Framed Pet Silhouettes

I love silhouette shapes, don’t you? In need of some sort of framed art in our hallway, I decided to whip up some silhouettes of my pets to frame.

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

We have two pets in our home…Lalka, our ragdoll cat:

lalka.ps2

CocoRosie, our Italian greyhound:

rosie italian greyhound

Actual pictures of them are something I haven’t framed but black silhouettes on burlap are just about as sweet!

how to make a framed pet silhouette

Materials I used:

  • Two 8×10 picture frames
  • Burlap
  • Silhouette textured adhesive cardstock from Happy Crafters

What I did:

1. I cut out two 8×10 pieces of burlap (and ironed them using my irons highest setting and spritzing the burlap with water (not steam) on both sides).

burlap craft

2. Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I purchased a cat and greyhound silhouette from the Silhouette store and created two designs for cutting, one of an 8 x 10 matte for my white adhesive card stock and a dog and cat measured to fit inside of the matte on black adhesive card stock. I also saved my designs to cut out more adhesive cat and dog shapes for making handmade cards (using the adhesive card stock is like making your own custom stickers and adhesive labels).

pet silhouettes

matte

3. Then adjusted the settings according to the “adhesive card stock” option and sent to the Silhouette for cutting. 

cutting pet silhouettes

4.  Then simply peeled away my designs and placed them on the burlap. Easy peasy! I like that the adhesive keeps my designs in place on the burlap. 

adhesive cardstock

Italian greyhound silhouette

5. Then framed and hung them up on the wall. 

framed burlap adhesive cardstock pet silhouette tutorial

So cute!

Do you have pet art in your home? I love whimsical pet silhouettes. Remember my Italian Greyhound t-shirt?

DIY chevron greyhound applique

Who knows what I’ll embellish next! I don’t have a pet accented throw pillow yet. It might be next on the list. :) 

HClogopngsmall

This post was sponsored. Happy Crafters provided the adhesive card stock. As always, opinion, experience and tutorial are my own. :) 

DIY Alphabet Burlap Cork Board Message Center

Hello DIY friends! One of my favorite stores is Michaels - although it’s one of those stores that I can’t run in for just one thing because I end up with a cart full of the cutest decorative accents and more materials for my craft stash. You too, right? Well, Michaels just announced the addition of pre-cut craft fabric to the thousands of creative products available in its stores, providing us with one-stop shopping for DIY projects. This is BIG HUGE news when you live in a smaller city with only one local fabric store! While I was there, I also discovered that Michaels sells a complete line of sewing supplies as well…this cuts my shopping time in half. One store instead of two. Bonus!

DIY burlap message center

Michaels supplied me with this awesome stash of fabric as a part of a promotion for their new line of home decor fabric. Isn’t it darling? 

Michaels fabric line

The alphabet burlap is ADORABLE! and a perfect match for my craft room so I decided I would make myself a burlap covered corkboard message center to help keep me organized. Cork board, Chalk board, Clip board AND burlap? That’s what I’m talking about! A fun combo!

Materials:

  • 36″ x 24″ framed corkboard
  • Crafty Cuts alphabet burlap
  • 4 pieces of thin wood trim (Michael’s also sells a small miter box & saw)
  • Black spray paint (or you could probably get away with one can of chalkboard spray paint)
  • Spray adhesive
  • 3 clipboards
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Hot glue (and hot glue gun)
  • Embellishments
  • Push pins

Corkboard/Chalkboad/Clipboard Message Center Tutorial:

DIY message center

1. Measure and (miter) cut small trim pieces to fit inside of the corkboard’s frame. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

2. Iron burlap. I used my iron’s highest setting and sprayed water (not steamed) to get out wrinkles. Iron both sides. 

ironing burlap

3. Measure inside of corkboard frame and cut a piece of the burlap to those measurements (mine was 34.5″ x 22.5″). If you subtract 1/4″, it will save you from having to trim the fit later. If it’s a smidge small, it’s okay (and actually better) and will be hidden by the added wood trim later. Set fabric piece aside. 

alphabet burlap

4. Spray paint the corkboard frame and trim pieces black. I was okay with imperfect coverage for a distressed look. (You could also sand edges when dry.) No need to tape the corkboard since it’ll be covered later. Let paint dry. 

