Framed Burlap Monogram

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If you’ve been around for a while, then you’ll notice that I changed something out in my reading corner. Did you notice?? I made this cute framed burlap monogram from fabric scraps, so it was FREE! I love a pretty, free and easy project, don’t you!?

I’ve mentioned before how I love burlap for Fall decor. I used it for my fall bunting and am trying it other places around the house as well. It’s such a fun, texture-y material that really can be used year-round.

DIY Framed Burlap Monogram

So … I’ve had this image saved on my phone forever. I saw it in someone’s wedding pictures on Facebook, zoomed in and saved it to my phone for safe-keeping and future reference. Heck, it’s probably not even burlap, but it’s what I had and what I wanted to use, so burlap it is!

Burlap Monogram Inspiration

This week, I finally got around to making one of my own. It probably took me 30 minutes from start to finish, so it’s s super easy craft project.

You see, I needed something to fill this frame in the corner of my living room. It had been holding my favorite Mai Autumn print called Summer Bouquet. But since summer’s over, I needed something different for the fall and winter months. Enter the burlap monogram idea!

Summer Bouquet by Mai Autumn

(Update: I have since moved the Summer Bouquet to my office, and keep this pretty monogram in that frame nearly year-round!)

Tools You Need for a Framed Burlap Monogram

  1. Burlap
  2. Fabric for the backing
  3. Card stock or printer paper (and a computer for printing, of course)
  4. Frame (This can be as small or large as you’d like, but mine is 11×14 with a mat for an 8×10 size. I got the frame and mat from Hobby Lobby. Don’t forget to get them when they are 50% off, or use your 40% off coupon!)

That’s it!

I used the burlap I got in my Haven swag from OnlineFabricStore. Thanks OFS!!

And I had some scraps of fabric leftover from hemming my IKEA curtains in my bedroom. I never throw away a fabric scrap, because you never know when you might need one. Ha! I might be a fabric scrap hoarder. 🙂

Burlap Monogram Layered Fabric Scraps

I didn’t have a scrap wide enough to fit the whole frame, so I layered them and I really like how the layering brings a little more interest to the art piece. {If you can call it an art piece.} I just taped them down with double-sided tape. I love a good double-sided tape craft.

Then I just printed out an N using Word on the computer. I used Times New Roman font. I know, yawn on the font. But I really couldn’t find anything I liked better. I printed it onto card stock to make it a sturdy enough to trace onto the burlap. When I cut out the card stock, I made the letter a little thicker than it printed out. I probably could have just bolded it in Word, but I wasn’t thinking.

Burlap Monogram Cut Out

I traced out the letter and cut it out, and stuck it to the fabric strips with double sided tape. I love that it’s just on there with tape because I can change it out with different seasons if I want to. I might think of something fun for Christmas and then change it back to the monogram for winter. 🙂

In the original inspiration photo, it has an “est. whatever-year-they-were-married.” I thought that was too cute, so I just whipped that up as well. I printed the “est. 2009” in Word using my favorite script font: Bickham Script Pro. I made it a dark gray and just printed it onto card stock again. I cut it out in an oval and then cut out a burlap oval a little larger. And then taped them down underneath my monogram. And I know all of the edges are a little wonky, but to me that adds to the appeal of an imperfect homemade piece.

I didn’t take a picture of this part, but it’s not rocket science. You can see it close-up here …

DIY Framed Burlap Monogram

To be honest, I wish I had a cream colored cardstock for the “est. 2009.” I thought about staining the white cardstock with some tea or something, but I was in a hurry and didn’t have any tea.

I think it looks good from a distance, and I don’t expect any of my guests are going to stand on the chair to take a closer look. You may want to spend a little more time on it, or maybe you already have some cream card stock on hand.

DIY Framed Burlap Monogram and Reading Corner | #DIY

Then I just put the frame back together and hung it up. I love how it plays well with my fall mantel. It’s an easy, handmade, personalized craft that looks cute and takes little time. Yes, please and thank you!

I hope you have a fabulous Friday and an awesome weekend!

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  1. This is fabulous! Just wanted to let you know that you were featured at Give Me the Goods. Congratulations! Please stop by and grab a button. 🙂

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

  2. Yay, a fellow fabric scrap hoarder!!! And sadly, I don’t even sew, but moving on… You’re monogram is beautiful! I love the layered fabric. So creative! This would be great for the home or even a gift! Pinning this to make my own. Beautiful!

  3. I love how your framed monogram turned out. The white est. looks nice with white frame. Great post and tutorial how you put it together. Happy days

  4. What a cute monogramed picture. I actually love the three strip background. It add more dimension and interest to your picture. Thanks for the great idea.

  5. Great initial wall art. Burlap does have a fall look to it, but I think this framed letter would look good any season.

  6. Its great, I think burlap is nice for all seasons but especially fall. I don’t think the est 2009 looks cheap at all. If you want another quick idea maybe just use stamps. It’s my goto tool when I need to do something quick! Has anyone used the silhouette fabric blade? I’ll bet that could cut these out in a jiffy.
    A lazy mom

  7. Great quick fix for seasonal art! I’m going to have some burlap leftover from another project so this looks like a good one to pin. Thanks! ~Ali from Pies & Puggles

  8. Very cute! I love monograms. At first glance I thought you had stitched it on with twine instead of using burlap. So much easier your way!

    1. Whew! Not a chance of my stitching anything with twine. LOL! Definitely easier my way. I tend to always choose the easiest route.

  9. Laura,

    LOVE! You gave me an idea for a baby gift! What did you do with that pretty print! I hope you found it a happy place 🙂

    1. Oh yay! I love when people are inspired by my projects. I hadn’t even thought about making some of these as gifts, but it’s a great idea! I just stuck the print in my decor closet … and I’m sure I’ll bring it back in the spring. Thanks, friend!

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