Camping Decor Inspired by a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket

Camping Decor Inspired by a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket

The first time I posted a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket–inspired project, I thought of it solely as fall or winter decor. Those classic HBC blankets are made of wool, after all, right? But, a few of my readers commented that the stripes actually reminded them of summer camp. So, I decided to revisit the same idea to create some camping decor to use during the summer months.

A quick refresher: my first Hudson Bay inspired project:

DIY Cabin Decor with Hudson Bay stripes on white dishes

I’m also using a different “canvas” for this upcycling idea, too.

Instead of white ceramics from the thrift store, I wanted to upcycle some picture frames. Specifically, wooden frames that were wider around the perimeter.

Wooden picture frame at a thrift store

My plan was to paint the frames to look like the iconic stripes of a Hudson Bay wool blanket. After hitting a few thrift stores, I had a trio of frames to play around with.

Wide and flat wooden picture frames for painting

After removing everything from within the picture frames and a quick wipe down, they were ready to become the camping decor that I had envisioned!

Empty picture frames for painting

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Painting the Stripes of a Hudson Bay Blanket for Camping Decor

First, I painted each frame in a creamy off-white color.

Now for the fun part – the iconic stripes of a Hudson’s Bay Blanket!

Using 0.94” painter’s tape, I measured out ¼” strips and cut them using my rotary cutter on a self-healing craft mat.

Then, I carefully placed the strips of tape on the painted picture frame. These would act as adhesive stencils for painting the Hudson’s Bay-inspired stripes!

Painting the stripes of an HBC Blanket for camping decor

Next, I assembled craft paints that resembled the colors of an HBC blanket: red, green, yellow, and deep blue.

Using the smallest stenciling brushes in my arsenal, I carefully stippled on the paint between the tape stencils.

In retrospect, I should have added some black paint to the blue to make it a lot darker. Coulda, shoulda, woulda…

After the paint dried, I carefully removed the painter’s tape. And just like that, I had some camping decor that was inspired by an HBC blanket!

Upcycling a picture frame with Hudson Bay Stripes for camping decor

I could have left well-enough alone, but you know me by now! I love a little more “rustic”-ness to my projects.

So, I used 220-grit sandpaper to gently distress the entire frame, including the stripes.

Summer camp decor that is inspired by an HBC blanket

Lastly, I spritzed each frame with a flat clear topcoat to seal in the paint and protect it over time.

Camping Decor Inspired by a Hudson Bay Wool Blanket

I loved how painting the frames like an HBC blanket turned out, and I’m not sure if I’ll fill them with photos or leave them empty. Either way, I love the summer camp decor feel they have.

With some other vintage camp treasures (old binoculars, lanterns, canteen, scouting memorabilia, etc.), these frames would be perfect for a mantelscape or vignette of camping decor.

Summer camp decor by upcycling a picture frame

And, of course, these would be excellent mixed into your autumn and/or winter decor, as well. But it’s nice to create some summer decor inspired by camping! Usually my summer decor projects are either beachy/coastal in nature, or patriotic in red, white, and blue!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for camping decor, then you’ll love how I gave this vintage canteen a cozy makeover!

Upcycling a metal canteen into plaid decor

Craft on!

S

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Painting the stripes of a Hudson Bay wool blanket

Comments

  1. Being a Canuck, I truly appreciate those HBC stripes! Great idea 🙂

  2. What a great project, I love the classic stripes of the Hudson Bay wool blankets! We always had one folded at the end of our beds in our ski house! I think your vignette looks great with the frame!

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