Monday, April 22, 2013

How to Print on Burlap and a Personalized Wedding Gift

As you all know, I love to give personalized gifts, and now that I've learned how to print on burlap, I can give even more personalized gifts! In fact, I feel bad for the weddings I went to before I got this creative! After doing many google image searches Friday night, I found this adorable burlap printed sign, personalized of course, and I thought I could totally do that! Sure enough, it was actually pretty easy!
Personalized Cheap Wedding Gift
The shower was the next morning, and I didn't have any burlap (or ink) but it was already 7:30 and Grimm was on at 8:00 so I was kinda cranky going out to get my supplies. Thankfully, I had already bought this frame while it was on clearance because I thought it was so beautiful and knew I'd use it eventually. The Burlap was $3 for a yard at JoAnns and ink for my printer was $23 $16 at Best Buy (I price matched using my Shop Savvy app, and got my ink for $16 instead - best app ever, download it now if you don't have it already!) Anyway, I got home just a few minutes after 8:00 excited that I had shopped so fast, but alas, Grimm wasn't on because of the coverage of the Boston guy in the boat...

Okay, now onto the tutorial. First, cut your burlap to the same size of your card stock printer paper, 8 and 1/2 by 11 I believe it is. The easiest way to cut burlap is to pull out a strip as your cutting line and cut along that. I learned that while I was making the burlap wreaths for my friend's wedding.
How to cut burlap

Tape the burlap to your card stock (I used masking tape). I read so many tutorials that used various adhesives but that sounded messy and like too much work, so I guessed that tape would keep it in place good enough...and it did!

I designed my print on Mircosoft Word. And then I was ready to print! The first time it failed. Not sure why, could have been because it was a new ink cartridge? Or because I tried to mess with the paper type settings? So I tried it again on that same piece and it worked. I had changed the printer setting to plain paper too, so that might have been it.
DIY Wedding / Bridal Shower Gift

At least I had it figured out, the next one printed beautifully!
How to print on burlap

I had a hard time decided whether or not the burlap should be inside the mat, or outside of it, but then I decided I liked the more rustic look of it on the outside, so I went with that. And of course, they can always change it if they like the other way better. Which do you prefer? Inside? Or out?
Personalized Name Burlap Gift 
 Personalized Burlap Wedding Print 
I pulled out strings on the sides of the burlap to make it even, and then put a little glue on the corner so it wouldn't continue to fall out...but really, once it's in the frame you don't need to worry about that. Oh, and I just used scotch tape to keep it in place inside the frame.
Personalized Burlap Tutorial 

It's just so beautiful, right?! I was telling my husband, it's a good thing it has their name on it, because I really want to keep it for myself!!
Personalized Burlap Print
And the bride and groom (and everyone at the shower) loved it! This is definitely getting added to my favorite wedding gifts and shower gifts list. Success!

If you would like a personalized burlap print to give as a gift, but don't have the time/resources to make it yourself, I would love to help out! Contact me for more details :)

22 comments:

  1. Looks awesome! What a fabulous gift! Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy
    www.savardstudios.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much and you are most definitely welcome :)

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  2. This is such a lovely gift! I had no idea you could print on burlap, how amazing! And I definitely prefer it outside of the border, it looks great that way.

    -Cole
    Young Mommy Memoirs

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    1. I know, it's crazy! I feel like you can print on just about anything. Thanks

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  3. that's awesome! I want to make one for my friend!

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    1. Do it! You seriously won't believe how easy it is and all of your friends will be so impressed!

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  4. just now getting around to following you back!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this as a gift!!! I like it both ways...and I may be making one for myself soon!! :)

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    1. Thanks! I hope you do end up making one! So much fun.

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  5. Would you mind sharing which fonts you used for this? The print is just beautiful!! I love it outside the mat, it just shows off the details of the burlap so well!!

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    1. Definitely and thanks!
      I used Adobe Garamond Pro and AR DECODE.

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  6. I love this! I am going to a shower in a few weeks and it would be a great gift!

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    1. Yay! You should totally make this. Please show me if you do :)

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  7. Beautiful! Love the burlap.
    What software do you use for titles for your photos? Love them, too!
    I'm visiting you today from Hepworth's. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Tile Photo Coasters ~ Gift Idea

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    1. Thanks Megin! I used picmonkey for title on this one. I love using their shapes. However, if I'm feeling lazy I'll just use Picasa for text.

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  8. When I get married I'm going to invite you so you'll send me all these amazing personalized gifts! haha! Seriously, I love this! I never even thought about printing on burlap! Amazing!

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    1. haha, you should! You never know :) And are you planning on getting engaged soon? Just curious? :)

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  9. This looks awesome. I had no idea you could print on burlap!

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    1. Thanks! It's so exciting, right?! :)

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  10. I love this burlap frame idea! How fun. Thank you also for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave a comment. I'd love to have you link up your frame at our link party that is going on right now. :) I'm sure my readers would love to see the frame too.

    Thanks again!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.com

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    1. Thanks! I linked it up :) Glad you liked it!!

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