10/19/2012

First burlap attack


First, I want you to know it is the last day for the Jamberry Nails giveaway.  You can enter until tonight at midnight!  Hope on over and enter here!

So for years I've been seeing those cute signs or decor that are painted burlap at boutiques and at people's house. I've always thought they were so cute but when I looked at the price...all that crossed my mind was "surely I could make a version of this myself".

I recently saw my Sil "P" she made for my nephew's welcome home sign and I had to ask what materials she used. Simply burlap and tempera paint.

My SIL cute burlap "P" sign


So I took it one step farther. Of course I search Pinterest for tips and then I dung in.

First I had my picture in my head of what I was aiming for- door sign, witches feet, and very colorful. Second, I folded 3 layers of burlap at approximately 2 1/2 x 3 feet. Them, I doused it in mod podge so I wouldn't have to use as much paint.  While I waited for that to dry I sketched a version with the colors (oh yes, R's crayons to the rescue!) of the witches legs and feet so I could get the colors right before using my paint.  Once dry, I made a light outline in black ink pen of the sketch.  Then I painted away, keep in mind to use one color and wait for it to dry before putting another color on top of it.  For instance, on the stockings I used all white then came back once it was dry and did the stripes, same goes for my polka dots.  I used acrylic paint instead of tempera just because I already had some.

At this point I thought the canvas looked sort of empty and odd so I added the wording and was trying to make them look Halloweenie.  Is that even a word? Once it was all dry I cute little slits along the sides and tied ribbon through it to give the burlap some extra pop.   I also used ribbon to make little bows to go on the shoes to give a 3D look to the sign. I  stuffed some plastic bags (yes, the ones that you get from the grocery store when you forget your own reuseable bags) through the bottom opening of the burlap and in between the layers to give the sign some dimension and sewed along the bottom so they wouldn't fall out.

Then, I stuck an dowel road that had been left over from making diaper cakes into the top part of the burlap to give me something to hang the sign by ribbon.  The hubs cut it to the proper side and I braided the ribbon.


Sorry I didn't take pictures along the way.  I did most of this project preblog but if you have questions and need clarification, do ask!  And yes, that is spider web all over it.  Spooky isn't it! ;)

I think my first attempt at making a $150 sign turned out pretty good!

5 comments:

  1. that trick-or-treat sign is too cute!

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    1. Thank you! I love the witch's feet trend that's so big right now, so I had to make it!

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  2. Cute! I love burlap!
    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

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    1. Uploading it right now:) I see it's your first, is this going to be a weekly link up? Please join me for my first link party this Saturday!

      And thanks, I'm already dreaming up signs to make for friends and fam that have asked for one!

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  3. Thanks so much for linking up at the Ginger Jamboree! I hope to see you there next week!

    I will check yours out on Saturday!

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