I wanted to show you how to make an oak leaf banner from old plaid shirts. I made for the Finding Home Fall home tour. The leaves are made from old thrift store plaid shirts. I wanted to use hubby’s,but he still wears most of his and might miss one… or two 😉
You just need a few simple things! To make this fun, plaid oka leaf banner! …Old plaid shirts, Mod podge, scissors,hot glue, and twine.
Start by laying out your shirts.I used two shirts so I had two different patterns to work with. I used the big back 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. Pardon the pics, they are a but blurry. I was doing it one handed and you can never tell how stunt photography is going to turn out.
When making an oak leaf banner from an old plaid shirt, spread your Mod podge 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 its’ dry, again on the Mod podged, wrong side, 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 creating your oak leaf banner from a plaid shirt, 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. This pictures isn’t the best, but do as I say, not as I do 🙂 Then just start glueing and layering the different sizes until you fill your entire banner as much or as little as you like.
And then I just made a loop on each side with the twine to hang it up!
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?