We covered a thin piece of plywood (luan) in burlap, then printed our favorite recipes on clear plastic. The recipes were then adhered to the burlap and the plywood panel attached to the wall.

Step 1

Create a Template

Make a template of the backsplash area with a large piece of paper (we used paper bags taped together). Make an exact cut around edges and double-check the measurements. 

Use the template to outline your cutting area on the luan panel.

Step 2


Cut the Wood Panel

Use a jigsaw to cut the luan. Double-check measurements and make sure the panel fits properly in the backsplash space.

Step 3


Cut the Burlap

Cut the burlap to the size of your wood panel. Leave about two inches extra around the edges so the material can be folded over the wood. (Burlap unravels, so it is best to cut extra.)

Step 4


Glue Down the Burlap

Use spray adhesive to attach the burlap to the luan; press it out from the middle to remove all wrinkles.

Step 5


Tuck Burlap Around the Back

Fold the edges of the burlap over onto the back side of the luan and glue the edges down using the glue gun.

Step 6


Apply Sealer Over the Burlap

Cover the burlap with a sealer or shellac. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.  You may need to apply two coats.

Step 7


Print Recipes and Attach to Burlap

Print out your favorite recipes onto the clear plastic sheets. Use spray adhesive (or pins) to place the recipes on the burlap.

Step 8

White Kitchen With Backsplash Made of Burlap and Recipes

White Kitchen With Backsplash Made of Burlap and Recipes

Photo By: Susan Teare View original photo.

Susan Teare

Attach the Panel to the Wall

Place the panel onto the backsplash area. Find the wall studs and use drywall screws to attach the luan panel along its edges and into a couple of the studs.   

If you want, place a small piece of wood trim around the edges and nail into place.

When it comes time to remove the backsplash, just take the screws out and fill the holes with joint compound.