The Easiest Way to Print on Burlap


I have been getting into Christmas gear (gulp! I know, I know) lately and planning what I will have available at my sales.  There are some cool new things in the works and one of them involves printed burlap.

Burlap makes me smile and the rustic charm it brings to any decor is great. I have painted on it many times (see here and here) but thought I would share this super-easy way to print on it with a laser printer.

Getting the printing on the burlap…

freezer paper makes printing on burlap super easy

To be able to run burlap through your printer, the easiest way is to use Freezer Paper.

Freezer paper is different from wax paper (wax on both sides) and parchment paper (no wax on either side) as it only has wax on one side.  It is commonly used for wrapping meat for… you guessed it, the freezer.

sheets of paper, burlap and freezer paperTo get your burlap ready for the printer, cut a piece of freezer paper to 8.5″ by 11″ (standard paper size).  Also, cut your piece of burlap the same size.

ironing on the freezer paper to the back of some burlapOn the back of the burlap, lay the freezer paper, the wax side against the burlap, and iron it until it is stuck on. The heat from the iron will melt the wax and adhere the paper to the back of the burlap.  Attaching the freezer paper will keep the burlap from getting tangled and snagged up in your printer.

Welcome to the cottage sign printed on paper and burlapChoose a photo or design and then run your burlap and freezer paper through your printer.  When it comes out, you will have the same image as you would on regular paper.  How cool is that?!

{Find the pattern for the script here…}

Note… I have only ever used a laser printer to do this so do not know how it would work with an inkjet.  If you try it, let me know how it comes out!

removing freezer paper after printing on the burlapOnce the ink is dry, peel the freezer paper off the back of the burlap.

removing burlap threads to create a loose edgeGive the burlap some frayed edges by pulling out a few threads before attaching it to the board.

Getting the board ready…

To make the board I wanted to attach my burlap too, I grabbed a piece of scrap pine from my pile.

scrap piece of pineI am not a huge fan of pine so used some nails and a hammer to bang up the wood before I stained it.  Pine is such a soft-wood that it was really easy to add some character to the board.

a banged up piece of scrap pine made to look worn
To make the wood look darker, it got a coat of General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg and you can see how nicely those dings look once the stain was applied.  They really added some charm.

scrap piece of pine stained with General Finishes Nutmeg gel stainOnce the stain was dry, the piece was dry brushed with a layer of General Finishes Chalky Style Paint in Key West Blue.

a scrap piece of pine stained and painted with General Finishes productsTo finish it off, a piece of thick jute twine was stapled to the top to hang the sign by.

attaching a jute cord to use to hang the sign

jute twine attached with staples to the end of wood

Attach the burlap to the board with just a dab of hot glue in each corner and you’re done!

printed burlap attached to a piece of pineHow cute is that? Now you can print anything you like on burlap and make a sign that speaks to you.

I would love to see what you print on your sign!  Be sure to share it on the Recreated Designs Facebook page ♥

Welcome to the Cottage Sign

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How to Easily Print on Burlap

13 Comments on " The Easiest Way to Print on Burlap "

  1. Lisa

    have you ever tried to wash burlap?
    I wonder what happens if the water touches the printing text

    1. Lisa

      Hi Hakan, I have washed burlap but not once it is printed. Washing burlap really pulls the fibres apart so it really isn’t recommended unless you have too. The burlap usually doesn’t look the same after washing. I would not try washing the burlap after it has been printed on. Hope that helps! Good luck.

  2. Lisa

    which laser printer did you use for burlap?

    1. Lisa

      Hi. I have an HP Envy 5530. Hope that helps 😉

      1. Lisa

        Have you ever tried to wash the burlap?

  3. Lisa

    Does this work for other types of material? I can think of many possibilities
    if it does!

    1. Lisa

      Hi Sandy, I have not tried other material yet but I don’t see why it wouldn’t. The freezer paper adheres to the fabric to make it easy to print on so I would think other types of smooth fabric would work too. I’d love to know how it turns out if you try it.

  4. Lisa

    Did you print into the burlap, or into the freezer paper?

    1. Lisa

      I printed onto the burlap. The freezer paper was used to stabilize the burlap so that it would run through the printer easily. Hope that helps 😉

  5. Lisa

    Lisa, I would love to try this but am worried about running the burlap through the printer. The burlap I have sheds so much. Is there a particular burlap brand to use that doesn’t shed as much but still has the cute look you have?

    1. Lisa

      Hi Anne, The freezer paper on the back definitely helps to keep all of those little pieces in place when you are running it through but I know what you mean bout the shedding. When I buy burlap I always try and find one with a tight weave. There is a lot of variation so it can be frustrating when the weave is really loose. If you are in the US, I have seen burlap at Walmart and at Michaels that had a tight weave. In Canada I usually get it at Michaels. Hope you are also to find some that works!

  6. Lisa

    This is an adorable way to use burlap. Love the little sign. I really enjoy burlap decor especially in the fall.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Leanna! I am definitely a fan of burlap too and your are right… it is so pretty in the Fall <3

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