Pet Craft: Pet Themed Banners
I recently moved in to a new home in KY. Our new house has seven fireplaces, two of which are in my art studio. I decided that I needed some cute pet themed banners to hang over my fireplaces. I made all three of these with supplies I had laying around my studio. Here is how I made them:
Supplies: burlap (any color will work), Stiff felt (any color you like), craft paint, mod podge, stencil brushes or sponges, hot glue/gun, ribbon, Archival Stamp pad, paw print stamps, twine
The first step is make a pattern shape for your banner. I make my patterns on my computer (in powerpoint), cut them out and pin them to my banner fabric and cut each one. Here is a pdf file of the template for this banner : WOOF Banner. Particularly when you are cutting burlap you are going to want to pin your pattern securely to the burlap. Line the top edge of the pattern up with a strand of the burlap when you pin. Once you cut your burlap piece, iron it and be gentle with it as you work so it will not fray (we will address stopping the fray shortly).
When I put the stencils down I tape them in place, and use a flat brush or sponge to dab the paint on (I use a minimal amount of paint and dab lightly). Let the stencil sit for a few minutes to dry. After I pull the stencil off I touch up the letter with a pointed brush to make it a darker and cleaner paint job. If you use too much paint or press to hard with the initial stenciling you risk bleeding under the stencil. I used a large paw print stamp to make my end banners. I stamped the paw prints with archival ink and then went back over the stamped image with paint.
When my banners were dry I flipped them upside down on my craft mat (important to use a craft mat underneath). I ran my twine across the back and covered the crevice behind the twine with hot glue, folded the burlap over the twine and held it down until the glue was cooled.
To address the fraying of the burlap and make this a lasting project I used Mod Podge. For this project I used Matte but you could use Gloss if you want. I set my banner on my craft mat (important to reduce the mess). I used a very generous amount of mod podge applied with sponge to each banner and then I hung it to dry over night. It is only necessary to apply the mod podge to one side with burlap. The flags of the banner may curl a bit after the mod podge dries. To reflatten the banners I set them on my ironing board, put a piece of card stock over them (important) and gave them a quick iron.
To finish off this banner I added some paw print bows; I tied them first and then hot glued them on.
My second banner was my love banner. Here is the template I used to make the pattern: LOVE Banner Template. The banners are made from stiff felt that I purchased at JoAnne’s, it comes in a variety of tie die color themes. I just love this pink and orange…so girly! I did the same process with letter stenciling on these banners. I used a smaller paw print stamp but followed the same process as the WOOF banner; stamp with archival ink and then paint over it with craft paint. I added some pink gem stones to the banner and some orange bows to finish it off.
My last banner is my Got Rescue Banner. Here are the templates I used to cut the banners: Got Rescue Banner. The back piece of the banner is made from stiff black felt and the front from brown burlap. I cut both my banner shapes and then hot glued my burlap to the felt right away (I did each one as I cut) to keep my burlap from fraying. Before I glued each piece of burlap down I ran an iron over it to make it nice and flat. I used a paw print stamp and archival stamp pad to make my paw prints (again going over them with paint) . To make my “Got Rescue” letters I used some wood letters that I purchased at Walmart and painted them with red glossy craft paint. . To make the question mark I flipped an “S” backward and cut part of it off.
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