I did this last fall…so ashamed I’m just now posting the details…but alas, here it is. I wish I had more pics of the process, but I was in the moment and in “git-er done” mode!
I had this lovely, delicate and obviously aged doily that was wedding gift from my Aunt. It was made by my Dad’s mother, so it’s very special. I used it for a few years when we were first married but it’s been put up for about the last ten years. I wanted to display it somehow.
I decided sometime back that I wouldn’t go to Hobby Lobby, load up and decorate my house…NOT that I don’t LOVE Hobby Lobby (or any other decor laden super warehouse or specialty store), not that I don’t love decorating and NOT that I don’t want my home decorated…but I feel like our home is a comfortable place and I want each thing to add to that feeling, evoke warmth and most of all…have meaning. Thus…I have bare walls in many rooms…as this is a long term decorating plan! LOL! I started collecting antique picture frames…here are a few…only one has a picture 🙂
And guess what…that bookshelf they are on…empty as can be. Though I could probably fill it with scrapbook magazines 🙂 hee hee!
Oh, I digress…back to the task at hand! So I had the doily and in a frenzy of burlap craftiness last year inspired by Country Living magazine and Living with Lindsey…I decide that burlap was going to be the perfect backdrop for the doily. I found this square frame (damaged -no glass) for $7 or $8 bucks at (you guessed it) Hobby Lobby…knew it was the perfect size for this project.
WARNING!!! THERE IS NO REMOVING THIS DOILY ONCE IT’S DONE…so stop NOW if you aren’t willing to make this permanent!
Okay, so first (carefully remove 🙂 rip out the picture (probably have to tear paper off the back and remove staples…some wire cutters, pliers, and scissors will be needed…a staple gun too or my favorite…HOT GLUE!
Trace the size of the inside picture onto foam core/board and cut to size. I LOVE FOAM CORE board! LOVE IT! You can get it all day long at (you guessed it) Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or any crafty store for little of nothing ($2 on sale). This is what you’ll mount your burlap and doily to. Here’s where I stopped taking pictures :)…so you’re gonna have to focus:
Next, cut the burlap to the same size as the foam core you already cut; you’ll attach the burlap to the foam board…I actually did TWO layers because you can see the white through the weave in the cloth with just one layer. I used spray adhesive to mount the fabric to the board. Watch out…the stuff is way messy!
My other favorite thing in the whole wide world…Heat N Bond!!! I’ll admit…I was a little scared to try this with my super special doily…but I took a leap of faith…and thank the Good Lord it turned out. I ironed the Heat N Bond to the doily (press and starch the doily first, I didn’t starch but it would work a lot better, I’m sure). After you’ve bonded the Heat N Bond to the doily remove the adhesive backing and pick away as much adhesive as possible that is in the open spaces/holes of the doily…though you don’t have to remove every bit. Now, time to press the doily (HEAT N BOND) to the burlap you’ve prepared. You’ll find that as you press and heat (and BOND 🙂 the doily to the burlap that excess adhesive will melt into the burlap and not be visible.
Place your new OLD doily art into the $7 frame and for less than $15 bucks…you’ve have something priceless!!! You can hot glue, staple or even tape the foam board into the frame. If you’re feeling fancy, you can put paper over the back like it was. Just last week I finally went to the hardware store and had a piece of glass cut for the frame…I guess that’s why this came to my mind to post.
Hope you enjoyed!