For me, the second best time of the year (after Christmas, of course) is the start of fall. There is nothing more exciting for me than pulling out all my fall decor, complete with fake pumpkins and plaid blankets, and hearing my husband exclaim that fall has once again exploded inside our house (a compliment in my eyes). Never mind that it's still 90+ degrees outside until probably mid-October. We're just not going to talk about that. Moving on...
One thing I love to decorate with, especially in the fall, is rustic wood and burlap. Today, I want to share with you a SUPER easy way to make your own rustic wood and burlap frame. Plus, I've included a couple of FREE PRINTABLES for you to use! Oh happy day!
- 8X10 Raw Wood Plaque (I found mine at Michaels)
- Scrap piece of cream burlap
- Decorative bronze upholstery tacks (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Matte Mod Podge
- Stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut)
- One of these FREE printables (download here and here)
- First thing's first: stain your wood plaque. I used a small foam brush and coated my wood in one layer of stain and then used a clean rag to wipe off the excess. Let it dry.
- While your stain is drying, cut out a piece of burlap slightly smaller than the size of the surface of your wood. Cut carefully along the lines of the weaving of the burlap to make sure you have a somewhat perfect rectangle to work with.
- On each side of the burlap, carefully pull two or three strings. I started with two to see what it looked like and then ended up pulling one more on each side.
- Once your stain is dry, brush a layer of Mod Podge to the surface of your wood. Carefully place your piece of burlap on top of the Mod Podge and adjust the burlap as necessary to get it into position.
- When you've got the burlap placed correctly, brush a little more Mod Podge around the edges of the burlap. Let dry.
- Choose one of these two FREE printables (download here and here) and print on heavy cardstock. Trim the edges and place the printable on top of your burlap.
- Gently hammer the upholstery tacks into each corner of the printable. That's it! You're ready to display your new Fall artwork!
I love how easy and relatively quick this project is and how much impact it makes in your fall decor. You could add a sawtooth hanger to the back and hang it on the wall, or you could staple a length of jute twine to the top back corners of the wood and hang it by the twine. Whatever you decide to do, I'm sure it will look beautiful in your home this fall season!
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