Last week I joined a farm blog hop. If you are unfamiliar with blog hops, it goes like this. One blogger, or a group of bloggers hosts the hop. Other bloggers submit posts to be part of the hop, usually between one and three posts. Links to your posts get on the list and other bloggers from the hop visit your site and, hopefully, come back. I was impressed by some of the cool craft projects people submitted. I found a site which hosts a Monday Craft Blog Hop. I decided to get a new glue gun, come up with something crafty, and join the fun. I had no idea what I was going to make.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I have been AWOL from blogging for a few days. I had a little surgery done and it hit me a bit harder than anticipated. I needed to take a few days to recuperate. Michael drove me to my post-op appointment on Friday. I lamented on the drive that the only problem with him accompanying me to the city was, that I wouldn’t get a chance to go to my favorite antique mall. If I drive to Sacramento I sometimes treat myself to a visit to the Antique Trove in Roseville. To my surprise and delight, as we headed home after my appointment Michael said, “We’re going antiquing!” I wasn’t sure how far I would make it but I got all the way around the mall. Before we got out of there, I had the inspiration for my craft project in hand, along with new dining room furniture! More about the furniture later.
I found this cute little chicken feed bag made of burlap. My idea was to find an old picture frame, staple chicken wire on the back and attach the feed sack.
That is exactly what I did! I found vintage frame for $10.00, painted grey. I tacked it up on the wall to see what it might look like. I liked it well enough to forge ahead with my first craft project in recent memory. I show you how I did it!
- Decorative Frame Corners
- Craft Paint
- Small Brush
- Paper Towels
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Stapler (tool type, not desk type)
- Staples (proper length for your frame thickness)
- Ruler or yardstick
- Felt Pen
- Wire Cutters
I decided I did not like the dull grey frame color so I antiqued it. I started by painting a little black craft paint into the grooves on the frame.
I then wiped it off lightly with a damp paper towel.
It still wasn’t rustic or dark enough so I added a little black paint to water in a small glass dish. I used a paper towel to wipe the diluted paint over the entire frame, going with the grain of the wood. I did this several times until I achieved the desired color.
I added a rustic detail with brass corners. You can buy these at the craft store. I stole mine from a frame I wasn’t using. They have sharp points on the back and you can just press them into the wood. If they don’t have the points, just glue them on the corners of the frame.
I then cut a piece of chicken wire larger than my frame. I spray painted it brown and added a clear acrylic coat to seal it. I recommend wearing gloves when working with chicken wire although the gloves make it hard to work with chicken wire. I also recommend having someone else help you stretch the chicken wire over the back of the frame and staple it in place. It is just easier with two pairs of hands. Make sure you leave some overlap of the wire so you can stretch it. Once it is firmly stapled in place, use the wire cutters to trim the excess so the edges can’t be seen from the front. Then turn your frame over on a towel to protect the paint and use a hammer to flatten the sharp chicken wire ends.
Now it is time to mount your burlap picture on the chicken wire. I just lucked out and found the feed bag, but you probably won’t be so lucky. You can either stamp a design or image on the burlap, draw it with felt markers, paint if you are talented that way, or stencil a design on the burlap. Leave plenty or room around the burlap to fray the edges.
Once your design is dry it is time to prepare the burlap for mounting. Cut the burlap around the design to the inside dimensions of your frame. Then begin pulling the strings on the sides to fray the burlap. This will help you get it straight. When you get the sides straight fray the top until it is the size you want it. If the fraying is uneven just cut it to match. I found that fraying the burlap was the best way to get it nice and even all the way around. I then cut a second piece of burlap the same size as my frayed piece, minus the frayed edges. I used a little hot glue to attach the extra piece of burlap to the back of the design so you could not see through it when hung on the wall.
I then carefully positioned the burlap on the frame in the place I wanted it. I lifted each corner, applied a little hot glue to the chicken wire, and place the burlap back down. I used very little hot glue so it would not come through the fabric. I worked my way around, glueing in several places until it was secure.
And that was it!
I hung it on my dining room wall along with some other pieces I took out of the buffet. It was overcrowd with bric-a-brac anyway. I hope you try this project. It is fun and quite easy to do!
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