I love shopping at Target! For one thing, it’s close by to where we live; and I love looking at their dollar section when I walk through their doors. On one of my recent visits, I found and bought a banner for only $3. There were 7 banners already strung on jute and ready to hang.
Believe in the magic of Christmas ~Unknown
The musical notes were already printed on a canvas. I decided I wanted the word “believe” painted on these, but I had to tone down the musical notes so you could see the letters I was about to paint.
I have to tell you I wanted this little DIY project to be quick and easy, so I left everything as is and spread it around on my work table. Then I slathered some off-white chalk paint I had over all of them. However, when they dried, they had a yellowish tinge to them…UGH! So I took regular white acrylic craft paint and watered it down a bit and proceeded to slather another coat of paint to make it look white. I didn’t want to cover up the musical notes, so I took a rag and lightly swiped some of the fresh paint off. Take note, if you do this and want your background to look faded, try getting it correct the first time! The second coat covered up a bit more than I wanted, but it still worked out.
Not having a Cricut cutting machine, I printed my letters out after adjusting them in PicMonkey. Then using graphite paper, I placed the letters on each flag and lightly traced the letters onto each banner.
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As with my Christmas tree collar, I found the brightest red is the Cadmium Red Medium. But instead of using my heavy body acrylic, I used this Golden Fluid Acrylic, which I just happened to have in my paint supplies. Because it’s a high pigment paint, it is more expensive, but it covers so well and has a bit of sheen to it.
Seriously, $3 for this cute banner and very little time to transform it! This can be done with any banner you may have on hand or purchase.