Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to Print on Burlap {And Change Your Life Forever}

I get more questions about how to print on burlap than pretty much anything else on 2IY and so I figured instead of always directing people back to one paragraph in a post on my Stars and Stripes Banner, I would finally just lay it all out there - plain and simple.

Are you ready to have your life changed? I promise you when you start printing on burlap you will NEVER go back to stenciling, painting, or your cut machine for simple little projects like monograms. Of course, you can also use the print on burlap technique for more complex projects too...


What you need:
  • Freezer Paper (found near the wax paper in the grocery store)
  • Burlap
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Hot Iron
  • Printer paper
Step 1: Get a piece of printer paper to use as your guide.

Step 2: Cut out a piece of burlap and a piece of freezer paper the exact size as your piece of printer paper.
Step 3: Iron the piece of burlap so it's nice and flat.

Step 4: With the burlap on the ironing board, place the shiny side of the freezer paper down onto the burlap.


Step 5:  Take your hot iron and run it all over the top of the freezer paper.  The freezer paper will start to get all crinkly as it adheres to the burlap.  Be sure all edges and corners have 'stuck' to the burlap.

 

Step 6: If you have any overhang from the burlap, trim it.  You don't want burlap strands getting stuck in your printer.

Step 7: Remove all other paper from your printer tray.

Step 8:  Position the burlap with freezer paper in the printer tray so that the printing will be on the burlap side.
Step 9: Print.

Step 10: Starting at the corner, remove  the freezer paper.  (You can reuse the same piece of freezer paper several times until it no longer sticks to the burlap.)

Here are a couple of examples of projects I have made by printing on burlap (all of the burlap tutorials can all be found right here):












And just because I am like totally obsessed with burlap here is a great big roundup of my favorite burlap projects...

http://www.twoityourself.com/2013/12/20-diy-burlap-ideas-for-love-of-all.html


And now I suppose you want to know how to cut burlap without it fraying...well here you are, my friends!

http://www.twoityourself.com/2013/11/how-to-cut-burlap-without-fraying-and.html

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