Something about burlap makes me want to wear rhinestones.
That’s probably pretty odd considering burlap is intended as something to hedge a garden or transport potatoes, but who am I to fight a winning combo? Sometimes opposites attract. It’s a good thing. Okay, it’s not always a good thing (remember when Lance Armstrong was dating an Olsen twin and everyone was all I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS, MICHELLE TANNER)…yeah not like that. This is more like pretzels and ice cream. Stripes and florals. Contrast. In this case, the contrast between the scratchy burlap and the sparkly jewelry is a winner.
This project is brought to you courtesy of Michael’s Raw Bar, a new line of products made of materials inspired by nature; burlap, cork, chalk board, wood, metal and canvas. Rough surfaces that make a great base layer for all sorts of craft projects. Raw products will officially launch in Michael’s stores August 8.
Part of the Raw line is a selection of burlap canvases in a variety of sizes, everything from teeny tiny to extra large. Part of me wants to buy ten of them and grid them up as a headboard, but for now I’ll keep it small and dainty. A dainty place to hang my sparkles.
Want to make one for yourself? Let’s go!
- Burlap Canvas (available from Michael’s August 8, 2014)
- Fabric Glue (this one is my favorite)
Hooks: Adding cuphooks is easy because the wood is fairly soft, so I didn’t even need starter holes. I just set the point of the screw on spot then hit the back of the hook with a hammer to get it going, then twist, twist, twist, Bam. Repeat. You could add hooks or nails along the upper edges of the canvas for bracelets, too, if you like.
Ribbon Edging: You know that single yard of amazing grosgrain ribbon you have been hoarding on a spool in a drawer for 3 years? Yeah. That one. Get it out and glue it to the edge of this frame. Now it will be on display year round where you can appreciate it every day. I recommend fabric glue instead of hot glue for this project, as hot glue will eventually dry out when used on super porous surfaces (like burlap), and it can get lumpy and make the ribbon not look so cute. Doesn’t your ribbon deserve to be cute?
Now just add jewelry until your heart is content. Again, the great thing about the burlap is the weave — it’s loose enough that it’s perfect for hanging dangly earrings (no starter holes required) but tight enough to hold on to a hefty brooch. The wooden frame is impressively thick, so not only can you add a few cuphooks, you can hang some seriously heavy necklaces.
Note my homemade flamingo earrings courtesy of my pal Michelle. Can you guess what they are made from?
Now that I’ve got you all hopped up on making stuff with scratchy textures, check out what other sorts of niftiness the other Michael’s Makers are doing with items from Michael’s Raw bar…
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