Wednesday, August 15, 2012

$16 Burlap Sack Art

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A couple weeks ago I introduced my friend to good old Lee Valley.  This store is my second favourite place to shop/peruse (Home Depot being #1 of course!).

HD is great for your typical materials but when I need something special, I can usually find it at Lee Valley- such as brass ring pulls for one of my Ikea Rast hacks and glass shelf supports for my thrift store trolley/bar cart restoration. It doesn't hurt that their prices are really affordable. 

As we were walking around, we spotted this bin:
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You know me... I can't resist a deal. Am I on my way to becoming a hoarder?

At least I can justify this purchase by saying it's for a good cause!
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It's quite a large bag about 30"x 40".  We're moving in a couple weeks and the new place will definitely need some wall art so I decided to turn this burlap sack into a cool art piece!

Instead of framing it, I wanted to stretch it over a canvas but...that size canvas is ridiculously expensive- even with a 50% off coupon.

So I decided to make my own! Hello Home Depot!

I got 1-1/16" square trim @ $1.69 a foot.
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2ea 34" pieces
2ea 21" pieces

No, those are not typos. I customized the size to fit the graphics/text- with enough give to wrap around the trim. 
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I used wood glue to adhere the pieces together.
Since this is a fairly big piece, in order to give it some support, I used left over foam board from old school projects, cut it to size and staple gunned it to the trim.
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Once I stapled the 2nd piece of foam board on the trim, it was time to stretch the canvas!

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Since burlap is quite holey, I used both layers of the bag which helped to conceal the black foam board.
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It gets a bit tricky at the corners, but I just pulled it taut, folded the sides down.
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Ta da! A large art piece that is quick, easy and only $16! 
Once I figure out where to hang this in the new place, I'll be sure to show ya'll!

I might even make another one- with a different design on the bag and hang them side by side but I'll have to wait until we move into the new place first!


  1. What an awesome find!!! Lucky girl, I adore Lee Valley AND Home Depot...

    Thanks for visiting me, pop back over and sign up for my giveaway!


  2. Hi Nancy, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Hi Chris, thanks so much for the message! I will definitely do that. =)Nancy

  3. Thank you for this. Ever have an idea that you know CAN be done, but you're not quite sure HOW? I needed this frame & foam board for some of my own "canvas" projects. Turned out great... and $16 is so worth the awesome art.

  4. Wow, what a find! I love it!! Your newest follower from the Sunday Showoff party. :)

  5. A dollar a bag?!!? That's fantastic. Love your art, Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It UP Thursday.

  6. Seriously!?! $1...I'm green with envy!!! Thanks for sharing at It's Overflowing Party, I'm featuring you on Saturday. I'll be excited to see what you share at this week's party. XO, Aimee

  7. Ooohh! So this is what you were saying! Great idea.. still have to think of what to do with mine hahaha :)


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