I love the look of burlap. You can manipulate it to your liking and adapt it to all types of decor. I had found some wire rimmed burlap ribbon at Costco in the fall with the intentions of using it in our Christmas decor and well, it didn’t happen! What I did do is use it to make the Love bunting for our Valentines mantel and also for the Luck bunting that I shared yesterday in our Irish inspired mantel.
Wanna know how to make your own? Check it out!
You will need:
- 4 lengths of burlap or fabric (whatever you wish to use) – I cut mine at 6″ long
- Baker’s twine
- Glue Gun
- Craft paint in the color of your choice and a paint brush
Lay a strip of glue 1/4″ down from the top of the burlap. I lucked out with my ribbon, there were lines that you could see running through so that’s what I used as a guide for my glue. Cut your piece of Baker’s twine the length of the area in which you are wanting to hang it from. Leave a few inches on either end to make a loop with. I folded my string in half and marked the center. From there I glued a piece of burlap on either side of the center line. I only had four pieces that I was wanting to use so I made sure not to glue the burlap directly on the center line. You’ll be making the banner from the inside moving outwards, I left 1/4″ space between each piece. You can space yours as much or as little as you like.
Once you’ve glued the string across, put a bead of glue down both outer edges and fold your burlap over. This will be the backside of your bunting.
Once you’ve finished glueing all your pieces, flip it over and decide whether you’ll want to leave a straight edge or making it angled like I did. I used a lighter to singe the edges once I had cut it to prevent it from wanting to fray. Paint your letters on each piece and add more embellishment if you’re wanting to. I added a gold strip across the top. The gold blends in with the burlap but when the sun catches it, you definitely notice it! Make a loop on either end in order to hang it from where you want. It’s subtle and simple but adds just the right touch to the rest of our mantel.