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DIY Thanksgiving Banner Made with Doilies

This DIY Thanksgiving banner is REALLY easy to make – just use paper doilies from the dollar store, paint, and Mod Podge!

DIY Thanksgiving Banner Made with Doilies

I’m going to be honest – I really don’t know how to decorate for parties or holidays. My go-to thingy is banners (aka buntings) because they are easy and long, so they cover a large surface area. They make me look fancy without even trying!

This DIY Thanksgiving banner was easier than normal, AND it’s budget friendly. All I did was buy a package of paper doilies and I had the rest of the goodies in my stash.

Now I have a cute decoration for my holiday festivities. I think you need to make a Thanksgiving doily banner too . . . here’s how it’s done.

Thanksgiving Banner

Gather These Supplies

Package of paper doilies

My paper doilies came from the baking section of the dollar store.

Painting the doilies with orange craft paint

Then you get to paint them, which is fun. Make sure to have a piece of paper underneath because of the holes in the doilies. I painted on both sides and picked three obvious fall colors (a total of nine doilies). Pick whatever colors you like.

Lay out your Thanksgiving banner

Fold them in half and lay them on a ribbon on a long table. This is the planning phase. Ha!

Gluing the doilies to the ribbon

Glue the ribbon in with craft glue. Why not Mod Podge? I found that to glue the ribbon to my doilies, I’d have to add a lot more Mod Podge and it soaked the doily. So a thin line of a thick craft glue is a good solution.

Painting a thin layer of Mod Podge between the doily layers

Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge between the doily layers, making a Mod Podge/doily sammich. Do this with one doily at a time.

Rolling out the doily with a brayer

Flatten the doily with your brayer. Some Mod Podge might come out; just wipe it away. I recommend the Mod Podge mat as a surface for you, because it’s non-stick and easily cleanable.

Painting Mod Podge glitter on the outside

To make your banner super fancy, you’ll add Mod Podge Glitter on the outside. Just paint it on the doilies and let dry. Then turn the banner over and do the other side.

Punching out leaves from paper using a craft punch

I wanted a unique touch to my banner. You don’t have to do this part, but I thought it was fun. I punched out turquoise leaves using a leaf punch and cardstock.

Adding paper leaves to the doilies with a pop dot

Then I added them to my banner with pop dots.

DIY Thanksgiving Banner Made with Doilies

Your Thanksgiving banner is ready to hang and grace the area near your Thanksgiving table. Make it as long or as short as you like (and obviously, use this for any holiday!)

If you enjoyed this Thanksgiving craft for adults, I’d love for you to check out these other ideas:

The Activity Mom

Tuesday 6th of November 2012

Wow! I just saw your book on the shelf at Hobby Lobby. I totally did a double take. How exciting!!!!! Congrats!