DIY burlap corkboard message center

5. Give the cut burlap piece a coat of spray adhesive on the back side.  (I do this outside because of the overspray but be mindful of the wind direction blowing the adhesive spray mist as well as when picking up the sticky burlap, not to touch/fold which mine did but easily quickly pulled apart.) Immediately move to step 6.

DIY burlap covered cork board message center

6. Working from the middle out, smooth the burlap over the corkboard (inside the frame). It’ll be reposition-able right away if needed. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

7. Next I used hot glue to attach my small mitered trim pieces over the burlap edges, right next to the inside of the corkboard frame. This covers the edge of the burlap.

DIY burlap covered cork board

If you need to re-cut a mitered piece or accidentally scratch the black paint finish, simply fix it with a black Sharpie.

DIY burlap covered cork message center

8. Embellish as desired. My mitered edges surprisingly were a great fit after the mitered cut fix above, but these adorable flower embellishments attached with hot glue would work for covering a not so professional {tricky cuts!} mitered fit too. 

flower embellishments

9. Clipboards: Remove metal clip hardware, coat with chalkboard paint, let dry and repeat a second coat and let dry. 

chalkboard clipboard

10. Season chalkboard by rubbing the length of a piece of chalk over the complete surface then erasing. 

seasoning chalkboard

11. Re-attach clips. I found that using a twist tie to hold the clip open then lining up screws made reattaching the clip to the board a lot easier (because of the spring in the clip). Once screws are in place and tightened, remove twist tie. 

reattaching clipboard hardware

12. Embellish chalkboard clipboards if desired. I numbered mine and added some cute stickers. 

decorating chalkboard clipboard

13. Hang! Corkboard should come with hanging hardware but large Command strips will work too. 

alphabet burlap message center

It’s perfect for my black, natural, vintage inspired craft room. Lovin’ it!

craft room

There’s a lot of “stuff” in this room but it is clean and organized!

craft room / home office

I was provided with fabric and a Michaels gift card to complete the challenge. Michaels.com and Michaels Pinterest Boards feature project ideas that use fabric, including throw pillowslamp shadeschair seat covers, and bracelets. Laminated burlap, a Michaels limited exclusive, can be fed through most home printers to add personalized messages and images to fabric projects…I want to try that next!

Easy Ottoman Makeover

Wow! Martha from

Leone Design

makes her ottoman makeover so easy, I want to tear mine apart right now and give it a makeover! Take a look at this for inspiration:

Thrift store ottoman – before shot:

1. First, remove upholstery nails and save for use on the finished piece.
2. She covered the top and sides with the same fabric (so that it would show through the burlap).
3. Next she covered the sides with strips of coffee sacks.

4. She painted the legs to bring the light cream.
5. Martha used tacky glue and duct tape (to hold in place) to tack down the sides/seams.

After an hour or so of drying, She simply removed the duct tape.

Isn’t this so fun? I love the mix of striped fabric with grain sack burlap! Great job, Martha!



What do you think? Love it, right?!

To pin from the original source and see more amazing DIY from Martha (so many furniture makeovers with lots of helpful tips) at

leonedesign.wordpress.com.


March 2012 Pinterest PinFest – Spring!

DIY Show Off Pinterest PinFest

It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month and time for the Pinterest PinFest. With all that Pinterest has going on, I’m only including images of my own projects today. You do have permission to pin my images. I’ve decided to change the party a little. New linky party rules detailed below.

spring decor

Continue reading

DIY Project Parade and Time for Dinner – clock themed accents.

canvas burlap banner tutorial

I love banners and enjoy seeing them all over blogland but couldn’t decide what I wanted mine to look like. I knew I wanted it to be “every day” and not seasonal or special occasion. I finally decided on a Love, Eat, Pray theme.

