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!
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.
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?
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:
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