Bright & Colorful Stenciled Canvas Banner

It’s Birthday Week around here – did you hear?!  I am just a few days away from my birthday and since I love to celebrate, I decided that this week would be dedicated to all things birthday!!  It started off on Sunday with a fantastic giveaway to celebrate my friend Ruthie’s 2 year blog birthday.  Then, yesterday, I shared a crazy good ice cream float that tastes just like birthday cake!   Up next, I’ve got an easy project that would make a colorful addition to your birthday dessert table or a bright bunting for a cake plate!  With a few basic supplies and less than 30 minutes, you can make an adorable stenciled canvas banner!

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Lots of crafters make wreaths for every season and occasion.  I’ve made a few wreaths – my 3 minute bat wreath and a cute Valentines wreath with pipe cleaner rosettes – but my default seasonal craft is banners, buntings and garlands!!  Since I wanted to be able to use this banner for lots of different occasions, I chose colors that were bright and cheerful and a saying that could be used at a cake table, ice cream sundae bar or cookie station!  “Sweets” was a pretty safe choice in my house … what is a party without dessert?!

And here is the how-to:  This banner started out with a canvas bunting from 7 gypsies that I picked it up in the scrapbook section of my local Michaels store.  Each canvas flag is about 3 1/2 inches long so the letter stickers from my scrapbooking stash were the perfect size.  I centered a letter sticker on each canvas flag and pressed it down firmly.  Then, I used a foam brush to paint on a coat of acrylic paint right over the letters.  The new Americana multi-surface satin acrylic paint covered the banner in just one coat!  I wanted this to be somewhat rustic, so I left the paint a little uneven and I liked the slight curling of the flags once they were painted.  Once the paint was mostly dry, I peeled the letter stickers off to reveal the stenciled word.

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To hang it, I used mini clothespins to clip the stenciled canvas banner on some jute twine but you could use ribbon or even pom pom trim – how cute would that be?

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You could use this same technique of stenciling over stickers to make a banner that spells out a name.  That would make a personalized baby gift or a fun touch for a room re-do.  For a themed party, use stickers in different shapes like jungle/barnyard animals, train cars or princess silhouettes!

Banners, buntings and garlands galore!!

Here are some of my favorite little seasonal things to hang up:

Happy Fall Ya’ll & Boo to You Banners :: Frightfully Easy Halloween Banner

Wooden Candy Corn Banner :: Coffee Filter Bunting

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  1. Adorable banner! Now you have me craving sweets!!!

  2. Super cute banner, Keri! My sweet tooth is raising it’s hand now!!!

  3. So cute lady!

  4. I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. My kind of project! Easy, quick and super cute!

  6. Too cute! Great idea! Love stencils! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  7. Adorable! Pinned!

  8. Very cute and simple project. Love that. Thanks for linking up at Life Inspired. :)

  9. Love how colorful this banner is! I featured it today on Sew Woodsy!


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