Hi friends! It’s Amy from Ameroonie Designs here with you again. Are you ready for fall yet? The temperatures here in Utah have been slowly coming down, there’s a crispness to the morning air and the leaves are showing the very first hints of autumn color. I am so ready for this mellow, lovely season to get here! Especially now that I’ve got my new fall decor ready from The Wood Connection. Today I’m going to show you how I created this fun Framed Fall Wood Banner.
To start we need to gather our supplies! I got all of my shapes, paper, paint and paint supplies at The Wood Connection. You can find the mini banner shapes here, and the autumn shapes here. You will also need a frame, I used this planked one, also from The Wood Connection. In addition, you will need twine to string your banner and ribbon to finish off the ends. Lay out your banner pieces in the order you want and arrange the fall shapes so you know which pieces will go where. *Tip: If I’m doing a project like this where there are lots of pieces being painted and covered with paper, I will take a picture of the arrangement so I can remember which paint color/ paper goes with which piece. I like to think I can remember these things- but sometimes I just can’t. 😉
Here’s a close-up of the paint, so you can see all the colors I used.
The first thing you will want to do is stain your plank sign. I used a dark walnut stain I had at home, but you can find great shades at The Wood Connection. While that is drying you can start preparing your banner pieces.
*Here’s a tip: If I know I’m going to use the same color of paint/stain again, I keep the brush in a plastic sandwich bag until I need it, that way the paint doesn’t dry out, and I don’t waste brushes.
I’m not going to waste your time with step-by-step directions for putting the paper on your banner pieces, but if you need help or just want some super great tips- check out this video tutorial on the blog! Cover all your banner pieces, and paint your autumn shapes then set these aside.
The next step is painting your frame. I wanted a distressed look to mine, so I stained first then taped off the inside of the frame and just painted the outside walls of the frame white (ivory). Remove the tape from the frame while the paint is still wet. After the paint dries, go back and sand the painted frame to distress- as much or as little as you like. I then took my brush and rag with stain already on them and used them to further distress the frame, banner pieces and autumn shapes. *My tip with distressing with stain (or ink for that matter) is to start lightly and then keep adding layers until you have the look you want. You can always add more, but it’s really hard to take stain off of paper.
Now it’s time to get the banner pieces ready for stringing. The first thing I do is poke a hole through the paper using the back side of the banner as my guide. When you turn the piece over you can see the pin holes. Then I use a sharp razor blade to cut the paper out of the hole. Do this for all your banner pieces. Arrange the banner pieces in the order you want them to hang and glue the autumn shapes on them using wood glue, a glue gun or other method of choice.
*Here’s my tip for stringing these mini banner pieces. Use a piece of dental floss or very thin wire to string your twine through the holes. Begin by getting a small (3-5″) piece of your floss. Thread both cut ends through the first hole on the front of the banner piece, creating a loop. Slide the twine through the loop and pull the ends of the floss. The loop will grab the twine and pull it through the hole. Then from the back of the banner piece do the same thing, bringing the twine back to the front of the banner piece. Repeat this process with all the banner pieces until they are all strung on the twine in your desired order. (I took these pictures before I glued my autumn shapes on)
I wanted my banner to hang in the frame, so I grabbed some screw eyes and screwed them into the frame. I put mine 1/2″ down from the corner and centered it on the exposed part of the sides, but I would probably move it closer to the front of the frame if I were doing it again, just to create more depth for the banner to hang in.
Tie the ends of your twine to the screw eyes. Make sure, before you make the last knot, you stand the frame up to see if it hangs the way you want. The wood banner pieces are heavy for the twine and stretch it quite a bit, so you may want to tie it tighter than you think to get a nice soft hang like mine. Trim off the ends of the twine- leaving an 1″ or so on the ends, then cover the screw eyes and twine ends with ribbon.
The papers I chose had these quotes on the back so I decided I’d add some journaling blocks to my display. I also got these beadboard pumpkins and acorns to finish off the look. I love how the whole display turned out.
But this fun wood banner, I have to say, is probably my favorite part of the whole thing!
If you’re ready to make your own, I hope you’ll hop over to my blog where I’ll be giving away a $25 gift certificate to The Wood Connection to help you get started on all the supplies for your own lovely fall display!
Oh, and Happy Fall, Y’all!