You can print on burlap with an inkjet printer, as long as the burlap piece is stabilized and cut to size first. Grab some freezer paper, an iron, a pair of scissors and a printer to complete this project.
- Iron the burlap flat
The burlap needs to be flat and smooth, so take a dry iron to it over medium heat. Press until the burlap is no longer wrinkled.
- Stabilize the burlap with freezer paper
Cut a piece of freezer paper about 2 inches larger than the burlap on all sides. Position the burlap on the shiny side of the freezer paper. Using a dry iron on medium heat, iron the burlap to the freezer paper. It only takes seconds for the burlap to stick.
- Cut the burlap to paper size
For most home printers, cut the paper-backed burlap to 8.5 inches by 11 inches. If working on a larger piece, home printers can usually handle legal-size paper at 8.5 inches by 14 inches.
- Create a design in a word-processing or photo-editing program
Create a design in a word-processing program, such as Microsoft Word, or a photo-editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop. Size the image according to program directions.
- Feed the burlap through the printer
Load the stabilized burlap sheet into the printer's specialty paper feeder, and print as usual. Peel the burlap away from the freezer paper.