Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DIY Burlap Banner

** Update: I have now started selling these banners in my Etsy shop if you decide you don't want to tackle it yourself! Click HERE!**

I was looking through my wedding photos again recently and found this one from our engagement session. I decided the banner we used would be my next DIY post! Its super simple and it went with our shabby-chic look!

DIY Engagement Banner

This banner was super easy and can be made custom to size or length.
You will need:

-3 yards of fabric (I had extra fabric at the end. The amount of fabric you need will vary on the size of banner you want)
-hot glue gun
-length of twine
-paintbrush with stiff bristles
-ribbon (optional)

Start by cutting the burlap. My burlap was double sided because I wanted it to be sturdy. I used a paper cut out as my pattern. This is what each piece of burlap will look like. 

 Cut out as many as you want. The next step is folding the pieces in half around the twine and gluing them with the hot glue gun. The burlap pieces will look like this, with the twine at straight edge between the two sides.

You will hot glue around each edge, including the straight edge by the twine. This will keep the burlap pieces from moving around on the twine. I wanted my banner longer, so I put some space between each burlap piece. If you have an extra set of hands to help you while gluing, it would be helpful. I talked one of my bridesmaids into helping!
 Here is a look at what the top will look like, glued around the twine. I left very little space.

DIY Burlap Banner

After you have the burlap pieces where you want them, you can begin to paint! Be sure to lay newspaper under the burlap where you are painting. It will bleed through the tiny holes. Mine took two coats of paint for it to show up like I wanted. It will depend on what colors you choose to paint with.
I chose to add some ivory ribbon at the ends of the twine. My finished product:

DIY Burlap Wedding Banner

There will be some "fringe" you will have to cut off around the edges, unless you want that look. My banner held up well, and we used it at the wedding too! And it won't cost you much to make! 

Have a fantastic Tuesday!


  1. This is a really cute idea! I'm not very crafty but this looks like something I might be able to do ;) thanks for checking out my blog! I followed you back!

    1. I'm sure you could do it! I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  2. This was a great & really helpful post, so thank you a lot :) i'll have to give this a go! You are soo pretty and you look very happy in the picture at the top :D x


  3. Thank you! I'm sure yours will turn out great. Ill have to give your blog a read :)

  4. That is so cute! I love the idea of hanging it on the back of the truck in a picture! :)