Burlap Monogram Sign

ANNOUNCEMENT – To purchase one of these signs, visit my Etsy store: Bayou City Burlap!


My friends Dan and Amber are getting married next weekend on a boat and I can’t go…I am so bummed.


Well, I am really only partially bummed because I am going to Seattle for the Issaquah Salmon Festival with my family so I am pretty excited about that. Anyway, I wanted to make them a nice wedding gift and since I have been eyeing those painted monogram signs, I thought I would give one a try. But I wanted to use burlap because it rocks and would give the gift a cool yet fancy look.


I decided to make it 24″ square so I got some 24″ basic stretcher bars from the art supply store. They are about $1.50 each and easy to assemble. Or you can repurpose an old wooden frame if you have one.


Then I laid out burlap and cut it about 3 inches larger than the frame on each side. I used blue painter’s tape to mark the inside of the frames, where the words would be. Next time I will also put the tape on the outside of the frame because it would have been much easier when it came to wrapping the burlap around the frame.



Next, I used my cricut to cut some contact paper for a stencil.



I used 3 different colors for this…dark brown, gold, and black. Also, I like using makeup sponge applicators for stencils because they are cheap and I can just throw them away after and not worry about washing a bunch of brushes.



**Helpful hint – when you are doing stencils, make sure you dab the paint on directly from the top…don’t brush side to side. Otherwise you might get it under your stencil. And even though contact paper is sticky, it is possible to mess up the stencil!


So I started dabbing.



The first layer I put on was the dark brown with a little bit of gold mixed in. The second layer I put on was half black and brown. The third layer was half brown half gold. I like doing the layers because it makes it look a little dimensional. When you are doing stencils on burlap it is important to put something under the burlap otherwise your table will get full of paint! And you don’t want to dab a too much of paint on the burlap at once or it will look weird and thick.



Now the first stencil comes off…how pretty!



Then I cut out the other stencil and started dabbing.



Oooooh looking nice!


Next I cut natural colored muslin and batting the same size as the burlap.



I wrapped the muslin and batting together around the frame tight and stapled it (sorry I forgot to take a pic of this part!). Then I wraped the burlap on top and staple it. I decided to wrap them separately to ensure they were all pulled tight enough and there weren’t any wrinkles.



Lastly, I tucked in the edges and added a hanger and a little note. Though the note turned out to be upside down…whoops!



And the final product hanging up…


Here’s a close up of the lettering:



This project was super easy and I think it came out amazing! I can’t wait to make another one.


**UPDATE*** – I’ve made a bunch more burlap monogram signs! You can check them out HERE, HERE, and HERE!


Until later, happy crafting!


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18 Responses to “Burlap Monogram Sign”

  1. blissisthis says:

    Hi…wonderful tutorial. What fonts are you using?

  2. Oh! I love your burlap sign as well! I’m going to keep playing around with more because I love them so much :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Fran says:

    I love these burlap signs! I’ve got to get a cricuit. I trace and then hand paint but am limited to 8×11 sized paper. I can see why all of your friends want to order from you.

    So glad you stopped by my blog so I could discover you. Now I’m your newest follower!

  4. I love what you did….it had a very rustic yet modern look to it! I don’t have a cricut so i always have to use the freezer paper method but it turns out just as well just with a lot more time and effort…LOL! Hopefully one day soon I will be fortunate to have one!

  5. [...] I think they are super cute but now the question…What do I do with them now? LOL! I will probably keep one and find one of my friends who does decorate and give it to them. If you are wondering how I made this, you can check out my tutorial on making a Monogram Burlap Sign. [...]

  6. Dana says:

    LOVE your blog! I’ve only barely scratched the surface and I’ve already added several things to my TO-Make list AND forwarded a couple projects to my family. I’m your newest follower!

    Dana @ craftedniche.wordpress.com

  7. Laura says:

    Thanks for visiting Laugh, Love, and Craft and leaving such a nice comment. I love this tutorial. Have you ever tried the freezer paper method? I have not tried it on burlap, but I bet it would work well too.
    I’d love for you to come link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! It usually opens on Tuesday night. I’m your newest follower!

    • Jamie says:

      You know I haven’t tried it but I am sure freezer paper would work too…I will have to try it out on the cricut.

      I will definitely link up on Wednesday! :)

  8. The Autocrat: Haley says:

    You did a great job! Looks great!

  9. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    Hi! I featured this here, pinned on Pinterest and posted on fb. Thanks for linking up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  10. LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick says:

    Hi Jamie! Wow, I love the way that turned out. I did a project with stencils the other day, and man…I wish I had thought of your sponge trick! It got under the stencil and I didn't notice until it was dry! Boo. But now I want to stencil some things just to try that out! Great job, I would love a gift like that!

  11. Vicky says:

    Love how this turned out. I am seeing lots of burlap and think I may have to pick some up. I am a new follower from the Creative Bloggers' Hop. Vicky @ http://www.messforless.net

  12. Stylebaggage says:

    Thanks for sharing! Saw you on Tip Junkie this morning. I love burlap everything! I'm going to give this a try and make it for someone who is getting married. Ill put their wedding date as the est. and of course the letter as their last name initial…

  13. aimee says:

    Thanks for the tutorial i followed the link from tipjunkie. i love the sign im your newest follower xxx

  14. Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy says:

    beautiful simple and wonderful all at the same time! I am LOVING it!!!! :o) thank you so much for the great inspiration! I am SO happy that you linked up at crafty scrappy happy! I am your newest follower and friend!

  15. Evie says:

    Wow that looks fantastic!!! What a great job!

    evie @ brown paper packages

  16. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    I like it–kind of rustic and subtle–I'm saving this in my file :)

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