DIY “Give Thanks” Burlap Flag

Autumn is here!  The leaves turn red and yellow, and as the days become chilly we bundle up in our favorite sweaters.  Soon everyone is in the car to go to the local pumpkin patch.  When we arrive we hunt for the biggest pumpkins we can find, hitch a hayride, and eat caramel corn. After a fun filled day our hands are numb and we have leaves sticking out of our hair and jackets. We arrive back home and the scents of apple, cinnamon, and cloves fill our noses while the warmth from the fireplace encloses us.  Dinner includes hamburger casserole, sweet pumpkin pie, and spicy cider.  Everybody piles on the sofa with full stomachs and happy hearts to watch Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin in his sincere pumpkin patch, and the Red Baron flying through the skies in his Sopwith Camel.  Ah, fall!

With fall comes the holidays, and with the holidays comes decorating.  Because home just isn’t home without the frills!  My mom found this wonderful and fairly simple craft somewhere on Pinterest and made me do it for her.  This is how it turned out:

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“Give Thanks” Burlap Flag Craft

You will need:

.1/2 yard burlap

. 7 to 8ft Jute (or whatever other rope or string you want to use)

. Sharpies

. Fabric Glue

. Cardboard

. Fabric cutter

1. Cut out the burlap into as many triangles as you need for what you want to write.  I cut them about 6 inches wide and 7 inches long, but you can make them as big as you want. Trace your triangle on the cardboard and cut it out.  This will work as your stencil.  You likely won’t even need the whole need the whole half-yard of burlap.

2.  Get out your sharpies or other permanent markers and start drawing!  For the thin lettering I did I used a fine point sharpie and then a regular sharpie to darken the rest.  This will take a lot of dabbing and dotting for the color to show up.  You can make the lettering thin and elegant, or blocky and fun, depending on your artistic flair.  Add a pumpkin or leaf between the words for an extra touch.

3. Pull out your Jute (as it is apparently called) and your fabric glue and add a dab to the top two corners of each triangle and press it on the rope.  Now hang it up, step back, and enjoy your masterpiece!

~ Savy

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