Whitney’s Burlap Monogram

Hey guys!  This week has and will be a bit crazy for both Ash and I.  This weekend is my daughter’s NCA Nationals competition for cheerleading.  This means that Ashley has been putting in 4837520 extra hours or work getting CCA ready to compete.  Forgive us for being a bit absent 🙂
So… I was able to play with my new favorite tool on this project!
This is my new super cute Cricut Expression Machine.
I was really wanting to make a monogram for above my bed.  I loved Ashley’s she made and was ready to create my own.  This is how I did it!
I started with a free hand me down frame.
I knew I wouldn’t be using the glass so I just moved on to the paint.  I gave it two coats of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Canyon Black.
I let the frame dry and moved on to the next step.  I used some extra fabric I had left from my bedding I made for the next step.
I cut a piece large enough to cover the cardboard.  I used my hot glue gun attach the edges to the back of the cardboard.
My finished piece looked like this.
Now for the fun part!  I used my Cricut Expressions Machine to cut my stencils out.  I chose to use a great monogram font called Plantin Schoolbook.
I cut my letters out.  You just attach your stencil paper  (or regular paper) to your cutting mat, type in your letters and push a button.  It’s THAT easy 🙂  The best part about the Cricut Expression Machine is that you can cut your letters up to 24″… Wow and woohoo!!
After cutting my stencils, I used the letters to plan where I would paint.  I would like to add on this part that I did not space my letters evenly 🙁 !  I went ahead and finished so I could share with you guys but I would suggest that you measure before painting… duh.  Then you won’t have to redo yours like I will soon be doing.
I cut a piece of burlap 3″ shorter than my cardboard.
I used a stencil brush and some black acrylic paint to do my stenciling. 
Just dab your brush up and down, not side to side to get the best outcome.
I finished all my letters and I was ready for my final step.  I hot glued the burlap to the fabric and then wanted to add just a little something more.  I decided to use bronze nail heads around the edge of the burlap.  I spaced them 2″ apart and pressed them through my cardboard.  Then, I turned the cardboard around and hammered the nails down to the side.
My final step was getting a few pictures for you.  I waited to hang it above the bed until I go back and fix my stencil job… bummer:) 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wish us luck the weekend. It’s a huge weekend for both Ashley, my daughter and the entire gym. Go CCA!


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  • Denise

    Love this. I have a Cricut and have not put to use yet. Following you from Beneath Naps On The Porch.


  • vignette design

    This is amazing!

  • Heather

    love it…you have great ideas. Laughed when i saw this post–I used that EXACT fabric to have a chair and ottoman and a chaise lounge reupholstered in my master. I love it!

  • Barbara Jean

    Great project!
    I bought a cricut expressions right after Christmas, and still have not even plugged it in to see if it works!
    Can you believe that?

    Tax and inventory time do not leave much time for other things.

    Blessings and thanks for your wonderful blog.

    barbara jean

  • The Phillips fam

    Love that!!!

  • Cherish @ My Cup of Tea

    OH I wish I could afford a cricut!!!

    Hey, so I completely made over my blog. You should take a second look!! Thanks!
    ((Don't forget to follow))
    {{I'm already a follower of yours}}

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    That is way cute and gives me so many wedding ideas as well! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  • Vivacious

    I am (im)patiently waiting for my Cricut in the mail LOL what a great idea!

  • Allison

    I understand what your saying about the letters not being perfect, but I kinda like it that way!
    I love my cricut too, but havent used viynl yet.

  • Peridots Garden Blog

    This is my first visit to your blog and I am going to browse through past posts!

    Love this and thank you for including the step by step photos and instructions!

    Thank you,


  • Krista

    I'm not sure if you do these or even care, but I gave you ladies the beautiful blogger award. You are inspiring me to actually do crafty things and I thought you deserved an award for that. Go check it out at my blog.


  • Judy King

    You're very creative! Like the ideas you share!

  • Me

    Looks great – I love the browns…

  • maria

    I love it, thanks for sharing each step…maria

  • Pat

    Great idea! You mentioned you made your bedding??? Wow, is there a post about that? Love the fabric ~

  • The Charm House

    I love this!!! My Whitney is fixing to get married this May and her future husband's name is James (called JD). This would be a perfect gift!!

  • Sarah

    Cool project! You girls are so creative!!!

  • Lacie @ Creative Attempts

    super cute and great tutorial. I am still learning how to use my cricut I love the endless possiblilities 🙂

  • Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama

    Awsome project! I love the stenciling on the burlap soooo much!

  • Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama

    Awsome project! I love the stenciling on the burlap soooo much!

  • Rustique Gallery

    GOOD LUCK Y'ALL! Your monogram is very sweet. I love the fabric you used. Your bedroom must be gorgeous! All the best…Sherry

  • Rafahi Family

    I bought my Cricut last October on Ebay and I have to say I got the BEST deal. Yes it was brand new. So if any of you ladies need one or want one–check out Ebay before you commit to buying from a retail store!!!
    Anyway–I love your craft ideas. I haven't used my Cricut as much as I have wanted to, but this is another great idea that I am going to try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Cindy

    That is beautiful! What a great idea, yours just looks so wonderful!

  • Christine

    I love it! I really think I need a Cricut!

  • Under the Willow

    Oh my goodness ~ your project turned out wonderful! So creative with so many options too!

  • Kimmie @ live fancy.

    I've been asking for a Cricut Expression for 17 years now. Okay, obviously not that long, but long enough to be frustrated that I don't have one yet.

    This project is awesome- I LOVE that frame. Nice work!

  • julie

    too funny! i am in the process of doing and using the same things! i will have to let you know when i finish! have fun and good luck!

  • ~Issy

    Wow…i really love this.

    I need a circut…. 🙂

  • Emily

    I am the worlds worst CENTER-ER. 🙂

    So, a quick thought, I don't know if this would be quicker than re-stenciling your project, but you could just cut your burlap, so the stenciling is centered, then recenter it your material/frame?

    Looks great, thanks for your many creative ideas!

  • Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife

    I love this!! I also LOVE the Cricut Expression!!

    Enjoy it!!

    Good Luck to your daughter at Nationals!!

    All my best,

  • Fawn @ Patina Soul

    Very nice! Good luck this weekend!

  • Tina

    That is absolutely gorgeous Whitney!! I love it:) You are so lucky to have purchased a cricut machine, it is on my wish list:) Enjoy your gorgeous monogram, I will have to stick to embroidering mine for a while yet! Have a lovely weekend ~ Tina x

  • Rachelle

    That looks great!

    Just said a prayer for you guys- Good luck!



  • Jeanette

    Very cute.