City Mouse Blog

The personal blog of Miranda Erokan.

Welcome Banner DIY

my mom came to visit over the weekend!! we've had quite a few house guests and it's always really fun. i love showing friends and family from out of town what it is we do here on a daily basis in New York... from the shops, to the farmers markets, to our favorite restaurants, to comedy shows and theater, we tend to have a pretty packed weekend schedule. i'm excited to someday have a guest room or some other private space for visitors, but for now, they get the living room. so far that's worked out pretty well. i wanted to do something to make the space more inviting, so i decided to make a sweet lil welcome banner that you see right when you walk in the door. we have a sort of rustic design vibe going on in our apartment, with a lot of natural wood furniture, etc. so i decided to continue that and make the banner out of natural burlap and twine.

what you'll need: about a half yard of burlap, acrylic paint in the color of your choice, letter stickers, scissors, foam paintbrush, twine, and clothespins.

step one: cut out a triangle in the size of your choice out of cardboard or paper to use as a stencil. i used it to mark with a pen on the burlap where to cut. before you cut, make sure you fold your burlap in half, and place the short end of the triangle stencil on the fold. cut out enough triangles for what you want your banner to say. (i.e. if you want it to say WELCOME, you'll need seven!)

step two: place your letter stickers on the burlap triangle. then use your acrylic paint and foam brush to paint around the letter. you can go as messy or clean with the paint as you like... i went for a slightly messier look, so it almost looks like i used spray paint. be sure to saturate the fabric with paint, especially right on the edges of the sticker. wait a couple minutes, then carefully peel off the sticker.


step three: once the paint is dry, string the twine through the fold of each triangle (in order of course!). secure each triangle with two clothespins, and hang it up by tying each end of the twine to a nail! tip: lightly burn the edges of the twine so it won't fray.

the finished product: 

xo, miranda