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Pottery Barn Inspired Burlap Frame Tutorial

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This was the last Stamped Apple project!  I created this frame from burlap and cardboard, inspired by one I saw at Pottery Barn.

  • A piece of corrugated cardboard
  • Foam board
  • Fat Quarter size of burlap
  • Hot glue
  • Twine

Lay your artwork you want to frame on the cardboard to get a general idea of how big to cut the hole.
Cut a hole using an Exacto knife (you can dig out with scissors too but it will probably not look the most even).  Cut the hold slightly smaller than your art.
Cut your burlap to be a few inches wider on all sides of your cardboard
Take the burlap and fold into a triangle
Cut off the point
Now you have a small opening you can cut into.  Lay your cardboard on top of your burlap
Start hot glueing the burlap to the back, folding all the sides down.
After the sides have been glued, cut your center hole like this:  at an angle to each corner (a mitered corner)
Fold those inner pieces in and glue in place.  This is what it should look like now.
Secure your art with glue or tape
I wrapped some twine around the bottom for a festive fall touch!
Using the same twine, I knotted each side to make a hanger
Cut a piece of foam board slightly smaller than your frame.
Glue onto the back
And you have a cute new fall wall hanging!  

This is a completely awesome method of making your own fun mats for picture frames also.  You can use thinner cardboard (like from a cereal box) and that way you can cut the hole as small or large as you light to frame your art or picture, and use whatever fabric you like!  You can even skip a step and buy a precut mat from a craft store (the small ones are super cheap.)  I am planning on doing this matting method to a bunch of photos I want to hang on the wall of my kids’ room! 


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  1. Jennwith4 says:

    Thanks for sharing! I need to get some fall decor out.

  2. allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com says:

    Oh how I love this idea! I have dollar store mats sitting in my craft area that desperately need this makeover! I really have tons of photos waiting for cute frames too – thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Anonymous says:

    what a great idea! thank you for sharing, I can do this one!

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