DIY Wedding/Housewarming Gift

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…

It's hard to tell but that's Pumpkin Latte....Fall is coming!!!

…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!

My supplies:

  • 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.

Yes, this is a picture of my computer screen. Screenshot didn't dawn on me until later. :)

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.

My "T" is a little fat...I guess this is where a stencil would've helped!

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!  :)

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14 responses to DIY Wedding/Housewarming Gift

  1. Chrissy

    I made this using Laminated burlap……printed it using a regular printer.

  2. Hey Whitney…had to stop in to see if I missed anything…miss your posts..hope all is well…Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh my Gosh Whitney! I love how beautifully you have simplified it ;) .. Love the DIY gift. I suppose nothing can be cooler than a DIY’d gift. I am glad I cam across this post because this is such a huge inspiration for me.

    Love nd kisses
    Jessica x

  4. Love this!! You really can’t go wrong with monograming, and this is such a clever idea!

  5. That is an amazing gift!…I am sure they loved it!!!…I do!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. What a sweet idea! I love that it’s crazy cheap but doesn’t look it! :)

  7. I ALMOST bought one of these for my friends that were getting married but I had the thought…ya know..I could prrobbbaaably make this for much cheaper. GREAT MINDS THINK A LIKE, WHITNEY!

  8. i so want one of these! so cute. Maybe I will have to dig out my burlap…even though it makes me sneeze a little..

    actually, i better wait until allergy season is over now that I think about it LOL!

    but anyway, very cute Whitney!

  9. Amy

    BOOM! Looks as good as store bought! Very cute!

  10. Super cute idea, Whitney! And something they’ll treasure as well!
    xo Heidi

  11. That’s really cute! I love the idea of making something personalized.