Easy Burlap Crafts

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If you think the only craft burlap is good for is making scarecrows, think again. This roughhewn fabric is good for a variety of crafts, and not only a rustic, country look, but even an understated elegance. You can buy burlap in a wide variety of colors in most fabric stores, find vintage burlap sacks on eBay or similar sites, or even ask your local coffee shop if they get their beans in burlap sacks, and will give you the empty bags.

Burlap Floral Bouquet Wall Hanging

Design a cute bouquet of flowers using felt blossoms on a background of burlap. You can find a large selection of felt flowers at any scrapbook supply shop.

You will need:

  • Large wooden embroidery hoop
  • Square of burlap large enough to cover hoop
  • Felt flowers and leaves
  • Rickrack or other trim for edges of hoop
  • Thin green ribbon
  • Small fabric bow
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Stretch burlap over the embroidery hoop, clamp tightly. Cut away excess fabric.
  2. Position felt flowers and leaves to form a pleasing bouquet in the center of the hoop. Glue in place.
  3. Cut thin green ribbon into short lengths to use as stems. Glue in place.
  4. Glue fabric bow near the bottom of the flower stems so it looks like it is holding the bouquet together.
  5. Measure enough rickrack to outline the embroidery hoop, then glue carefully along the hoop edge.
  6. Hang with a small nail or tack.

Burlap Nesting Bird Wreath

For a rustic, cute spring or summer look, make a wreath for your front door with burlap and findings from the local craft store.

You will need:

  • Round wreath form
  • Burlap in your color of choice, cut into 6-inch wide strips
  • Craft moss
  • Craft bird’s nest
  • Two craft birds
  • Small craft flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Start by wrapping strips of burlap evenly around your wreath form. Use a few drops of hot glue to hold the beginning of the strip in place, and every few inches to keep the fabric in position.
  2. Once you have covered the wreath tightly with burlap, you will cover it again, this time loosely. Start by loosely twisting strips of burlap, then wrapping them around the wreath just tight enough to hold in place without losing the twisted, uneven appearance of the coils. Use drops of hot glue every few inches, and at the beginning and end of the fabric to hold everything in place.
  3. Using hot glue, spread a layer of craft moss along the bottom of the wreath, letting some hang down from the wreath.
  4. Position the nest in the middle of the moss, so that the nest is slightly to one side of center, and towards the inner edge of the wreath.
  5. Glue one bird into the nest; glue the other bird in position near the nest.
  6. Glue a few flowers into the moss, and along the sides of the wreath, tucking them into the folds and coils of the burlap.
  7. Hang on a nail or wreath hanger on your door in a protected spot.

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Burlap Stenciled Throw Pillow

You can adorn a purchased, inexpensive throw pillow with burlap, then stencil it with fabric paint for a custom addition to your living room décor.

You will need:

  • A plain, cotton throw pillow in your color of choice.
  • A square of burlap that is 2 inches smaller than the throw pillow on all sides. If your pillow is 12 inches square, you will need an 8-inch square of burlap.
  • Simple stencil that will fit onto the burlap square
  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric glue
  • Stencil paintbrushes
  • Painter’s masking tape
  1. Lay burlap square flat on a table, and use painter’s tape to position the stencil in the center of the burlap.
  2. Carefully fill in the design with fabric paint. Use small, tapping motions of the paintbrush, while keeping the paintbrush lightly loaded with paint.
  3. Let the paint dry thoroughly before removing the tape and stencil.
  4. Use fabric glue to attach the burlap square to the center of the throw pillow.
  5. Let glue dry, and enjoy the stenciled throw pillow on your couch.

Burlap Flower Headbands

Create darling headbands with burlap, buttons, faux flowers and ribbon. A wonderful gift for any little girl you love, or keep it for yourself and enjoy the compliments from friends.

You will need:

  • Inexpensive, plain plastic headbands, at least 1/2 inch wide
  • Burlap in your choice of color
  • Ribbon that is slightly wider than the headband
  • Small and medium faux flowers
  • Small buttons
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Cut the ribbon to a length 2 inches longer than the headband.
  2. Take apart your faux flowers, discarding the stems and greenery and keeping only the petals.
  3. Cut flower shapes from the burlap, using the faux flowers as guidelines.
  4. Arrange the burlap and faux flowers on your headband to your liking. You can alternate fabrics, layer faux over burlap, or stack petals to create pleasing designs.
  5. Set a button in the center of each fabric flower, and stitch through the entire fabric flower and ribbon to secure the flower in place.
  6. With hot glue, attach the ribbon over the plastic headband. Use small drops of glue, working slowly and carefully while smoothing the ribbon into place.
  7. Fold the edges of the ribbon to the underside of the headband, and glue down securely.
  8. Let dry completely before wearing and gathering compliments!

Other craft ideas for burlap:

  • Line the bottom of a wooden serving tray with burlap.
  • Cut a long length to use as a table runner. Toss in the washer and dryer to fray the edges, then enjoy as a rustic touch to your table.
  • Cut circles of burlap to fold around flowerpots, and hold in place with large ribbon bows or twine.
  • Use burlap to cover a lampshade, finishing the edges with sewing trim.

Eco-friendly, roughhewn yet adaptable to a variety of styles, burlap is a wonderful fabric for creating a variety of crafts.

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Last Updated: May 25, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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