DIY Welcome Sign – Printing on Burlap – AND a Giveaway!

I’ve been on a crafting binge again lately, finger-painting with my son and sewing new pillow covers for his window seat and completing a few other things from my growing DIY-to-do list. My newest creation? A welcome sign for the entry way.

Decorating the entryway was a project that fell to the bottom of my list when I moved into our new place, and now nine months later I am finally tackling it. Right now, there is only a small half-moon table with a plant on it. I have grand plans for a bench seat with shoe storage, but have to design something that will fit in the small space. Today I added a small piece that I absolutely love and that really enhances the space.

If you are a crafter and/or a Pinterest addict, I’m sure you’ve seen the love of burlap floating around as we approach fall. A few weeks back I saw several tutorials on printing on burlap and, inspired by the simplicity, I decided to create my own  printed burlap creation. I can’t claim dibs on this idea, as many have forged the way before me. But here is a simple tutorial on how I created my own burlap art.

And be sure to read to the end for a giveaway! :)

Lovely, huh? And easy peasy!

Materials needed:

  • Burlap fabric
  • Printer
  • Workable/temporary fixative (I used Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive, if you try this brand be sure to get the multi-purpose as it has the temporary adhesive capability you need.)
  • Cardstock
  • Thumb tacks
  • Frame

To get started:

First, cut your burlap into whatever size you want. I used 8×10 frames and wanted to mat them down a little, so I cut at 6×8. (Note, I created two here, but ended up only using one.)

Now you have your shape to work with. Grab your fixative, cardstock, and head to your printer.

Give your burlap a light, even spray of fixative on one side only. Allow to dry for at least a minute. (This step is important, if you attach it too quickly it will adhere permanently rather than temporarily.)

After a few moments, attach to your cardstock, being sure to center. I used black cardstock, so I could judge the alignment correctly.

Place cardstock/burlap into your printer, making sure to align correctly according to your printers specifications.

Print your desired graphic. I used a simple text graphic I created in Photoshop.

If you adhered correctly, your cardstock/burlap shouldn’t have jammed and you can now just peel the burlap right off the cardstock! (Ignore my desperate need for a manicure, ha!)

Now you need a sheet of cardstock for matting. I decided to go with a cream color. If you think ahead (unlike me, haha!) you could use the same piece for your printing backing and just leave it adhered. I didn’t think plan it out so well :P

Line up your trimmed cardstock with the backing of your frame, and align the burlap how you want it. Use thumb tacks to secure the corners. I colored my silver thumb tacks with a permanent marker and blotted with a towel, to match the colors and give it a weathered look.

Now, simply frame it and hang. Voila!

I hope you liked this simple tutorial on how to make your own printed burlap sign. There are many other burlap tutorials out there, for more simply Google or search Pinterest. If you liked my tutorial, please leave a comment.

AND….for a little fun, how about a giveaway??

One reader will win their very own Burlap Welcome Sign, exactly like the one above complete with frame!

To enter:

  1. Tell me your favorite fall tradition!
  2. Subscribe to the blog using the email form on the right.
  3. Post about this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or your personal blog.

Be sure to leave me a separate comment below for each of your entries to increase your odds! Winner will be chosen at random using and posted by 10PM EST on Friday October 7th!

Super cute!


Very cute! I love it!


I love it…… I am actually following you on pinterest….. and see all the cute DIY things you pin ;-) Can’t wait to see the step by step on all of them! :-)

I tweeted!!/chambanachik/status/120207334097170432

(I also subscribe but not via email, so I wasn’t sure if I could count an extra entry.)

Shannon Graf

I LOVE IT!!!! My favorite fall tradition is taking Jay Jay pumpkin picking, we carve the pumpkins together, and then he helps me bake the seeds for a snack, and I use the pulp to make us pumpkin pancakes!!!! We make a whole day of it :)

Shannon Graf

Shared it to my wall…. I think twice. LOL!!! It’s really cool Erin! you are full of so many cool craft ideas :)

Shannon Graf

and i subscribed


My fave fall tradition is carving pumpkins :)
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com


Our favorite thing to do in the fall is walking in woods and seeing all the fall colors, and drinking hot cider, but most importantly is being together with my beautiful girls! ;-)

Pat Collins Miller

My favorite thing about fall? Halloween! Decorating,carving a pumpkin, making cards, treat bags, getting a costume together, seeing the kids in their cute costumes as they come trick or treating.

Pat Collins Miller

Shared your blog link on the GSW page on FB. Then I realized I had left out the info about the giveaway so I posted that on the group page too.

Sometimes I am technologically challenged! LOL


Congratulations Christie! Please email me at notyouraveragewidow {at} gmail {dot} com to get your Sign! :)


Just tried this… my printer wouldn’t print on it… it kept rolling it through to prevent a jam. :(

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