Tutorial: Welcome Sign from Cameron at homemade.

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Hooray, it’s Thursday!  I hope you have been enjoying our guests that have been sharing with us just about every other Thursday.  Can I let you in on a little secret?  I’m not the craftiest gal in the world, I’m much better with my sewing machine and a pattern, but here I am with a craft blog… WHO KNEW?  My solution is to feature some great craft bloggers so that you can have something great to  inspire you on Thursdays.  Today I’ve invited Cameron from homemade  to  share a project with you.  Cameron is kind of new to the blogging world, but she has jumped right in and become a part of our little community here while building herself a great blog and an adorable etsy shop that you must go visit.  Please welcome Cameron today!

Hello, and thanks for inviting me over to the Southern Institute!   Jenny is always full of fun and creative ideas, and I am very excited to be a guest here.   I have my own little blog over at homemade by Cameron – it’s a mix of projects, recipes, and my version of funny!  Ok – now for the fabulous project I’ve got planned for you…this sweet little welcome sign takes no time at all – an hour if you already have painted burlap on hand (or some other fabulous fabric!) and about 90 minutes if you decide to start from bare burlap.

I love burlap.  It’s a good thing, because I own quite a bit of it.   And it’s nice that it’s actually popular right now, unlike many of the things I enjoy.   However, I might possibly be getting just a bit tired of the normal burlap color . . . possibly.  So, I decided to jazz it up a little bit with some color!  I looked into fabric dyes, but they seemed too complicated – and besides, I don’t need this to be wearable.  Burlap would not be comfortable!  Paint is always easy, and spray paint is easiest.  Many-hued burlap, here I come!

I used my trusty picnic table as a work surface, covered in plastic so that I wouldn’t ruin that mossy patina ;)   Like the yellow?  So did a bumblebee.  I also made purple, green, and a lovely shade of dark turquoise – and that’s the one I picked for this project!  I try to be somewhat efficient when I craft – so as long as it was nice weather and I had a good place to paint, I kept at it.

The base is just a piece of 7/16” OSB (oriented strand board – that’s fancy plywood).  We have lots of it laying around from various home improvement projects.  This piece was about 5 ½”  x 26”.  
I covered the whole thing in my pretty turquoise burlap – basically wrapping it like a present.  One edge happened to be the finished edge of the burlap, so I kept that one on top.   At each end I folded under the tip so it, too, would have a nice finished edge.  

Now, what to do with this better-than-blank-canvas board?  I made a stencil using my silhouette (how did craft before I had one of these!!?!).   The “welcome” is in the Letter Gothic Std font, and I designed the little house myself.  Designed may be a tad heavy-handed, as it is completely made of straight lines.  Anyway, I put them all together and laid everything out on my board.  For this specific stencil, the windows were a challenge – I picked them up with a piece of masking tape so that I could maintain the spacing.  

I’ve found with burlap, the best way to get paint on fabric within the stencil is with the “pounce” vs. brushing.  The little brush is actually called a “spouncer.”  I wonder what that extra “S” is for?  Sorry, I’m easily distracted.   For more stenciling tips, see this post.

Once it’s dry, carefully remove the stencil – don’t forget those little squares from the house windows!  I added a hemp tie to the back – with the option to hang it from the tie or hang it from a piece running along the back.  I affixed it using my staple gun – my second favorite tool for attaching stuff after the glue gun.

It’s so welcoming, isn’t it?  And so easy to personalize (family name? wedding couple, maybe?) and change the color – spray paint comes in every color imaginable.  I know I’ll be making more soon!

Have fun, and thanks again for having me, Jenny!

This is completely adorable, Cameron!  And I think I could do it.  I’m not too handy with wood, plywood, or anything else “carpentery” for that matter, but this seems do-able.  And I have a Cameo, so I can create that cute text like you did.  I love it!  Thanks so much for stopping in, Cameron!

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  1. Caroline says:

    SO CUTE!!! I love it! Awesome job Cameron!

    p.s. Jenny–I beg to differ with you. I think you are one crafty (not to mention awesome) lady. xo

  2. Kellie says:

    super cute! and i have some burlap that i bought on a whim because it was on sale, but i didn’t know what to do with it. now i do. yay! and i had no idea that those little brushes actually had a name!! could the s be for sponge? are there pouncers that aren’t sponges?

  3. Mrs. Bacon says:

    Looks like something fun. Mine would have to be in camo….I am so outnumbered here in my house.

  4. feelincrafty says:

    This is really cute! I was just thinking about doing a project in burlap today…

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