I decided to make a burlap banner for my mantle. It was really easy. I kept it very simple.
I bought 1/2 yard of burlap at Joann's (which gave me enough for 2 banners). I cut some "heat n' bond" stuff into four 8 1/2 x 11 sheets and ironed them onto the burlap. This helps the burlap go through the printer and helps it not fray after you cut it. I cut the burlap to match the sheets and so then I had 4 sheets of burlap paper.
On my computer, I found a font that I liked (this was probably the hardest part, knowing what font to use). In the Pages program on my mac, I made a template with a triangle shape - 2 triangles to a page. I put two of the letters for the banner in the middle of the triangles and then printed them onto my burlap with my inkjet printer. Then I changed the letters and printed again and again, until I had all the letters necessary to spell "grateful".
Next I cut out the letters, pulled off the paper backing, cut slits in the upper corners, strung brown ribbon through the holes, spaced the letters evenly after holding it up to my mantle, and hot glued the ribbon to the back of the burlap. And there you go. Burlap banner, done. And you can probably google "burlap banner" and find better instructions then mine. I'm not good at writing tutorials. I get really impatient and sometimes my instructions don't make sense. So, sorry about that.