- Halloween: spooky, witch, trick or treat,
- Thanksgiving: Harvest, Thanks or Thankful
- Christmas: Merry, Believe, Ho Ho Ho, Winter, JOY
I also put glitter on the letters to give it a little sparkle.
- First you need to make a pattern using a large piece of card stock or cardboard. The size I used is 9 inches across at the top by 11 inches in length. So first I cut the card stock 9 inches across in a straight line. Then I cute the bottom of the paper at 11 inches. Then I folded it in half. I then took a ruler and drew a line with pencil from the top of the 9 inch top down to a point at the bottom of the 11 inches. Then I cut it with a pair of scissors. Then unfold it and you have a long triangular pennant shape.
- Now take your burlap and trace around the pennant using pencil. Press down so the pencil shows up against the burlap. You should be able to lay the pennant pattern against itself back and forth so it makes a large rectangle as you cut it out. This will save you time and cut down on useless scraps of material.
- Once your burlap is cut out, cut your twine approximately the length you will need. Be sure to add extra so you have plenty. You can always cut some off the ends if it is too long. (if you don’t want to use twine, you can use ribbon for more color).
- And it’s helpful to iron your burlap pennants – I didn’t do this because I am lazy.
- Now you need to either hot glue the ends of the top of the pennants down to make a space to thread the ribbon or twine through. I decided to sew the seams, but it would also be easy to hot glue them. Make sure to put your twine or ribbon through before you hot glue or sew the seam. This will save you time so you don’t need to thread it through the seam later.
- Once your seam is glued or sewn, lay the whole thing out on a flat surface. I put wax paper down underneath the pennants to protect me work table.
- Now it’s time to stencil the letters on the pennants. You need to make sure the stencil is flat and is either taped down or held down tightly to the burlap. You don’t want paint to get underneath the stencil.
- Put your stencil brush in the paint and tap some off on the side of the paper plate or a paper towel. You want to have enough paint to saturate the burlap but not glob underneath the stencil. It is also important to put the paint on at the same angle the whole time you are stenciling. This is how you make the lines of the stencil come out straight and clean.
- For my pennant, I went over the letters with black glittery paint. SO if you want to do this, you stio after each letter and put glitter on that letter while it is still wet.
- After it is all dry, tap off any excess glitter on the wax paper to be collected and used later.
- Optional: to add a little color and interest, I put a link of copper that I had in my jewelry-making supplies and looped it through the end of the twine. I made a knot at the end by the link and then another loop farther down that would be covered up by the last pennant.
- Optional: Then I took about 4 coordinating ribbons and tied them to each link at the ends of the pennant.
PS – I still haven’t made it to the Pumpkin Patch — maybe this weekend?