Mixed Media Banner Tutorial

This year I decided that I wanted to do something different this year for Halloween. This year I wanted to go… ‘vintage”. This is not a look that I generally go for, but I was totally inspired by this photo. What I really loved about this look was the banner. But since I don’t do paper crafting, I did the next best thing – “mixed media”

I my opinion, the key to a vintage banner is the lettering. Since I don’t do paper crafting, I decided on the next best thing – machine embroidery. For my version, I decided to use the Cirque Alphabet from Urban Threads (5.00″w x 3.50″h – I found that I was able to easily fit two letters on the large, oval hoop) and a ‘rustic’, open-weave cotton fabric from Hobby Lobby. Like the inspiration photo, I set out to spell the phrase “All Hallows Eve”.

After embroidering the letters, I used a fusible webbing on the backside of the material. I cut the fabric and frayed the edges slightly to give it a more ‘rustic’ feel – then ironed it directly onto a precut, 4.5″ X 6.5″ piece of paper. While the precut papers are pretty, they are still very flimsy. So, if you want them to last for years to come, you’ll probably want to back each letter with a card stock of the same size (I used a glue stick to adhere the papers together).

Next you’ll want to string your letters together. To do this, I used a hole punch to make two small holes on the top center of each letter (this not only seems to give each letter balance when strung, but also some ‘support’ so the string doesn’t eventually rip through the holes). I used a 1/4″ ribbon to hold them all together. Next up, string them up on your mantle, banister, or doorway and enjoy! Here’s how my finished fireplace looks so far:

3 thoughts on “Mixed Media Banner Tutorial

    1. Stacy

      Awww, thank you so much Betty! I enjoy all the crafty stuff, but have to force myself to do the laundry….. 🙂

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