I thought I’d share this ‘How To Stencil On Burlap’ tutorial with you just to show how easy it is!
Burlap is a really popular choice these days for a whole host of projects and stenciling is a really easy and effective way to add a little design touch to all your fab craft ideas.
Last year I had a go at stenciling on burlap (jute) and all in all I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. It really complimented the rest of my Christmas Decor.
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Materials Needed To Stencil On Burlap
- Red Burlap material (jute)
- Acrylic paint (I just used normal paint but you can also get Acrylic Fabric Paint which is machine washable)
- Piece of card or plastic (to protect the surface underneath the burlap material)
- Paintbrush or sponge
- Stencil (if you do not want to make a stencil like I did then this one is very similar: Deer Head Stencil)
- Sharp craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Plate or container for paint
- Repositionable adhesive spray or double-sided sticky tape
I used plain acrylic as this was a decorative seasonal pillow but if you are planning to wash the item you will need to mix it with fabric paint
I stenciled on my completed Burlap Pom Pom Pillow <- click to see the tutorial on how to make this. paint)
You can either use a bought stencil or do the same as I did and make your own DIY stencil.
How To Make Your Own DIY Stencil
Find A Suitable Printable Stencil
Find a suitable image online and print it out onto a piece of A4 card or photo paper. I found a really great high-resolution image for a faux deer head over at Lolly Jane.
*Tip* Chunkier stencils work better on burlap because of the coarse weave of the materials
How To Cut Out The Stencil
Using a cutting mat (or another hard protective surface) and a craft cutting knife (or Stanley knife) carefully cut the image out making sure you use a smooth and clean cutting motion to avoid any jagged edges.
This step can be quite time-consuming and needs quite a bit of patience. If you would rather not do this step then just go ahead and use a store-bought stencil.
How To Stencil On Burlap
- Protect surface and material
- Insert a piece of cardboard inside the pillow or directly under the project that you are planning to stencil.
- Secure stencil
- Using either the repositionable adhesive spray or double-sided sticky tape securely fix the stencil onto the material
- Squeeze some of the acrylic paint onto your plate and using a paintbrush or sponge evenly dab or stipple the paint onto the stencil. Make sure you do not overload your brush or sponge and build up in layers. This is important – Be careful not to push the brush under the stencil, it helps if you hold your paintbrush in a more vertical position rather than horizontally.
- Remove stencil
- Carefully remove the stencil ‘Et Voila!’ there you have it, your own work of art!
*Tip* -Use a spare piece of burlap material to have a test run.
Need to make the cushion first? Then you can follow my easy DIY flap-over Pom Pom Pillow Tutorial
As you can see this is so easy to do and it can be applied to a whole manner of different DIY craft projects.
Another stenciling project that I made was my DIY Stencilled Clock where I took an old plastic thrift store clock and transformed it into a really beautiful decor piece. I was particularly proud of this piece and got a lot of compliments.
I have a ton of other ideas and am looking forward to using this technique again. The next project I have in mind to use this stenciling method is for a coastal decor idea. If you don’t want to miss this project and would like to see more of my other DIY & Craft Tutorials then be sure to sign up for the Happy Home In Holland Newsletter