When my husband and I got married almost 5 years ago, we bought an old window from an antique
store in Dade City to use as part of the wedding décor. I strung twine across it and used tiny clothes pins to hold the place cards on for our guests. It was one of my favorite details from the wedding and
afterwards, I just couldn’t part with it. I hung it up in our house and it has since become our “celebration window.” For Christmas, I string lights across it and hang our Christmas cards on it as they arrive in the mail. For Valentine’s Day, I hang a heart banner on it and for birthdays I decorate it with birthday cards and pictures. It’s become the focal point of our living room for the last few years and with 4th of July just around the corner, I realized I needed something to show our American pride. I actually had almost all of the supplies I needed for this craft which made me so happy and I’m sure you can look around your house and find most of what you need too.
-White and red paint
-Sponge brush or paint brush
-Circle stamp (if you don’t have one, you can use anything round you have around the house that you
don’t mind getting paint on. You can cut an old sponge into a circle shape or even a small potato would
-red, white and blue ribbons of all different textures and lengths
I began by cutting the burlap pennants out. I didn’t have a pattern, but just made them the size I
wanted, and then cut a little triangle shape out of the bottom to make the two points. You can do
traditional triangle pennants for this craft if that’s easier. Cut out as many as you think you’ll need for your chosen length.
I wanted to get them painted before I did anything else because burlap is thick and the paint takes awhile to dry on it. You want the red paint to dry completely before putting the white dots on because
otherwise you will end up with...pink dots. So once you have your coat of red paint on, set them aside to dry.
While the red paint is drying, I cut all of my strips of ribbon, yarn, and trim. You want them to be all
different lengths but there are no rules here. I wanted my streamers on each end of the banner and I
wanted them pretty long, but short streamers would be cute and putting some streamers between each pennant as an option too.
Once you have the steamers cut, your red paint should be dry so you can begin painting the dots on. I
had a round sponge on hand that I bought at the craft store so that’s that I used but you can get creative with this step. If I didn’t have the sponge, I would have used a potato. You can look up potato stamping on Pinterest to get ideas on how to use that technique. You can put the dots on in any pattern you want and once you are done, let them dry.
Now that everything is prepped, it’s time to put it all together. Decide on the length of banner you want, then cut the twine about 10 inches longer than that so you can tie the streamers on. Then, take the hot glue gun and apply a thin line of glue along the top of the back side of one pennant. Don’t do them all at the same time because the glue dries fast. Place the first pennant all the way on the left side of the banner (leaving about 5 inches or so for tying). Repeat this step, but put the pennant all the way to the right side (again, leaving room to tie). Then fill in the banner with even spacing between the remaining pennants until you have all them attached to your piece of twine.
Now tie on your streamers to each end and now you have an adorable 4th of July banner to hang up in your house!
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