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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  1. You sure are ready for the 4th of July! I love the banner's distressed look! Your home entrance is looking really good!

  2. love it! so festive, but not over-the-top :)

  3. That is so cute! I love burlap and I love the look of it painted like that! Thanks for sharing! :)


  4. Great patriotic bunting!
    Mary Alice

  5. I looooooove this bunting! Such a classy vintage, distressed look. I'm pinning this!
    And I will be featuring it this friday on

    Well done!
    (found you from Craft o Maniac's linky)

  6. This is great! I love burlap!! I'm a new follower and I’d love for you to share this on Tuesday’s Tidbits at Naptime Delights:


  7. Hi again, ok, your bunting is live at Come check it out!
    <3 Alyssa

  8. Your patriotic bunting is adorable. I ♥ it! Found you at Blackberry Vine and I'm now a follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Happy 4th ~ Judy

  9. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. New follower

  10. The Jenny EvolutionJune 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and simply had to pin it. I hope
    you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party
    going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


  11. This is so creative! I could totally recreate this :) Thanks for the inspiration and joining in our Pin Party.... hope to see you again!


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