As I’ve walked my daughter out to the bus the last couple of mornings, the weather has definitely taken on a cooler edge. Fall is coming and while I love summer, I’m excited for a new season. (Not to mention hoodie weather, amiright?) I’ve packed away my summer decor and started pulling out all the fun fall decorations that bring a smile to my face. A couple years ago I spotted a cute framed burlap sign at a local store and considered buying it until I saw the price. I knew I could make something similar without spending a lot and I’m happy with how it turned out!
In August I started hosting a link party called Inspire My Creativity with a group of talented ladies. Each month we create something new that is based around a theme. This month, we chose FALL.
To make this burlap sign, you will need:
- burlap stretched across a frame or burlap placed inside a frame
- black Sharpie
- scissors or rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- masking tape
- small piece of cardboard (optional)
I found a set of two 6×8 burlap frames at Walmart for less than $5. When I unwrapped them, I could see that there was light coming through the middle of the frame. To rectify this, I cut a piece of cardboard out that was the same width as the opening in the back but a little bit longer on one side and slid it into the space behind the frame. Problem solved!
Next, I wanted to make sure that the words would be centered. I decided on a 1″ margin all the way around which gave me a 4×6 space to work in. I used masking tape to create the border. All I had was 2″ wide masking tape so I used my cutting mat and rotary cutter to get exactly 1″ wide.
After that, I wrote down the words I wanted on my sign: Pumpkins 5 (cents), Hay Ride 10 (cents). The way it worked out is that I would need four lines of words. I wanted the words to be 3/4″ high so that I could have 1/4″ between each row. To make sure that my lines were straight, I cut more masking tape into 1/4″ strips and measured down 3/4″ and put the tape below that. When I was done, I had nice, evenly spaced rows. (Honestly, getting everything taped off was the longest part of making the sign but was definitely worth it so I had straight lines and letters the same height.)
Next, I measured the center of the space and marked it on each row of masking tape. Then I counted out the number of letters in each word(s) and circled where the middle was. From there I started in the middle of each word and worked my way out, using a pen to sketch the letters. Then I traced the words with a sharpie and removed the tape.
Ta-da! I love how it turned out. It’s a fun and simple fall craft for yourself, a craft night or even a gift. This is so easy to personalize with the words or style of writing. I’m thinking I might see if I can convince my husband to make a frame for me. What do you think?
As I mentioned above, this post is part of the Inspire My Creativity link party where every second Wednesday of the month, I will be co-hosting along with 12 other talented bloggers where we will be sharing a project based around a theme. You can check out each of their blogs below:
This month our theme is fall. I’d love if you took a minute to look through and see what each of the hosts are sharing this month. Feel free to add your own fall projects to the link up and use the hashtag #InspireMyCreativity on social media!
Also, join us next month for our link party on the second Wednesday of the month. Our theme is EMBROIDERY HOOPS which is a bit unique and I’m excited to see what each of the hosts (and you) come up with! We’d love to have you join us on Wednesday, October 11!