Monday, April 16, 2012

Welcome Home Painted Burlap Wall Art

Here is one of the fabulous project I've been working on during my "Spring Break"…this sweet little welcome sign takes no time at all – an hour if you already have painted burlap on hand (or some other fabulous fabric!) and about 90 minutes if you decide to start from bare burlap.

I love burlap.  It’s a good thing, because I own quite a bit of it.   And it’s nice that it’s actually popular right now, unlike many of the things I enjoy.   However, I might possibly be getting just a bit tired of the natural brown burlap . . . possibly.  So, I decided to jazz it up a little bit with some color!  I looked into fabric dyes, but they seemed too complicated – and besides, I don’t need this to be wearable.  Burlap would not be comfortable!  Paint is always easy, and spray paint is easiest.  Many-hued burlap, here I come!
I used my trusty picnic table as a work surface, covered in plastic so that I wouldn’t ruin that mossy patina ;)  Like the yellow?  So did a bumblebee.  I also made purple, green, and a lovely shade of dark turquoise – and that’s the one I picked for this project! 
I try to be somewhat efficient when I craft – so as long as it was nice weather and I had a good place to paint, I kept at it.
The base is just a piece of 7/16” OSB (oriented strand board – that’s fancy plywood).  We have lots of it laying around from various home improvement projects.  This piece was about 5 ½”  x 26”.  
I covered the whole thing in my pretty turquoise burlap – basically wrapping it like a present.  One edge happened to be the finished edge of the burlap, so I kept that one on top.   At each end I folded under the tip so it, too, would have a nice finished edge.  
Now, what to do with this better-than-blank-canvas board?  I made a stencil using my silhouette (how did craft before I had one of these!!?!).   The “welcome” is in the Letter Gothic Std font, and I designed the little house myself.  Designed may be a tad heavy-handed, as it is completely made of straight lines.  Anyway, I put them all together and laid everything out on my board.  For this specific stencil, the windows were a challenge – I picked them up with a piece of masking tape so that I could maintain the spacing.  
I’ve found with burlap, the best way to get paint on fabric within the stencil is with the “pounce” vs. brushing.  The little brush is actually called a “spouncer.”  I wonder what that extra “S” is for?  Sorry, I’m easily distracted.   For more stenciling tips, see this post.
Once it’s dry, carefully remove the stencil – don’t forget those little squares from the house windows!  I added a hemp tie to the back – with the option to hang it from the tie or hang it from a piece running along the back.  I affixed it using my staple gun – my second favorite tool for attaching stuff after the glue gun.
It’s so welcoming, isn’t it?  And so easy to personalize (family name? wedding couple, maybe?) and change the color – spray paint comes in every color imaginable.  I know I'll be making more soon!

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  1. What a great idea! I love this!! :)

  2. Looks great! Have never used burlap before. Colouring it such a great idea, just imagine a lovely burlap dress =D

  3. I didnt even know that burlap was paintable! How silly of me. This came out great! Love it :) Another silhouette project to add to my list!

  4. Looks great! I feel the same way about burlap. I use it on anything and everything!

  5. Your painted burlap is gorgeous. I love it, but have to enjoy it from afar. It gives me hives! : (

  6. What a great sign! Love the colour!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. I would have never thought of painting burlap. What a good idea!

  8. That is totally cute. I would love it if you showed that off on my blog link party.


  9. Wow! This is such an awesome idea! I am so into burlap at the moment but my brown seemed too dark as we move further into spring! Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you'll be back for my linky party. You have so many amazing ideas. Here's the link to the one gong on right now:

    And I have to say a HUGE I'm sorry for not posting my Liebster Award sooner. Life is just moving much faster than this tired mama can keep up with! I was so honored by your nomination and really appreciated it. I mentioned your blog at the top and in the middle of my post here:

    Thanks! Michelle@Teagan's Travels

  10. Love this idea! Just pinned it!

  11. Just featured this awesome project on Cedar Hill Ranch's facebook page. Grab a featured button if you like.

  12. Great idea to spray paint the burlap.

  13. Love your sign! Just pinned onto Pinterest.... painted Burlap!! GREAT IDEA!!!! Excited to be a new follower via L.F!

  14. What a great idea, I'm going to try this!


  15. Super idea! Looks great :). Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  16. That turned out just fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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