Good morning! I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Hard to believe only two more weekends until Christmas! I honestly have a lot left to do as far as getting ready for the actual holiday. By this time last year, I had all my gifts under the tree and I was preparing for Jellybean to join us in the new year. I don’t know how I was so on top of it last year, I must have had super-pregnancy powers to get things done so quickly! While I may be moving slower this year on projects, I am really excited with some of the new Christmas decorations I am adding to our home!
I love how this Vintage Christmas Banner turned out! Sometimes I have an idea for a project and I can’t shake it, this was one of them. So while I have lots of unfinished Christmas gifts, I have a beautiful Vintage Christmas Banner to keep me company! Ever since I made Bugaboo’s wooden banner for his 2nd birthday party, I have wanted to try this with vintage holiday cards. I used Mod Podge photo transfer to adhere the images to the wooden banner. I love how distressed the wooden pennants look and I love how the glitter highlights different parts of the images. The tutorial for making this banner is below and it is surprisingly easy!
Supplies Needed for Vintage Christmas Wooden Banner:
- Wooden banner – I used WoodCraft’s Wooden Banner
- Mod Podge Photo Transfer
- Paint brush
- Scissors and pencil
- Vintage Holiday cards printed on a laserjet printer (more on where to find great vintage holiday cards under step 1!)
- Ribbon or the twine that comes with the banner
Once you’ve selected the seven images you would like to use, you will need to print them on a laser jet printer. I had my images printed at Office Depot. I created a file to be printed in Photoshop. I sized each image to 5″x7.5″ (the size of the banner) and mirrored the images. This way the text, that appeared on some of my images, would read correctly after transferred to the wood. I also put two images on each page to keep my printing costs low!
STEP 2: Transfer the images to the wooden banner using the Mod Podge Photo Transfer. I followed the instructions from their website. First, I spread a layer of Mod Podge Photo Transfer on the right side of my image, coating the entire image. Then I pressed it onto the wooden banner applying a lot of pressure. I let it dry for 2 days, instead of just one, and found it adhered even better for me.
After 2 days of letting the image dry, I used a wet rag to slowly and gently wipe away the paper to revel my image. The trick is to go very slowly so you don’t accidentally rip the paper too much. I didn’t mind a little ripping, as it added to the distressed look I was going for! I love this step because it is really fun seeing your image appear! After wiping the paper away completely I let my image dry and then repeated the process using my wet rag. I found this helped get the image even more clear. You will need to gently tear away the bottom triangle of paper that is not needed and poke the holes for stringing. I did this with my wet rag.
STEP 4: String the banner together! I used a red satin ribbon I had on hand. You could do this or use the twine that came with the banner!
The banner is all finished! I love this banner so much! I love looking at vintage Christmas images and this was a great way to display some of my favorites through the holiday season! I’ll be back soon with the 6th day of a Handmade Holiday!! Almost half way :)
Shop the Supplies I used for this project!