marta for the inspiration.
I used the font Century Schoolbook, in case anyone is wondering.
Download Akimball_banner (zipped jpg files)
Download Akimball_banner (pdf file)
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Enjoy. It was a fun project.