It’s kind of sad to admit this — I got all excited to get out my Fall decor but when I actually pulled out all of my things, I realized I had like 2 or 3 items. What?? How does that happen? Fall is my favorite season so you’d think I’d be going all crazy in the decor department. So I decided I’d throw some pieces together this year so that when next year rolls around I won’t be as shocked.

First on the list, was creating a banner for my mantle. The great thing about banners is they can really be hung anywhere. You don’t have to have a mantle to decorate with them. And this banner was actually pretty simple to make.

Supplies
Felt
Fabric glitter
String
Glitter balls (optional)
Leaf pattern
Banner template
Letters (printed & cut out)
Scissors
Glue gun
X-acto knife

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I picked up my felt sheets at Hobby Lobby. I bought more than I needed but I didn’t want to run back to the store. I used3 felt sheets of orange (for the banner and leaves), one seafoam, one brown, one champagne and 2 sheets of the gold glitter fabric (for the letters and the leaves).

To start, I printed out a leaf pattern, cut it out, pinned it to the felt and cut the leaves out — 4 leaves of each color.

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Next, I printed out this banner template. It seemed bigger than I wanted my banner to be so I actually scaled it down to 75% and then printed it out. I had to play with it a little bit to get the size I wanted. I cut out 6 pieces for the word ‘Autumn.’

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Then, using Google Docs I found a bold font (Bevan in this case) and played with the sizing to make sure the letters would fit on the banners. I sized all the letters to 350 with the exception of the ‘m’. I had to do it at 300 to make it fit. I printed all the letters off and cut them out — using an X-acto knife to cute out the middle of the ‘a’.

Once I had all the letters cut out, I placed them on the backside of the glitter fabric and made sure to flip them that they were backwards as I traced them with a pencil. This is must, otherwise the letters would end up backwards on the banner so make sure to remember to do this. I loved working with the glitter fabric. Super easy to trace on and cut out. I used scissors and an X-acto knife (again I only had to use it for the ‘a’) and didn’t have any problems with the fabric. It was awesome and definitely a product I’ll be trying to find other projects to use it with.

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Now that I had all the pieces cut out, it was now time to put it all together. I decided to use some Fall glitter balls (I purchased them from Hobby Lobby as well) to separate the letters. The balls come in a pack of green, orange and brown but I decided for this project I’d just use the brown. Between the balls and the lettering that is quite a bit of glitter. But let’s be honest, can you ever have too much glitter? I don’t think so!

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Because the balls are foam, I knew it should be pretty easy to string them using a needle. Sure enough, I was right! The string I had was a bit thicker so I had to use one of my upholstery needles but any needle should work. I ran 7 balls along the string and placed the 4th ball in the center. This was mostly to give me a starting point on where to place the letters. My string was 60 inches long, so I slid the 4th ball to 3o inches and then spaced the remaining balls between each banner piece.

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After I had all the balls on the string I hot glued the letters to the felt and then glued the leaf pieces together. The leaves can put together anyway you want. There’s a lot of different ideas and tutorials out there. I chose this way mostly due to space.

I then placed the banner pieces upside down so that I could attach them to the string. I attached them by running a small amount of hot glue along the top and then folding the top just barely over the string — as shown below.

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I then glued the leaf pieces to the string by cutting out a small rectangle out of the scrap felt, running some hot glue on the entire piece, sticking it to the string and then placing the leaves on top of it.

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That’s it! Now it was time to hang it!

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