Thursday, January 10, 2013

DIY: Printing on Burlap -- Saw it, Pinned it, Did it. Success!

This week, I'm back for my second installment of Saw it. Pinned It. Did It.
And this time, ladies, I have a success story! Whoop Whoop!
 
My original inspiration came from this pin:
http://media-cache-ec3.pinimg.com/736x/65/f1/c6/65f1c6dfe1f623822e588d8170ac7c6d.jpg

However, my first attempt was a total flop, which you can read about here: Saw it, Pinned it, Did it. Almost. Following that "success," I decided to try the printing on burlap tutorial found here:
http://media-cache-ec4.pinimg.com/736x/0d/ce/68/0dce6864be1dbaed5dd2238aa28a919f.jpg
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First things first....you'll need:
-Burlap (8.5x11 for this project)
-Scissors
-Iron
-Computer & ink-jet printer
-Freezer paper
 
This is the freezer paper I used, which I purchased via Amazon:

Let's get started then, shall we? Set up your iPad tutorial and ironing board and get to work!

There are two "sides" to freezer paper. One side is a bit more dull dull and the other side is more slick/shiny. Place the shiny side "down," touching the burlap (or the fabric you want the paper to adhere to). Once the paper is in place, run a medium-hot iron over the paper a few times, concentrating on the corners to ensure they are adequately adhered.

After you've ironed the freezer paper to the burlap, cut the excess from the edges, following the shape of the freezer paper. Remember, it has to be pretty close because it needs to fit into your printer. You don't want any loose edges to 'catch' on anything!
Once your burlap paper is ready, hey, now we're cookin' with peanut oil, Jack!
(Two points for those of you who got the reference to the best show on TV!)

In my original burlap monogram post, I told you to flip your letter. Forget everything we talked about last week, because this method is a lot easier! With this technique you don't need a mirror image--what you see on screen is exactly what prints out!

(Also, not shown below, but I put the burlap "face down" in my printer. The feed tray on your printer should help you determine the optimal way to load the burlap paper.)
Once you're ready, hit print, cross your fingers, say a prayer, and hope for the best!
Ta-da!
The black is not as dark or as saturated as I might have IDEALLY liked....but I can live with it!

I've yet to decide where this will ultimately "live," but for the time being, I placed it on this trunk with my little birdie. It's easily visible upon walking in the front door of my house.
Notice the difference in the photos above? iPhone vs. Canon digital SLR. I've been trying to use my Canon a little more lately. Even if it is just for blogging! :)

I hope this "tutorial" of sorts helps you out if you decide to try printing on burlap. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer!
Don't forget to link up with Stephanie and Katie for Saw it Pinned it Did It!

44 comments:

  1. It looks SO GOOD! :) I'm terrified to put burlap through my printer- but after this I just might have to try it! I think it looks cute not being printed super dark, more vintage-y!!

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  2. i love it! you make it sound so easy!! i guess a few 'failures' will do that for ya! ;) hehe! *

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  3. Hold up, you seriously put the burlap in your printer?! And your printer lived through it? I would have never guessed it would have withstood that thick of paper/fabric/whatever. It looks awesome! And props to you for sticking to your project and not getting discouraged the first time around! I could learn a thing or two from that :)

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  4. WOW! It went through the printer like that?! SO impressed! I never knew you could do it like that. I love that. Now send me one bia! ;)

    XOXO Thanks for linking up with us!!

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  5. Wow this is awesome! I'm so glad it worked out for you this week! Way to persevere through the mishaps! I totally would have given up lol.

    -Juliann

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  6. It turned out awesome! So glad you tried again. And I really like it on the chest. So cute!

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  7. Yay, success! It looks great, and I like it next to the bird. :)

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  8. YAY! glad your project was a success!

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  9. It looks awesome! Glad to know the freezer paper is a much better route for future burlap projects :)

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  10. I love that! I'm going to have to show it to my mom, she loves anything burlap and mongrammed.

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  11. Duck Dynasty, JACK! This, my sweet Kentucky frand, is FAB!!! Totally worth the original fail lol!! I need to do this. Wonder if my work would mind me running burlap through the printer? LOL

    xoxo Thank you for linking up with us sweet cheeks!!

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  12. Looks fantastic! This will be my next project. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  13. LOVE IT!! Turned out soo cute!!

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  14. I loveee this. I am doing this STAT!

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  15. I was just wondering what weight of burlap you bought and where you purchased it? I love the monogram and what to help my future sister-in-law do her invites.

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    1. Hi! A friend actually gave this to me after using it as a table runner for her wedding, so I don't know where it came from. However, I've seen burlap on a "bolt" like fabric at Walmart. You'll want to make sure the threads are close together, but that the weight isn't too heavy, or else it may tear up the printer.

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  16. I need to try this! Such a great idea! You are a diy master!

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  17. I was wondering what program you used on your computer? I am having trouble getting the spacing from the big letter to the rest of it.

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    1. I used an HP printer. Just a regular ol' inkjet printer!

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  20. What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing. One small question: you used "Quilters Freezer Paper Sheets". Do you know if I can use plain old freezer paper? The kind that you find in the grocery store and use for wrapping food you want to freeze.

    Thanks for these great ideas!

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  21. omgosh! I bought one of these for my gf and now that i know i could have made it im bummed! I must make one for myself!

    showeredwithdesign.blogspot.com

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  22. Obsessed with this! I'm hosting a Monograms and Mimosas wedding shower in a couple months and will be making this for the bride!

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  23. Just found you through Stephanie's blog & stumbled upon this awesome DIY post!!! So, so stinking genius!! This would make an awesome house warming gift for people as well!!

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  24. I'd love to hear if others have tried this with success? I'm still apprehensive about putting the burlap through the printer. And I think I have a laser printer, not ink-jet...wondering if that will work! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I was SO excited to do this project. I used Photoshop to design my print and found burlap and freezer paper at Jo-Ann's. I just tried to print on my Epson ink jet and it jammed 8 times, so I gave up. I don't know what I am doing wrong. :( I was sure to cut the burlap and freezer paper to 8 1/2 x 11. Any suggestions?

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  26. I've tried 2 different printers and neither will feed the burlap. What am I doing wrong?

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