I whipped this banner up last night using heavily discounted goods I picked up from Jo-Ann Fabric yesterday. (Which is to say it was a last minute project.) It took about an hour, mostly because I decided the most secure (and fastest, because there's no glue drying time) way to attach the hearts and ribbon to the burlap was by sewing them on. And, as long as you learned how to cut out a heart in elementary school, it's pretty easy. Go ahead: try it out yourself! Or just cut out hearts and strew them around the room, because that's also super festive.
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- Festive ribbon (mine has glitter)
- Colored burlap 12"x12" sheets (you need 1 red sheet for the entire project)
- Burlap banner
- Needle and red thread
- Hemp or string
I got a banner that was pre-made (easier to work with because the edges are pre-sealed and won't fray as much).
I made mine 24" long. Make the edge you cut the top of the banner (easier to keep an eye on the fraying).
Cut it to about 6". The thread needs to be thin enough to go through the burlap squares - the thread I used in the gear photo above was too big so I used this hemp instead.
Center the piece of hemp over the banner and thread each edge into one of the burlap holes. It's best if the piece of hemp is closer to center than the edges of the banner so it doesn't pull too much when it's hung. Knot the ends (make the knots as big as possible).
Use a generous amount of glue on each of the knots you just made to further secure the hanging thread to the burlap banner. Roll the top so it doesn't accidentally get glued to anything else. Allow to dry overnight (you can continue with the next steps, just don't hang it anywhere until it's totally dry).
1. Fold the piece of 12"x12" colored burlap into threes.
2. Cut the three long pieces.
3. Fold the long pieces into threes.
4. Cut the three short pieces.
5. Voila! You will have 9 squares that are all the same size.
1. Fold one of the squares in half.
2. Draw your best half a heart on it. (It will be symmetrical when it's unfolded.)
3. Cut the heart out.
4. Voila! A heart.
Use the heart from Step 7 as a pattern. Lay it on each of the remaining squares (as many as you want to make - I made 5) and trace around it. Then cut out along your traced lines. Wheee, so many hearts that are (pretty much) identical in size and shape.
Sew all 5 of the hearts to the banner, one at a time. Try to sew them on at approximately equal spots along the length of the banner, making sure to leave extra space at the top for the bow. I eyeballed it (leaving about an inch between each heart and at the bottom plus 2 inches at the top below the hanger thread), but you could certainly measure it.
Hot tip: sew a knot from the thread to the burlap squares themselves so it's super secure.
I made a very basic bow. You could do something fancier if you wanted.
Sew the ribbon on securely - attaching only the center section of the piece so it still has movement.
Or wherever. Looks wicked festive!