I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! We went to visit some close friends who live a few hours south of us. They just bought an adorable first home!
I put together a little housewarming gift for them that included all the necessities they’ll ever need…
…plus a little DIY project. :)
I was inspired by this Etsy shop, but I wanted to save a few bucks and thought it would be fun to make my own version!
- An 8×10 Dollar Tree frame- $1
- Double mat from Michael’s that I picked up for $2.50 after a 40% off coupon
- Burlap (already had leftover from the redneck wine glasses my girlfriend and I made)
- Mod Podge- optional (already had)
- Pen and Sharpie
- Masking Tape or Glue
I just eyeballed how much burlap I needed and gave it a snip. Then I used the Mod Podge on the edges so it wouldn’t fray. You don’t have to do this, but my burlap is a loose weave and tends to unravel easily.
Then I measured the opening in the mat so I’d know how much space I had to stay within when I drew on the burlap. I marked the 4 corners of the burlap with a little dot for reference.
Then I opened up Word and started playing with fonts. I blew up the font so I could see the detail better.
Then I used the burlap as a grid to make sure everything was even. Think of your junior high graphing-equations-on-grid-paper days. Whoa bring back memories for anyone?! Anyway, the weave of the burlap mimics the squares on grid paper. I used this mentality to make sure both sides of the “H” are the same height and width in burlap “squares.” Just count the squares! I hope that makes sense!
You could totally use a stencil and it would be easier, but I figured it can’t be that hard. So I just free-handed everything.
I decided to widen the “feet” on the H after I outlined everything. Then I just colored it in with the Sharpie.
When I was happy with the way it looked, I used masking tape to tape the piece of burlap to the back of the mat and plopped it in the frame!
Not bad for $3.50!! John came home and asked, “Oh that’s cool…where did you buy it?”
I love how it looks on their bookshelf! :)