Friday, October 19, 2012

Framed in Chicken Wire & Burlap



 
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While recently stumbling onto a yard sale, I picked up a beat-up, lonely picture frame [sans glass or artwork].  It was in bad shape.  I think it was going to be tossed into the nearby dumpster as it was sitting on the side of the yard and it was already the end of the day.  I offered to trade a crisp one dollar bill for the poor chap.  SOLD! 
I decided to take the frame out of its misery with a coat of the aqua "oops" paint I had previously used on my step stool.   One light coat made the decorative frame stand out, looking distressed, so I didn't even have to put sandpaper to it!

I've had an affinity for everything burlap lately, so I knew I wanted to incorporate a recently acquired coffee bean burlap sack.  It so happens the one I chose had a turquoise stripe down the center of the sack, complementing the frame's new hue.
 
I remembered that I also had some chicken wire hiding in my stash.  So...I decided to use both the chicken wire AND the burlap.  [Double the effort?  Yes, indeed!]

For this project, I took out the "big girl" tools. 
[Usually, my tool kit is a bottle of decoupage and a foam brush.]
After CAREFULLY snipping the wire to fit the frame, I stapled the wire to the back, hammering the staples flat. 

OK, that was easy [just kidding].


After a quick coffee break, I measured and cut the burlap to size, trying my best to position the turquoise stripe to land in the middle of the frame.

I folded painter's tape over the burlap edges, making it much easier to staple the burlap to the frame, and avoid frayed edges.
 
Voila!   
I could've stopped right there, but my "altered" state took over. 

From the leftover burlap, I cut five banners, stamped them with large alphabet letters [spelling "notes"], and then stitched them along the edges to minimize fraying.  Then I stitched the banners to a long piece of linen ribbon. 

Sewed on a few vintage Parisian buttons (which I actually bought in a Paris flea market!)
 
 then hot glued the rest of my embellishments:


A few handcrafted burlap flowers

Wooden buttons tied onto the chicken wire with twine.




A few vintage [circa 1950's] clothespins
 

And now the frame has a new life combining function and fun.

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52 comments:

  1. I found your blog on the Serenity Now link-up. I LOVE this idea. It turned out great; thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. Love this project! Your embellishments always take it to the next level!

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  3. The finished product was worth bringing the "Big Girl" tools out! How amazing when an idea takes on such a creative and useful result! I love the step stool too--

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  4. this turned out really great!! very creative.

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  5. What a fun transformation! It was nice meeting you today during the SoCal Social! Hope you'll pop by my blog, follow and say HI! :) POP ART MINIS

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  6. That is so awesome! Love it! And yes you took that poor frame and made it so perfect.

    It was so nice meeting you this weekend!

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  7. I LOVE this!!!!!
    Everything! From the chicken wire to the burlap sack to the turquoise paint....
    Swoon....


    Crystelle
    http://www.crystelleboutique.com

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  8. A very creative and lovely way to display notes! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Meet Me Monday Linky Party. I look forward to checking out more of your projects. Peace to you.

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  9. Doreen, this is a great refurb/DIY project! I love the look of the burlap with the stamped letters.

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  10. Your note board is adorable! I love it, and that banner is caaaute! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm visiting from Take it on Tuesday. Have a great week!

    Deborah

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  11. So I have a little thing for burlap and turquoise right now and I LOVE that you used both! This is super awesome... Great job and love the tutorial. I'll be sharing with my fans.

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  12. Your note frame is great, love, loving it. Now I have to go find myself a frame and try to do something similar.
    I don't have chicken wire but do have hardware cloth. Why it's called cloth I have no idea since it's wire for pete's sake. Love the turquoise and burlap too.
    It seems everybody is into burlap these days.
    A couple weeks ago I was buying some burlap at Hobby Lobby and the lady cutting the fabric for me asked what I do with it and why is it so popular now? I explained as best I could. I was glad I bought my burlap at HL as they had a darker color than the usual wheat.
    I found a coffee sack at the thrift store close to us recently. I took the back off from the front and will use the unprinted back by cutting it into 4 pieces to put transfers on. My sack is dark brown and a tighter weave of burlap than is available, softer also.
    Love bag but now hesitant to use it unless I really want to make the project, love the idea of yours.
    I couldn't believe it when I saw the bag,had to grab it before somebody else did. Don't see things like that around where I live (west of Grand Junction, CO).
    Have you ever had problem with your sewing machine sewing burlap? My machine takes one look at it and jams like crazy. Very annoying so I have to hand sew everything I do with burlap or lately been using iron on tape.
    Found your blog thru Knick of Time and so glad I did. Going to subscribe right away so I don't forget about your blog.
    Happy Week

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  13. This is fantastic . . . great job and great tutorial :)
    Your blogging sister, Connie

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  14. the notes banner makes this so unique!
    www.minnesotajunker.blogspot.com

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  15. great project and great to see you on craft schooling Sunday!

