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Monday, December 5, 2011

Burlap Advent Calendar

After I posted about my burlap runner, I wanted to incorporate burlap in a few more places around our house. I love all the advent calendars I've been reading about lately and figured a burlap pennant banner would be the perfect project!

I started by determining the dimensions for each pennant. Since I needed 25 of them I had to make each one relatively small. I decided on 3" wide and 4" tall.

I cut a section of burlap 4" wide and serged each side to help limit the unraveling while I was cutting.

Then I created a template for each pennant. I did this by cutting a 3" by 4" rectangle. I folded the 3" side in half and cut from corner to corner to make a pennant shape.

Discard the small triangles and use the middle section as your template. I flipped it back and forth to cut out 25 pennants.

Then I serged the 2 raw edges of each pennant.

To add the numbers I used my silhouette to cut stencils out of card stock and painted them on with red metallic paint and a Martha Stewart blotter.

While I waited for the paint to try I sprayed a mini clothespin with Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint, this stuff is amazing and really does look like pure glitter, not like other glitter paints I've used in the past.

Then it was time to attach all the pennants together. I used a piece of jute twine and zig zag stitched it on top of each pennant, making sure I kept them close together.

I made another one for my mom using ribbon and you could even glue them on if you didn't want to sew.

Then it was all ready to be hung up!

The clothespin acts as your marker and you move it each day to mark the countdown to Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This is wonderful...looks great hanging on the mirror!

  2. Hi Lauren!
    I'm new to your blog today and just love it! I love your fun burlap advent calendar and all your thrifty projects. Right up my alley!
    I'm your newest follower! Stop on by sometime! I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

  3. This is so cute!! Love the idea!!

  4. Burlap is so great! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  5. What a great Advent calender! Thanks for Linking up!!

  6. love it so decorative and brings an old fashioned look in come see me at