DIY Fall Banner
Story and Pictures By Gillian Smit
Looking to bring some autumn vibes into your living space? Make this fall banner for under $3! (no, this is not a joke!)
1 paper bag (10 cents at your local grocery store or the campus bookstore!)
2 sheets of 9x12 felt (40 cents a piece at Michaels Craft Stores; I used grey and cream)
String (I recommend cotton or jute twine from the dollar store, but you can use any piece of string you have at home)
1 Paper template sheet (print at home or the campus library; you can create your own or download the one I made here)
1 paper clip
Step 1: Cut out your shapes. These will serve as your templates for the felt and paper bag. Note: I made the stems a little thicker than they are on the template to make sure there was enough room to poke a hole and string the twine through.
Step 2: Cut open the paper bag. Cut along the seams so you have 2 full sheets (the front and back) and gently remove the handles.
Step 3: Assign each template a color.
Step 4: Trace your templates onto the materials. Note: I used pencil, but if it isn’t showing up your can use a pen or marker. Try to be creative and strategically turn the templates to get as many as possible out of each sheet.
Step 5: Cut out your shapes (again!)
Step 6: Poke holes in your shapes. I used a paper clip, but if you have a thick needle, that would work even better!
Step 7: Cut a piece of twine. I wanted to hang mine on my fireplace, so I measured that and then cut the twine to the right size.
Step 8: String the shapes onto the twine. Choose a pattern to keep them consistent. Don’t worry about spacing right now--you can adjust that once the banner is hanging.
Step 9: Once all of your shapes are on the twine, knot the ends and hang your banner!