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  16. Looks like a wonderful project to get started with. And as an owner of some fabric printing companies I'm proud to say that your work is really something to behold of. It's really astonishing to say the least. Great job!

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  17. Doreen this is terrific.Thank you for the tutorial and thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Happy weekend wishes xo

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  18. What a bargain transformation. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  19. I love the chicken wire in the frame!! So cute and unique. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

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  20. yours is way cuter than mine! :)

    chicken wire is NOT easy to work with by any means.

    thanks for stopping by to leave a comment on my memo board.

    gail

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  21. Cute! Saw you linked up on a bunch of link parties. Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop and added me to your list www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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  22. Wow! The aqua is so great with the patterned burlap. I just love your burlap flowers, and the notes banner is awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my chicken wire memo board.

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  23. What great project. Thanx for showing us how to make one of our own. http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com/2012/10/treasure-hunt-thursday-80-highlights.html

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  24. I love the burlap behind the chicken wire. I have a ton of chicken wire left over from a recent project... now I know what I'm going to do with it. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches.

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  25. Fun, fun! Great DIY project. Love the texture :)

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  26. Your project is being featured at Doodles & Stitches tomorrow. Don't forget to grab an I've Been Featured Button. Thanks again for linking up. I made one of these this week thanks to your inspiration :)

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  27. Saw your blog featured in My porch to yours, and love your wire frame Thanks for the DIY.
    xoxo from PARIS
    Joëlle

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  28. Thank you so much for linking up at Glued To My Crafts "Thursday Obsessions" I have to say I LOVEEEEEE this! This is so me! I have some burlap in my craft bin. Now to find a pretty frame and chicken wire. You seriously have inspired me!!!

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  29. What an AWESOME creation!!!! You are being featured over at Junkin Joe! Hugs and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  30. Doreen.... I'm in LOVE!! Absolutely AMAZING!!! Way to go!! WOW!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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  31. Please share your projects at www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

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  32. This is gorgeous. Thanks for linking up to The CSI Project. I can see why this is your favorite project. Wow!
    Dee, The CSI Project

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  33. So cute! I was so excited to run across your burlap craft - I'm hosting a burlap linky party right now and would LOVE for you to link up! Great job!

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    Kirsten @ One Tough Mother

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  34. I love your burlap banner frame. Great project!

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  35. Hi, Doreen

    I just love this idea and so beautiful too. I'll have to give this a try. I found your lovely blog from One tough mother burlap link party and enjoyed looking around your lovely blog. I am a new follower. I'll love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com. Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Vanessa

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  36. Hi Doreen,

    I have a burlap and chicken wire project going right now too!! I am really excited about getting it wrapped up. Love that you use it for notes, mine will be for another purpose though. I'd love for you to stop by and check it out. My goal is to have it posted by Thursday. Have a great week!

    Becky @ Posh Pink Giraffe

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  37. I love it Doreen! I am now following you via GFC, Pinterest, & Twitter!

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  38. This is so cute!!! I love what you have done, and the cute banner is the perfect touch! I am now following you!

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  39. Great project. I love the banner!! Cute idea! So glad you entered One Crafty Contest!

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  40. Love Love Love this project! Just came on over from Rustic Pig....love your site and am going to go browse around! Am a new follower! :)

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  41. Very cute! I was browsing your site and this caught my eye :) I'm now following you on Bloglovin'

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  42. Stopping by from Throwback Thursday, what a great project! Love it and pinned!! ~ Amy

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  43. Hi Doreen! Wow the burlap behind is amazing and makes a huge difference. Love this! Thank you so much for linking up to Get Your DIY On challenge! Next week's theme is fall wreaths, I hope you'll join us again!!
    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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  44. How darn cute is this!!! I love it...PINNED!! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursdays!!

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  45. A fabulous creation and it looks spectacular~ Thanks so much for sharing with us! hugs...

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  46. Love the addition of the burlap on the back!

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  47. Doreen, this is adorable. I love the poultry wire and the grain sack combo and you embellished this to perfection. I'm sure I will see a lot of this project on Pinterest. You put a whole new original spin on this.

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  48. I love the look of this, Doreen! The components work together so nicely. Thank you for sharing at RL Thrifty Life Thursday!
    -Revi

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  49. P.S. - you are going to be featured this week at Thrifty Life Thursday!

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