"The Butcher", aka Cameron, doesn't really live up to his last name. There is no meat cutting or anything that has to do with blood or slaughtering in his life, but we always thought it would be the best ongoing laugh if he ever became a surgeon. "The Baker", aka Ashley (me!), thinks she can bake, but for some unexplainable reason, her cupcake business just didn't quite take-off. We'll blame that on the mass amounts of people following the same dream. Together, Cameron and Ashley have bought their first home. A home of our dreams? Well, it isn't a dump by any means, but it definitely needs some taste. Although, individually, Cameron and Ashley could strip any screw they come in contact with, together, they can actually accomplish big projects with the right direction, some creativity, and a fair share of bickering.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY Burlap "FAMILY" Banner

A theme to many weddings, bridal showers, nurseries, or professional portraits that has become ever-so-popular is "rustic".  Everywhere I look, I see brides wearing cowboy boots, babies rooms decked out in old wood, and I see these cute little burlap banners that make awesome props to professional photos for families or engagement settings.  It is a VERY easy project...

Here's what you need:
~Burlap: get it from a fabric store (comes in different shades)
~Thick Sharpie
~Sharp scissors
~Large triangular stencil (homemade mine)
~Large alphabet stencil
~Hot glue gun

First, take your triangle stencil to trace and cut out your banner pieces.  In this case I needed 6, but of course cut as many as you need to spell out what you would like.  "LOVE" is a popular one for engagement photos. As you trace the triangle, be careful as not to press hard and not to drag the pen/marker.  Burlap stretches very easily, so pressing too hard makes for imperfect lines.

Next, stencil out your letters on each of the banner pieces and fill in the letters with a sharpie (can be any color, but I think black, brown, or red works best).

Then, lay out the twine over the top of your banner triangles (letters face down).  Place a line of glue about a half inch from the top of the triangle and fold over.  Yes, your fingers may get a little hot since burlap isn't the thickest material, but you'll be fine... I promise!!!

Finally, add a little touch by gluing some cute bows on the ends.

Originally, I used my banner for a family photo shoot:

And then decided that it would look so cute on my fireplace while not in use:

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