Easter is almost here! I can hardly believe that this year is moving so quickly. I have been looking for some simple ideas for Easter decorating. I found several, but one in particular stood out to me, and I liked it for several reasons. First, it is beautiful. Second, the cross represents Christ’s love and sacrifice for us, which is what Easter is really about. Third, this is a project that can be made easily with few materials (in others words, cheap). And lastly, this could be hanging on your wall all year long, not just for Easter. See why I picked this project?
Remember this old picture I bought? I told you I had a project in mind for it.
All you need to make this project is a wooden frame (find a cheap used one), a roll of wide burlap (mine was lace covered), a glue gun, some ribbon for a bow in the center, twine and artificial flowers. You probably already have most of these materials.
The first thing that I did was remove the old picture from the frame. Next, I removed all the staples on the back and clean it up.
I painted it with some white acrylic paint, but you could use any color you like. I decided to go with a distressed country look, so I didn’t worry about some of the brown showing through the white. I painted the front and back.
Next, I measured out my burlap by pulling it around the frame in the area that it would be placed. I cut it leaving a little extra burlap. I’d rather have too much than not enough when you have to cut it.
I started by hot gluing one end on the back of the frame, then pulling it tightly around the front and gluing it to the back in the same area that I glued the starting piece, overlapping the edges.
You can see the finished glued edge on the top of the frame here. Be sure to pull the burlap tight and then glue.
After you glue the verticle burlap piece, you will need to tighten the center area where the two pieces of burlap overlap. I cut a long piece of twine and wrapped it around the vertical piece of burlap. Pull it tight to cinch it, then tie the twine in a knot, and cut off the excess.
Next wrap the second piece and secure with the glue gun, and tie it off with the twine.
The twine will be mostly covered when you finish off the cross.
The next step is to make a bow with your ribbon. I used a neutral colored ribbon, but you could certainly add color to this project if you wanted.
I secured the bow in the center of the cross with a glue gun, and then I cut off my artificial flowers to glue behind the bow. For my flowers, I used some that looked similar to babies breath. You could glue actual babies breath on to the burlap. Small simple flowers work best. You don’t want the flowers to dominate the project.
Here is a close up of the bow with the flowers, and the finished project.
I love how this project turned out. I have mine displayed on our piano, but you can add a hook to the back and hang it on the wall. I made a hook by using a paper clip, wire cutters, glue gun and an extra piece of burlap. I bent the paper clip to make a “u” shape and cut off the excess. Next, I glued the wire to my frame with a glue gun, and covered the glue with a small piece of my burlap to finish it off.
I really enjoyed this project, and thought that it turned out really nice. It was exactly what I was looking for. I hope you give it a try.
Hope you have a great week!