DIY Burlap Canvas

I finally got some craftin’ going on this week! And I have a whole list of other projects to share with you too! But first this one…

I love our bedroom. It is welcoming, romantic, cottage-y. And it’s mostly finished, with only a few projects left such as baseboards and a chandelier. One corner in particular needed a little something more.


Since this was for our bedroom, I chose to add pieces that reflected Dean and I. There is the Bible verse that sums up what we’ve always believed about our marriage. {See Gen 2:24}

The flower is just pretty and actually made me giggle just now because we really aren’t much for flowers in our relationship! And though I can’t remember what the key is for, it could symbolize the key to our hearts. It also adds a bit of rusty bling to the whole piece.

I adore music, it’s one of those things that fills my cup so to speak. And Dean has the voice of an angel, which was partly why I fell for him to begin with. :)

We watched a movie years ago (Dean remembers what it’s called but I never can!) and a couple of words stuck with us, ma bashert, which means soulmate.

DIY Burlap Canvas

What you’ll need:

  • a canvas (I bought mine from the dollar store)
  • burlap
  • assorted ribbon and/or fabric trim
  • cardstock
  • small clothespins (I got mine from we love citrus!)
  • staple gun
  • letter stamps & ink
  • other embellishments

Step 1.
Cut burlap slightly larger than your canvas.

Step 2.
Wrap burlap and staple to back of canvas, folding corners like wrapping a present.

Step 3.
Lay your ribbons and / or fabric trim out to see which configuration you like best. Trim slightly larger than necessary.

Step 4.
Staple ribbons and / or fabric trim in place on back of canvas.

Step 5.
Embellish your canvas with items you choose. For my tags and Bible verse I crumpled up an index card, rubbed some Distress Ink (walnut) on it, misted it with water and patted it with a paper towel.

And of course there is one of our wedding pictures in there too.

A pretty memory board for romantic keepsakes!

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  1. 6


    Beautiful! It adds a nice romantic element to the room and the texture is great.
    By the way, “Bashert” is a Yiddish word (you got the translation right!) so what you probably heard was “my bashert.” :-)

    • 7

      aka design says

      Thank you Lori. I finally did figure out it was Yiddish this week. Yay google! I should change the ma to my though!

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    Erin says

    OOOooh–soo pretty! I especially love some of the ribbons! Where do you shop for them? I am a ribbon-a-holic, although I don’t actually use them very often-lol! A project like this would let me show off multiple favourites though!

    • 9

      aka design says

      Hi Erin! I looked for ribbons at Michael’s but couldn’t find what I was thinking of. Then I stopped into fabricland and realized what I was looking for wasn’t ribbon at all but fabric trim!!!

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    Thank you for hosting! Okay, your board is absolutely beautiful…you have such an ability to find the perfect colors and accessories!! What about that pillow sitting on that chair…perfect!

    • 11

      aka design says

      Thanks, Maggie. I made the pillow on the chair actually…and now I’m trying to remember if I posted how I made it??? Lol. I don’t think I did.

  4. 17


    This is adorable! I just finished making one for myself, thanks to your tutorial :) Only I used a styrofoam board. I didn’t have a canvas on hand. Thanks for sharing!

    I love your blog by the way… :)