DIY Birch Banner: Good Tidings

This the season for good tidings and DIY projects!

To add a rustic layer of personalization to this holiday season, our stylist, Charra, assembled a festive banner in a charming cabin chic style for our Woodland Lodge Idea Book. With natural details collected into a perfect bundle of woodland decor, this banner hearkens the coziest winter lodge, snow falling outside, with a cup of hot chocolate on the side table. Bring this sign into your own home, or present it as a gift to a loved one during this holiday season!

1. What You'll Need

    • 1. Natural Birch Bark Strips
    • 2. Baker's Twine (Green)
    • 3. Decoupage Glue
    • 4. Pencil
    • 5. Snips
    • 6. Precision Knife

2. Pencil in the Banner Flags

Outline the design for each individual banner piece on your natural birch bark strips.

 Tip: Print out a template before you start cutting to use as a guideline in creating uniformity for your banner. Alternately, use the narrow width of the sheets themselves to define the dimensions.

3. Cut Out the Flags

Cut out your design with snips.

 

4. Create a Template for the Letters

With the template you created earlier, cut out a rectangle to assist with framing in your lettering. This will establish uniformity in your design.

 

5. Sketch Your Letters

Thread the twine through the holes of your banner flags. Check for spelling before hanging!

Tip: The natural textures of both the twine and the bark will prevent excessive flag sliding, but if you want even more stability, glue the twine to the back of the birch flags.

 

6. Dip Twine in Decoupage Glue

 

Measure the twine against your design and cut sections accordingly. Dip each piece in the decoupage glue, squeezing out the excess.

7. Outline Your Letters

After squeezing the excess glue back into the decoupage bottle, lay out each piece of twine over your lettering. Add or subtract pieces of twine depending on how bold you want the graphic. Allow a few minutes for the glue to dry.

8. Create Stringing Holes

 

Use a precision knife to cut out two holes: one on the left and right top sides of the banner. This is where the twine will be strung through.

9. String the Banner

Thread the twine through the holes of your banner flags. Check for spelling before hanging!

Tip: The natural textures of both the twine and the bark will prevent excessive flag sliding, but if you want even more stability, glue the twine to the back of the birch flags.

10. The Finished Look

Your family and friends will fawn over this piece...the perfect reaction to a woodland inspired accent!

Our Woodland Lodge Idea Book (PDF) is filled with DIY ideas like this one, lending decorating and lighting inspiration for all your holiday festivities. To create your perfectly chic cabin, take a cue from our lookbook and style your home or event with rustic touches this holiday season!

Share your DIY creation with us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest with @lightsforall or #lightsforall!

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