While Vintage Flannel shirts are amazing to throw over a t-shirt when the weather turns chilly, sometimes they just are too worn to wear anymore. This is a great time to repurpose a flannel shirt craft and make a fall leaf banner from old plaid shirts. Upcycled flannel shirts are super hot and there is a ton you can do with them and is fun for the kids too! This fun DIY banner is made from old thrift store plaid shirts and was so easy to make and no sewing machine is needed! You can even make these with excess plaid fabric. The trick to making the leaves keep their shape is decoupage medium!
You just need a few simple things to make this fun fall leaf banner! You just need a few old plaid shirts, Mod Podge, scissors,hot glue, and twine. If you can’t find plaid shirts, you can also use flannel fabric or any excess fabric on hand or other old clothing.
Decoupage is a versatile craft item and fun way to create a brand new decor item like these decoupage dried flower pumpkins.
Start by laying out your old shirts on a tarp or floor covering. I used two shirts so I had two different patterns to work with. I used the big back of the shirt part first. Pick which side you want to show and then make sure the other side is face up. I laid them out on a large piece of cardboard so my floor was protected. If you want to use the back for something larger like a pillow or other home decor project, you can use just the sleeves for this upcycle.
When making a fall leaf banner from an old plaid shirt, spread your Mod Podge decoupage glue all over the back of both pieces and let it dry. This will take a few hours, but it will make the fabric stiff so your leaves aren’t all floppy and can be cut.
After it is dry, on the wrong side of the fabric, use the template(below) to trace your Oak leaves with a marker. You can grab the templates below for tracing your own oak leaf.
Cut your leaves out. One side should be stiff and shiny-ish, and the other side will still feel soft.
You want the soft side up when you repurpose a plaid shirt and make a leaf banner, this is the right side. Use hot glue to apply a drop to the back side of the stem part and fold it over the top of the twine, almost like a tab. It will hang flat this way. Then just start glueing and layering the different sizes until you fill your entire banner as much or as little as you like.
Old flannels and vintage but damaged plaid shirts can also be used to make great gifts such as flannel coasters, reusable hand warmers, coffee tumbler cozies, a pillow cover, scrunchies with elastic and more! With a little time you can create awesome and creative Christmas gifts! So much inspiration from one shirt!
And then I just made a loop on each side with the twine to hang it up! Ribbons would also be pretty. These oak leaf shaped plaid cut outs could also be used to make a fun fall wreath like this paper cut one.
You could make this with regular old triangular banner shapes too. Handmade fall decor is so fun to make! Have you ever tried to paint a rustic pumpkin?