Friday, July 22, 2011

"Beachy" Burlap Subway Art!

Don't you just love it when a project pops into your mind and it actually come out like that picture in your mind?  Well, that's kind of how this one worked out {except for a pretty major measurement error...oops!  But in the end I think I like it better this way.}


I'm transforming a blank slate Sun Room into a "Beachy" Sun Room and I'm loving it!  There are Subway Art projects all over blog land right now.  Here's my take on it...






I love this project because...

1) I'm seriously crushing on burlap these days {just ask my friend Jen about how much we love it!}


2) I love making and treasuring memories... every beach I chose for this project are places that we've been to and loved, and the frame is very special to me too... more on that at the end of this post.


3) Total cost= about $4 for some burlap and paint.  I had everything else around the house already!


{Chincoteague Island, BC... that's Before Children, so circa 2001-2003}

Here's what I did...

I measured the size of my frame onto a piece of cardboard from one of our millions of moving boxes...  totally measured it wrong, but I'll get to that soon.  Oh, and there are my toes too! 



Cut the burlap {based off of my incorrect measurements}
{I ironed it to take out the wrinkles BEFORE taking the water out of the iron and somehow it dripped.  Ever smelled wet burlap and wet cardboard= ugh.  Next time I'll make sure my iron is water-free!}

Brainstormed with the Hubs about all of the beaches we've been to and loved {he had a MUCH better memory about this than I did... I almost gave up on this project before ever starting because I could not remember more than 10 locations... I ended up writing down 24 and not even being able to fit all of them!}


I cut my own stencils from all the fonts I have on my Cricut cartridges using freezer paper.  I cut about 2-3 locations then ironed them on as I went.  I'm a "jump in and do it" crafter so I didn't draw out a sketch of what I wanted it to look like.  I just tried to vary the fonts so no 2 locations touching each other had the same font, and I tried to spread out the beaches so that I mixed beach locations {rather than clumping them together by geography}.



Then I just went for it... a VERY time-consuming project, but I love the end result so it was definitely worth that 2 AM bedtime :)

Once I had them all ironed on nicely, I measured again and realized that I cut my cardboard and burlap about 6 inches too wide and had to figure out which beaches would get cut off {so my sincerest apologizes go to Dana Point, Crown Point, and PB... which I added at the end because I couldn't leave off the location where my husband and I MET for the 1st time!} 




I used clothespins to hold the burlap onto the cardboard for hot gluing, then wrapped the burlap onto the back, about 1-2 inches around and glued it down.  **If I do this again, I would definitely do this step BEFORE ironing on all of those stencils**

Now the fun part... paint that burlap beauty!  I used Jamaican Sea by Folk Art and just one little tiny bottle surprising covered the whole thing... although I was REALLY squeezing it out at the end.

I painted about 3 beach names, then stopped to pull of the freezer paper stencils.  If you paint the whole thing, then pull them off, you'll have paper stuck all over the place {trust me on this} so pull it off as you go. 

Let it dry {oh, my ridiculous impatience kicks in at this step every time... good thing this dried quickly!}, put it in my frame, and hang it... love it. 

 A side note, but a very important one for me... I KNEW I wanted to use this particular frame because it was a wedding gift from my Uncle Larry and Aunt Susan.  My Aunt was a beautiful, sweet woman who passed away from cancer.  We honestly haven't used the frame for a few years and have had multiple garage sales where I almost put it out for sale, and at the last minute held it back every time.  I am SO glad that I did.  It now holds memories of my Aunt Susan, along with memories of many fun beach trips with my own little family.



 It even got compliments before it was hanging on the wall.  And I'm so glad because I am loving it!


I love linking up some of to these fun parties! 

31 comments:

Johanson Family said...

Very cute project!! I see so many people with Cricuts and I want one so bad... maybe then I could be more crafty like this!!! Good job!!

Melanie said...

I love the idea of using places you've been, and burlap huh, makes me think. . . Also, I love that you have Seaside on there, it's the beach I grew up going to, I had no idea the ocean could be warmer than ice!

Jen said...

I looooove it! It looks SO good! I think I actually have that Jamaican Sea paint around my house somewhere, too - I love that color!

I think we should show those JoAnn's ladies all our fabulous burlap crafts - they don't know what they're missing! ;)

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy said...

I DO love when I come up with an original creative idea and it turns out well! These days it is just so easy to gain inspiration from wonderful bloggers that I don't have to come up with an idea on my own. This is a special project because it has to do with YOU and it is pretty! Win/Win...best of both worlds! Congratulations! I love it!

Pamela said...

Very cute idea!

Stephanie said...

This looks really cute! I love the idea of a beach theme...how fun! I have been liking burlap lately also...I have yet to make something out of it.

Michelle said...

This turned out great!!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower! I would love if you would come link this up to my Delicately Constructed linky party!!
Hope you have a great weekend and I see you around soon!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Cassiopeia said...

Love it - you are so creative! This is absolutely lovely. I wish I could have met her... <3

David Guthrie said...

This is awesome, Laurie :)

Mom's looking down on this and smiling, somewhere.

Ashley J said...

This turned out so cute! What a great idea!!!

xoxo,
Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

Cathy said...

That turned out great! I did something similar, but I wish I would've seen yours first! The burlap was a great idea, Thanks for sharing, Cathy

Jennifer said...

So great girl!! Love that there's dual meaning to this!!

Delaney said...

This is too cute!
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Mandys Creative Corner said...

Just beautiful! Here's to hoping my hubby and I can name that many visited beaches in our future =) *sighhh*

Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

Absolutely Beautiful! What a lot of work you did- but I know you will treasure it for a long time! Can't wait to see how the whole room turns out!
xoxo,
Amy

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts said...

Love how it turned out! Following from I Heart Naptime link party. #100 :) Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog {if you haven‘t already!}. Hope to see you there.

Ginger
gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

Jamie said...

Awesome! I am definitely going to do this...maybe even on a wall!

And I have been obsessed with burlap and linen lately! Do you prefer freezer paper for stencils over say contact paper? That is what I have been using with my Cricut lately.

Sewrockin.blogspot.com

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Such a cute project! Love the summer-y blue color. Thanks so much for linking up to Point of View :)

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

GREAT project! I just decorated my porch in "beachy" theme and I would love to add this over my bench. Thenks so much for the idea!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

GREAT project! I just decorated my porch in beachy theme (come take a peek on my blog) and this will be perfect over my bench! Thanks for the great idea!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Hi Laurie! Just wanted to let you know that I finished my beachy subway art and posted it. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
http://partywishesscv.blogspot.com/2011/08/beach-subway-art.html

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