(diy tutorial) blessed banner photo prop or decor

Make a “blessed” banner for a holiday photo prop and use it for decor after your photos! The photo above is a little preview of a photo shoot I did last week for some friends. Aren’t they the cutest?! They let me sneak in my banner for one of their family shots and I loved it so much that I ended up using the banner for my own family photos. I love decor that can easily transition to several holidays. This holiday bunting can definitely be used for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all year long. Grab some paint, lace trim and get crafting! After you make this blessed banner, learn how to make a paper bag advent calender for the holidays with gilded clothespins.


Kraft Scrapbook Paper

Martha Stewart Crafts Lace Trim

Martha Stewart Crafts White Acrylic Paint

Vinyl & Cutting Machine (i.e. Silhouette) or Large Letter Stencils

Martha Stewart Paint Brush

Glue Gun


String or Jute


Step 1: Cut the kraft scrapbook paper into your choice of bunting shape (triangles, half circles, rectangle with a “v” cut out, etc.).

Step 2: Use a cutting machine (I used a Silhouette) to make “blessed” stencils out of adhesive vinyl. Make sure that you size them to fit on your bunting shapes. You can also use large letter stencils. Attach stencil to bunting shapes and use white acrylic paint to paint in the letters. Allow to dry.

Step 3: Once dry, slowly peel off stencil.

Step 4: Hot glue lace trim to the top of each bunting flag.

Step 5: Attach bunting flags to a piece of string or jute using clothespins.


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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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