DIY Projects & Decor

DIY Burlap Table Runner

burlap table runnerBurlap table runners can be expensive.  I’ve seen them at Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs between $40 -$70.  Ouch.

While I was at an antique store last week, I picked up a roll of burlap that was 20 inches wide.  It cost all of $15.00.  And it was a big roll.  Not too shabby!

My kitchen table has been around for a while.  I still love it, but it would be lovely if the top was refinished.  Since I don’t quite have the nerve to do that yet, a burlap table runner seemed like a pretty way to cover it up.

This is a simple project.  You can make it as complicated as you want, depending what design or element you want to add to it.  I chose to make flowers with cording because… I don’t know why.  Just popped into my head. ;)

burlap runner

 This runner was 20 inch wide when I purchased it.  I cut it to 18 inches wide.

burlap table runner

The edge was straight stitched about 3/4 inch from each side.  The stitch allows the runner to fray, but with control.  I didn’t want it to fray to pieces.  I did go back with clear thread and zigzagged around the entire runner for extra fraying security.  My advice is to use the zigzag right from the beginning.

burlap table runner

Pull the loose burlap threads to fray the edges.

burlap table runner

To make the flower petals, I used Bonnie Craft Cord 4mm.  (I picked it up at Hobby Lobby)  Cut the cord to the size you want the petal, make a loop, then stitch the ends together, sewing back and forth several times.  Use a zigzag stitch to sew the cord to the burlap.

table runner sewn flower

I found it easier to pin and sew each petal one at a time.  At first I pinned all five petals to the burlap, but the pins and the cord got in the way when I was trying to turn the fabric while sewing the petal loops.

table runner flower close up

Buttons in two sizes were sewn on, by hand, to make the center of the flower.

table runner two flowers

Two flower finished.

burlap table runner

Very easy project!  And fun too, I must say.  Now I need more tables to cover! :D

burlap table runner

My plan is to add a couple more flowers to the runner, but for the moment this is how it looks.

Whatcha think?  Going to make one? :D


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Stencil Giveaway!

Stenciled ceiling

I recently shared with you the ceiling I stenciled in my powder bath, using the Chez Ali stencil.  It’s probably one of my favoritest projects to date!  It was an easy project to do, but the impact it made was huge and gorgeous!  Now it’s your turn to stencil. :D

Today begins the Royal Design Studio stencil giveaway!  You have the opportunity to win a stencil of your choice, up to a $50.00 value!  Wait ’til you see all their designs!  It may take you some time to decide on your favorite.  Decisions, decisions!

Here’s what to do to win your own stencil…

  1. To go Royal Design Studio and browse around.
  2. Then return to House of 34 and leave me a comment letting me know which stencil you love and where you would use it.
  3. Enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below.  That’s it!  Good luck.

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DIY Wood Sign

A few months ago, I picked up a couple of old barn wood planks at an antique store.  As usual, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with them, although I knew it would be a wood sign of some sort.

Today, I made a very simple, personalized sign with one of them.  This is a very easy project!  Of course you can use any wood, old or new, to do this stenciled sign.

wood sign

This board is weathered, battered and has old nail holes in it. It’s beautiful! :D

wood sign

I used Powerpoint to print this out. After finding the font and the size I wanted, I just cut out the letters to make a stencil.

board paper cut out 2

I use to teach pre-school, can ya tell? Look at those nicely done cut-out letters. All my kids were very accomplished scissor users when they graduated pre-school.  Ha! ;)

board with paint

I used a stencil brush and left over paint. Always pounce your brush on a paper towel before you begin. Less is more when stenciling!

board on wall

I still need to place pictures in the frames, but finally this wall is complete.  Question… Why does 1995 looks so old and seem so long ago??  Was I even old enough to get married?  Wasn’t I just a baby?  1995 is like… last CENTURY!  Oh crap, I am old!

board wall closeup

Yep, 1995, the year I was born married.  I still have one more board. What to do, what to do…

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