DIY Burlap Flag

Welcome to the project that almost wasn’t.

I almost gave up on it. Twice.

Generally, I’m a patient person. I can handle situations that prove to be challenging and if anything, I’ll do it just because I didn’t think I could.

Then came this project. It’s been on my “to-do” list for a little while and I was really ready to give the entry way a few different accessories.

This project tried my patience. The only reason I didn’t toss it in the trash, was because I knew it could look amazing…

DIY Burlap Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

That, and I couldn’t let freezer paper get the best of me.

But to be completely honest, I could have saved myself a little bit of frustration along the way.

For some reason, I had the bright idea to trace the saying onto the freezer paper and then use a razor knife to cut the words out. I had actually cut all the words out and was getting ready to peel them back. That’s where I started having trouble. And screaming.

Step 1 | The Wood Grain Cottage

So I walked away from it.

And this is where it gets funny.

I kept trying to think of something that would cut the paper for me… Never mind the fact that I have a silhouette sitting in the next room that’s… wait for it… specifically made for cutting things.

And I’d just used it for several other things.

Yep. I’m a thinker. And really bright apparently.

Please tell me I’m not the only one with moments like this!

After the silhouette cut the design, I used a razor blade to peel the words away. So. Much. Better.

Step 2 | The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I ironed it in place…

Step 3 | The Wood Grain Cottage

And added all the little parts of the letters… If you don’t add them, the letters will look really funny…

Step 4 | The Wood Grain Cottage

After ironing everything in place really well, I grabbed some leftover paint from this project and a foam brush and started dabbing the paint on.

Do NOT brush the paint on… only dab it on.

Step 5 | The Wood Grain Cottage

With the paint still a bit wet, I started pulling the freezer paper off. I used a razor blade to lift off the inside parts of the words.

Step 6 | The Wood Grain Cottage

With that, it’s done! And it couldn’t be prettier.

DIY Burlap Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

But really, how true is the saying? The heart of the home IS the heart.

DIY Burlap Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

I used jute rope and braided 3 pieces together to give the handle a bit of a chunkier look.

DIY Burlap Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

I absolutely love it!

DIY Burlap Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

I get excited about textures and this has lots of them! From the burlap and jute to the glass knobs on the rack to the wicker basket and ceramic stand.

This corner makes me happy.

DIY Burlap Flag by The Wood Grain Cottage

Moral of the story: don’t give up! Just don’t.

The outcome is worth it!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

Linking up to:

Tatertots & Jello

The 36th Avenue

Love of Family & Home

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Jennifer Rizzo

It’s Overflowing

Fox Hollow Cottage

Lovely comments so far...

  1. Cute as can be!

    I can also see stitching a back on this and turning it into a tote bag.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

    • THANK YOU so much, Marilyn! You’re idea of a tote bag is brilliant! I might have to work up a post on that! ;)
      -Shayna

  2. The Silhouette is a dream come true, isn’t it? Makes projects like this a breeze! Your flag came out lovely, so glad you didn’t give up! Happy weekend!

    • THANK YOU so much, Chelsea! Seriously, what would we do without a Silhouette…. I’d be lost…
      I’m so happy I didn’t give up either! :)
      -Shayna

  3. It is sooo pretty! I love the way it looks h

  4. The way it looks against your gorgeous striped walls too! (Weird iPad glitch there, cut me off!)

  5. WHY, can’t we be neighbors? (sniff sniff) Why…lol;) I swear, you are a creative genius!!! Ok, I won’t swear but I will say this; YOU’RE AMAZING!!!
    Blessings & <3 M

    • Oh, M! I would love to be neighbors! We don’t have any… I guess we do if a corn field counts!
      THANK YOU for such a sweet comment… so happy you love it too! :)
      -Shayna

  6. very pretty Shayna & glad that you didn’t give up :-) lucky girl you have a Silhouette, I wish I had one too for these fun and cute projects :-)
    hope you are having a great weekend!

    • THANK YOU so much, Ingrid! A Silhouette does make projects like these much easier! Hopefully you’ll get one! :)
      Happy Sunday!
      -Shayna

    • THANK YOU so much, Ingrid! A Silhouette does make projects like these much easier! Hopefully you’ll get one! :)
      Happy Sunday!
      -Shayna

  7. How pretty, your flag looks great! The writing looks beautiful! Great job!!

  8. Looks awesome! Where do you find freezer paper?

  9. How great I love that you cut the stencil by hand. Xxxx

  10. This is just darling, Shayna! I had to laugh when reading your post ~ I’m not a patient person either, lol!
    I’m glad you stuck with it ~ it’s a great project.

    I’m visiting you today from 36th Ave. I co-host a Linky Party Sundays (thru Fri) and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me for DIY Showcase Link Party ~ and Summer Giveaway~

  11. So sorry I missed this originally, but I found it on pinterest!! ;) Love it. So glad you stuck with it. It’s really so super cute Shayna!!

  12. Your persistence paid off!! Looks great :-)
    Shawna

  13. I featured you today! I love your DIY burlap flag project and your entryway!! Great room styling skills you have!! xo Heather http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/09/8-burlap-diy-and-decor-projects.html

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