Monday, September 28, 2009

A Little Bit of Burlap

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This was a fun, quick and easy project. Just the kind I like! I got the idea a few weeks ago from the Shanty 2 Chic blog by Ashley and Whitney. They have the cutest ideas and this was one I wanted to give a try. And it was so quick and easy that I made two!

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I started with a stretched canvas and I cut a piece of burlap slightly bigger than the canvas. It needed to be big enough to wrap around to the back of the canvas but not so big that it created too much bulk. Lay your canvas face down on the middle of the piece burlap. I pulled and staple the top and bottom and then did the sides. You will need a upholstery/heavy duty stapler for this job. Check every now and then to make sure it looks fairly even on the front.

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I folded over the edges as I stapled them for a cleaner look on the back.

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Next was the fun part. I used blue painter’s tape to tape down the stencil on the front of the burlap covered canvas. Then I took a stencil brush and some black acrylic craft paint. Make sure you do not have too much paint on the brush. You do not want globs or extra paint to seep under the stencil. I used my fingers to keep the stencil flat against the burlap as I was applying the paint. I tried not to pounce so I wouldn’t stretch out the canvas and instead rubbed it on in circular motion to get nice coverage. I did the center stencil first. Then applied the border in the same way.

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And here they are! I loved how they turned out and now I am brave enough to try again on a larger scale.

7 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those turned out really good, Lisa! That design you did would make a lovely pillow, too.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Great Lisa! I wonderful blogger today sent me a huge boxload of burlap (Love it) and I am looking for just such projects! Thanks!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I am sooooo going to try this...I have been doing a lot with burlap around my home...just need to get some canvas...thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Linda

The DIY Show Off said...

These look beautiful! Great job!

I'm new to your blog. Nice to "meet" you! I really enjoyed the tour in your other post too!

Roeshel

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Lisa, I am posting my honest scrap award tomorrow. I am also posting your link to this post. You'll see why!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Thanks Leigh for the mention on your blog!! That box of burlap you received was an incredible gift...ready to go with great designs and colors. Can't wait to see what other ideas get posted! Everybody, check out what Leigh has to work with over on her blog...it is one of my favorites!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Cute~ this is a great idea.
You made it look too simple.