Burlap + Arrows Canvas

This was an incredibly easy project – and a great way to finally make use of the giant canvas I had in my closet for over a year. I bought it during a sale at Michael’s, but had a hard time committing to how I wanted to use it. Every time I saw it in my closet, I felt its blank whiteness staring back at me and begging me to put it to use! So here is how I made this campy burlap arrow art that I showed you yesterday in my wintry, sorta valentine-sy vignette.

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I started by covering the canvas with a big piece of burlap (which I cut free handed to fit inside the canvas – I wanted the rustic look of the rough & uneven edges). I used both spray adhesive and mod podge to secure it to the canvas.

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I started by applying a heavy coat of mod podge to one edge of the burlap with a foam brush – from about an inch from the burlap edge to the end of the canvas.

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Then I rolled the burlap up and covered the canvas with spray adhesive, and then stretched the burlap back out, smoothing it with the palms of my hands. I then applied mod podge around the other three edges.

Once everything dried, I used a black sharpie to draw the design.

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I went over the design a couple times to make it nice and dark.

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I am seriously lacking in the art department – but since this only required drawing a bunch of straight lines, I felt like I could manage. It’s so simple and handmade looking… which I kind of love.

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Do you have any blank canvases sitting in your closet just waiting to be turned into art? Well get cracking – it’s a new year & a perfect time to create some new original art for your home! And let me know what you’ve created lately, I’d love to see!

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Simple Vintage Key Art

I created a new little art piece that I am really digging – and it could not have been simpler!

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The ‘vintage’ keys are from Pottery Barn – they are $19, but I used a $10 rewards coupon and snagged ’em for $9. I found the wooden frame at Michael’s in my favorite secret spot – the shelf where they put the custom, made-to-order frames that were ‘goofs’, and therefore put out to sell for CHEAP! If you do not need a frame of a specific size (and if you don’t need the backing or glass either) this is a perfect way to score a well made, wooden frame. So with an $8 wooden frame, and a $9 set of keys, I created my little artwork by simply hanging the keys (using small picture nails) inside the open frame!

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I am considering staining the frame darker, but my husband likes the way the lighter wood looks with our lampshade. I think a slightly darker shade would ‘fit’ better with all of our dark furniture – but I’m going to look at it & think about it for a few days!

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What do you think? Stain the frame a hair darker, or stick with the summery, beech-y color?

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If you’re curious, both our pedestal dining room table set & the buffet (which I use to store my china, fancy vases, etc.), are from Pier 1.