DIY Burlap Placemats With Words

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Another DIY for your home. I tried this out a few weeks ago. This is a fairly simple project as I try to keep all my DIY’s easy for anyone to tackle. Lets see what supplies you will need.

Supplies:

-1 1/4 yard of Burlap fabric  (Joanns, will make about four placemats)

-Scissors

-Black fabric paint

-Foam brush

-Stencil letters or Critcut Machine

-Yard stick

-Fray Block (Joanns, ‘Tailor Fray Block’ its in a purple tube by the sewing supplies/buttons)

-safety pins or fabric pins

-cardboard (for underneath your project to keep paint off your surface)

After you have gathered all your supplies, you can wash your burlap (here) to be a little more soft and get rid of any loose fabric. I used this same tutorial she posted to wash, dry and iron my burlap. Let me say it sounds scary since, yes, burlap shreds away easily, but its not all that scary.  My husband did freak out a little when he saw it in the washing machine, but it came out just fine. Once you have wash, dried and ironed your burlap you can proceed with the following steps.

1. Cut your burlap to the desired size. Do not forget to cut the burlap the correct way. Measure the size of placemat you want with your yard stick. Simply pull out a thread of burlap, you can see by the tip of my scissors where I pulled it out. Then cut along that line. This will help keep your burlap cuts very even and not zig-zagged.

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2. I only made 4 placemats, you can make any number you would like. (you may need more burlap) You will get your ‘fray block’ and follow the directions on the tube. This product helps prevent the edges of your placemats from fraying. Once you have let this dry a few minutes, you will stencil your words. I chose EAT, DRINK, CHOW AND YUM. You can chose other words or use mine on your placemats.

burlap placemats

burlap placemats

3. Get your paint and foam brush ready. I put the words in the lower right corner of each placemat. In this case, I did the words backwards so I did not go over the wet paint. Example, when I used the stencil and paint for the word YUM, I did the M first. After the M, I moved slightly to the left and did the U and so on. Gently dab the paint onto the burlap. I pre-cut my letters on the Critcut, but you can also use store bought stencil letters. Be sure to pin down the letters so they do not move while you are painting that letter.

burlap placemats

burlap placemats

4. Once you have painted all your words onto your placemats, you are done! Put them on your table and admire your awesome job!

burlap placemats

burlap placemats

burlap placemats

I am planning on putting these on our new farmhouse table. My to do list of DIY projects continues and first on the list is to make our new table. Keep a look out for that DIY project in the future.

Happy Place-matting!

Jessica

DIY Polka Dot Pumpkin

It is officially the first day of FALL! I am ecstatic, who is with me? Fall is by far my most favorite season.

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DIY polka dot

What better way to start off the first day of the Fall season then with a Fall DIY! I made this glitter polka dot pumpkin for my Lilly girl. Lilly is our Havanese puppy and her full name is Lilly Polka Dot Bryant. Of course, this polkadot pumpkin suits her well for this Fall season. This is an easy DIY project anyone can tackle, I promise. I know, I know, I say that for all my DIY projects. Honestly, gather up your supplies and give it a shot. It is only 5 steps!

Here is what you will need:

-Mod Podge

-One faux pumpkin your color of choice (I got mine 50% off at Joanns for $5)

-glitter  (Hobby Lobby for $2/$3)

-skinny paint brush  (not fancy, can be from your child’s art box)

-one foam brush

-one can of clear spray (Home Depot $4 by the spray paint)

*I also added one of my handmade chalkboard signs, you can make this or just have the pumpkin.

DIY polka dot pumpkin

1. With your skinny paint brush and mod podge, create whatever size glue circles you desire. I alternated small and medium glue circles. Also, only do a few at a time so your glue does not dry. I did three glue circles and moved to step 2.

2. Sprinkle each circle with good amount of glitter. Slowly turn the pumpkin upside down to get rid of any loose glitter onto your work surface. You can clean up later.

3. Proceed with steps one and two until you have the amount of polka dots you desire on your pumpkin. Be sure to cover the entire pumpkin evenly.

4. Use your foam brush to brush off any loose glitter that is randomly on the pumpkin. Then use the foam brush to gather the excess glitter on your workstation for an easy clean up.

