Burlap is a favorite of mine and any way I can fit it into my crafting I do. My first big project using burlap was the bulletin board in my craft room. That became my inspiration for the sign I used at the craft fair.
BURLAP BULLETIN BOARD TUTORIAL
I wanted a simple, yet rustic bulletin board for my craft room, but they’re all pretty expensive, especially for the larger ones. Plus, I couldn’t find any I really liked. So, I made my own!Time: 30 minutes Level: easy Price: $ Materials Sound board (from your local hardware store, I got mine from The Home Depot) Muslin Burlap Staple gun + staples (1/2 inch staples are best, any thinner and they don’t stay in) D-Ring Wall Hangers (most sets come with screws) Screwdriver
Gather all of your materials. Sound board is 4′ x 8′, so you’ll probably want this cut down (unless you need an enormous bulletin board!). Mine is 3′ by 4′. While at the hardware store, ask if they can cut it for you, and if they have a working wood saw, they can! It’s much easier and quicker than trying to saw or razor it yourself. Just have your dimensions ready and you’re good to go.
1. Start by cutting both muslin and burlap fabrics. Cut them each about 3 inches larger around all edges than your sound board so the fabric easily folds around the back. I just lay the sound board directly on top of the fabric and cut around it, leaving the 3 extra inches on each side.
2 – 4. Muslin goes first (as a backing and under-layer since the burlap is so porous). Simply take one side at a time, folding in the layers, making a clean edge and staple to sound board. You may feel the staple on the other side, but don’t worry, once you have the burlap attached, it’s not noticeable at all.
5 – 6. Do the same with the burlap.
7 – 8. Almost there, I told you this was quick and easy! Now measure and place your d-ring wall hangers so they’re even, screw in place, and wa-la!
Finishing touches: want some cute clothespin push-pins? Simply superglue a thumb tack to one side of the clothespin. Be sure to glue them at the hinge of the clothespin. This is important because if you don’t and try to push on the clothespin while it’s pinned to the bulletin board, it may pop off.
BURLAP LOGO SIGN TUTORIAL
With a few materials, a few hours and a lotta love you can make your own stenciled burlap sign! Most of it was easy, but I will warn you – cutting out the stencil was the most time and painstaking part. But once that’s done (and your fingers recover), it’s as easy as baking a cake. Okay, actually it’s as easy as eating your cake!Time: 3-4 hours active time, with some waiting time Level: moderate Price: $$ Materials Sound board (from your local hardware store, I got mine from The Home Depot) Muslin Burlap Staple gun + staples (1/2 inch staples are best, any thinner and they don’t stay in) D-Ring Wall Hangers (most sets come with screws) Screwdriver Cutting Mat/Board Craft Knife or exacto knife Clips (food or binder clips) Stencil Design/Image T-pins (push pins) Newspaper Paint Sponge paint brush Krylon Matte Finishing Spray
1 – 8. Using the same steps as making the bulletin board, wrap and staple both the muslin and burlap to the sound board. Then attach your d-rings.
Since the d-rings are already attached, be sure you are stenciling your sign right side up (I made this mistake, even though I told myself before I started I need to be sure of this!).
9. Create your stencil image/logo using a design program such as Adobe and make the total dimensions of your image to be printed the same as your sound board. This way, once the stencil is ready, it can easily be clipped to the edges of the sound board for security. Save the file (in PDF) to a memory stick/card and bring to your local print shop to have it printed and laminated. They may have you trim the print before they laminate it for you. Remember to trim it to the same size of your sound board.
10 – 11. Once home, clip the laminate print on top of your cutting mat for security and start cutting out your image/wording. Unless you have a huge cutting mat, you will have to shift the laminate periodically. Be careful not to accidentally start cutting without the mat! This takes the most time and the most effort. It took me about 3 hours to cut out my stencil, but it depends on the complexity and size of your image. I also had to take a couple of short breaks to give my fingers a rest! Also, don’t forget to keep the circles and dots from the letters!
12. Now to the fun part! Clip your new awesome stencil to your board and pin, using the t-pins, the circles and dots to finish off the letters. Lay the board on top of newspaper for protection.
13. Start sponge painting. A small tip in case you’ve never sponge painted stencils before: do not paint from side to side. Only dab the paint from the top so you don’t accidentally get paint underneath the stencil and distort your image. One layer of paint should be sufficient, but you will probably need touch-ups.
14. Once dry, remove the stencil, roll it up for storage (or keep flat if you have a big enough area), package the circles and dots (I used a sandwich baggy) and attach the baggy to your stencil for safe keeping.
15. Lastly, spray the sign with the Krylon Matte Finishing Spray (per package instructions) and you’re ready to advertise!
Finishing Touches: I also added a border of paint around the edges to complete the look. Lay the sign on top of a couple of boxes or baskets, being sure you have a few inches around the boxes underneath the sign. Using the sponge brush and a small amount of paint, brush lightly from under the sign around the edge and over the top, creating a rustic, weathered look. In the corners, I painted a little further in to give it a vignette framed style.
Other Tips & Tricks
Instead of using a stencil, you can also use sponge letters like I did for this home decor:
Do you have any ideas for a custom DIY logo sign? What about other crafty things to do with burlap? If you have your own tutorial or even a great photo of something you’ve created with burlap, send me an email, I would love to hear about it and maybe it will even make its way to the blog!