Burlap Tiger Craft

When my mother-in-law visited in October she brought along two crafts for Firecracker to make.

One was the Tissue Paper Pumpkin Craft perfect for pre-Halloween crafting! He loved making it so much he couldn’t wait to make the tiger she promised him was coming later in the week.

This burlap tiger craft follows the same methodology as the tissue paper pumpkin, with just a touch of more “skill” to make the stripes look like a tiger.

Each tiger received a collar and we had the kids pick whichever fabric they wanted for their tigers. I was excited to see if Treat would even pick, but as he wasn’t making his own tiger, I wanted there to be a little bit of input on the craft from him. He picked a blue collar. Firecracker picked green.

collar-picking

How to make a Burlap Tiger

Start with a template of a tiger (or whatever other shape you want to create) and trace it onto a piece of Natural Burlap Paper. This 12×12″ paper has a stiff backing perfect for crafting. Cut out tiger.

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Working with the burlap side up. Paint the tiger with orange craft paint.

Using black fabric scraps, cut out stripes for the tiger. From white fabric scraps cut out the ears, eyes, and muzzle. A pink triangle glued onto the muzzle makes for a perfect nose. More black fabric centered in the eyes creates pupils.

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Paint modge podge over the tiger. An empty yogurt container is a perfect vessel for portioning out the craft glue.

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Seal down the stripes by painting over the tiger with another layer of modge podge.

Using modge podge again, attach the ears, eyes, and nose.

Optional: add a collar with your child’s name (or a name they choose) around the neck of the tiger.

 

Hot glue a string on the back for easy hanging.

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Snowman Door Hanger

For The Year of the Snowman 2013 my mother-in-law and I made burlap snowman door hangers for the girls in the family. We found an example on Pinterest, but it led only to a photograph.

Luckily my mother-in-law is a genius when it comes to crafts! I have created for you a simple tutorial.

How-to make a Burlap Snowman Door Hanger

Start first with a template of your snowman (or whatever else you want to create!) and trace it onto folded burlap. Pin the two piece of burlap together.

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Using a zig-zag stitch follow the outline of the snowman. (We used grey thread so it would show up in these photos. Make sure to use a thread that will easily be covered up with whatever paint you use.) At the bottom of the door hanger leave a 3″ gap, like you do with pillowcases.

Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial

Using pinking shears, cut just outside the seam. Lay out your door hanger on a trash bag or newspaper. It’s time to paint!

Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial

With the help from my father-in-law, holes were created at the top of the door hanger. A straw, cut to the width of the space between the holes was used to keep the door hanger sturdy. Thread your string/twine/jute through the holes and straw.

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Stuff your door hanger with paper or plastic bags.

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Using a thread to blend in with the paint, zig-zag stitch the door hanger closed. Garnish with a store bought accessory!

Burlap Snowman Door Hanger Tutorial