felt bow garland {a tutorial}

felt bow garland by burlap+blue

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Sharing a repost from (hard to believe) THREE years ago. Where does the time go? Enjoy!

First, gather your felt, scissors, hot glue, embroidery floss and some cardstock to create your template. I made my template business card size (maybe a tad longer), but create yours however you like.

(See the magazine peeking out in the corner of the photo? It’s the new BHG, which is where I totally stole the color palette inspiration, btw)

So, first things first. Using your template, cut a rectangle from each piece of felt, as well as a skinny piece to wrap around the middle of each bow.

Fold each rectangle, accordian style, and pinch it in the middle. Tie each with a length of embroidery floss down the middle. I tried both hot glue and my sewing machine to hold these together, the floss was quickest and easiest for me.

After each bow is tied (or glued or stitched), hot glue your skinny piece around the middle of each bow, hiding the ends in the back.

After you’re done, you’ll have a group of these pretties….

Next up-you’ll need to connect the bows together. My original thought was to use embroidery thread to stitch them together. I knew, though, that I did not want the thread to show, and, because each bow is a different color, that would be difficult with embroidery thread. So, my solution was this…

Using a small piece of felt and hot glue, I had a simple and invisible solution. Lastly, take two skinny pieces of felt to create loops for hanging. Attach to each end of your garland.

And you’re done!

So tell me, what color combinations would you create this in? Personally, I’d love to see all white, or maybe one with shades of gray and white!

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living room gallery wall + canvaspop giveaway

gallery wall

Friends-this post has been a long time coming. The wall you’re looking at has been blank since we moved into this house–8 years ago this August.

What makes it tricky is 1) it’s huge, and 2) it’s both the staircase wall and overlooks our living room. Here’s the before that I posted on Facebook last week…


I got some great ideas from friends such as add wallpaper, stencil it or hang vintage window panes. I also was crushing on these window pane mirrors from Target. And while I love the idea of stenciling or wallpapering, I needed something I could change quickly as the mood strikes (as it often does).

Enter Canvaspop, creator of awesome, high-quality wrapped canvas pieces, photo mosaics, and more. Canvaspop sent me this amazing canvas print, and, just like that, the gallery wall started to come together.

gallery wall

wrapped canvas

I found this inexpensive set of white frames, added a few art prints from my Etsy shop, some decorative mirrors and all the elements were in place. I cut templates for each frame/canvas, taped them to the wall, and started hammering in nails.

wrapped canvas

I liked the idea of keeping all the frames white, but adding in lots of color with the photographs.


Have a wall in your home that you’d like to add some life to? Canvaspop has generously agreed to give one burlap+blue readers a free 16×20 canvas with a .75″ deep wrap (an $80 value)!

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US and Canada only. Cannot be combined with other promotions. If you wish to order a larger sized canvas, the winner will be able to use the code to take $80 off your order. Winner will have 48 hours to get back to me. Good Luck!


make an easy dot canvas {a tutorial}

canvas art

canvas art


Canvas art is a definite obsession love of mine (see here for lots of proof of that)–it’s easy, it’s versatile, and the finished product always looks much more expensive than the price of the few materials it took to create it. Today’s canvas creations are no exception I wanted to replace the three prints we have hanging on our dining room wall, and these square canvas pieces were a perfect fit.

easy canvas art

You just need canvas(es), paint and a pencil! I liked the look of these square 12×12 canvases, and I chose an array of blue and green paints for this project.

Step 1: Since I wanted my paint to be a circular shape, I traced a large circle on each canvas. I decided on a palette for each canvas (one of dark blues, one of light blues, and one of greens), and used my pencil eraser to start stamping.

make canvas art


Step 2: Keep going–you’re getting there! I love how the shades of blue mixed and blended with each other; I purposely didn’t wash the eraser between colors to get this effect.

canvas art


Continue until you get to the edges of your circle (or whichever shape you chose), let dry and hang!


painted canvas

canvas art




canvas art


Thanks for reading!