Continue reading

DIY Project Parade and a Canvas and Burlap Banner tutorial

I’ve been working hard on a project this past week in hopes of sharing it today. However, it’s not quite yet done so stay tuned {hopefully} Monday to see my guest room double as my dressing room along with a fun giveaway!  {EDIT: Dressing Room/Closet Organization post here:} If I survive, that is.  I must be using muscles I don’t normally use to drill into the studs and to screw into to studs and I am out of shape sore!

So, today I’m sharing the banner I made a few weeks ago and posted at the DIY Club. A banner for our dining room mantel – Time to pray, eat & love…

Continue reading

Quick and Easy Burlap Art

With the holidays, quick and easy DIY ideas are my best friend, especially when they’re great gift ideas too.

Materials:

HOW TO:
Using a stencil or free hand, make monogrammed art work (or silhouette or anything) using a permanent marker on the pre-made burlap wrapped canvas.
It doesn’t get any easier than that! I love how it looks old/faded…

Pin It

DIY: Home Frosting

According to Leesa from Home Frosting, you can create these super cute baskets…

using wire hanging baskets found at a feed store, a little linen and burlap, paint and canning jar lids!
  

See the full tutorial at Rusty Labels & Basket Liners.

But wait – there’s more.  Learn how to make this pretty Burlap & Canvas Monogrammed Banner.

Lesa has so many cute ideas. Here are a few highlights of the things you’ll see at Home Frosting:
I love this “candle gazebo”.  It used to be an ugly light fixture!
Adorable Dream Sign
Furniture Makeovers
Room Makeover and a Burlap Bulletin Board.
I LOVE that some of her projects are completed using materials she already has. Awesome, Lesa!
I spent SO much time there reading through her last six months of posts…she creates the cutest stuff!
Visit Lesa at 
Home Frosting

for more “home frosting” ideas. :) I just love that blog name, don’t you?

Earthy Essentials Party – Contest and Highlights

The DIY Club Anniversary Celebration is still going on through Saturday, April 30th.  Have you had a chance to check out the creative links in each party?  Here are some fun and inspiring EARTHY ESSENTIALS projects to get you motivated. You can find all of these projects linked up in the linky below (find the image and visit the link for the original post full of details, tutorial and more pictures).

{ burlap }
   
   
  
{ jute/twine }
    
  
{ drop cloth }
  
{ canvas }
  
{ linen }
   
An Earthy Essentials themed party!  ”RUSTIC ELEGANT COUPLE’S SHOWER”
One lucky Earthy Essentials party participant at The DIY Show Off will win a fabulous prize pack from the generous folks at Canvas Corp. - so many fun products to spark creativity and a blog full of TONS of crafty inspiration. 
Psst. Guess what! There’s a Canvas Corp. Burlap Party going on as well!
Here are the items in the Canvas Corp. Earthy Essentials Prize Package valued at $95! Imagine adding this awesome selection to your craft stash:

Stretched Canvas 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 4″x4″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 12″x12″ {1}
Stretched Burlap 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Burlap 6″x6″ {1}
Mini Canvas Triangles {3}
Mini Canvas Tags {3}
Mini Canvas Heart {3}
Mini Canvas Round {3}
Mini Canvas Diamond {3}
Mini Canvas Star {3}
Canvas Round {5}
Canvas Rectangle {3}
Burlap Triangle {3}
Burlap Tag {2}
Mini Burlap Square {3}
Mini Burlap Round {3}
Mini Burlap Heart {3}
Mini Burlap Star {3}
Mini Burlap tag {3}
Mini Burlap Triangle {3}
Mini Clothespins black {1pk}
Mini Clothespins red {1pk}
Clothespins white {1pk}
Jute Rope
Jute Rope Light Natural
The DIY Show Off

Party Details:
DATES: Party is open April 16-30, 2011.

