Summer Drop Cloth Banner
Sometimes I fall into an idea.
Love that when that happens! 🙂
I was working on our front porch and getting it ready for the Summer at Home tour.
Deciding drop cloth curtains would be smashing on the porch, I got busy painting, hanging, adding more paint and rehanging.
Between all the painting and hanging, I noticed something….
Painted drop cloth doesn’t fray. The paint holds the fibers in place.
So, what can I do with this information…
Make a summer drop cloth banner for over our front door.
Anything would be a step up from last summer!
Can you tell I’m not a fan of summer? That’s what happens to a girl that loves green grass and huge shade trees but finds herself in the desert.
So, for my step up plan I painted a piece of drop cloth with creamy white paint. When dried I cut the drop cloth into seven 4 by 12 strips.
Then I made a transfer of the word “summer.”
To make a transfer, print the lettering backwards onto a piece of freezer paper. Freezer paper is found in any grocery store in a large roll. You cut the paper down to 8 ½ by 11 and feed it into your printer so the ink prints on the shiny side. It’s easier to type the instructions that do it. Only because the paper is on a roll and for my printer, it needs to lay fairly flat.
But now it’s a cinch! I found freezer paper in 8 ½ by 11 sheets! Thank you, amazon! The cost is a bit more that the roll, but the frustration level is priceless. 🙂
But the transfer didn’t show well on the painted drop cloth… 🙁
Not to give up yet and just paint summer across my spring banner again, I used the transfer as a guide and filled in with red craft paint.
The other six strips of painted drop cloth became my canvas. Which by the way have a unique texture and feel, almost leather~like.
I thought about colorful flowers of all types covering the canvas. Too much work.
Maybe simple daisies. They remind me of “he loves me ~ he loves me not!”
And, they’re easier to draw.
The grommet pliers came in handy to add grommets to the top corners.
I strung the summer drop cloth banner on twine and hung it up.
Must better than last year don’t you think?
Now I’m ready….
for autumn! 🙂
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