DIY Burlap Art

Yesterday, I made this art piece for my best friend, who is moving into our guest room for a few months. It's really easy to make, so I thought I would walk you through it.

All you need is a frame, some burlap, a hot glue gun and a pen.

This particular frame is a Hobby Lobby reject we used in the faux-to booth at our wedding. Hobby Lobby always has a pile of custom frames that have, for some reason, been left behind. They sell them for very little, usually under $10. That's a great price for a hefty, solid frame this size.

I didn't take pictures through the steps, but they are so simple that hopefully I don't need them!

The first step is the stretch the burlap as your "canvas." I think it would be ideal to use a staple gun, but I didn't have one so I used my trusty hot glue gun. The point of emphasis here is that the burlap really needs to be pulled and stretched tightly around the frame so that it actually looks like canvas. Then you simply cut off the excess burlap.

I used a calligraphy pen to write the saying on my burlap, but you could use paint or pen, depending on what look you're going for. I just so happened to have a calligraphy pen laying around, but I would have used a Sharpie if I had it.

My words are drawn onto the burlap by hand, but you could use a stencil. I decided not to color in my letters because I really liked the way they looked– it reminded me of needlepoint or some sort of stitching.

To add a little something-something to this piece, I dusted it with gold craft paint around the edges. I think it makes it look more aged, like something we collected from a flea market or antique store.

Finally, hang it on the wall! It's a VERY easy project. I'm hoping my friend wants to take it with her when she gets her own place, since I picked a saying that was meaningful to her. I hope she likes it enough to hang it in her own space!

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