Last year at SNAP (an amazing craft blogger’s conference in Salt Lake City) I had the great joy of meeting teen blogger, Colby from Love Joy Glitter. Everyone at SNAP knew who Colby was, we were all blown away that someone so young could have such an incredible passion, be so creative and be committed enough to have a successful blog!
Colby recently asked me if I wanted to take part in a Blogger Quarterly Craft Challenge. The concept was simple, she would send out an identical boxes of craft goodies to a group of bloggers, and we’d all have to make a craft using only what was in the box (the exception was that we could use things like thumbtacks if we needed to hang it, scissors to cut it, glue if we needed to attach something, etc). The idea sounded simple enough and I’m always game for a good creative challenge so I told her to sign me up. Then the box arrived…
I’ll be honest, it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be! The items in our box were a strip of burlap, some mesh ribbon, 4 dowels, a ball of wire, some glitter glue, a bottle of paint, a clothespin and a sharpie marker.
I’ve never worked with burlap before, but I love the look of burlap bunting, so I set to work making one of my own. I’m going to hang this outside our front door, welcoming everyone to our loving home.
It was super easy to make, and took less than 15 minutes, so I thought I’d share the instructions with you today.
15 Minute Burlap Bunting Sign Tutorial
- 1 strip of burlap
- wire (I think this may have been floral wire)
- acrylic paint
- Optional- iron
1. Cut strips out of your burlap. I eyeballed my strips. They were approximately 2 inches wide by 6 inches long.
2. Fold them in half lengthwise, then again widthwise and cut the shape you want on the bottom of your bunting.
3. Press your bunting using an iron. This step is optional but I found that my bunting laid flat much nicer once I did this.
4. Paint your message on your bunting. I chose Hello with 2 hearts.
5. Leave to dry for a few minutes and then thread the wire through the tops of each bunting. I chose to thread my wire going in through the back and across the front so that the majority of the wire showing was on the top of each piece of burlap. I liked the look best this way.
Hang your bunting sign and enjoy!
This project was so easy to make, and could be used for many different occasions. I think they’d be adorable for a child’s birthday!
I’ll be honest, when I looked at the box I felt completely challenged and outside of my element, but I’m so glad that I did it. It was so great to be pushed outside of my comfort zone, to have to think on the spot and come up with something creative, and to use only the materials that were supplied to me, instead of resorting to old favorites. What do you think you would have done with the challenge?
Want to see what my fellow bloggers came up with?
Click through to their links in the link party below!