It’s Kelly Goree with you again today to talk just a little more “Pinterest.” When I was here Monday, I professed my love for the site and all it’s amazing eye candy. Yet I also confessed how I struggle to make those great ideas and amazing things I see a reality in my own home. So I decided to change that just a little. I challenged myself – and YOU – to hop off Pinterest for just a bit and create one of those projects you’ve seen on there that you’ve always been meaning to do.
After searching in my “one day when I have time” pin folder I came across these gorgeous stretched burlap letters. I had hoped that it would be a tutorial, but when I checked further, it turns out that those lovely letters are by a talented Etsy seller by the name of The Virginia House. So I did a little research on her blog and found out a bit of info to help me make some of my own.
Here is what I needed:
Burlap (I went to our local feed store and bought an actual burlap bag for 1.99. I think I’m going back to buy more to turn into pillows using the cool print you can find on them!)
Reynolds Freezer paper (WHY hadn’t I known about this stuff before?)
Before I get going any further, I just have to talk about this freezer paper. I had NO idea it existed but check it out – right on the packaging it mentions its specific uses in the crafty area! How cool right? It’s basically got a paper coating on one side and a waxy coating on the other. It makes perfect stenciling templates as I’m about to show you!
After the monogram is cut out, lay the freezer paper (paper side up) onto the burlap cut large enough to wrap around the wooden frame (Trust me, this is important as with my first attempt I cut a piece way too small!) then iron it on. Do not use steam and make sure to really hit the areas that have the fine cuts so that they are extra secure.
Using a sponge brush, paint the letter with paint color of choice. I think a thicker paint would work better so that it doesn’t get the chance to run. However once I did that, I came back with a slightly thinner coat to really make sure the letter was covered. Take caution at the finer areas so that they don’t get over-saturated. Let dry completely. I used a hairdryer to help speed this up a bit as I’m not very patient!
What I learned in the process:
1. Most of this went beautifully, but I didn’t cut the canvas large enough the first time and therefore it was extremely hard to stretch. Give yourself plenty of working space.
2. It can be a little tricky to center your monogram onto your frame once it’s been painted. I haven’t tried it yet, but I might consider stretching your burlap first, then painting the monogram.
3. Gallery wrap the burlap at the sides of the canvas rather than at the top and bottom so that if you want it to sit on a shelf, it sits a little flatter.
4. MAKING CRAFTS IS FUN!
I hope this inspired you to get your creative mojo going and I can’t wait to see what you’ve created!