Burlap is EVERYWHERE lately. I’ve seen burlap on everything from wreaths to photo frames, to candles to throw pillows. It’s a great and inexpensive way to get a sweet, rustic look for nearly any DIY project. When I told my mother I was going to be using burlap in my budget, rustic-chic wedding (which I need to post more about since I have kind of left y’all hanging. Sorry about that!), I am pretty certain she almost fainted. But once all was said and done, it turned out gorgeous and everyone agreed the burlap wound up being a surprisingly nice addition.
One of the things I wanted from practically the moment I started planning my wedding, was a burlap aisle runner. It just seemed to me to be very down-to-earth, and a fitting choice for our outdoor wedding. I quickly found a great deal on a roll of burlap at Amazon of all places, and sewed ivory ribbon down both sides of the runner. I finished it by painting an “S” at the very start of the aisle-my new last initial!
After the wedding was over, I went through and got rid of things that I had purchased for the party. I gave away centerpieces, I repurposed candleholders, and donated what I could no longer use. But I couldn’t separate myself from the aisle runner. Sure I could have found someone on Craiglist who also loved rustic wedding decor, who was marrying someone with a last name starting with S…but for some reason, I knew that this runner was special. It might seem silly, this piece of woven jute that smelled like a barn, and had an itchy texture held such sentiment for me. I would have thought I would be much more attached to something else, but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get rid of the desire to keep this aisle runner. It was the last place I walked as a single woman, and the first place we walked as a married couple. But what am I going to do with an aisle runner? I can’t have this monstrosity (it was over 30 feet long!) in my house!
Then it hit me….
I could cut it down, and save the part that really meant something—the S.
That’s when I decided I would mount it on canvas. It’s something that will always remind me of our special day. It’s dear to my heart, and who doesn’t love free wall decor?? (I already had a blank canvas waiting for a project, so this didn’t cost me anything).
Here’s how I did it:
First, I cut the end of the aisle runner off. I then trimmed it so it was only a few inches larger than my canvas all the way around.
Then I flipped it over and stapled one side of the canvas.
Then (holding the burlap taught) I stapled the OPPOSITE side (thus making sure it stays taught). Then proceed with an adjacent side, and the side opposite it. Make sure while you are doing this that the image on the front side hasn’t moved off-center or gotten bunched up. That’s it! Now you’re ready to hang!
You could do this with any monogrammed aisle runner, not just burlap. Also, if you don’t have a wedding runner, you could buy burlap and make a great monogram just for fun!
Now we have a small piece of our wedding hanging in our new home in Oregon. I have it hanging at the end of our long narrow hallway, so in a way, its sort of like walking down the wedding aisle all over again!
What do you think of my burlap aisle runner and wrapped canvas?
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