Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DIY Dog Bone Banner Tutorial

Ok yall, I have another great DIY project for you! Using burlap scraps I made a dog bone banner. You can use this banner idea for you 4 legged friends next birthday! If you are not big into celebrating their birthday you can always use it for puppy themed parties, adoption centers, or anything else you can think of. This was so simple to make and it was a lot of fun.
To get started this is what you will need:
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Glue Gun
Scrap Ribbon
 So my sister just got married and my Mom handmade all these beautiful burlap table cloths and she had a bunch of leftover scrap burlap laying around. So instead of throwing them away we found a great way to recycle the scraps into a great project.
We will be making a bone banner with my dogs name "Bailey" on it. You can put anything you want on the banner. It can say Woof, Ruff, Adopt, and if you are really ambitious you can make "Happy Birthday!"

First, you will need to get your scrap fabric and find good pieces you can cut your bones out of. My bones are about 8x10 but you can make them bigger or smaller. Once you find your pieces you will want to lay them out flat and iron them. This makes cutting out the bones A LOT easier. If you do not have any scraps of burlap you can buy some by the yard at your local fabric store.
Next, my mom free handed a dog bone out of some scrap paper we had laying around. We love to recycle around here! If you are not good at free handing a bone you can get a template online or use clip art in word and print one out.

Next, you will want to lay your pattern onto your burlap and pin it in place. I folded over one piece and will make two bones with one cut. If you do not feel comfortable with cutting two at once feel free to do one at a time.

You will want to have a good pair of scissors because the burlap moves a bit when you are cutting it. As you can see below my bones are not identical but they are close enough. Two down and four to go!

Ok! Once you get all your bones cut out you will want to lay them out and make sure they are all pretty even and trim any wonky edges.

Next, you will want to get your chalk and lightly trace your letters on the bones. Make sure to check your spacing on each bone.  You will want your letters to be about the same size on all the bones so it looks more cohesive. You can always just free hand it but we like to error on the side of caution.
Once you are happy with your letters you can get out your paint and paint brush and begin to trace over your chalk letters. Since the burlap has holes in between the weave we turned over a pizza box and painted on that to prevent from getting paint on the table.  

My Mom was a great helper!

They are DONE! Now that they are all done you will want to lay them all flat to dry. We used some more scrap paper to put under them to make sure the paint did not get on the counters. Drying time should take about 30 minutes depending on how thick your letters are.

After the bones are dry you will want to get out your twine to make your banner.
You can use ribbon, fabric, or any other trim but I thought this would work perfect and keep up with the rustic theme. I bought this particular twine at Hobby Lobby in the ribbon section.

Next, you will want to lay your bones face down and space them evenly. While you are doing this make sure you plugged in your glue gun so that sucker is nice and warm when we need it!
Once you get your spacing worked out you can use a small drop of hot glue to keep the twine in place. After the hot glue dries it is up to you on the finishing touches. I used some scrap ribbon I had and just tied it on the twine on each side of the bone. You can use whatever you like or just leave it the way it is. I just thought it needed a little something more.

When it's all done you will have the cutest personalized banner for your dog, kid, or event. It is super fast, fun and really cheap! Hope yall enjoy!

**I would like to add a special thanks to my Mom for all her help on this tutorial. I loved being back at home and crafting with her. Love you Mom!**

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