DIY Projects

How to Make an Easy Patriotic Banner with Ribbon

Kaycee Geeding 

I am excit­ed to share with you just how easy and beau­ti­ful this patri­ot­ic door hang­er can be with just a lit­tle wood plank and ribbon! 

For me, patri­ot­ic decor around the home­stead always seems to be lack­ing. Sum­mer hol­i­days always seem to sneak up on me and I find myself scram­bling around last minute to come up with a few good sum­mer­time decor ideas.

This project start­ed with a pre-dis­tressed board from the Wal-Mart craft cen­ter and a pack of 6 lit­tle wood­en stars from the same isle. I’m sure the same sup­plies can be found at your local craft store or in the affil­i­ate links list­ed below. Anoth­er option would to be to grab a piece of scrap wood and use a dry brush­ing tech­nique to cre­ate your own weath­ered look. 


whote distressed wood plank
wood star cutout shapes

I stained my stars with Min­wax Spe­cial Wal­nut stain first so they had a few min­utes of dry time before the glu­ing step. If you don’t have any wood stain on hand I have a DIY wood stain recipe here.

can of minwax wood stain on a piece of cardboard

I for­got to get a pic­ture of the stars in the dry­ing phase, but I believe you get the idea. Using a small paint­brush, apply 1 coat of stain to the stars. You could eas­i­ly make them dark­er by lay­er­ing coats of stain or paint them if you pre­fer more col­or. We’re going for a rus­tic look here and I am ador­ing this stain!

stain star cutouts on a distressed white plank


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Next, gath­er your rib­bon. I used 3 dif­fer­ent kinds of style and tex­tures here. I don’t know about you but I think this com­bi­na­tion of the lace, red check and burlap rib­bons is just about at Amer­i­can as you can get! Now I just need an apple pie cool­ing in the widow.…now there’s an idea.…anyway back on top­ic, this rib­bon y’all, I’m lit­er­al­ly at a loss for words. So cute.

Cut your rib­bon at approx­i­mate­ly the same length. I did not measure…I nev­er do. The imper­fec­tion is what adds to the char­ac­ter of this project so don’t sweat it!

pile of ribbon, burlap and red gingham textures

Then, flip your board over and start hot glu­ing your rib­bon across the back. I laid mine out first just to kin­da get a feel for how I want­ed the rib­bon to lay. I did­n’t want it to look inten­tion­al­ly placed, if that makes sense. 

In oth­er words, I inten­tion­al­ly styled them in an unin­ten­tion­al way…say that three times fast. Once again were just going with it.

For a clean­er look, you could eas­i­ly add anoth­er strip of fab­ric across the areas to cov­er the hot glued areas.

After you have assem­bled your rib­bon and are sat­is­fied with the look, flip your board back over and hot glue your stained wood­en stars! This is when I thought to myself, “Holy moly this is per­fect.” I mean real­ly, WOW!

Y’all that’s it! This ban­ner is pre­cious and per­fect and so stinkin’ easy I can’t even han­dle my excitement!

rustic wood star plank with ribbon. hanging on a brick background

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