Now,. you may ask (as the cutting table attendant at Hobby Lobby did this morning) - WHY BURLAP? Here are my simple reasons.
1. It is earthy, natural looking.
2. It is inexpensive (I purchased the burlap I'm using at Hobby Lobby for $3.99/yard).
3. It doesn't have to be sewn - making this an easy, no sew project.
I decided that I would make each square approximately 20" square (give or take). After cutting the squares, I simply pulled a few of the pieces of weaving so that the burlap would fray. This is the square following squaring and fraying.
Then I took this handy dandy stencil that I also found at Hobby Lobby. (I was really glad that I found a stencil that said "JOY" - it was perfect for this project!) I applied stencil adhesive to the back of the adhesive and used this
Now, this is where I went commando. I had purchased stencil paint and daubers. I carefully applied the paint to the first square. It looked great. However, because of the texture of the burlap, the dauber was messed up after just the first square. I didn't want to have to go buy a boatload of daubers. SO, I improvised. I pulled out my bag of sharpies. After testing a small patch, I realized that the sharpie would work on the fabric. That helped me to decide to complete the project with sharpie instead. I'm really glad that I did, too. Each square were very quick to stencil using the sharpie.
After the stencil is filled
And with the stencil removed
With a completed square and the sample vase (the real set up will have coffe beans sprinkled around on the burlap square)
Rinse and Repeat - 15 times! And this is what you end up with - ready to be on display for the wonderful women of Texas!
I've been wanting to do a burlap project for a long time. Now that I know just how easy and quick it is, I'll be making up some projects for my own home. I hope I've encouraged you to do the same! If so, I'd love to read your comments on what you plan to create!
Go make some JOY!