How could I go through the Fall without making a seasonal newspaper bunting? This was inevitable! I made it over-sized for a store window, but this leaf and acorn banner feels perfect in our home, as well. It infuses our main room with the spirit of Autumn and simply makes us happy. Zencrafter thought it would make a wonderful banner for a Fall birthday...great idea!
This is an easy project using supplies you have around the house, and it's essentially free. If you follow my newspaper bunting tutorial, but use the "fall templates" provided, you could be hanging it in no time. The only thing you really need is lots of floor space for spreading out and painting. I used a large piece of brown craft paper rolled across my floor, which I can re-use over and over again.
I created templates from my husband's Golden Guide Trees from the 5th grade. It was even a bit old then, being published in 1952.
I love the vintage illustrations. They were perfect inspiration for creating iconic symbols of fall. This is my first time offering a .pdf to download. I discovered that it's virtually impossible directly through Blogger. So below you'll find my "indirect" links to the three fall templates...let me know if you have any trouble and I will do my best to remedy it.
-tutorial: click here
-jute twine for stringing
A couple of notes before you get started:
1. I modified the maple leaf in your template...making it truer to form than the one in the pictures and sized to fit on piece of paper.
2. Print templates on card stock and then cut out shape to trace.
3. Lay the straight edge of each shape along the fold of the newspaper.
4. Lift leaves and acorns periodically while drying. This prevents them from sticking to your work surface, especially if they are painted on top of more newspaper.
5. Ironing is necessary (those oak leaves get so curly!), but goes very quickly.
Additional info: To use the templates you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free here. Thanks Pat, for testing it out and passing on the needed tools...what a wonderful friend!- acorn template
-white oak template
Please let me know if you have any questions and happy Fall!