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Patriotic Burlap Banner (Tutorial)


I thought I had finished decorating for the 4th of July but I decided that my beadboard flag wasn't enough decoration on the exterior of the house.   I decided I needed a bunting or banner and I wanted to make it with supplies I had on hand.

Digging through my craft closet I found a little bit of burlap yardage leftover from my easter banner.  I knew I was onto something!   (Isn't everything better with burlap?)

After cutting out large triangles, I used a star punch to make a couple cardstock stencils and I grabbed a role of painters tape for the stripes. 

 To keep the stars from sliding around while I painted over them, I added double stick foam to keep them in place:

I decided to use craft paint (the same stuff I used for the flag) and diluted it out so the burlap would look tinted more than painted.


 I applied the paint with a foam brush:


I laid them all out on my counter to dry overnight:


The next morning I strung them onto a length of twine (pushing the twine through holes in the burlap) and hung it across my front entrance:

Once it was hung, I sprayed it lightly with a coat of polyurethane to protect it from the weather a little:

It looks great, especially next to my distressed beadboard flag:

I think we are definitely ready for the 4th of July! 

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