DIY Fall Framed Art Using Burlap and Leaves

Summer is my favorite season and I like to prolong it as long as I can. Normally I wait until the end of September before rummaging through the Fall decor bin but with a chill in the air and the leaves starting to turn, my thoughts have begrudgingly turned towards Autumn.

Today I am sharing easy Easy DIY Fall Harvest Framed Art using burlap and fabric leaves. I made this project a few years ago but realized recently that I've never shared it here on the blog. I've included a step-by-step tutorial along with a Free Printable so you can make your own version if you like.

Easy DIY Fall Harvest Art

How To Make Fall Framed Art Using Burlap And Leaves

This is an easy Fall decorating idea and you can find the materials inexpensively at the dollar store and/or Michaels. I started this project using a large canvas and hadn't planned on framing it. But as I improvised my way through this project, I found the perfect frame in my storage room and ran with it.

Do not be discouraged by all the steps in this tutorial, I've broken them down into more manageable steps so it is easier to follow.

Burlap and Fabric Leaves Fall Art

Materials List:

Burlap Table Runner
Fall Burlap Ribbon
Fabric Leaves in assorted sizes
12 x 16 Art Canvas (optional)
Freezer Paper
Picture Frame

Equipment List:

Inkjet or Laser Printer
Hot Glue Gun

Printing on Burlap

Step 1

Fall being about harvest and giving thanks, I created a graphic that reflects the spirit of gratefulness. You can download the graphic in PDF format by clicking the link below.

Step 2

Here is where the freezer paper, burlap, iron, and your printer come in. Sounds intimidating but really it isn't. Cut your freezer paper the size of the graphic (which is standard letter size 8 1/2" x 11").

Freezer paper cut to letter size for printing graphic

Step 3

Measure and cut a piece of the burlap table runner 9 x 12. Using the Steam Setting on your iron press out any wrinkles or curls.

Ironing burlap table runner before printing a graphic

Step 4

Lay the shiny side of your freezer paper down onto the canvas.  Line up the edge of the paper to the grain of the burlap.

Sizing Freezer paper to iron onto burlap

Step 5

Switch the setting on your iron to High Heat with No Steam and press onto the matte side of your freezer paper until you get a good bond, especially on the corners.

Ironing freezer paper onto burlap

Step 6

Cut the burlap to the same size as your freezer paper (letter size 8 1/2 x 11).

Cutting freezer paper bonded to burlap

Step 7

In your printer settings select Best Quality for a dark print.  Place the burlap into the Manual Feed of your printer and help guide it as it begins feeding into the machine.

Printing Fall Harvest graphic onto burlap

Step 8

You can see mine printed rather light and that is because I used a laser printer.  You will get a much darker image using an inkjet.

Warning: If you have a laser printer do this step at your own risk because it will heat up the freezer paper and you risk it getting stuck in the machine.  I took the risk and didn't have a problem.

Fall Graphic printed onto burlap

Step 9

I went over mine with a black Sharpie to darken the image. Worked like a charm!

Darkening graphic printed on burlap

Step 10

Remove the freezer paper from the burlap by carefully peeling it back.

If you are still feeling a bit nervous about this step I found an easy to follow tutorial on YouTube that you may find helpful.

Removing freezer paper from back of burlap print

Creating A Colorful Burlap Border

Colored burlap border around Fall Harvest Art

Step 1

With autumn colored burlap ribbon lay three vertical strips behind the printed graphic and hot glue them in place.

Fraying border on burlap printed Fall Art

Step 2

To fray the edges pull one strand from the outside edge of the ribbon along all four sides.  Repeat until you have about six strands removed (or more if you prefer).

Repurposing A Picture Frame

Find a large inexpensive wood picture frame at your local thrift store. Another option is purchasing a black poster frame.

Dry brush layers of paint in Fall colors using either acrylic craft paint or chalk paint.

Tip: Dry brushing simply means applying paint to just the tips of your brush and dabbing the excess onto a paper towel so there is very little paint left on the brush. 

Paints used:

Craftsmart: Olive Green, Orange, Dark Yellow
Americana: Tomato Red and Raw Umber

Painting layers on an old picture frame
  1. Remove the glass/plastic from the picture frame.
  2. Using another piece of the burlap table runner cut it about four inches larger than the cardboard backing of the picture frame.
  3. Starting at the top fold the burlap over to the back of the cardboard and attach it with a hot glue.
  4. Stretch the burlap taut and fold it over the bottom of the cardboard and attach it with hot glue.
  5. Continue onto the sides.
  6. Place the cardboard back into the frame and secure it in place.  My frame didn't have clips so I ran masking tape along the back to hold it in place. 

Creating A Double Frame

Adding art canvas to picture frame

Note: You can skip this step and glue the burlap and leaves directly onto the burlap wrapped frame. This just adds another layer for dimension.

Lay an inexpensive art canvas (mine was purchased at the Dollar Store) to the center of the frame and attached it with dabs of hot glue.

You can see in the photo above, Mr. Sexy Rexy wasn't impressed that I was using his cat post as a work surface.

Attaching The Burlap Onto Canvas

Fall Burlap Graphic attached to art canvas

Add a dab of hot glue on each corner of the burlap and carefully eyeball it onto the center of the canvas.  

Attaching Fabric Leaves

Randomly hot glue assorted sized fabric leaves onto the canvas (or burlap wrapped frame).

That's it - you are done!  See, it wasn't so difficult and despite all the steps, can be done in an afternoon. 

Enjoy your DIY Fall Harvest Framed Art with pretty Fall colors. This would look great hanging above a fireplace and incorporated into a Fall Mantelscape or in a front entry. It would also look great hung above a buffet or sideboard in a dining room. Or you could do what I did and hang it above an end table in the living room. 

Fabric leaves glued onto art canvas

How do you decorate with Fall leaves?

Looking for more Fall decorating inspiration? Visit my post on how to make a Fall Scrabble Tile Banner. Or if it's a Fall wreath you would prefer, I shared a tutorial on how to make An Easy Peasy DIY Fall Wreath. Need something for your front porch, how about some Painted Pumpkin Topiaries.

Before I go I'm so excited to tell you about a fun event happening next week. The Fall Ideas Tour is back again this year. Yay! Be sure to come back on Monday for some Fall Mantel inspiration. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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