TO ENTER: Link up as many of your own new or old BURLAP, CANVAS, LINEN, JUTE AND TWINE DIY related posts using the linky below.

ELIGIBILITY TO WIN OR BE FEATURED:  Be a follower and include the Earthy Essentials party button in each linked post. 

PRIZE: 1 randomly drawn winner will be selected from the eligible posts to receive the Canvas Corp. prize package (shown above).

***This linky is for projects using ONLY the following materials:  CANVAS, BURLAP, LINEN, TWINE, JUTE.  See you Sunday for the DIY Project Parade – open to all DIY projects. If you notice your link has been deleted – check to be sure you’re linking to the correct party. This linky is for Earthy Essentials ONLY.  :) Link DIY projects not related to Earthy Essentials to the DIY Project Parade.  
~*~*~*~
This party is only 1 of 4 celebrating the 1 year anniversary of The DIY Club. Check out the daily giveaways at The DIY Club site and link up to the other 3 parties hosted by my fellow DIY Club friends…
***Psst.  Don’t forget about the WORD WHIPPED GIVEAWAY (enter here)

Earthy Essentials Features – Pillows!

There are some beautiful and creative projects utilizing burlap, linen, canvas, twine, jute, etc. are linked up. You guys are amazing! I promised some highlights so here we go!  Earthy Essentials Pillows! 
Charlie at Attempting Aloha always has such cute DIY and this full flower linen pillow is no exception…
Do you love ruffles as much as I do?  I’ve been on a ruffle-shirt kick lately.  I think it’s going to spread into my pillow collection.  Check out this super cute ruffled linen pillow by Midwestern Sewing Girl, Maggie…
Oo-La-La!  
Revamped
NUMBERS!
I love DIY PB-knock off everything. Affordable, creative and pretty! 
So does Melis at the Joys of Home Education. Her PB-inspired pillows:
Using linen and fabric pens, check out these beauties from Mr. & Mrs. B!

Monogram Addiction – one of my many!
Angie from The Cellar Door Stories works magic with burlap + a sharpie. Super easy and awesome!
She sparks my creativity.  I’m inspired – I see a project in my near future.
Crafty Burlap Bag to Pillow at Liz Marie Blog…
Brilliant! Burlap and Ribbon Weave Pillow from The Country Chic Cottage!
LOVE this!
Angie at Country Chic Cottage is the design diva of burlap pillows!
Awe! How cute are these?  Mr. & Mrs. Burlap Pillows at
Love.Laugh.Sew.
I love them!
Love these from Red Cupboard Designs
BURLAP IN COLOR!
And how very fitting!  Another blog with the perfect name and header for the party!  
Best Friends:  Brittany (Red) and Kathy (Blonde)
Red, Blonde and Burlap
Look how cute this red burlap pillow with burlap rosettes is….
Sweetest little black burlap pillow at 
Messy Mimi…
+
Keeping with a “love theme”…isn’t this dropcloth LOVE pillow the perfect accent for this beautiful chair at 
Crazy Wonderful?
and I’ve featured this before but I just love the mix of these big rosettes and burlap…
See more Earthy Essentials link at 
and link up your ideas old or new!  It’s so sweet to have so much natural-element inspiration all in one place for future DIY ideas. 
Which is your favorite?  Inspired?  Make an Earthy Essentials pillow and link up to enter the Earthy Essentials giveaway!  

Thank you so much ladies for sharing your pretty pillows!  Grab an “I’m Featured” button if you’re interested in ‘showing off’!  :)

Earthy Essentials Party…twine/decoupaged eggs

I’m posting a tutorial today at the DIY Club using these materials:

Deco Art Decoupage (comes in gloss or matte)
Twine
Paper (book pages or scrapbook paper)
foam brushes (found at Rockler)
Cute cardboard tag from CanvasCorp.com
Krylon satin white
Gorilla Glue
to create these cuties…

 Display in apothecary jars or in nests.

See my full Decoupage Eggs tutorial at 
JOIN THE EARTHY ESSENTIALS PARTY  with your new or old “earthy essentials” project or see the creative links AT 

Earthy Essentials Party Time!

