Last month I was invited by a friend to lead a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in a fall craft. I’ve never done anything like that before… there were going to be about 45-50 women attending. I was pretty sure they would be excited about any kind of project. If you have or have ever had a preschooler you know how it is, you’re just happy to be out of the house! So I didn’t feel TOO much pressure, but I still wanted to bring them a project that they would be proud to take home with them at the end of the meeting. I wanted it to be something that they would actually display, so I brought the supplies to make this DIY Fall Banner.
This was an idea that was inspired by a banner that I saw at Whole Foods, of all places. They had done one for Halloween, a bit bigger, with different stencils and different colors, but the same thing pretty much. I just made it “fallish” for the season. I thought I’d share the quick tutorial with you.
There are just a few supplies that you’ll need for this project:
- 12×12 patterned paper, cut longways into halves.
- book pages that will fit the width of the patterned paper, leaving a little bit of margin on the sides and a good bit of a margin on the top.
- fall themed stencils
- dark brown craft paint
- paint brushes or spouncers
- glue stick
Divide each 12×12 paper into two, directly down the middle from top to bottom.
Use your gluestick to adhere a book page to each piece of patterned paper. Allow more room at the top than the bottom, leaving room to fold over the top edge for hanging.
Grab a stencil, your brown paint, and a spouncer stencil brush. Get to painting. It only takes a little bit of paint. Allow to dry.
I created my own stencils with my Silhouette machine. I searched the shapes I wanted at the Silhouette store and purchased them. I did this mainly because I needed about 36 stencils cut for the MOPS group and I wanted to keep costs down as much as possible. You could easily draw your own on card stock or trace a shape from any kind of source.
Turn your paper over. Fold the top edge of the paper over to the back to create a crease. Open it up and line the crease with glue, then put some glue on the inside top edge of the paper as well. Fold it over, making sure that it sticks well. If not, add more glue. Repeat with the rest of the panels, spacing them out as you wish.
Here’s photo of a few of the moms crafting and sharing. They totally LOVED this project! It was quick and easy… even for those who professed to be “uncrafty”. I beg to differ.
Your banner is done!
All that is left to do is decide where to hang it in your home. Our mantle was the perfect place.
What do you think? Could you find a place for a cute little fall banner in your home? What stencil shapes would you choose?
Thanks so much for coming by and spending some time with me. Check out some other fun fall crafts while your here! The tutorials tab at the top of the page has a seasonal section full of great seasonal crafts!