Sep 12, 2013

Oh Burlap! Everyone is LOVING the burlap lately so I thought I would show you how to do your own burlap bunting. It is actually pretty simple as long as you have a few key tools: One of those X-Acto cutting pads, Rotary Cutter, Ruler,  Cardstock Paper, 4″ or whatever size you wish of Lettering Stencils (unless you want to draw the letters..), Burlap, Paint, Stencil Brush, Scissors, Twine & Lint Roller.

First, you want to start out creating a stencil to use for all of your triangle bunting pieces. Basically, print out a triangle or google “bunting patterns”. Once you have your image, print it out on a piece of cardstock paper and cut into shape. Next, lay your burlap out flat and place the x-acto pad under the burlap where you are going to start cutting. Place the stencil on top, and use the ruler as a guide so you don’t cut your stencil too – then using the rotary cutter (trust me this is much easier than scissors!) cut out your triangle. Continue to do this – I just kept flipping the triangle up and down the whole way – until you have as many as you need.

Now that you have all the pieces ready and are probably COVERED in burlap threads (note: that is what the lint roller is for), get your paint, brush & stencil. So here’s the fun part, cut the cardstock into the same size as the stencils – cut as many pieces as you have bunting. This is what you will use to lay beneath your burlap and change out with each letter. Basically, here were my “layers”: Table, Piece of Paper, Cardstock Square, Burlap, Stencil. Now you can easily hold the stencil down tightly and dab your brush using a little bit of paint at a time – you don’t want it to bleed. Continue this for as many bunting letters as you need..

Finally! After they have all dried, you get to put them together. There are a few ways to do this. If you love to sew, you can go ahead and place your twine at the top and fold the burlap over, pin it and you know the drill. If you’re not big on the whole sewing thing.. Grab a hot glue gun and glue the twine to the back of the bunting – try to keep it about half an inch from the top and don’t burn your fingers! :) …and Voila!