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 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.To 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.On the back of the burlap, lay the freezer paper, 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.Choose 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?!
Note… I have only ever used a laser printer to do this so do not know how it would work with an ink jet. If you try it, let me know how it comes out!Once the ink is dry, peel the freezer paper off the back of the burlap.Give 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.I 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.
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.Once the stain was dry, the piece was dry brushed with a layer of General Finishes Chalky Style Paint in Key West Blue.To finish it off, a piece of by thick jute twine was stapled to the top to hang the sign by.
Printing on burlap with a laser printer couldn’t be easier with this simple DIY technique!
I would love to see what you print on your sign! Be sure to share it on the Recreated Designs Facebook page ♥
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