I’m not totally
insanely obsessed with Pottery Barn Kids or anything. I simply enjoy paging through their Halloween décor catalogs and occasionally imagine selling all of our children’s furniture on Craigslist so I can redecorate. That doesn't mean I have a problem, does it? Their 2014 Halloween collection is no different. Adorable Halloween banners galore! Lucky me, I love burlap (for once I’m totally “in” with my burlap/twine passion) and I love Halloween banner DIY s. (Check out my Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Easter Bunny Banner here.)
I took one look at the banner and its price tag, $24.00, and knew I could do better. It’s made of jute (code name BURLAP). Burlap is CHEAP! It runs around $3.99 a yard at Michaels, Joanne, Hancock, etc. Plus you only need ½ a yard to make this banner!
I sat down with my trusty graphics editing program and came up with a printable pattern you can use to make your very own Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Trick or Treat Banner. I’m also including a cut file, in case you own a Silhouette cutter.
Halloween Banner Instructions
Let’s take a look at how EASY this project is…. I bet your house is going to be draped in burlap banners this Halloween.
1. Download and print the PDF pennant pattern. Cut 11 pennants from burlap. They are 6” wide by 8.5” tall (use the pattern in the printable). If you have never cut burlap before, check out this easy tip for cutting perfectly, it makes this project go FAST.
2. Notch each pennant.
3. Use school glue to stop the edges of the burlap from fraying. I squeeze on a thin line and then use my finger to rub it gently into the material. You can also use a fray stopping product, but school glue is more affordable.
4. Download the PDF pattern then print and cut stencils.
There are several ways to make your stencils:
- Trace your stencils onto contact paper by hand and then cut them out by hand.
- Use a Silhouette machine to cut the vinyl for you. (Get the free cutting files.)
- Run contact paper through your printer (here’s an easy tutorial).
- You can skip the stencils all together and trace your pattern onto the burlap by hanging it on a window and using a permanent marker.
5. Use acrylic craft paint and a small brush to stencil your design. Work from the edge of the stencil inward to prevent the paint from being forced under your stencil. I lined my work area with freezer paper to keep the paint from making a mess, it tends to bleed through the burlap a bit.
6. Let the paint dry for a few minutes and remove your stencils.
7. Cut the twine. I use a 10 foot piece of twine because I like to have extra length at each end to attach the banner. The finished PB banner is 7 feet long, if you want a shorter banner use an 8 foot piece of twine, the ends will have a lop that takes up several inches.
8. Once the paint is completely dry use a glue gun to attach your pennants to the twine. I use an iron to crease my pennants ½ inch from the top. This makes a straight line to place the glue and twine. Go lightly on the glue, you do not want extra leaking out through the loose weave of the burlap.
9. Space each pennant 1 inch apart. Tip: start from the middle of your twine and work out. This ensures your banner is centered.
10. Knot cord at the end to make a hanger.
11. Enjoy your new creation!
Halloween Banner DIY Costs
I love my new banner! You can use it to decorate a fireplace, bookcase, toy room or porch. It would be adorable at a school party.
PLUS, I didn't have to part with $24 to get it!
Here's the cost breakdown for my version:
- 3/4 yard Dark Orange Burlap – $2.00 (I bought extra in case I made a cutting error)
- Contact paper for stencil, $2.00 (you can use any color, check the Dollar Tree to save)
- Black Acrylic Paint $0.69 (used ½) – $0.35
- 10 feet of 1/4 inch natural jute twine – $2.00
- Glue Stick – $0.10
Total price= $6.45
That's a $17.55 savings (73% off if you’re into math).
I LOVE those savings even more than Pottery Barn Kids!
Get More Knock Off Halloween Crafts
Looking for more Halloween craft inspiration? Get these great knock off tutorials.
- Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Bat Chandelier
- Pottery Barn Inspired Happy Halloween Banner
- Pottery Barn Inspired Trick or Treat Banner in Black
- Pottery Barn Inspired Black BOO Pumpkin Luminary
- Pottery Barn Inspired Boo Banner
- Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Light Up Glitter Pumpkin
And just so they don’t feel left out
- Williams Sonoma Inspired Halloween Crow Wreath
I hope you try one of my projects this fall! What's your favorite Halloween craft?