Have you noticed the best ideas happen by accident? This aged burlap idea happened on accident…a messy accident.
Aged Burlap??? why not!
I was working in the workshop on two projects and splashed my aging vinegar on the burlap for another project, hum!
Idea forming! 😉
Ideas forming can be frightening around here…but not this time.
Here’s how I aged burlap.
First, I cut a rectangle of burlap. Which is not an easy task. Have you tried to cut burlap straight?
My tip to cut burlap straight
My tip is to pull out a thread where you plan to cut. Then cut along the gap left from removing the thread. Like in my little drawing above:)
Keep the threads you remove to add to twine nests. I display these around the house all year long.
Aged the burlap
Next, I made a cup of tea using a regular tea bag. Then started “painting” the burlap with the tea. I left it to dry and started another project.
Hope I don’t get tea all over the next project!
After the tea dried, I grab a jar of ironed vinegar. If you don’t know what ironed vinegar is, click on over to this old wood.
The ironed vinegar gave the burlap a grayed color instead of just the “tea dyed” look.
Displaying the aged burlap
I grabbed a thrift store frame, and the next step I’m not sure I should have done.
I painted it creamy white.
But anyway, onward. “It’s only paint!”
I covered the cardboard backing with old book pages and mod podge. Some pages are upside down, but that’s okay. I also added five numbers from the chapters of the book. See if you can find them all in the photo above:)
Next, I printed out a large 3. Then placed it under the aged burlap. I could see the 3 peaking through the burlap. I used antique white craft paint. The photo above is the back side where I painted a bit of mod podge as a glue.
Now I have aged burlap art!
If I wanted a larger piece of aged burlap, I think I would use a galvanized tub and dip the burlap. I used burlap to make a top for this wood crate. Should I have aged it?
What do you think? Should I remove the white paint from the frame?
Sometimes it pays to be messy!!!
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