Post # 1
Ok bees so I’m determined to make one on my own.
I am going to buy the burlap today, then measure out the pieces and trace them with a hot glue gun so they don’t frey. I plan on then cutting around the glue and spraying a stiffening spray on the burlap to make it stiff.
However, I was going to try and stencil my letters in but what kind of paint should I use? Spray paint? and the burlap is somewhat porous or holey and I’m worried about the paint not showing up well enough. Has anyone encountered and tackled this problem?
Post # 3
In terms of color, I would think about what will show through the holes in the burlap. Will it be in front of a white tablecloth or light wall? Then use a dark color. In front of something dark, use a light color! You can spray a layer of white first, then the color if you are worried it won’t show up!
Spray paint or fabric paint will work!
Also, I’m concerned about hot glue. Have you seen it done? Is it on the back?
Post # 4
@Jamergurl921: Maybe use the burlap as the background fabric. Paint the letters on another fabric not so holey and then attach that (slightly smaller) onto the burlap so the burlap outlines it.
Post # 5
You can pick out a burlap that is is finer woven – it’s a little more expensive but then you won’t have that problem. The fabric store should have at least several burlap options!
Did you buy your stencils yet? I bought good ones at Michaels.
I used acrylic paint, since I am always nervous around spray paint, especially if you have to hold down the stencil while you spray the letter. The acrylic paint worked out great. To make sure the paint shows in spite of the holes, just give it a good couple of coats!
Post # 6
I used acrylic paint for mine. I cut out the diamond shape and folded it in half. I printed my numbers and then laid it underneath the top layer so I could still see it. Does that make any sense at all? Lol. I think mine turned out good. I kept a piece of paper in between the front and back while it was drying so it wouldn’t bleed. Here’s my finished product (ignore my pajamas and rough looking face):
Post # 7
@Misscandice8907: So if yours was double layered, did you sew the sides together?
Post # 8
@Jamergurl921: Sorry it took so long for me to get back! No I actually hot glued it. And it’s held up really well!
Post # 9
I’ve made a couple banners and used sharpies. Black for the letters/numbers and a red one for a heart. Makes it a little more rustic looking. I also used a ribbon instead of string and attached with tacky glue.
Post # 10
@Misscandice8907: Omg! This looks amazing!!! I am doing something similar for my wedding and couldn’t figure out how to get the letters on their. THANK YOU!!!