My foyer is bare, and kind of sad. I try to keep my front porch nicely appointed for the season and always have a wreath on my door, but once you enter my house you look at a bare bones foyer. In our old house you entered into a beautiful sun room with stained glass and hardwood floors. You were greeted with plants and flowers, a comfy bench, even a Christmas tree in the winter. I need to get back to that welcoming feeling.
I don’t have much room in my foyer, it’s just a small corner. A little further into the house I have a bench and soon to be gallery wall. You can also see most of the first floor from my front door. Still it needs something.
I stumbled upon 3 square burlap canvases at JoAnn’s a couple of weeks back for $1,97 each, score! 2 have lines of silver thread and one is plain. I knew these would work in my foyer. I searched long and hard for the right phrase and images and settled on mums and this condensed verse from Joshua “As for this house we will serve the Lord”. Fitting for a foyer, right?
Then I needed to find a way to get these onto the canvas. That’s where my Silhouette Challenge buddies came in. I found a great tutorial from Lauren at The Thinking Closet using Freezer Paper to stencil. What an awesome medium to use, I am hooked! It was so easy. I am going to show you what I did but I urge you to check out her tutorial as well.
First I designed the pieces in my Silhouette software. To cut I mirrored my image and loaded the freezer paper on my mat shiny side up. Once cut I weeded out the insides of the images and words.
To get it to stick to my burlap, that’s the best part freezer paper will stick so you get a nice clean paint line, I ironed it in place shiny side down.
Then I used a sponge brush to lightly “hop” the paint onto the canvas. I use the word “hop” because my 3-year-old was helping me, this helped her get the idea of what we were doing gently dabbing the brush onto the canvas. She did great, good thing the freezer paper was adhered – no leaking!
I peeled off the stencil and touched up a few letters whose lines were very thin.
I hung them on my wall using command picture hanging strips. These are the best, just about everything in my house is hung with them. I think I have commitment issues, I just can’t bring myself to put holes in my walls.
I love how these look when I enter my home. So welcoming and cheery.
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?
My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
1. Create & Babble // 2. Kate’s Paper Creations // 3. Please Excuse My Craftermath // 4. Tried & True // 5. unOriginal Mom // 6. Mama Sonshine // 7. Adventures in All Things Food & Family // 8. The Experimental Home // 9. The Outlandish Momma // 10. Whats Next Ma // 11. Dream a Little Bigger // 12. Silhouette School // 13. Creative Ramblings // 14. Our Rosey Life // 15. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 16. Practically Functional // 17. Minted Strawberry // 18. Two Purple Couches // 19. Simply Kelly Designs // 20. Grey Luster Girl // 21. TitiCrafty // 22. My Mom Made That // 23. Architecture of a Mom // 24. My Paper Craze // 25. The Sensory Emporium // 26. Ginger Snap Crafts // 27. Mabey She Made It // 28. McCall Manor //
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