Monday, September 2, 2013

Burlap Canvas Sign Tutorial


Today, I'm going a little more in-depth about how I made the Burlap Coffee Sign that I have hanging over my coffee bar.

This tutorial is really so easy that I didn't take pictures of every step.  

Before I painted anything, I took a regular canvas with a wood back that I already had, and hot glued burlap to it.  I didn't put any glue on the front of the canvas, I just glued one side, then the opposite side and stretched the burlap so it would be firm.  I repeated those steps for the top and bottom, cutting the corners and folding so they would fit snugly.  Anywhere you cut the burlap, be sure to glue it down extra well so that it won't fray.

After I got the burlap attached to the canvas, I used chalk to lay out the pattern I wanted for my sign.  Using chalk first lets you mess up without any problems.  If you don't like it, just pat the burlap a few times and the chalk will come off and you can start again.

After you have your final design in chalk, outline with a paint pen or sharpie so the chalk won't dissipate while you paint the rest.  

I used a stiff paintbrush (aka a paintbrush that I forgot to wash out) to fill the color in.  Due to the fibers, the stiff paintbrush was actually easier to use than a normal brush to help rub the paint in and keep it in the lines.

And here is the burlap sign above our coffee bar...



This little project took me around 30 minutes or less, gluing the burlap and everything!  And I think it turned out to be a great thematic addition to our coffee bar!

16 comments:

  1. Very cute! I like your definition of a stiff paintbrush--one you forget to rinse out. I have a few like that!

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    1. Haha, its funny how often those "stiff paintbrushes" still come in handy! I never throw one away!

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  2. This is really cute! There are so many neat kitchen DIY decor ideas out there, but this one really caught my eye. It's simple, but adds so much to the space. I love your little coffee station area too:)

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    1. Thanks Shannon, I also loved how simple it was to make!

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  3. Hey Saxon, I'm a new follower from the GFC hop. The canvas is simple but it looks awesome.

    I'd love it if you can follow me back :)

    xoxo
    ochibernadas.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ochi! I'll have to drop by your blog, thanks for stopping by mine! :)

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  4. Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, hope you'll be able to make one for yourself!

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  5. Love the sign! My kitchen is all coffee decor

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  6. Hi, I love the picture you made! It looks so nice in your kitchen. I saw it on my turn for us.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment, Julie!

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  7. Super cute! Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing tutorial! Would love to have you visit my blog sometime.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Anna! I'll for sure visit your blog! :)

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  8. Love this, pinned. I like it in the white lettering too:) Stop over. I posted chenille pumpkin this week:)

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    1. Thanks Michele! Yes, I think white lettering would also look great on burlap!

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