Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanks. Thanks a lot.

I'm a Pinterest junkie... I have over 1,200 pins and I strive to tackle at least one pin a week. I don't always get around to blogging about them, but when I do, it's because I think it's easy enough and cute enough that anyone can do it.

So for this week, I made a burlap pennant flag with the word 'Thanks' on it.   You may ask "Why the sarcasm in the title of this post?"  Well... have you seen the brick background?  I'm so thankful for many things - my husband, Peaches, my job, etc. but I HATE the brick in our kitchen.  It's so dark and dreary.  Alas, I have a roof over my head so who am I to complain?

Here's what I did...

First, I cut burlap pennants and I used the same template that I use for my pennant flags that you can purchase on my Etsy site (yes, that's a shameless plug).  I found that the rotary cutter was much easier than using scissors since burlap can be difficult to cut.  Here's the template I used

I then used my Silhouette Portrait and some dollar store vinyl to create the stencil.  You don't need the Silhouette machine, you can always use scissors to do the same thing and create a stencil out of anything - including paper.  If you like the look of my letters, here's a template for you!

I placed the letter on the flag (no rhyme or reason where, I just eyed it), put some cardboard under it (the paint will bleed through) and I used black craft paint and a pouncer and made sure to fill in each letter.

The supplies

Once the paint was dry-ish, I folded the top of each flag about 1/2 inch and ironed it so that I could hang it on the twine. I also cut off the edges that overlapped when I folded them over so that they looked nice and neat.  Not sure what I mean by that?  Check it out in the picture below - see that piece of burlap sticking out in the upper left-hand corner?  No bueno.

Lastly, I used a glue gun and ran a small amount of glue under the 1/2 inch folded flap so that it would hang on the twine.  Don't have any twine?  No problem - use string, use ribbon, even dental floss! You can also use any kind of  glue, I just like to burn the crap out of my fingers at least once during a craft session; it's great evidence that crafting is a dangerous sport.


  1. very nice! that would go well with my craft paper table cloth and twine napkin rings!

  2. I liked your blog thanks for sharing this.