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Framed State Art

Monthly craft night with my best was upon us this past Friday night so we decided to make some art to hang on our walls. I had seen a little project in Young House Love’s book for cutout framed states.

I already had a frame from a past Ikea trip I could use and leftover burlap from Archie’s birthday banner so all I needed was a printout of Tennessee and Kentucky (my choice of states to represent where we got married and where we call home now) and some cute scrapbook paper to make my state cutouts.


I cutout the printable states and then traced those onto my scrapbook paper and used some scissors to carefully cut out my state. I had also brought my xacto knife to use if I needed it but scissors seemed to work just fine.


I tried to pick two scrapbook pages that would kind of go together when I framed them together and I think I picked the right ones. Once I was finished meticulously cutting, I taped them to my cut burlap and placed it in the frame. Voilà!


Easy as that, friends. Wall art on the cheap that I think looks great!

I’m gradually trying to accumulate enough white frames and art to hang all the way up our staircase, so slowly but surely I’m getting there.

Next month the best and I are having two craft nights because of a Christmas wreath we are going to make for our front doors and gifts for a Women’s gift exchange we do every year. We are turning into crafting fools and I kind of love it!!

Which states would you pick and why? What are some ideas for on the cheap art that you’ve done recently?


Burlap Birthday Banner

Much to my dismay, I’m really not a naturally crafty person. I secretly wish to have a keen eye to design, crochet, knit, sew and have awesome handwriting to where I could create cool chalkboard themes.

So when it came time for Archie’s birthday decorations I went out one afternoon and quickly bought already made decorations and ended up spending $60 before I knew what hit me. I thought about it over the next day and decided to take it all back and try my hand at doing things on my own. I took that $60 down to around $10 for all of Archie’s party decorations. I tried to think of what I had around the house that I could use and decided I didn’t really want an over the top theme. Let’s get real, the only thing Archie really loves at one year of age is momma’s milk and music.

So let’s break down my little burlap birthday banner fun. Shall we?

Supplies: burlap fabric (I bought a yard but had so much leftover so I’ll use it for other things down the line), stencil (you may not need this if you have a steady hand and great handwriting for block lettering), foam paint brush, paint color you desire, twine or fun string to weave for hanging.

I started with a plain paper template that I measured to cut out to use on my burlap. This was 6 inches high, and the V on the bottom I cut was 2 inches high.

IMG_2909I traced however many I needed onto my burlap and just cut them out.

IMG_2910Set your burlap pieces aside, make sure you have something under them to prevent paint on dripping everywhere and have your paint, stencil and foam brush ready.


IMG_2949Stencil away with your paint and you are done! Just let it dry overnight.


String some twine through your burlap and hang. Simple as that. Mine didn’t turn out too shabby, thankfully, so I consider it a small victory in my wanna-be crafty life section.

IMG_3021Tomorrow night my best and I are attempting our hand at another craft. Who am I?! Happy crafting!