I honestly can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve made anything crafty. It’s been 7 months…seven! How did that even happen?
I think crafting must be a fall/winter thing for me because I haven’t even felt like doing anything like this until now, so I’m glad that the craftiness is finally coming back into my life :) Not that I want winter to come yet at all, but I am looking forward to a change of seasons and some fresh motivation.
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to make one of these since the spring, and even went out and bought everything for them way back in March, but for some reason it’s taken me until now to finally do it. Of course once I did I realized it was really quick, easy, and fun to make them!
It also happened to work out that I could make them for our new nursery-in-progress ;)
So here we go…. DIY felt banners!
What you need:
- felt pieces in at least 2 colors
- alphabet template (click here to print)
- hot glue gun or white glue
- wood dowel
- string or ribbon
- optional: pom pom edging or something similar
Print the alphabet template and cut out the letters.
Decide what you want to say on your banner, trace the letters you need onto the felt, and cut them out.
If you’re super talented or brave you could skip that step and freehand them. I, however, don’t posses that talent and need to follow templates.
Place the felt letters on a large piece of felt to figure out how big you’d like your banner to be. I made the “RAWR” one 11″ wide by 16″ tall and the camera one is 9″ wide and 12″tall.
Leave about 2″ of felt at the top that will fold down over your dowel.
Cut your main piece of felt to size as a rectangle.
Fold the bottom corners up to meet in the middle and form a point.
Cut one corner off, fold in half, and use as a guide to cut the second corner.
If you have really good scissors you could probably just fold the rectangle in half and cut both corners at once.
Trim an weird bumps so that the edges are very straight.
Take your glue and glue down the letters where you would like them. If you’re using white glue smear it around a bit before you stick the letters down.
Okay, so I found the white glue way easier to use and more forgiving if you want to move a letter after you stick it down. But I did have to go back and re-glue some pieces. The hot glue stuck way better, but you only get one chance to stick it down and if you use too much you can kind of see it through the felt. I’d suggest gluing a test piece with both first if you’re not sure which you’ll like better!
Cut your dowel down to size if it’s too big. I left about 1.5″ of exposed dowel on either side of the felt.
Flip your banner over and place the dowel at the top.
Using your hot glue gun line the edge with glue, fold it over the dowel, and glue felt to felt. Press it down until it dries so that it sticks really well.
I also hot glued the pompom edging to the bottom, but you can add whatever embellishments you want.
Tie a ribbon or string to both ends of the dowel and hang it up somewhere!
To make the camera banner
- 8.5×11″ grey felt
- white and black felt pieces
- hot glue gun
After I made that one I was on a roll and wanted to try making a non-word banner. So camera it is!
I shockingly free handed this guy so I don’t have a template for you, but if I can do it you can definitely do it. I have faith in you :)
Use a whole 8.5×11 piece of felt for the base, and cut the corners to make a point like you did before.
Cut out 2 felt triangles in another color OR if you made the other one first then you can just use the corners you cut off the bottom of that one. They’re the perfect size.
Cut out a rectangle for the camera body, thin strip to go across, 2 circles for the lens (one smaller than the other), and 3 smaller rectangles for the top of the camera.
For those 3 buttons on top I cut them out twice as tall as would be showing so that I could glue them to the back of the rectangle.
Get that glue out and put it all together.
And then glue it all together…. triangles the the base, and camera over the triangles.
Glue the felt over the dowel at the top like you did before and tie that string on.
High fives all around!