Breakfast Nook Frames: How To Write On Burlap

See how I created artwork for our breakfast nook frames by learning how to write on burlap.

This weekend I was able to finish a project I’ve had on my “to do” list for a long time.

In the past, I’ve struggled with the best way to write on burlap. I’ve tried tracing with a pencil and guesstimating, but neither produced the type of results that I was wanting.

Finally, I figured out a way that works for me and I’m thrilled with the results!

Enjoy This Life: How to write on burlap | The Wood Grain Cottage

Breakfast Nook Frames: How To Write On Burlap

First, I picked my frame and mat, then grabbed a piece of cardboard and cut it to fit the outside of the mat. From there I used a tape measure and found the middle of the mat opening and marked the spot.

I grabbed my stencil and quickly measured the length of my word. Leaving the mat in place, I used my mark to even space the word on the cardboard. Then I started tracing with a pencil.

Once I had the entire word traced, I used a sharpie to fill in the letters.

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Knowing that the burlap had large gaps, I knew that I could lay it over the word and see through. I lined up the burlap on the mat, making sure that I had enough overhang on each side to secure it to the mat.

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With the burlap lined up, I grabbed my sharpie and started tracing the letters.

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Pictures make it a tad hard to see, but I could clearly see the outline of the word below the fabric. It was very easy to trace.

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Once it was done, I flipped the mat over, front side down, and used the word to correctly center the burlap on the mat. I secure it in place with hot glue, making sure to pull the sides tight as I glued them.

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With all the words finished, I popped each of the mats into their frames. Easy, Easy!

Enjoy This Life: How To Write On Burlap | The Wood Grain Cottage

In the past I had tried to use a pencil and stencil to trace onto the burlap. For one, the pencil hardly left any marks on the burlap making it hard to fill in the words. Two, I never knew if my word would be centered because I was guestimating the spacing between each letter. The cardboard made it easy to erase if I made an error or if I needed a larger space between each letter.

As a side note, I’ve seen that you can print on burlap but my printer is a tad finicky and probably wouldn’t do it. Sigh.

This was such an easy way for me to accurately trace onto burlap! Success!

Enjoy This Life: How To Write On Burlap | The Wood Grain Cottage
How To Write On Burlap | The Wood Grain Cottage

“Enjoy This Life”. It’s important to remember.

Enjoy This Life: How To Write On Burlap | The Wood Grain Cottage

Words cannot explain how utterly smitten I am with these frames, or how they look with our plank wall

Enjoy This Life: How To Write On Burlap | The Wood Grain Cottage

They are the perfect addition to our breakfast nook and I love the saying.

Sometimes in life we get caught up in our own problems and start to stress. “Enjoy This Life” makes it easy for me to remember to step back and enjoy!

Enjoy. This. Life.


  1. This is lovely, Shayna. I’ve been looking for ways to print/write on burlap and I’m pretty sure my inkjet will choke on the stuff too. I intend to make a pair of “his” and “hers” wall plaques with a couple of towel/robe hooks beneath and this seems like the simplest way to do it. Thanks for a clear and genuine effort!

    1. THANK YOU so much! I bought the frames from Walmart, super cheap, and then painted them with matte black! Love them! 😀

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