This farmhouse Christmas banner is a simple and beautiful DIY made from Dollar Tree letters and burlap ribbon.
Sometimes I wonder what goes on in real farmhouses around the holidays.
You know, the houses that sit on land where corn grows and cocks crow, where cows moo and pigs…poo?
Surely, the farmers and farmer-families in their farmhouses are aware that their way of life (minus the back-breaking work) has been hijacked and exploited for financial gain by companies run by men with soft hands and hard hearts.
So I wonder, do the real farmhouse inhabitants actually decorate according to what we’ve been force-fed by Big Retail and that Texas couple as “farmhouse style?”
I like to think that the real farm families are having a good laugh at all of us still chasing the farmhouse dream. I like to imagine they sit on black-leather-and-chrome sofas as they gaze at modern art hanging on their walls while chefs whip up an Asian fusion dinners in their sleek and ultra-modern kitchens.
Oh, I could be wrong. It’s happened a time or three in the past. It’s just what I like to imagine.
Back in the non-farmhouse real world, we’re still trying to out-farmhouse each other. I keep expecting Target or Walmart to come out with the Farmer Brown fashion line with pre-faded denim overalls and faux-muck muck boots. I’m sure it’d be a big hit!
Maybe International Harvester could come out with a road-legal tractor that we could all zip around town in – you know the ones with the the huge back wheels and two little dinky ones in front?
It doesn’t get more farmhouse than that!
Anyway, we’re still happy to do our part for the Non-Farmer Farmhouse Cause, so this Christmas season, my babes decided it was a fine time for me to snatch up another package (or three) of Dollar Tree wood letters so I could make her a super-duper authentic-farmhouse Christmas banner.
You could make this farmhouse beauty on burlap fabric, but we decided to dial-up the farmhouseyness by scoring some black-bordered jute webbing from Amazon. The only way this thing gets more farmhouse is if a galvanized steel chicken wears it as a necklace.
Now that’s farmhouse!
Actually, there is a way to make it even more farmhouse, but then you’d lose the red Christmassy colors. Dollar Tree also sells galvanized letters, and if you’re brave enough to make a Christmas banner from those, then you’re hardcore farmhouse. You’ve got cow’s milk running through your veins and hay sprouting from your head.
We wanted to keep it a little Christmassy and have some red, so we went with the wood letters which we painted with glitter paint (so not farmhouse, I know, but needs must, madam, needs must).
Okay, enough of my pointless and non-sensical yapping. Let’s make a farmhouse Christmas banner!
Easy Farmhouse Christmas Banner
- 3 packs Dollar Tree wood letters
- Red Glitter spray paint (if you can’t find red glitter spray paint, you can paint them plain and then sprinkle Dollar Tree red glitter on them before they dry)
- Burlap fabric or black-striped burlap webbing
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon, string or rope for hanging the banner
I first dug through the 3 packs of letters and extracted the ones I needed.
There’s been an alarming uptick in glitter-usage in my life these past few weeks, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. There’s this farmhouse Christmas banner, those Harry Potter wands I made with glitter glue sticks, and there’s another Christmas project coming up involving glitter that I think you guys are going to love.
Once you cross into glitter territory, there’s no turning back.
This glitter paint is an odd bird. When I first sprayed it, I could swear it was just clear goo with some glistening red stuff in it. But after a few coats, actual red appeared on the letters and gave a beautiful, rich and sparkly finish.
I cut off a piece of webbing about 5 1/4 inches long.
Then I folded the webbing in half the long way.
Starting at the folded-over corners and working towards the middle, I cut at about a 30 degree angle.
This is the shape I was looking for.
Next, I folded over about 1/2 inch of the top.
And then I creased it with my fingers.
I put hot glue on the back of the first letter.
Then I placed the letter in the center of the jute webbing.
First letter done, 13 letters to go.
I repeated these steps for the remaining letters.
Next, I ran a line of hot glue along the top back edge.
And then I folded the flap over and glued it in place.
Once I had done this to all the letters, I handed them over to my babes so she could weave a black ribbon through all the letters. And with that, our easy farmhouse Christmas banner was finished.