It’s time for the 
Here at The DIY Show Off, I am hosting the Earthy Essentials linky party as a part of the DIY Club Anniversary Celebration! That means all things canvas, burlap, linen, twine, rope and jute related!  I’ve seen some amazing projects out there using these materials! 
I‘ll be sharing and featuring some Earthy Essential DIY tutorials linked below as well as a few of my own DIY projects using earthy elements over the next two weeks.  Taking a look back, here are a few I’ve shared…
One lucky Earthy Essentials party participant at The DIY Show Off will win a fabulous prize pack from the generous folks at Canvas Corp. - so many fun products to spark creativity and a blog full of TONS of crafty inspiration. 
Psst. Guess what! There’s a Canvas Corp. Burlap Party going on as well!
Here are the items in the Canvas Corp. Earthy Essentials Prize Package valued at $95! Imagine adding this awesome selection to your craft stash:

Stretched Canvas 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 4″x4″ {2}
Stretched Canvas 12″x12″ {1}
Stretched Burlap 2″x2″ {2}
Stretched Burlap 6″x6″ {1}
Mini Canvas Triangles {3}
Mini Canvas Tags {3}
Mini Canvas Heart {3}
Mini Canvas Round {3}
Mini Canvas Diamond {3}
Mini Canvas Star {3}
Canvas Round {5}
Canvas Rectangle {3}
Burlap Triangle {3}
Burlap Tag {2}
Mini Burlap Square {3}
Mini Burlap Round {3}
Mini Burlap Heart {3}
Mini Burlap Star {3}
Mini Burlap tag {3}
Mini Burlap Triangle {3}
Mini Clothespins black {1pk}
Mini Clothespins red {1pk}
Clothespins white {1pk}
Jute Rope
Jute Rope Light Natural

The DIY Show Off

Party Details:
DATES: Party is open April 16-30, 2011.

TO ENTER: Link up as many of your own new or old BURLAP, CANVAS, LINEN, JUTE AND TWINE DIY related posts using the linky below.

ELIGIBILITY TO WIN OR BE FEATURED:  Be a follower and include the Earthy Essentials party button in each linked post. 

PRIZE: 1 randomly drawn winner will be selected from the eligible posts to receive the Canvas Corp. prize package (shown above).

***This linky is for projects using ONLY the following materials:  CANVAS, BURLAP, LINEN, TWINE, JUTE.  See you Sunday for the DIY Project Parade – open to all DIY projects. If you notice your link has been deleted – check to be sure you’re linking to the correct party. This linky is for Earthy Essentials ONLY.  :) Link DIY projects not related to Earthy Essentials to the DIY Project Parade.  

~*~*~*~

This party is only 1 of 4 celebrating the 1 year anniversary of The DIY Club. Check out the daily giveaways at The DIY Club site and link up to the other 3 parties hosted by my fellow DIY Club friends…

DIY Burlap & Starfish Wreath

Easy DIY Burlap & Starfish Wreath

Materials:
1 – 8 inch straw wreath (plastic wrap intact)
Approx. 1/2 yard of burlap
1 Starfish
1 Piece of Ribbon (approx. 36″)
Gorilla Glue
Gorilla Super Glue

Tools:
Scissors
Phillips Head Screwdriver

Step 1:  Cut burlap into 4″ squares.  Perfection not required!

Step 2:  Using the screwdriver, make a pilot hole into the plastic-wrap covered straw wreath.

Step 3:  Add a dab of Gorilla Glue into the hole.  This will expand and keep the burlap in place.

Step 4:  Fold a burlap square into 4s (in half and in half again)

Step 5:  Place burlap corner (without an open end) on top of the pilot hole and using the screwdriver, push into the hole and twist. Repeat until the wreath is covered on the front and outer edge, leaving an open area for ribbon/to hang the wreath.

