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Grow Baby Grow-DIY burlap growth chart

Growing up, my parents had a makeshift growth chart on the inside door frame of our kitchen pantry. Nothing fancy, just pencil marks and dates. Naturally I want to do this for L. Since we have yet to find our forever home, I wanted to make something portable. Plus we don’t even have a pantry in our current house. I thought something like this would be perfect for L’s room since she has a few burlap/grass cloth accents in there already. Also the miles of webbing from the fabulous BurlapFabric.com were itching for a project.

Materials:

DIY growth chart 1

  • 2.5 yards of webbing or burlap ribbon  (I’m using webbing with purple stripe from burlapfabric.com)
  • Measuring tape
  • Sharpies (fine and regular tip)
  • 2″ number stencil
  • 12″ Jute or ribbon
  • Safety pins

Step 1:

Line up the webbing with the measuring tape. Be sure to trim the edge so it’s straight. You can also use some painter’s tape to hold the burlap in place.

burlap growth chart 2

Step 2:

Draw a hash mark at every inch with a Sharpie. I made the dashes longer at every ½ foot and longest at every foot mark.

burlap growth chart 3

*I messed up the hash marks the first time. I made every 5 inches longer instead of 6 (notice in the above right picture). Womp! Luckily, the webbing was two sided. I flipped it over and restarted. Don’t make the same mistake I did!

Step 3:

Stencil on the numbers. I used a fine tip Sharpie to outline the stencil first then filled in with a regular Sharpie.

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Step 4:

Fold the excess webbing to the back. Trim it if you have more than 3-4 inches hanging. Use safety pins or stitch the folded over material in place, creating a loop.

Step 5:

Thread a piece of jute or ribbon through the loop.

Some the burlap growth charts on Etsy come with small gift tags or key tags to record height. I found these small wooden scrapbook sticker flags at Joann’s. I think they go nicely with the burlap and jute.

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I love how it turned out. Now if only L would stand still long enough for me to measure her. My only complaint is that it did make her room smell like burlap after it was hung. But if you happen to LOVE the smell of burlap (ahem Grace) you may not even noticed it.

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Stay tuned for many more burlap projects. In the meantime, share with us what gorgeous/clever burlap creations you have pinned lately.

 

Burlap Basket Liners

Burlap Basket Liner

Every once in a while, I have what I consider million dollar ideas. Generally, they are either not worthy of a million dollars or have already been done. My latest idea for burlap basket liners is definitely worth a million dollars (helllllo, it’s burlap we are talking about), but I am sure it has been done before.

The other day as I was strolling the aisles of Lowe’s, I happened upon the hanging planter baskets. Coconut basket liners are not expensive, but they aren’t cheap. In fact, the liners are almost the same price as the baskets themselves. It was then after holding a coconut liner in my hand for entirely too long (this is why my husband does not like to shop with me), I thought that a burlap basket liner would work perfectly.

What You’ll Need:

Burlap Basket Liner

- Burlap— I got my burlap from burlapfabric.com– it’s a steal for 5 yards of burlap for less than $7. Seriously, I will not get burlap anywhere else. The prices are ridiculously good and the shipping is fast!

- Scissors

-Diapers (yup, diapers).

 

What You’ll Do:

- Place your hanging basket on the burlap.

Burlap Basket Liner

- Cut a piece of burlap that is larger than the circumference of your basket.

Burlap Basket Liner

- Place the burlap in the basket (like when you put a napkin in a bowl before putting snacks in)

Burlap Basket Liner

- Put another piece of burlap in the basket (I just used some scraps) to help reinforce the liner.

-  Cut two diapers in half.

-Place three of the halves (moisture absorbing side up) in the bottom of the basket.

Extra Absorbent!

Extra Absorbent!

It’s ready for your plants!

Burlap Basket Liner

 

Painted Barstools

One of my favorite parts of our kitchen is the island. Now that I have one, I cannot imagine a future kitchen without one (or at least a peninsula of some sort). For the first year that we lived in our house, we found ourselves standing around the island a lot—island seating wasn’t high on our “fixer upper” priority list. During year two, it was time to take some action.

We knew we wanted barstools without a back. We loved the saddle stools at Pottery Barn but weren’t as in love with the hefty price tag. After looking around, we only found stools in colors that weren’t our top choices. It became clear that we should just paint some stools ourselves.

painted barstools

What you need:

Unfinished Wood Barstools—we scored two online for $50

Fine Sandpaper

Primer

Paint

Foam brush

Protective Top Coat

Plastic Covering and Painter’s Tape- only needed if you are doing a two-toned stool

Stain/Stain Rag- only needed if you are doing a two-toned stool

 

Step 1:

As your stools are unfinished, they should be pretty smooth and free of splintering wood. Give your stools a super light and casual sanding—just in case. We wanted a two-toned stool—wood stain on the seat and paint on the legs. Because of this, I used painter’s tape to cover up the saddle seat with part of a plastic drop cloth. Make sure it’s covered all the way so no primer gets through!

Barstool, unfinished Step 2:

Prime your stools (or, like in my case just prime the legs). For the first time ever, I used a spray primer. The spray primer went on great—very easy to use. Follow the directions on your primer can to ensure correct application. Let dry completely.

Step 3:

While my seat was still wrapped up, I painted the legs of my stool. I applied two coats of paint using a small foam brush. Let dry completely.

primed barstools

You can see the one stool has been painted, while the other one is primed and ready for some color. Pardon the mess!

Step 4:

With the stool legs completely painted and dry, I removed the plastic covering from the saddle seat. I wanted to stain the top of the seat a color that would closest match our hardwood floors. Minwax’s Natural color did the job. Follow the direction on the stain can for the correct application procedure. I did two coats of stain.

Step 5:

Apply your finish/top coat. Again, we went with a spray for this step and used two coats. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area—it can get a bit stinky! Let dry completely.

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We’re happy to finally have somewhere to sit!

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