Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIY: Burlap Sack Wall Art

I've been a bit obsessed with burlap lately, and last year when we went to Bailey's, I bought a bunch of burlap bags for super cheap. (Everything at Bailey's is inexpensive, and I think I'm needing to make a trip again this year...) You could also by burlap from a fabric store. It even comes in different shades of browns and sometimes different colors. I also had some canvases laying around and decided to put two and two together to make a piece to put up in our dining room.

First off, I bought clearance paint at Home Depot for 50 cents. (In case you didn't know, most hardware stores have a small selection of discounted paint that customers have brought back for various reasons.)

I painted my canvas with the tan paint so that you wouldn't be able to see any white showing through once the burlap was on. Obviously, the paint job doesn't have to be perfect.

Next, my handy dandy model of a husband shows us that we had to measure and fit the bag to the canvas. I really love Germany (and want to travel there someday), so this coffee bag had me at "hallo". Get it? Yep.

Here's the back of the canvas. It was hard to get the bag to fit around the canvas. We toyed with the idea of actually putting the canvas in the bag, but there were a few holes that appeared when we did that, so we had to leave the bag on top.

Once we got the bag where we wanted it, I tried to staple it to the canvas. Apparantly, my muscles aren't big enough to actually work the staple gun, so Dan followed my directions and stapled the bag to the canvas.

Here is the finished product today. The sides are a bit unraveled. I can't decide if I like that look, or if I need to put it in a frame. Any thoughts?

This whole project including the nail for the wall cost about $4.00 and took about 20 minutes. Cheap, easy, fun!


  1. Great idea, Steph!! Where did you get the canvas from?

  2. Hobby Lobby ...they have them half off a lot!