I found a few driftwood boards last week when I was taking pictures under the bridge in Nassau Bay. My favorite one was a piece of old fence board that was about 22″ long. I found the perfect spot for it over the door in my [lime green] downstairs half bath. I completely stripped the bathroom and redid it but I am stuck on the decoration phase. So I stared at at the board and thought and thought and thought for days about what I wanted to paint on it. Finally I came up with something!


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My friend Angie is having a baby shower for her little newborn Emerson in a few weeks and among several other things, I decided that I wanted to make her a sign for the baby’s room.


Remember these Burlap Monogram Signs I have been making?



Well, they have been a big hit! I have made (and sold) several already. {the tutorial HERE}


But…I wanted to do a little something different this time.

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Let me start by saying I am not usually a holiday decorator. This is probably in part because I am single and don’t have kids, and probably in part because I don’t feel like taking it down afterwards. When I do decorate, it is not uncommon for the decorations to be up for a good 2 to 3 months past the acceptable time period of display. This year my family is coming to my house for Christmas so I guess I better start preparing now!

I have been obsessed with burlap lately if anyone hasn’t noticed…it is just so fun and the Cricut and I have been coming up with some creative stuff. I was in Hobby Lobby the other day searching through the remnant bin and I spied a 1/2 yard roll of orange burlap. I tried to put it down, but I couldn’t…it was calling me. So I bought it and this is what I came up with…

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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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