Upcycled Burlap Gift Bag

Today I am sharing an Upcycled Burlap Gift Bag I made with some products I received from sponsors of the Prime Publishing VIB Event at CHAShow 2016.

upcycled burlap gift bag

I honestly didn’t expect to have so much fun making this Upcycled Burlap Gift Bag!

upcycled burlap gift bag


Thank you to the following sponsors:

  • Therm-o web DECOFOIL™ Transfer Sheets: purple
  • DECOFOIL™ Liquid Adhesive
  • Plaid folkArt® HOME DECOR chalk paint ( in Sheepskin #34879)
  • Testors yellow enamel spray
  • FairfieldWorld Oly*fun™ fabric sheets in various colours, and metallics
  • IMAGINEcrafts Tear It! Tape
  • Sakura Micron pen – black
upcycled burlap gift bag

I love how easily the Plaid chalk paint went on the surface. I also used some of the Mixed media Color Spray

upcycled burlap gift bag

REALLY taking recycling to the next level! I took the remnant Oly*fun® and used it as a stencil! It worked perfectly 🙂

I started by painting some of the surface with the chalk paint, let it dry, and then added some splashes of yellow spray paint. I hurried up the drying with a hair blower.

Next I used Sizzix Flowers#7 die and cut out some lovely flowers from pieces of Oly*fun®.

I used the remnant of the Oly*fun® as a stencil and first daubed green acrylic paint, let it dry, and then sprayed the white colour spray to create an added pretty sheen .

I lightly daubed some DecoFoil adhesive on a few spots and added a lovely highlight of purple flecks.

Add brads, attach flowers with adhesive, and your gift bag is complete!


Oly*Fun Mixed Media Made Easy

Oly*Fun Mixed Media Made Easy

Yes! Today I am showing you how easy it is to work with products and materials in a way different than they are intended. This is the first time I have worked with Fairfield and their wonderful Oly*fun material! olyfun mixed mediaThe new metallics are gorgeous and I received very generous samples of gold, bronze, and silver. The non-metallic colours are beautiful and there are so many to choose from.

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Oly*fun mixed media I enjoyed working with the Oly*fun so much, I made two projects today.

olyfun mixed media

Canvas #1. Isn’t this bright and fun!? The colours are so beautiful and I love how vibrant the blue and purple are against the bright yellow canvas.

olyfun mixed media

I used Testors Spray Enamel (yellow) to paint my Styrofoam canvas — it was so easy!

olyfun mixed media

I was able to use scraps from the flowers I made to ‘poke’ the fabric into the Styrofoam™ and NOT use ANY glue!

olyfun mixed media

It was so easy to gently push the Oly*fun into the canvas. Notice how beautifully the metallic Oly*fun embosses.

I did use Fabri-tac to glue the fabric flowers and strips to the canvas.

olyfun mixed media

Canvas #2. Gelli Print and Metallics.

My first idea was to create a very large canvas and this was my first planning session: I created a beautiful print using a gelli-plate and acrylic paints.

olyfun mixed media

I was going to use a large canvas and use the quilted metallic Oly*fun as a mat. I played around with the placement of shapes. I decided I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the large piece of quilted fabric. It would make a pretty tea cosy or thermal coffee holder!

I used a fancy pair of scissors to create a border because it was uneven. I then used ETI (Environmental Technology, Inc) Ultra-Seal™ Multi-Purpose Sealer/Glue to seal and protect the print.

olyfun mixed media

It looks so thick and goopy but WOW does it dry clear and shiny. The colours look so vibrant afterwards.

I applied one coat with my brush going vertically, and allowed it to dry. I then did another coat brushing horizontally, and allowed it to dry. Then I used the Ultra-Seal™ to adhere the print to the canvas, carefully sealing the edges. The metallic Oly*fun was cut into shapes, embossed with my Cuttlebug, and glued with the Ultra-Seal™ and then finished with another 2 coats over the entire project to seal it.olyfun mixed media

Wasn’t that fun and easy?

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