Hot chocolate, apple cider, falling leaves and festivals. These are just a few of the reasons that I love Fall/Autumn. I get a serious case of the warm fuzzies. To me, it’s a time of family togetherness, snuggling on the couch and baking. Such a great time of year!
In an effort to make my home a little more festive, hubby and I made a pretty awesome DIY Wooden Harvest Banner. These are incredibly easy to make (though you will need a circular saw) and make wonderful gifts. You can put anything you want on the blocks – which is great for a child’s room, baby shower, holiday decor and even weddings! Here’s how it’s done:
DIY Wooden Harvest Banner
- (1) 1×4 board
- Circular saw or chop saw
- Measuring tape
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Printer Ink
- Wax paper
- Paint brush
- Clear wax paste
- Pilot drill bit (size depends on how big you want the holes to be)
- Painters tape
1. Measure 5 1/2″ from the end of your board, and mark that spot. Use a ruler to draw a straight line so you know where to make the cut.
2. Carefully cut the square.
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you have 7 squares.
4. Measure and mark the location of the holes for hanging each square. You want them to be the same on each square so measure horizontal as well as vertical. A simple pencil mark will do.
5. Using your drill and pilot drill bit, drill your holes.
6. Now take your sandpaper and sand all sides of the blocks. You don’t want anyone getting splinters.
7. Paint each square and allow them to dry completely. Do the same for the back of each square.
8. Cut your wax paper to the size of a standard piece of photo paper. Gently place it into your printer. You’ll be printing the letters onto the wax paper so you can transfer them to the blocks. NOTE: The ink is wet and will smear if touched. Be extremely careful.
9. Using your favorite photo editor, create the letters in the font and color of your choosing. Important: Make sure you flip the letters horizontally. You want them to be backwards when printed. If you forget to do this, your letters will end up being backwards on the blocks.
10. Print the letters onto the wax paper. You may have to do only 1 letter per piece.
11. Working one letter at a time, carefully place the letter face down onto the first block. Take your time. Once it touches the block, that’s it. If you mess up you’ll have to repaint the block, wait for it to dry and then retry. So take your time.
12. Once you’ve placed the letter on the block, hold it in place with painters tape. It won’t be super sticky since tape doesn’t really stick to wax paper very well. It should be strong enough for this purpose though.
13. Using your fingernail, gently scratch over the back of the letter. Be sure to get every spot. The more pressure you use, the darker the letter will be when transferred. You don’t need to go crazy but definitely be firm.
14. Carefully remove the letter without smudging it. It’s best to hold it with one hand while removing the tape with the other hand. From there you can let go and the wax paper will start to curl up. Once that happens, you can quickly lift up and admire your progress.
Still will me? Good! Only a few more steps. I know it seems like a long process but it’s really not. It looks like more than it really is.
15. Repeat steps 10 – 14.
16. Allow the letters to dry completely over night.
17. Apply wax paste to the blocks. Give them ample drying time and then do the same on the back.
18. Once dry, you can string them together – make sure to tie a knot by each hole. You don’t want the blocks sliding together.
19. Finish the banner by tying a loop at both ends so you can hang your masterpiece.
I promise you, this is incredibly easy. You just have to take your time. It’s so worth it in the end.