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Burlap letters on Canvas

One of my favorite materials to decorate with is burlap, I just like the rough, earthy look of it. I have been hauling around some old sacks that the previous owners of our house in BC had left behind and had decided that I was finally going to cut one up only to discover that I am not sure which box they are still packed away in. My heart was kind of set on making up my word in burlap on canvas for the Advent season so I went and bought some burlap (actually it really is jute which is a tighter weave) and have been waiting for a few minutes to put it together. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out as well as how very easy and quick it was to do! Materials:

  • Burlap or Jute (finer weave) or whatever other material you would like.
  • Letters (you can free hand or print some off like I did)
  • Mod Podge or a much less expensive DIY Decoupage that I found HERE(Gotta love Pinterest!

    [caption id="attachment_1778" align="alignright" width="223" caption="DIY Decoupage"][/caption]

  • Canvas Frames (I used 8X10 dollar store cheapos)
  • Paint Brush or Foam
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

How to:

  • Trace or draw letters onto Burlap.
  • Cut letters out while enlisting any little ones that you may have to spread decoupage on the's kind of like painting.
  • Position letters on the canvas and pat into place.
  • Spread more decoupage over the letters and canvas. Be generous, it will dry clear and you want to make sure that it sticks. (I added a wee bit of diamond dust for a little sparkle after the girls were finished.)
  • Allow to dry and you are ready to decorate!

    [caption id="attachment_1781" align="alignleft" width="223" caption="Tracing the letters."][/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_1782" align="alignright" width="300" caption="After tracing this I thought that a table runner like this would be fun...maybe a project year."][/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_1783" align="alignleft" width="223" caption="Decoupaging helpers!"][/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_1784" align="alignright" width="300" caption="More "painting", At some point they both stuck their foams in the jar and dumped at least half of it...good thing it was cheap."][/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_1785" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Joy on Canvas."][/caption]

The canvas frames were the most expensive component at 1.25 each and so I spent between 5-6 dollars total. We spent about 20 minutes working on it together.

I then did some quick decorating and attempted to take some artsy pictures...Dan said that I did pretty well:).