FIRST...I printed on the plain white paper.
Next, I glued the white paper to black cardstock so that it would be more sturdy.
Third (and here is where it might get weird for you) I rubbed a wet tea bag onto the paper to make it brown. As you can tell I REALLY wanted brown paper. It worked great by the way. The trick was to not get the bag tooooo wet, but not let it dry out. If it was tooooo wet, it soaked the paper and the color didn't stick well. If it was too dry, the bag ripped spilling yucky tea all over.
Finally I cut out the letter (leaving a bit of a white border) and then set them under a heavy book to dry. THEN I strung them up with twine. BTW... I cut slits for my rope with an exacto knife. IF you do that...make sure you knife is SUPER sharp. If it is sharp, it cuts a pretty slit through paper and cardstock. If it is NOT sharp....it cuts an ugly hole and pulls the white paper in a jagged ugly mess. FYI:)
ON a seperate note, I found YET another FREE way to hang a FREE PRINTABLE. I have this quote hanging in my kitchen (thanks Amy). I decided it had just the right colors for a FREE PRINTABLE that I liked, SO I used some handy dandy tape and hooked it right to the board.
SERIOUSLY...you cannot get much FREE-ER than TOTALLY free right???
I have had sooo much fun on my THRIFTY PANTS Fall decorations, I may just try to keep the thrify ball rolling for Christmas.
PLUS I need to give a big THANKS to Pinterest...how did I ever get any ideas before????