Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cross & Burlap Wall Art

Hi and Welcome!  It's so nice to have you drop by! Let me show you what I've been up to...

While we were waiting on Ed's new glasses at the optical shop, he steered me next door to Kirkland's, one of my favorite stores for home decor.  We cruised around for about half an hour, when I spotted this:
Apologies for the off-center, "quick-grab-your-cell-phone" shot! 
You see, I have a small metal cross that always seemed slightly out of place with all my other metal crosses, mostly due to it's size:

After seeing the inspiration art, my brain was whizzing around (see Mark Gungor's Tale of Two Brains), and I couldn't wait to get started on this quick little project!

Thankfully, I already had the supplies I needed:
  • 9" X 9" wood plaque (mine was cut from an old shelf)
  • tightly woven burlap about 12-inches square, ironed flat
  • Small Cross about 4-3/4" X 8-1/4", as long as it fits onto the board
  • lace of your choice
  • multi-purpose spray adhesive
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • iron & ironing board
You won't need to worry if your board is a little rough, but do sand down any sharp burrs or splinters.
Be sure your burlap is ironed flat, it will be easier to work with and give you a better outcome.
Spray the adhesive on the front of the board, and immediately center it over your burlap, and press it down flat, as straight as possible, so the grain of the burlap will look attractive.
Wrap the burlap around to the back, and hot glue it neatly into place.

Cut four pieces of lace to the exact length of the sides of the board, one piece for each side.
**In the inspiration photo, a decorative metal band was used all around the edges. You could use this Metallic Copper Trim, if you like.  I wasn't going for an exact duplicate, and I felt it would soften it visually by using lace.

Use hot glue to attach the lace piece flat against the outer edge; repeat on the other side. Now, the top and bottom pieces to create a "frame".

If you would like a more rustic/ industrial look, instead of the lace, try hammering some upholstery tacks into the corners; five in each corner would be enough to give the idea of framing, or go all the way around the edges, if you like.

Flip the board over onto it's front, and mark the location for a sawtooth hanger or "D" ring hanger.  If you don't have a hanger, try using a pull tab from a can of Pepsi.  I drew a line two-inches down from the top, and then found the center of that.  This makes it easier for your plaque to hang straight.

Finally, since my cross has a built-in metal hanger on the back, I put a small finishing nail in the front where the cross itself would hang.

Now my littlest cross can hold it's own on my cross wall.  Let me know what you think in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram



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