Did you know that you can print your own burlap leaves? This fun project is perfect for a Thanksgiving place setting or even string them for a garland for your mantel. You will also find tons of uses for the technique of printing on burlap. Yes you can use this same technique for printing ANYTHING onto the surface of burlap fabric.
You can buy burlap in rolls at Old Time Pottery. To make the burlap leaves you will also need:
- Freezer paper
- Computer and printer
- This printable file for the leaves
- School glue
- Paint brush
Trim the burlap and freezer paper to the size of a regular sheet of printer paper using the scissors.
Place the shiny side of the freezer paper down on the burlap and iron on the other side of the freezer paper. Be sure that all edges completely fuse with the freezer paper. You should not be able to lift them off of the paper. Trim any excess burlap you have around the edges and any loose strings.
Run the entire sheet through your printer so that the leaves print on the burlap side.
Leave the freezer paper attached. Lay a bead of glue around the inside edge of each leaf. Then use a paint brush to spread out and flatten as shown below.
Lift the burlap from the freezer paper while the glue is still wet on the leaves. Leave the burlap loosely laying on the freezer paper until it dries. This will protect your work surface.
Allow to completely dry. I recommend over night. Then trim around the inside edge of the leaves with your scissors. The glue made the burlap where it will not fray and you are left with adorable burlap leaves with words on them for your Thanksgiving decorating.
I used a few of these tucked into a napkin ring for a fun and festive Thanksgiving table setting.
I love burlap and this technique means even more crafting possibilities! Be sure to pick up a roll of burlap at your local Old Time Pottery and get started on this project to print your own burlap leaves today.