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Create a warm welcome by hanging this homemade banner year after year.
What you'll need: 1 yard of thick-grain white linen ($14 per yard; graylinelinen.com), scissors, parchment paper, washable glue, 4" letter stencils ($10; usartsupply.com), fabric dye, rubber gloves, ribbon
Make it: 1. Cut 10 6x8 rectangles from fabric. Cut work surface with parchment paper and lay fabric pieces on top. Trace the letters on each piece with a line of glue along the inside edge of the stencil. Fill in letter with a thin layer of glue. Lay flat to dry completely overnight. 2. Wearing gloves, mix dye according to package instructions (we made 6 colors). Wet fabric pieces in cold water and then immerse them in the dye bath; stir to make sure the dye is evenly dispersed. Leave in for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from dye bath and wring out excess liquids; rinse under cold, then hot running water, rubbing off glue. If needed, add a bit of soap to wash off the rest of the glue. Rinse until the water runs clear. Hang to dry. 3. Iron the fabric pieces and trim down to 5x7 rectangles, making sure to follow the fabric's grain to prevent uneven fraying. Glue letters to ribbon.
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