Today we are getting creative with our Everyday, BETTER! A to Z Writing Challenge! We are making a variety of home decor items from that most versatile of materials — burlap. If, back during those tortuously hot summer days spent in the fields harvesting tobacco and tying it up in burlap sheets, someone had told me that one day burlap would become such a decorating fad, I would have wondered at the taste (and sanity!) of every decorating DIY-er out there! But here we are all these years later, and unless you never set foot inside a Michael’s or pay attention to wedding reception decor (or, of course, don’t have a Pinterest account!), you know burlap is a hot commodity for DIY-ers right now.
I made this wreath while my husband was out of town the week before Valentine’s Day and proudly showed it off when he returned.
He stood and looked at it for a long moment, then said, “Is burlap a thing now?” That comment was followed almost immediately with, “Is this what it is supposed to look like?” Gee. Thanks, Honey. Obviously, my husband never sets foot inside a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, and he certainly doesn’t pin!
At first glance burlap doesn’t really “go” with my decor, but incorporated the right way, I have found that the same basic pieces can add both a lightness in the spring and summer months and warmth during fall and winter.
My first project was the wreath above which I decorated for Valentine’s Day. Since my front door is red and since red can be used for most seasons, the only thing I would need to change to use this wreath year round would be the accessories. Simply removing the hearts and adding any summer, patriotic, autumn, or Christmas decor would get me through most of the year.
I could even make the red work with spring, but I’m ready for a fresher feel, so I opted to change out the ribbons, too.
That is the great thing about this wreath: you can make the basic wreath one time, then simply change the add-ons (ribbons, decorations, etc) for any look you want at any time.
I found these cute chalkboard “eggs” at Target (*affiliate link) and added them for a very simple (but to the point!) Easter wreath.
Like I said, the stores are teeming with burlap ideas, and I picked up a few more items while I was there to freshen up my kitchen table. The runner is laminated burlap, and I wanted to dress it up a bit, so I purchased the polka dot ribbon to add to the edges. The hot glue gun is my friend!
They even had this burlap covered charger (pictured above) at Michael’s, perfect for corralling a group of candles or these white cups I found at a thrift store. I thought the cups would make cute planters for succulents, but I have to use the ones with really sharp needles, otherwise they just become a plaything for one particular feline in my home (I have adorable but destruction-loving fur babies!)
Rather than try to explain step by step how to do this, I will give you the links to You Tube videos that I used. Each technique gives you a different look, so take a peek at each one and see which style you prefer. I used the first two videos from Memoirs of Mom to make my wreath.
Memoirs of Mom – Burlap Wreath (two videos show how to add contrasting ribbons and colors — very cool!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FzEHqFufFE Part 1 Burlap wreath only (You can leave the wreath like this, or customize for any season by adding ribbon and decorations; see next video for how-to.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWmlajb8hKg Part 2 Adding contrasting ribbon and decorations
Vermillion Lane – Burlap Wreath (bunched or puffed)
MayMay Made It Crafts – Burlap Wreath (“open ended” or ruffled effect)
Life in High Cotton – Puckered burlap garland
So yes, burlap is definitely “in” and yes, I’m a little late to the party, but I’m having fun now that I’m here! Have you made any burlap creations of your own? I would love to see them — please post a link in the comments below, or post a picture on my Facebook page!
If you’ve never tried burlap, “Why Not?” give it a try this week for a fresh new look!
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