Friday, October 19, 2012

Burlap State Art

 In celebration of our newest move, I created some art with a silhouette of the states we've lived in.
For this project I used some of my favorite supplies:

  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Burlap
  • Canvas (these are 10 x 10)

 I started out by cutting the burlap into a square that was about 3 inches larger than my canvas, 
so 13 x 13.
I painted my Mod Podge all over the front of the canvas.  
I then placed a couple magazines on top to help the burlap to adhere to the canvas.
 With my staple gun in hand, I went to work covering the canvas with the burlap.
The corners were a bit tricky because the burlap is quite thick. 
I worked at it a bit to try and create clean looking edges.
 I didn't worry too much about how the backside looked, just as long as everything in the front was flat.
 I created a stencil with my Silhouette. Vinyl worked well to keep all the states details in place.
Using some black craft painted and my foam brush I painted inside the stencil. 
Making sure to get in all the deep groves.
Using upholstery tacks from Lowes (I used 1 box for each canvas)
 I marked off 4" inches from each corner and pounded the tacks in with a hammer. 
(*a little tip: if you have a rubber mallet, use that instead otherwise put something soft over the face of your hammer so you don't ruin the head of the tack).
 I think the tacks give it a nice complete look.
My new art is so lightweight and the perfect addition to our screened in porch!
 In our 17 years of marriage we've lived in Virginia, Michigan, Ohio and now North Carolina.
We're enjoying it out here, sure wish you could come over and hang out!


  1. Great clean & simple design! Love the black against the burlap! Where in VA did you live??

    1. Amanda, We lived in Staunton when we were first married. Then Charlottesville for a little while and then Northern Virginia for 6 years.

  2. aw so cute! If you have a chance I would love for you to link up to handmade tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.

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