Who’s gearing up for a festive Fourth of July!? I’m ready to add a little red, white, and blue to my space. I love decorating our mantle and shelves with fun banners during the holidays, but I didn’t have any Americana for this holiday. I needed to change that, and I had a hankering to get crafty. Here is a fun and quick tutorial for a festive watercolor dipped banner.
How to Create a Watercolor Dipped Banner
If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I love book page banners. They are just so easy and so classic. I love the old yellowing of the pages against the twin rope. So I wanted to give a spin to my traditional pendant banner and give it a little color. Not only was I wanting color, but I wanted that dark colored line like the page just sucked up the vibrancy. I tried several different techniques and finally settled on this approach.
an old book
paper towel-lined tray
I wanted a scalloped edge to my banner, so I used the bowl to create a nice rounded edge and cut out the book pages like this.
To prepare the water to dip the pages in, I used watercolors mixed with water. I wanted the color to be a tad bit more vibrant, so I added in a few drops of food coloring. This step is completely optional. But with my heavily yellowed pages, this helped make the color a bit bolder. Remember I wanted a watercolor look, but if you wanted something more solid, the dye’s you find in the fabric soap aisle would also work.
I dipped each page into the color solution and clipped them onto the edge of the bowl. It really depends on how porous your paper is as to how quick the water will absorb. I tested my pages and ended up letting them sit for one hour.
Once they had soaked up all the color goodness, I laid them out on my paper towels and stacked books on top to keep them from wrinkling any more. After they had dried, I hole punched them and laced the twine.
What a fun and festive way to celebrate Independence Day! I love the mix of the antiqued book pages and the watercolored red and blue. I feel like this would be something fun and classic you would have found a hundred years ago.