Add a sophisticated touch to your Halloween decorations with this inexpensive hand-painted banner.Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Using a ruler and pencil, measure and mark six 5" x 7" pieces of canvas fabric (Image 1). Cut along pencil lines with pinking shears or a sharp pair of scissors (Image 2).
Choose desired font for banner in Word processor on computer (275 point Blackadder ITC is used in this project). Print text, center fabric over printed text, and tape both paper and fabric to window so font is visible through canvas. Trace the letters' outlines onto canvas with a pencil. Repeat the process with remaining letters and canvas pieces.
Mix two parts burnt umber acrylic paint with one part water. Following traced pencil lines, paint letters with a No. 2 liner brush. Allow paint to fully dry. Tip: If you don't trust your hand with painting letters, a dark brown paint pen or permanent marker can alternately be used.
Unroll hemp twine and cut to desired length. Turn canvas pieces upside down and in reverse order. Example: For the word "Wicked" the "W" should be on the far right with "I" to the right of it. Run a bead of hot glue along top edge of one canvas piece (Image 1). Apply hemp twine to hot glue and fold fabric over. Hold in place until glue has set (Image 2). Repeat with remaining pieces of canvas, leaving two inches of twine between each piece. Hang banner on mantel or porch rail.