Hey mama, I’m taking a break from my usual parenting post to bring you a super easy printed burlap wall art tutorial.
I don’t know about you, but when it’s nap time for my kids, I love taking that time to be creative! It’s so important to schedule time during your day to fill up your bucket, do something purposeful, and cultivate your gifts outside of motherhood.
These babies won’t be babies forever, you know…
For me, creating and bringing a project to completion is just one of the little joys I look forward to when the kids are napping. I’ll be honest, for a while I used nap time as an excuse to be lazy on the couch and scroll through Facebook. Turns out that’s more draining than watching toddlers all day!
Instead of spending that precious alone time on social media, my nap time goals are to stretch my creative muscles. To make beautiful things while my little ones sleep! When I do this, I’m more energized and ready to put my mama hat back on when they wake up. It’s the little things, you know?
So mama, have you ever wondered how to print on burlap for an art or craft project? I’m all about the rustic farmhouse look going around these days. I love the simplicity and the character, and I especially love all the DIY possibilities!
How to Print on Burlap:
I was inspired by this post about burlap prints. At first, I was a bit intimidated at first about printing on burlap. I thought I might damage my printer, but it turned out to be so easy! Seriously, it took me less than 15 minutes to make three adorable burlap signs. It’s an easy DIY project you can get done during nap time with time to spare!
I made these burlap signs for my sister. We sang “Be Thou My Vision” at her wedding a few years ago, and I thought printed quotes from this hymn would be the perfect gift for her.
If you want to steal my design, grab the free printable at the bottom of this post! After you enter your email, you’ll receive a document ready to print and go for your own “Be Thou My Vision” art.
Printed Burlap Art Materials:
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- Freezer paper (Hint: NOT wax paper, it’s too thin. I was able to find freezer paper at my local WalMart next to the Ziploc bags.) The purpose of the freezer paper is to make sure ink doesn’t seep through the burlap and damage your printer.
- Burlap (You can get it on a roll from your fabric store, or buy pre-cut letter sized sheets like I did here. The pre-cut option makes printing on burlap so much easier!)
- Printer (I used a very un-fancy HP LaserJet)
Step 1: Create the text you want to print.
There are several ways you can create your document. If you have a word processing software on your computer like Word or Publisher, that’s an easy start. Or, if you’re like me and love tinkering with design, try a free online editor like Canva.com.
Step 2: Trim the freezer paper to fit the burlap.
Make sure your burlap is 8.5 x 11 inches, then trim a piece of freezer paper to fit exactly on the back of the burlap. Trim of any dangling burlap threads so they don’t get caught in your printer!
Step 3: Iron on the freezer paper.
Put the SHINY SIDE DOWN on the back of your burlap piece. Use your iron to “melt” the burlap and freezer paper together.
Step 4: Place your burlap in your printer. Click PRINT!
Hint: Do a test sheet on regular paper to make sure you’ll be printing on the correct side. Ahem… I learned my lesson on this one!
Step 5: Peel off the freezer paper.
The freezer paper should come right off the back once your burlap is printed. If it’s a little stubborn try gently rolling the burlap to loosen it up, or place it in the freezer for a few minutes to “unmelt” the two pieces.
Finished! Look at you, nap time ninja! 😉 You’re all done with plenty of time left to have a cup of coffee or tea before those munchkins wake up from their naps.
Take a look at your gorgeous DIY printed burlap sign! Now that you know how to print on burlap, the possibilities are endless for what you can create. Pillowcases, kid’s wall art, monogrammed everything… get creative!
Got questions or tips about how to print on burlap? Drop them in the comments below. Happy creating!