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When it comes to home decor, the lady and I prefer to adorn our home with unique and interesting items that were never intended as decorations.

Like bottles, old containers, miscellaneous hunks of rusty metal, and so forth.

Something we always look out for are interesting bulk food sacks. Burlap potato sacks, cloth flour sacks, and grain and feed sacks often have distinct, eye-catching artwork and logos. These make for great wall art.

So when we came across this neat-looking pinto beans sack, we thought it would be cool to put it in a weathered-wood frame and hang it in our dining room.

We like the rustic, old-westy feel of it.

The method I show here could be used to quickly frame up all sorts of stuff. I hope this gives you some ideas to help with your next project.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Step 1: Acquire item to be displayed

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Here's the pinto bean sack. I especially like the logo with the stretched hide on the wagon wheel.

Step 2: Prepare sack

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I began by cutting apart the sack and trimming away the non-printed areas.

Then I ironed it flat on a low setting with the steam turned off.

Step 3: Mount paper to backing board

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I mounted the paper onto a piece of 1/4" MDF with spray adhesive.

Both surfaces received a heavy coat of 3M77 spray and were allowed to sit for a couple of minutes to get tacky. Dowels were placed across the MDF every couple of inches to support the paper while it was being positioned over the board.

Beginning at the center, a couple of dowels were removed and the paper was pressed onto the MDF board. I then removed additional dowels and worked the paper down onto the board to one side, and then to the other. There's no room for error here--once the paper touches the board you can't pull it back up to re-position it.

Step 4: Add frame

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I made a simple frame out of a handful of pallet slats. These were screwed together with 5/8" screws into holes that were pre-drilled and countersunk.

The MDF board was then screwed to the frame from the backside with the same size screws in the same manner.

springefactory10 months ago
Very cool
travderose1 year ago

This looks so awesome! I feel like there I a ton of things I would want to hang up with this frame you made. Thanks

seamster (author)  travderose1 year ago
You're welcome! Easy home decor, and it's not necessarily screaming "PALLET!"

I totally love using unusual items as home decor items! This is fantastic!

brmarcum1 year ago
Looks very nice. Good use of some nostalgic items
seamster (author)  brmarcum1 year ago

Thanks! We really like it.