5. Take the polka dot pumpkin outside away from other objects to spray on a clear coat of your spray. It will help place the glitter and keep it from falling off.  Another alternative to the clear spray is test out hairspray on a small portion of the pumpkin. I have used hairspray on other projects and it works just as well to set the glitter into place. However, it might leave the pumpkin sticky.

DIY polka dot pumpkin

And your done! See I told you it was an easy DIY Fall project.

DIY polka dot

DIY polka dot pumpkin

Happy Fall Y’all,

Jessica

DIY Gold Mirror

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Our office is slowly getting a small make over. I have had the supplies for this project for a while. Just pushing myself to get it complete! I must say depending on the time of day and how the light hits the mirror it can look different shades of gold.  These photos were taken in the evening before the sun went down.  This was a super easy DIY for anyone to tackle and only cost about $10 for  supplies. I already had some things on hand.

You can chose a larger round mirror than I did and/or shorter gold wood pieces.  You can chose to paint the wood a different color than gold.  Make it your own style and add your own flare!

 

Supplies you will need:

*8-12 wood flat pieces  (I got mine at Home Depot for I believe .29 cents/per 36 inch piece. They look like a yard stick without the markings. You will cut these in two/threes depending on how long you would like your pieces and how full you want the wood pieces, more on that below)

*1 Can of Gold Spray Paint (shiny cap) any hardware/hobby store will carry this color ($3-6 depending on which store/brand)

*1 round mirror (mine is 8 inches from Hobby Lobby, take the Hobby Lobby app for your 40%! I paid $2)

*tape measure

*pencil

*scissors

*Saw  (hand, circular or miter saw will do the trick)

*Cardboard

*Gorilla Glue

*1 pop tab  (yes, why not use something you already have!)

*1 nail to hang your beauty when your done

 

Once you have all your supplies, you are ready to get started.  The first few steps I do not have photos of so bare with me. You will want to measure the length you would like your wood pieces.  Mine are between 12-14 inches. Remember a portion will be behind the mirror.  If you are not sure just play with the sticks by laying them under the mirror on the ground first.  Using your saw, cut at the desired length you prefer.  Once all your sticks are cut, go outside or in a ventilated area to spray paint the pieces.

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Here are all my sticks painted, dried and placed how I will glue them overlapping each other. I originally started with a glue gun to glue the wood together in the above picture.  I later had to follow with Gorilla Glue in order for them to stay put.  Glue gun = No    Gorilla Glue= Yes

While my sticks were drying, I cut out the two cardboard circles. Make sure to paint a few good coats on the stick to the desired gold color you prefer.  I had some random cardboard that was going to the trash but made use of it. You do want thick cardboard and not very thin cardboard.  I traced the mirror with a pencil onto the cardboard.  Then cut out both those cardboard circles as seen below.

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Before you start the next step make sure your gold stick pieces are arranged how you want them to look and slightly adhered to each other. You will then Gorilla Glue one of your cardboard pieces to the BACK of your gold mirror and the other to the BACK of your wood pieces that are already in the desired positions. (Pictured above, i did not paint the back of my sticks) Adding some weight to both of these will help it stick much better in the long run.  I took books and magazines and let them dry for a few hours while I did something else around the house.  Come back to the project and you will then put Gorilla Glue on the back of the cardboard that is already adhere to your mirror. Adhere it to the FRONT of your gold wood pieces with the mirror facing outward.  Again, put some weight on top of the mirror to let it stick really well. From here I just added a small amount of Gorilla Glue to the back cardboard piece and adhere the pop can tab.  It will dry and is how you will hang up the beauty you created.

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Place your nail on the wall and hang by the pop can tab on the back of your mirror.  Your gold mirror is now complete! Hang it anywhere in your house. Great job and I hope you enjoy your new DIY project!

Dont mind my bare wall. Like I said earlier, its a work in progress.  I already know what I am doing above the desk just have to put it on the TO-DO list. Haha. *it does not look super gold in this picture, just how the lighting was at the moment.

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Hope you enjoy!

 

Happy DIY,

Jessica