Monday, June 23, 2014

My First Monday Made It

So if you aren't familiar with Monday Made It, you should visit Tara at 4th Grade Frolics. I've browsed other's Monday Made It projects for a couple of years, but this is my first tine to actually participate.

So a couple years ago burlap door hangings were the "rage."(They are still popular) I pinned a couple of similar projects then but never made anything. Well since I'm moving to another school/grade I thought now was as good a time as ever.

I started by finding an owl image on my Gypsy and cut out the layers of the owl with my Cricut. I found this owl on Noah's ABC's cartridge.  I then used the layers to create my template and I traced the layers with a sharpie onto the burlap.  I cut out two body layers-one for the front and one for the back.

Then came the paint!  I started by painting the entire front piece with brown paint that matched the color of the burlap.  I let this layer dry overnight, but the acrylic paint dries fairly quickly.  I found that it was easier to add other paint layers on top of a painted surface.  The burlap absorbs a ton of paint on the initial layer. It was easier to paint the base brown so that when I added the lighter colors on top, it didn't take as much paint.

I also used various cricut and svg files to create the chevron backdrop and the name.  I cut these out of plain paper and sprayed adhesive on them.  I let them "dry" so that they were tacky and had a temporary bond when using them as stencils.

When all the paint layers were dry, I used a fine paintbrush and black paint to draw the outline lines.  I also used a white paint pen to add the "highlight details."  I added the wire, bow, and a bunch of spray glitter!

If you have any questions, please let me know.  I'm entered into the #cricut #imadeit contest with this also! Thanks for looking!!!


A Rocky Top Teacher said...

Love this! I posted a burlap door hanger this week, too! The detail that you have put into this is fabulous. Great job!

A Rocky Top Teacher

Melissa Spriggs said...

Love this! My teacher neighbor would have a fit for this owl. I have made a few burlap door hangers but had not thought to use my Silhouette cutting machine to make templates - I have been free handing them. Not any more!! Thank you for posting!
Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

A Classroom Full of Smiles said...

Owls are my thing! My whole room is owls. So is my baby girl's nursery. Love!

Learning in Wonderland said...

I NEVER would have thought of creating templates with a Cricut! What a fantastic idea! I have a Gypsy too :) Love that thing!
The owl came out perfectly!

I {Heart} Recess said...

Adorable! Using the Cricut to make templates was genius! Would never of thought to do that!

I {Heart} Recess

Alison Rose said...

I love the owl hanger. That is just too neat. A couple of people have shared some hangers and I'm almost getting brave enough to want to try one on my own. Thank you for all the tips!
Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

Rissa Webber said...

This is so cute! My classroom is full of owls and I keep saying I'm going to make one out of burlap! This was just the inspiration I needed!

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