Felt Fall Banner

Felt Fall BannerWritten by Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life, *NEW* Contributing Writer

Every year we decorate the mantle for Fall. And every year the routine is basically the same.

Pull off current decor. Pull out boxed Fall decor.

Turn on Christmas music (I know, I know. But this year I have a good reason).

Try to find an arrangement of things we already have on hand or have acquired cheaply that suits our simple, clean style.

Send pictures to my best friend for a second opinion. Because she is a decorating guru. And I am not.

For the past couple of years, I have been able to count on more help than just from my best friend. My children are joining in on the action.

Like most things, they are eager to do whatever.Mommy.is.doing. We cook together. We sew together. And now we decorate together.

Sometimes this means finding random pinecones on surfaces that are in their reach. Sometimes it means reminders not to let their dinosaurs eat all the fake fruit. Almost all the time it means candles. They are big on the candles.

And I say, just go with it. Embrace their participation as a part of the family tradition. Let it be a special time. Prioritize memories over Pinterest-worthy mantles. (Not knocking Pinterest! I know it is a crucial source of inspiration for the decorating-challenged like me).  Give them license to be creative and the opportunity to enjoy the work of their hands.

This year, try letting your kids join you in making this simple Fall banner. (If you’re really brave, you can invite friends over for a felt painting extravaganza).

Chances are good that you already have some of these materials stashed away in a cupboard or closet. And those you are missing can certainly be acquired cheaply. Plus, the stamps are quick and easy to make. They may be a new favorite here. (I’m thinking Christmas cards…)

How to make your own fall banner:

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 yard felt
  • craft paint
  • styrofoam plates
  • corks
  • paint brushes

Instructions:

1. Cut the felt triangles. Cut out a triangle from cardstock to use at your guide. [Cut a square 8″ x 8″. Draw a line from each top corner to the center bottom and cut.] Use this to cut as many felt triangles as you can. (Trust me, having some extras is a good thing).

Felt Fall Banner

2. Make the stamps/stencils. Draw the letters and/or shapes in the center of each styrofoam plate. Carefully use an exacto knife to cut each shape out. Go slowly so the styrofoam does not tear or snag. Now you have one stencil (the plate) and one soon-to-be stamp (the cutout).

Hot glue a cork to the center of each cutout and let dry.

Voila! Stamps.

Felt Fall Banner

3. Set the table, (the craft table). Cover the table with paper or a plastic tablecloth. (I use rolls of craft paper from IKEA for this. Easy and inexpensive). Pour paint onto uncut styrofoam plates to use for dipping the stamps. Pour paint into another container to use to dip brushes in for the stencils, (we used an empty plastic egg carton). Set out the stamps, stencils and triangles.

Even if you are only doing this with one or two children, having the supplies ready from the start is a major time and stress saver! Don’t skip this step.

Felt Fall Banner
I neglected to pour the paint before the kids gathered. I wished I had remembered because waiting is soooo hard.

4. Paint the triangles. Gather around the table and get to work! (And if you’re like me, take a deep breath and remember that part of the beauty is the kid-ness of it all. Or just make plans to go back and add a few of your own pieces to the banner. No shame either way).

After each triangle is stamped or stenciled, let it dry in a safe spot.

Felt Fall Banner

5. Make the banner.  Take the dry painted triangles and lay them out in the order you want them. Cut two small slits in the top corners of each triangle for feeding the twine through. Feed the twine through the pieces and you’re done! (Tip: I waited to cut the twine until I hung the banner on my mantle so I could determine just how long I needed it and how spaced out I wanted the triangles).

Felt Fall Banner

6. Hang your banner!

Felt Fall Banner

Happy Fall! I hope your season is filled with crackling fires, pumpkin flavored everything, and extra-special memories!

About Lisa

Lisa is married to her best friend and has three inquisitive and energetic kids. She loves crafty things like sewing and painting and actually enjoys cooking with her kids, and making crackers and pasta from scratch. In the busy fullness of life with young children, Lisa strives to live faithfully, remembering the hope of the gospel in all the everyday things. She blogs about a "pilgrim life", living in grace now and waiting for a more permanent, eternal home at thispilgrimlife.com.

Comments

  1. Sweet. Such a nice idea. And those photos are adorable.

  2. Yet another use for wine corks! I guess if we are going to do this with friends, I better go drink some more wine!!! LOL!

    Kidding aside, this is beautiful! I think we might do this next week!!!

  3. I love this idea! Such a fun thing to do with little ones too. I bet my daughter would love this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a cute idea! I love crafty stuff like this!

  5. very cute idea!

  6. Sigh. I haven’t even taken out my fall decor this year yet! This is inspiring! I think I will tomorrow!

  7. What a great idea. So cute. I think my kids would love to make these. 🙂

  8. So cute! Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Oh, that’s so cute! I love it that you involve your kids. I think it’s the best way to do it (even though it usually takes 5 times longer to do anything). 🙂

  10. What a cute idea! I am so terrible with being crafty and festive but this just looks too easy to pass up.

  11. Fantastic ideas!! Thank you will pin!! Trish

  12. So cute! I love that you get your kids involved. It makes the banner so much more special.

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