Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Burlap Bug....

I seem to have it....bad! I have seen some beautiful things made with burlap on lots of blogs, lately. So of course I had to try my own....crafty hand at it. I found this bed tray up in our attic. Not something that we had, something that was left from previous owners (?) I'm guessing. So, I had an idea and it turned out quite nice, if I do say so myself! I thought it was quite nice with a bit of vintage doily with crocheted edging!
~My new bird mugs, a nest and candles~
~ a very Romantic look~
Then I got an idea, which brings me to burlap!
So here is how it started. I found the "how to" on a blog and I apologize
I am not finding it. So please take credit and let us all know who you are.
But, that got my wheels turning for this project.
This is the tray as found in the attic. Bare wood!
I taped off the perimeter....

and just simply started painting with a foam brush
in my chosen color....Black!

Then I found some burlap that I happened to have left
from some other craft project and traced out the word
I printed off the computer. Oh yeah very important,
I traced it on freezer paper....
Cut it out with an exacto knife and ironed that on the burlap....
and whaa laa!

I did a sponge paint-like technique....
again with my chosen color of....

and there you have it!
An identified piece of "art" in my

But I wasn't quite done yet!

I needed to protect it....
so I went and had a piece of glass cut.
and now it is finished!

And I think it's lovely!

Stay tuned....
there's more to come!

UPDATE: I am linking up to Traci @
Go check out all the fun projects!


  1. I love the looks of this. I'm going to have to rethink burlap!! Great job!

  2. What a great idea!!! Now you got me inspired, I'd like to do a couple throw pillows like that! Thanks, Dawn

  3. You did a fantastic job. Keep those creative juices flowing. Can't wait to see what is next!


  4. CUTE!
    I like it and I bet it will make for interesting conversation over tea!

  5. Lisa it looks fantastic! You did a wonderful job!
    I must agree, burlap is HUGE right now. So many
    options for such a basic material.

  6. Very nice! I like that much better than the vintage doily! My wheels are where to find the time!

  7. Great idea! Your tray looks lovely! I ♡ burlap.

  8. Hey Lisa- love the tray and you are right the birds I did would look awesome on that tray with some candles in them. Now, I did not buy all of them in the US just all of them in NC. haha
    love your blog by the way - you have a new follower..

  9. Great job! It looks so pretty.

  10. LOVE this - what a great idea!!

  11. Lisa,
    Saw you were looking at Bella Rustica Market so I thought I'd take a look at what you're up to. Congratulations on your burlap tray with words. Black print on burlap is lovely. Try a wine bag with the word VINO next. Bellissima!

    Kim Kelly

  12. That was a great project! Burlap is popular for sure and it looks great on your tray.
    Thank you for visiting me and I enjoyed my visit here.

  13. Kool cups nest and tray but then I'm a for the birds kind of gal! Stop by some time, Jennifer jennsthreegraces

  14. I really love this tray!!! Of course, you know I love burlap, so I adore this. :) The black and tan combo is so expensive looking. And I love your bird cups! I know you are going to enjoy this piece for quite a while. THank you SO much for linking this to my party!

  15. I love your burlap tray. What a great idea. I bet a lot of bloggers will copy that! LOL
    Lee Laurie

  16. I saw an ugly tray with real potential the other day and this could be just the idea for it!! Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing!

  17. LLLLOOOOVVVEEEE this! (that's me singing)
    Super cute....can't believe it's your 1st time w/burlap!


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