This month we were challenged to create something inspired by fall for the Michaels Makers project... specifically some home decor or something for hosting little soirees. I've been wanting to DIY one of these banners for so long and thought this would be the perfect opportunity!
Rope - Ashland brand bought in store (not available online)
Fake Succulents - Ashland Fall Bouquet available in store (not available online)
Dial rod or square basswood pole
First, cut a rectangle roughly the size you want your banner to be. To get the ribbon cut on the bottom, follow the diagram below. After that, paint your words! I used a square tip paint brush to get the clean edges. Make sure to put something beneath the burlap before painting! It WILL get everywhere! I chose the Bible scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:18. For each line, I'd measure out and mark with a pencil how where the letters were to begin to make sure everything was spaced properly.
Next, fold the top edge down, making sure that your rod fits inside. Then glue with your glue gun. Slide your rod in after the glue has set. I chose a square rod because it prevented it from spinning once I attached the succulents. Tie your rope to the ends, you can place a dot of glue within the not to reinforce it if you'd like. Next, take your succulents and simply wrap the wire stem around the rod where you'd like them to be, placing a dot of glue to hold them in place if you feel it necessary.
Now you're set to hang! I put me in a place that can't be ignored, because I think the words are ones to be reminded of constantly.
Looking for autumn inspiration? Check out Michaels' Fall Market Lookbook. I spent a good hour in the store pouring over all the awesome selections in their fall market place!