First off, I had a ton of fun making this banner and am so pleased at how it turned out! I’d say it was a match made in crafting heaven! It’s goes perfectly with our Christmas tree.
My inspiration for this vintage Christmas banner first came from the gold glittery poinsettias that I put on our tree (I got these for a steal of a deal at Walmart, 4 flowers for $3). We also have a reclaimed pine hutch that it would be going on that inspired an old world, vintage feel. I found clear plastic Christmas light bulb ornaments for 96 cents, also at Walmart (Way to go Walmart!) which sealed the deal, I was in love!
Even with my banner a match made in crafting heaven, it was also a banner on the cheap! Here’s what I used:
5 plastic light bulb ornaments (I got mine at Walmart for 96 cents each)
Floor cleaner (I used Pledge and it worked great)
2 1/2″ burlap ribbon
DIY Glitter Ornaments
The first thing you’ll want to do is start on your glitter ornaments. You could also use paint on the inside if you wanted, but I loved the shimmer that matched my tree.
1. Take the tops off your ornaments and set aside.
2. Next put about a tablespoon of pledge into one of your ornaments, swishing it around to coat all of the inside edges you want glittered.
3. Place the pledge coated ornament upside down on the opened pledge bottle to let the excess drain.
4. Let sit for about 5 minutes to let the pledge semi-dry so it’s tacky. You’ll want to make sure you don’t forget this step as the glitter will stick and clump in one area, if the excess isn’t drained.
5. Use a taped piece of paper to form a funnel and pour about 2 teaspoons of glitter into your ornament.
6. Use a paper towel over the opening while shaking the glitter around in the bulb to cover all sides. Pour any excess glitter back into its container.
7. Put the ornament top back on and tie each with a ribbon.
Burlap Noel Ribbons
Next is the letter portion of your vintage Christmas banner.
1. First cut the lenths of ribbon you want for each letter. Mine is about 6-7 inches. You’ll want to be sure to have enough that you can fold and hot glue the burlap over the top of the jute for a finished edge. Cut a chevron or inverted v into one of each of the ribbon ends.
2. Find a font you like online, you can find several Christmasy fonts on our Pinterest page here. The font I used is called Cantoni Pro Bold.
3. Practice writing your letters on burlap scraps, also choosing which color of sharpie you want to use.
4. This is the tricky part. I free handed the letters with a sharpie on my burlap ribbons, they look pretty good, don’t you think? You could also try inkjet image transfers or painting with a stencil if you’re nervous about free handing it.
Vintage Christmas Banner
Now it’s time to put it all together!
1. Tie your ornament tops alternating in color if you did multiple colors with enough room in between for your letters.
2.Hot glue your ribbon letters by folding the top edge over for a finished look.
What do you think, pretty easy right? I think this is one of my favorite Christmas projects yet. Happy crafting and Merry Christmas too!