The last few weeks I have been on a serious DIY kick. As I mentioned in one of my last posts, Sundays usually now consist of a trip to Home Depot and a trip to Jo-ann Fabrics. It’s a win-win. When we come home, Ev has his projects to work on outside or in the garage, and I have my projects to do. He even uses the term crafternoon now…he’s a great sport. Just last weekend I dragged him over pretty much every square foot of Jo-ann’s in search of jute twine. Considering I never used this material before and had only another blogger’s photo to go off of…it was like being on an Easter egg scavenger hunt. Ev won the hunt. Can’t say he’s not determined…nothing like a hunky 6’4″ man rummaging through craft materials to help his almost-wife fulfill a project. #fianceoftheyear.
I made this project a few weeks ago for the front door of our new house. It will look perfect once we paint the front door and shutters as soon as the weather cooperates. Since my new last name will be Griffing in just a few short months, I jumped the gun and used the “G.” I admit I got butterflies a bit…
The first time I made the project, it only cost about $8 and the second time about $12! Look for Jo-ann coupons on your phone. They can scan them right from your cell!
I will be adding a tutorial for the felt flowers as well.
Everett’s cousin Emily loved the final product so much I offered to make her one to match the green front of their house. She wanted a spring theme, so I opted for a fresh green ribbon and sweet pink silk flowers. Here is what you need to make yours:
Do some research. Every letter requires a different wrapping plan due to edges or curves. I listed some links I used to make this project the last two times. I have to stress you need to have a plan! My first time making this I jumped right in and after an hour of twine-wrapping realized I was going to have to back track!
Here are some resources I used to create my project:
Monogrammed Twine Letter from Katie Gibson (I especially loved this because her last name also starts with a G like mine almost does so her monogram projects are easy to follow!)
Here was the plan I made for the “B”:
Here is a picture step-by-step of what I did:
Make sure you glue each new strand of twine to secure it before wrapping. Wait a moment for it to dry so that it is secure. Use your judgement for when to glue, especially on curves so that the twine does not unravel. For the corners, you might have to try a few different wrapping techniques to see what works best for your letter. For this “B,” I went for a braid-like weave. Don’t get too caught up in making it perfect. Some overlapping and fraying is what makes it unique and rustic.
I was left with an odd little section that I was not sure how to wrap (See step 5 above). I hot glued twine in a circular patter then hot glued a few flowers with leaves to cover the spot. When decided where to place the flowers and ribbon, I looked for a weak spot in the twine, which was the first place I wrapped. That area tends to be a little spotty so it was easily masked with the adornments.
I would LOVE to see your versions of this project! When commenting, I invite you to post a link to your jute wrapped monogram blog post. I love new ideas for decorations!