Step 6:  Determine where starfish will go and apply Gorilla Super Glue to the backside of the starfish that will touch the wreath.  Apply pressure and hold for a minute until secure.

Step 7:  Tie the ribbon around the non-burlap part of the wreath.

Step 8:   All done.  Fluff.  Tie into a bow and hang.

Other Options:  Personalize a wreath for any occasion the same technique with different fabrics and embellishments.

See more awesome burlap projects at

Update – More Jute & Burlap DIY Collection

If you have a project – email me and I’ll include your photo/link in this post full of inspiration!
Something about jute, hemp and burlap appeals to me.
You love it too, don’t you?

I
love these burlap numbered placemats made by Courtney from
Project Pretty
AND she did an easy to follow tutorial! She’d love for you to stop by and say “hi”. Tell her congratulations too! She just moved back home to Maine and is sharing beautiful countryside autumn photos. Here is her post:

All you need is burlap, a sharpie marker, some printed numbers, and an X-acto knife. I just so happened to have all those materials laying around my house from previous projects, so it didn’t cost me a cent!

Step 1: Print out desired numbers in a stencil font (if your ink is low, it’ll look like mine):

Step 2: Cut out the numbers with an X-acto knife. I placed a piece of cardboard behind the paper so I wouldn’t scratch up anything else.. that happens enough around here! :)

Step 3: Use a placemat you already have as a guide to cut out pieces of burlap for your new mats. Tip: cut along the threads of the burlap for an even, straight, & less-fraying placemat.

Step 4: Lay the paper stencil on top of the burlap and trace the outline with a Sharpie. Then, remove the stencil and fill in the middle with the marker. {You can also just leave the outlines.. I was tempted, but decided to go with the full-coverage option ;) }

When you’re finished, it should look like this:


To secure the edges, sew a small line about 1/4″ from the edge with a similar, tan-colored thread. Then, lay them on your table and do your happy dance!


Such a cheap & chic fix for a boring tabletop. I couldn’t help thinking that this would be a genius idea for a big family like the Dugars- each kid would have a number! We have friends with 13 kids, and when they need to make sure everyone’s there, they count off by birth order. Numbered placemats just seem perfect, eh? :)

Or, of course.. it could just be the two of you (like us) & you’ll love it just as much!


Thanks Courtney!

Did you notice the new button?
3hI/AAAAAAAABcU/8zpJoPr_A9Y/s1600-h/DIY+Scout+me.jpg">
I‘ve been out on a DIY Hunt and want to give a shout out to these awesome DIY-ers too! Click the link for more on details on each project and to visit the creative genius behind the photo.

La*T*DaEvery Day Chaos

0000tut0

Craft Monkey

Pretty Project
Burlap Love at The Lettered Cottage
(Click the link to see Layla’s burlap projects. Don’t you just love her style? ::sigh::)

Room to Inspire
Lotsa burlap eye candy at A Beach Cottage
(You’ll have to stay a while and hunt for her beautiful burlap touches,
but I promise you – you’re not going to mind!)

IMG_0924

Cawfee Stained

Southern Hospitality Blog

Pickles and Cheese

Burlap Art 020

Savor the Small Things

A close-up:

Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty 2 Chic

Brenda came up with this creative idea:
https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=a5e03674e0&view=att&th=12446d7a884e213e&attid=0.1&disp=inline&realattid=f_g0oog53p0&zw

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A Burlap Stamping Stenciling Tutorial from
on-burlap.html">Sanctuary Art


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I know I’ve seen more fantastic projects using burlap and jute …but I apologize for running on a tight schedule today. I need your help! If you have a DIY burlap, jute or hemp project or you’ve seen one, email me the link and I’ll add your photos to this post! I’m inspired. I’m getting burlap today. I‘d love to see your ideas! I WILL UPDATE THIS POST ALL WEEKEND. :)

*If you are featured here today – be sure to grab this button for your side bar and link to your feature. Go ahead…brag a little! ;)

I’m linking up to the Hooked on Fridays party.
Head over and check out all of the links!