Want to update your fall decor without spending a lot of money? This DIY Rag Banner is perfect for any season and is so easy it’s the perfect fall craft!
I always like to remind you guys that I’m not a designer. I’m simply a woman who loves creating beauty in her home through trial and error and a little bit of DIY magic. If I can do it so can you!
I’ve been dreaming about fall for what feels like months now. My body longs for cooler weather and I’m all about that sweater life!
(I’m thrilled to be joining an amazing group of bloggers sharing all things fall, including outdoor spaces, mantels, crafts, etc! Keep scrolling to see all the links at the end of this post!)
Usually I just drag out all my fall decor, decide on the pieces I want to use and figure out how to bring it all together.
This year I wanted to add in some black and white buffalo check without spending much money.
Let me first encourage you with a word about contentment. I believe we should embrace our homes where they are, however they look today.
Before then it was yard sale and thrift store goodies with some crafty DIY thrown in (still is for the most part!)
Our home was filled with kids and homeschooling and I had to prioritize where our limited income was used.
That was not a PROBLEM but an opportunity. I never feel like I lacked for anything and believed I could help our one income family by saving money wherever possible.
One of the best ways to redecorate your home is to declutter! I have an entire series here that will get you started!
Last year I cleaned out my fall decor and will do so again after this season. As our styles and family changes it’s good to let go of things we don’t need.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to add fall color is by making a DIY rag banner. (You can see the one that hangs over our bed here.)
All you need are a few materials you probably already have on hand!
Quick steps to making a DIY Rag Banner:
- Gather your materials.
- Rip apart sweater (or other fabric) and cut or tear into large sections.
- Cut all the materials 1″ wide by 12″ long.
- Measure length of jute to fit place you want to hang banner.
- Attach each strip to the jute by tying a knot.
- Hang under a mantel or anywhere you want a pop of fall.
How to Make a DIY Rag Banner
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Step 1. Gather your materials.
I love to look in my closet for old clothes or pick up pieces at yard sales or thrift stores. You can use fabric but that’s a bit more expensive.
For this DIY Rag Banner I used an old sweater, fabric scraps from our bedroom makeover and two types of burlap ribbon.
Step 2. Rip apart sweater (or other fabric) and cut or tear into large sections.
The sweater I used was one I dug out of my husband’s closet from when he was a much larger size!
Step 3. Cut all the materials 1″ wide by 12″ long.
For wider ribbon mark and cut at 1″ intervals.
For burlap ribbon, you can make a cut at the end and then pull a thread loose at that point. After the thread is completely removed you’ll have a line to guide your cutting.
Step 4. Measure length of jute to fit place you want to hang your banner.
I would cut a longer length than necessary just in case!
Step 5. Attach each strip to the jute by tying a knot.
I alternated colors in an orderly fashion but you can do it however you want!
Step 6. Hang under mantel or anywhere you want a pop of fall!
Our DIY Barn Wood Floating Mantel makes the perfect backdrop for all things fall! You can see where I’ve added some fall pillow covers and a buffalo check tray I made.
(You can watch the Facebook video where I transformed some dollar store goodies here.)
I threw together a paper banner and added some mini chalk boards for lettering.
Everything else are oldies but goodies or from the dollar store or yard sales!
I have to say this is one of my most favorite mantels ever! Do you have a favorite part?
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