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Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Banners are a fun way to add some festive style to a room, but they aren't used quite as much during the Christmas holiday season.... until now! Today I'm sharing how to create a fun message banner which you can customize with any text you like. Click through to check it out.   

 

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher
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I chose the phrase "holly jolly" for my banner, and I went with a non-traditional dark magenta color... but you can customize it any way you like!

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 

Materials

 

  • Adhesive letters, about 3 inches tall
  • 1/2 yard of burlap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Triangle template cut out of cardboard or foam core board
  • Paperclip
  • 12 inches of gold ribbon
  • Spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pen
  • 2 square dowel rods, 3 feet long each 
Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by cutting out a triangle template from a piece of cardboard or foam core board. Mine was about 6 inches wide. Choose a word or short phrase to put on your banner and count up the letters. If your phrase is longer, you'll either need to make a smaller triangle template or use an additional dowel rod. Use your template and pen to create a series of triangles on your burlap fabric - the same number as your phrase, so you have one flag per letter.

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Cut them out and place the letters from your phrase onto the triangles, leaving a bit of extra space above the letter to glue the dowel on later.

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Bring the flags outside and spray paint them your desired color. I did one coat, but you could do two if you want a super saturated color. While you're at it, spray paint your dowel rods a different color (I chose gold).

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Once your dowel rods are dry, flip them over and glue a paper clip to the spot where they connect to keep them securely attached.

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, lay out your letter flags along with your dowels to make sure they will fit correctly. Attach them by putting a line of glue along the top edge of the flag and then placing it underneath the dowel rod.

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

There are lots of ways you could mount your banner on the wall - you could use small nails every couple of feet, or 3M Command Strips would work as well. I glued a piece of gold ribbon to each end and simply taped the ribbons to my mantel. I did have to use a bit of tape behind a couple of flags so it didn't droop... but the whole thing is so light that it worked nicely.

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The banner adds a fun pop of color to our kitchen, and feels festive in a not-so-traditional kind of way thanks to my funky color choice.

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

This would look great with a multi-color scheme as well... I think my next one will be different shades of green. 

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

You could even try different fabric... it might look interesting with a patterned fabric or a darker one with light colored paint. The sky's the limit!

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
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