DIY Grain Sack NOEL Christmas Banner

I love Christmas!  I also have a two story family room with a large blank wall on the second story.  I needed a large graphic that was inexpensive to fill the space for Christmas.  That’s when burlap came to mind and this DIY grain sack project!

Mohair and Burlap

I went to JoAnn’s (with a coupon of course) and purchased 4 yards of cream burlap.  I chose cream because I like the way it lightened up the space against my sand colored walls.  Then I cut the 4 yards in to two 2 sections.  Then I cut each of those vertically giving me 4 panels that are each about 2 yards long.  I say about because I trimmed a little off the top and bottom to be sure that they were straight.

Time to paint!  I searched through my garage to find a paint that wouldn’t be gaudy.  I landed on a milk chocolate wall paint that I had left over from another project.  Then I used blue painter’s tape and taped off a stripe pattern that appealed to me.  Actually, I did this on my island with newspaper under the burlap.  It took two coats of really thick sloppy painting to penetrate the front of the burlap.

NOEL Wall Hanging

I went back to JoAnn’s and scoured the remnant piles.  Nothing.  Then the clearance rolls of fabric, and there it was, burgundy mohair!  I think I bought two yards (using the leftovers for another Christmas project I’ll post later).  Then I found a font I liked and printed each letter off in a huge scale, about 4 sheets per letter.  I taped them together, and cut them out.  Then I placed them upside down on the smooth side of the mohair, traced and cut each one out.  I stitched it on to each panel with my sewing machine.

NOEL Wall Hanging

Then I hung them with clips from a long rod on the wall.  BUT, they drooped and didn’t stay neat and tidy.  SO, my husband had a brilliant idea.  We took a trip to Lowe’s and purchased 4 yard sticks.  He cut each one with a chop saw to the exact length of the panel.  Then, we tacked it to the yardstick with brass tacks from the office supply store.  They look like nail heads!

 

NOEL Wall Hanging

I love it!  This is actually a simple project.  It takes a little patience, but worth it year after year!

 

NOEL Christmas Wall Hanging

Here it is in my XL Christmas Mantle post:

Christmas Mantle

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9 Comments

  • What a great idea. I love it and am impressed with your thriftiness.

  • BJ, thanks, and I am thinking about making another one as a give away from Burlap &Denim. What do you think?

  • Everytime I see “Noel”, unfortunately I think of rearranging my Mom’s Christmas blocks to say “Leon”. He, he. Fun project though.

  • It looks amazing Amanda.
    I’d love it if you could share this at my Simply Christmas Inspitaion Party at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011yay.html

  • WOW–I love this wall banner!

  • OMG! I just keep finding the most stunning projects on your sight…My question is….how do you separate “home” from “projects”? My projects for Deja Vue Designs has completely taken over my house….my yard….and my LIFE!!!! Your house is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  • what is the name of the tan color you used? Love the colors and decor!!

    • Shannon,
      Thanks, the tan color is “Desert Sand” one of Kwal Howell’s now retired Historic home colors. I tried searching for a formula or comparison, but haven’t had any luck.

  • […] so I removed them and removed the painting.  I sprayed my deep red mohair (left over from my Noel hanging) with a spray adhesive and laid it out on the back side of the painting (the painting was […]

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