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Holiday Trash to Treasure with Burlap and Stencils

I realize that Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet and you are already seeing Christmas decor and gift ideas everywhere you turn.  I would love to tell you that I am not going to do that to you, but that would be a fib. At the beginning of the month I shared my recipe for 7 Layer Cookie Bars in a Holiday Cookie Blog Hop and now I am joining some of my blogging friends for a holiday edition of Trash to Treasure.


I am excited to join Kimm Boes, at Reinvented , and a group of bloggers that I admire and am happy to call my friends to bring you some holiday inspiration that isn’t store bought.  We each used our imaginations and creativity and remade an item and gave it new life.  I hope you enjoy my little project and don’t forget to visit the rest of the bloggers linked up at the end of this post for more inspiration!

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Picking my holiday project

Last week I redid an old ladder given to me by my hubby’s cousin using chalk paint and my HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer (head on over there for the great giveaway being put on by HomeRight, my blogging buddy’s, and me…hurry, it ends November 20th at midnight!).  This poor old ladder was in need of some serious love!  My hubby had threatened to put it on the burn pile all summer!

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils


From sad to fab!  I had some burlap left over from my Fall Banner Project so I knew I wanted to weave it into the ladder somehow.  I wanted to try my hand at stenciling (which normally doesn’t work out well for me), but didn’t have any stencil letters big enough.  Also, I needed a four letter word (not the kind I may use when out fighting the crowds Christmas shopping 😉 ) to fill the area between the rungs of the ladder.

How it all came together

After thinking about it for a few days, I went with Noel.  The French word for Christmas, and known by most of us in the song The First Noel.  Making the stencil myself was really easy!  I picked a font on my computer and made it as big as I could and printed them. The font I used was Comic Sans MS.  I used my box knife and cut out the letters.  Placing them on the burlap, I painted them in, using red acrylic paint.

Holiday Trash to Treasure using burlap and stencils

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

Once the stencil was dry I wove the burlap back into the ladder.  Using some extra command strips I had laying around, I attached the ends of the burlap to the top and bottom rungs of the ladder.  I wanted to keep this project simple so I only added some red berry sprigs I had from last year.

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

I have no idea where this little beauty will end up once I decorate for Christmas.  No matter where it ends up, it will definitely be a conversation piece!  I am already thinking about making a burlap banner with the word SNOW for after Christmas and HOPE for spring…oh the possibilities are endless now that I have some stenciling confidence!!

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

Here are some links for items you could get to make your own


Holiday trash to treasure using burlap and stencils

Don’t forget to visit my friends and check out the amazing Holiday Trash To Treasure projects they have put together!!

Until next time,



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  1. I’m so glad you didn’t let this ladder wind up in the burn pile. It looks perfect with it’s new, vintage paint look.

    Maybe one day I will stencil something. 🙂

  2. Great upcycle, Susanne!!! And smart idea with using the command strips! Super fun and I know you’ll find the perfect spot for it. 🙂

  3. This is sooooo cute! I wish I had some trash like your ladder to create this great holiday piece.

  4. I have got to get myself a vintage ladder. Love the burlap ladder combination.

  5. Great ladder! So glad it didn’t get trashed. It made a great Christmas treat for your home!

  6. What a perfect holiday project!! Love how you have weaved your sign through your awesome ladder! I knew you would nail it with the stenciling!

    1. Thank you Maria!! After my fall decorations (I went a little over the top, lol) I am wanting to keep it simple for Christmas 🙂

  7. This is super cute and I love that you made your stencil yourself. I have always loved those ladders but painting it white made a huge difference. It all come together perfectly!

  8. Girl, you should have stenciling confidence, this looks great! What a genius idea to weave the burlap through the ladder. Can’t wait to see it every season! Thank you so much for joining the blog hop, Susanne!

  9. I loved your painted ladder before but now it is extra special! What a clever idea to add a burlap holiday banner!!!

  10. It turned out wonderful, I really like the simplicity and the red in the letters and berries. Printing on a big font is something I hadn’t thought about!

    1. Thank you Marjan!! I also did my drop cloth tablecloth the same way (printed out the words) it turned out okay, but it’s not as easy to cut out whole words, lol!

  11. Very cool. It just proves that with effort and thought you can do beautiful things on a budget. You can be really proud of this post. I am sure we will see that gorgeous ladder again.

  12. I Love that ladder – the burlap was a great idea and really makes it pop. Thank you for stopping by I am Pinnable it is great to see a new face Suzanne

  13. Loving this and making it my pick for the feature! So awesome~

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