I can’t believe that it’s already November and it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving! This project is a fairly simple one, but I love the way that it looks and it’s also a reminder of what this holiday really is all about! I had put my deer bust back on the top of the tv stand in our living room that I started decorating last Christmas like a mantle. I love that the deer works for fall and winter, I just it needed a little more around it but I didn’t want it to be as elaborate as the Christmas decoration. I decided on a couple of twig pumpkins and some LED candles wrapped in brown string set inside small berry wreaths. The wall behind it still looked too empty so I thought instead of adding more to the surface of the “mantle”, it might be fun to put something on the wall instead! The cool part about this is you can make the banner as big or small as you like, you can customize it to say anything you want AND you could swap out the words and colors to use this as a decoration anytime during the year for any holiday or party!
1. You can free hand the little paper bunting if you like, but for uniformity’s sake and the fact that I’m not that good at free handing, I made the template right on my computer. I made two 4.5″ wide and 6″ tall rectangles right in my word processor and then added two 4″ wide and 2″ tall triangles to the bottom of each rectangle. I used georgia font in size 300 to add the letters and made everything in the palest gray I could. This way, I didn’t waste in and everything was dark enough to see it to use as a guide but light enough to be cut away and drawn over. I printed these and then the rest of the letters onto a resume paper because I liked the pale yellow look.
2. Using the printed templates as a guide, cut out the rectangles then the triangles so you’re left with the bunting shape with the letters printed on them.
3. I then used a black sharpie to outline all the letters and then fill them in. If you didn’t mind using the ink, you could print the letters in black right on your templates and skip this step!
4. Clip two miniature clothespins to the tops of each piece of bunting, I got my pins at AC Moore.
5. Use thumbtacks to secure pieces of brown satin ribbon to your wall where you want to hang the ribbons. My top one was 33″ and the bottom one was 48″. Secure them with some slack so that they will hang with a bit of a curve with the letters on. I found it easiest to pin the letters to the ribbon, tack one side on then let the ribbon fall naturally in place before tacking the second side.
6. Make four large bows with the same brown satin ribbon and hot glue a thumbtack to the back of each one. Replace the current thumbtacks in the wall with these ribbons and enjoy your banner!