by Wiley

Deck the walls with this Christmas garland…with a little help from WonderUnder, an iron-on adhesive. Here’s how you can make your very own festive felt banner:


  • WonderUnder (sold at your local fabric store)
  • 1 sheet of red felt
  • 2.5 sheets of white felt
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Pencil or marker
  • Scissors
  • Letter stencils (I printed out letters from my computer, but you could free-hand it)
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Damp towel
  • Small hole punch (optional)
  • Ribbon
  1. Make Your Own Sticky-Backed Red Felt. Cut out an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of WonderUnder. Put the red felt onto your ironing board, then put the WonderUnder (rough side down) on top of the felt. Use a dry, hot iron to press the adhesive onto the felt for 10 seconds.
  2. Create Your Letters. Cut out your letter stencils, then use a pencil or marker to trace the reverse image of the letter onto the Wonder-Undered side of the felt. Cut out your felt letters.
  3. Cut Out White Felt Squares for the Background. Use a ruler and pencil to draw out evenly sized rectangles from the white felt. (I created six rectangles from each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white felt.) Use pinking shears to cut out rectangles with zig-zag borders.
  4. Adhere the Red Letters to the White Rectangles. Position each red letter so that it’s on top of a white felt rectangle. (The Wonder-Undered side of the red felt should be touching the white felt.) Put each square onto the ironing board. Cover up the squares with a damp towel. Iron on the letters (medium-high heat) for 20 seconds. (Tip: From bottom to top, here’s what you should have: ironing board, white felt, Wonder-Under, red felt, damp towel, iron.)
  5. Assemble Your Banner. Use a small hole punch or scissors to create two openings at the top of each white square. String ribbon through the holes, then display your finished banner over the mantle!