How to make a fabric and wood cross for wall decoration.
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I have been seeing the burlap and wood cross idea floating around on Pinterest for a while and I ADORE them. You have a lot of flexibility with them- you can use fabric or ribbon, you can paint your wood whatever color you want, and you can add Bible verses or quotes.
The sky is your limit. It’s also a really simple project. I was able to make a couple of these in under 30 minutes, even while taking video and photos.
Supplies for a DIY Cross
- Vintage Wood by Amy Howard: Better with Age, Salvaged Timber (I received this free to try at The Haven Conference and it’s ahhh-mazing).
- Command Strips or D Rings
- Fabric and/or Ribbon
- Optional: Staple gun or glue gun
How to Make a Fabric Wrapped Wood Cross
These are so easy and so much fun to make. Check out the video tutorial below.
Start by painting or staining your wood board. You want your board to be taller than it is wide.
Once dry, you can apply poly or leave as is. I didn’t bother with poly, seeing this is a decor item.
If you’re using fabric, you don’t need to sew the edges. You do, however, need to cut your strips of fabric for the cross, then fold over the raw edges and iron them down. These won’t be seen.
I stapled the beginning of my fabric strip to the back of the wood to make this easier (no bulky knot in the back). Then I wrapped it around the front of the wood, stapling the other end to the opposite end.
I took a second strip of the same fabric and did the horizontal part of the cross.
While you may want to just do a knot in the back, keep in mind that you want this to lay flat against your wall so the staple gun is the best option.
Once I had both fabric strips crossing, I added a ribbon tie to the middle.
I added Command Strips to the back of my wood for hanging the crosses. Love it? Pin it!
Learn how to make a DIY fabric and wood cross for a beautiful wall decoration.
- Vintage Wood by Amy Howard
- Command Strips
- Fabric and/or Ribbon
- Staple gun
- Paint or stain your wood board.
- Let dry.
- Apply poly or leave as is.
- Cut strips of fabric for the cross.
- Fold over the raw edges and iron them down.
- Staple the beginning of the fabric strip to the back of the wood.
- Wrap it around the front of the wood.
- Staple it to the opposite end.
- Add a second strip of the same fabric for the horizontal part of the cross.
- Use the staple gun to secure the back of the fabric strips.
- Add a ribbon tie to the middle.
- Hang with command strips.
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