I love Christmas! I also have a two story family room with a large blank wall on the second story. I needed a large graphic that was inexpensive to fill the space for Christmas. That’s when burlap came to mind and this DIY grain sack project!
I went to JoAnn’s (with a coupon of course) and purchased 4 yards of cream burlap. I chose cream because I like the way it lightened up the space against my sand colored walls. Then I cut the 4 yards in to two 2 sections. Then I cut each of those vertically giving me 4 panels that are each about 2 yards long. I say about because I trimmed a little off the top and bottom to be sure that they were straight.
Time to paint! I searched through my garage to find a paint that wouldn’t be gaudy. I landed on a milk chocolate wall paint that I had left over from another project. Then I used blue painter’s tape and taped off a stripe pattern that appealed to me. Actually, I did this on my island with newspaper under the burlap. It took two coats of really thick sloppy painting to penetrate the front of the burlap.
I went back to JoAnn’s and scoured the remnant piles. Nothing. Then the clearance rolls of fabric, and there it was, burgundy mohair! I think I bought two yards (using the leftovers for another Christmas project I’ll post later). Then I found a font I liked and printed each letter off in a huge scale, about 4 sheets per letter. I taped them together, and cut them out. Then I placed them upside down on the smooth side of the mohair, traced and cut each one out. I stitched it on to each panel with my sewing machine.
Then I hung them with clips from a long rod on the wall. BUT, they drooped and didn’t stay neat and tidy. SO, my husband had a brilliant idea. We took a trip to Lowe’s and purchased 4 yard sticks. He cut each one with a chop saw to the exact length of the panel. Then, we tacked it to the yardstick with brass tacks from the office supply store. They look like nail heads!
I love it! This is actually a simple project. It takes a little patience, but worth it year after year!
Here it is in my XL Christmas Mantle post: