I DIY'd this burlap "Merry Christmas" ribbon tree wrap... and I love it! This was super easy to make and totally budget friendly. The idea to make this started when I found a killer deal on a 300 foot roll of 4" wide Burlap (Only $9.99, yes seriously under $10). Three hundred feet of burlap, wow, I figured I'd have plenty left over for projects for many years! And I do :)
I started by making a stencil on my Cricut Electronic Cutter.
My hubby and daughter bought me my Cricut a few Christmas's ago and I use it all the time. It's one of my favorite crafting toys!
I used scrap-booking paper that I already had to make it. I taped the stencil pieces together after they were cut and then I taped a border of paper all around the edges (basically so I wouldn't get paint smudges all over the surrounding burlap).
I used clear packaging tape to hold it all together since it is thick and strong. I needed to be sure the stencil would hold up while painting over it several times. Luckily it did and it worked even better than I thought it would.
I aligned the stencil on top of the burlap and used a basic dry kitchen sponge to blot/dab the paint on top of the stencil. I never rubbed across the stencil because it might have ripped since it was made from craft paper. I just kept adding paint to the sponge tip and blotted away.
I would paint two stencils, let them dry awhile and then advance the roll of burlap and paint the next two. In between I was putting together the Christmas tree. I used a paper plate and basic Acrylic craft paint. The paper plate makes for easy clean up when you are done! You can see in the next picture how I used just the edge of the sponge to do my painting/dabbing.
After I was done painting and everything was dry, I laid the painted burlap down my entry hall. I removed all of the loose stringy pieces along the edges of the burlap. I like the finished fringe look!
I love how the finished garland ribbon turned out! I added a yard of Burlap around the bottom of the tree for the skirt. Here is this years finished Christmas tree... Now it just needs some presents. Time for me to get shopping and wrapping!
Until next time,
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