As I search through my daily dose of wedding images, I often come across those adorable banners that are used as props in various wedding photos. I fall in love with them more every time I see them! Unfortunately, I was unable to make or purchase one in time for my May wedding, but when we scheduled a Newlywed Session with our wedding photographers, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to create this lovely banner for our shoot! So… here’s how I did it:
– ‘Tulip’ Soft Fabric Paint in Matte Linen (I also purchased in white)
– ‘Tulip’ Fashion Glitter in Crystal
– Natural Bristle Fabric Paint Brushes (3 pack, any brand)
– Darice Craft Designer Jute
– Burlap Fabric
– Wide Cream Satin Ribbon
– Ultra Fine Point Black Sharpie
– Letter stencils, or cardstock and scissors to create your own
– Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks or Needle and Thread
Step 1: I started the process by finding an inspiration image that I fell in love with. This particular image is from Etsy seller funkyshique
-Image courtesy of funkyshique
I just loved the lower case font, natural burlap, and bows! From there, I started purchasing supplies and set to work.
Step 2: I purchased the paint, brushes, glitter, ribbon, cardstock, and jute from my local Michael’s Craft store, and then went to JoAnn Fabrics and purchased 3 yards of Natural Burlap fabric. (I already had my trusty hot glue gun and plenty of glue from years in design school.)
Step 3: Once I had the supplies purchased, I looked online at various banners and decided I wanted something a bit different… so I went with the phrase ‘happily ever after.’ I decided to split the banner in two, having ‘happily’ on one string, and ‘ever after’ on the other – similar to the inspiration image.
Step 4: In my Michael’s run, I couldn’t find the perfect letter stencil so I decided to DIY the stencil as well. I scoured the internet and my personal font collection for the perfect font. Once I found one I loved, I then set up an 8-1/2″x11″ 300dpi file in Photoshop where I crunched as many of the letters in ‘happily ever after’ as I could into the file. You can also do this in a Word file if you don’t have Photoshop. I printed the letters onto a thick cardstock and meticulously cut them out.
Step 5: I measured and cut on plain computer paper a triangle ‘stencil’ that I used to cut the burlap triangles. I measured it to be about 9″ long from top to bottom, and 7″ long across the top. Exact sizing and measurements are completely up to you!
Step 6: I took my Ultra Fine Point Black Sharpie and lightly traced the letters onto my freshly cut burlap triangles.
Step 7: I then took the ‘Tulip’ Matte Linen Colored Soft Fabric Paint and mixed in the ‘Tulip’ Fashion Glitter to give the letters a nice sparkle. Then, I cautiously began painting the letters in – backing them with a scrap piece of computer paper so that the paint didn’t bleed through.
Step 8: I applied a second coat of paint to make the letters pop more. I then let the letters fully dry and assembled them in the proper order to see how it would look.
Step 9: After the letters completely dried, I took the Jute, measured and cut it into strips so that all of the letters fit with about 12″ of excess on either side. After having the jute measured and cut, I took my hot glue gun and wrapped and glued the burlap triangles around the jute strips, using approx 1″ of material… and Voila! One adorable burlap banner for our photos!
-Images courtesy of The Brand Studio
In a perfect world, I would have used my satin ribbon to tie bows on the ends of each banner like the inspiration image, but ran out of time before the shoot – nonetheless, it came out wonderfully and looks amazing in our photos!!
So, this a really fun and easy project and an overall great way to customize your wedding, newlywed, or anniversary photos!! Happy creating!