Happy May my friends! After having any incredibly uncomfortable night of sleep last night, I have realized that summer is officially here. While I know technically it isn’t official until late June, in Az the fact that we have made it to mid-May before my house won’t cool down at night is a true treat! With summer comes barbeque’s, festive holidays and let’s hope maybe a little mini-vacation! I decided to get a little crafty a few weeks ago in anticipation for all the patriotic holidays of summer. My dining room table was in need of a little pizzazz and I knew burlap would do the trick.
You can find a step by step tutorial on how this was made on SheKnows!
Happy Thursday! The weekend is near, can you feel it? I’m excited for a few reasons, we have no plans on the books and I just received a huge roll of burlap from my MIL as a birthday gift. The roll brings endless possibilities of crafting but the question is where do I start? If you had a giant roll of burlap just waiting to be crafted into something amazing, what would you make?
Let this gorgeous apple adorned cake atop a burlap runner inspire you….
Via Martha Stewart Weddings
Who would have thought apples could be so lovely on a cake?!
Ok, back to crafting…
Burlap wrapped candle holders?
I don’t know where to begin.
We are a mere 10 days away from Christmas. 10 days. And if you are more of a Hanukkah celebrator you only have 5 days until the fun begins. Does it come faster and faster every year? I continue to see Facebook posts about people hunting for and trimming their newly selected tree so I know for many, the decorating is still in full swing! I about squealed with delight when I came across this adorable DIY. I am actually in the process of trying to figure out how I can make something like this that is not a tree skirt so I can use it all year round. And if I had a few spare hours I would have made my own version, but alas I do not so thank god for the internet and for this lovely lady, Ashley, who did all the work for us.
Some notes… this is a NO sew project. I am obsessed with my glue gun and aside for some pretty painful burns I love using it over my sewing machine. I am all about quick and easy with a gorgeous end result. Perhaps I could make a lamp shade or a table cloth using this technique? Thoughts?
You will need:
- A rotary board & cutter
- Glue gun & Glue sticks
- about 4 yards of fabric
- Your old Christmas tree skirt
I am going to give you the basic steps, to read about the whole process head over to The Johnston’s blog.
Cut your fabric into strips, the length doesn’t really matter but they should be of equal width. Ashley used 3 inch strips.
Get your glue gun ready and start gluing! Be careful this is where fingers get hurt. Ruffle the fabric as you go. She has a few tips for gluing the burlap that may just save you from scorching your tips.
I’ll be the first to admit that this looks a bit tedious and could take some time but the results. ARE. WORTH. IT!
Don’t you kind of want to wear it?! It is amazing and of course you could use any fabric that suited you although I don’t see what you wouldn’t want burlap.
I hope you all are feeling crafty today! I have a fun and easy DIY comin’ at ya. I have been browsing various burlap ornaments on Pinterest and I thought many of them looked super easy to try. I used this one as my inspiration. Here’s what you’ll need…
- Glue gun
- Old ornament
- Alphabet stamps
- ink pad (You see paint in that picture but it didn’t actually work so I just used a plain old ink pad)
- Embellishments (I used a little bow and twine)
I took my large sheet of burlap and wrapped it around the ornament so I would know how long the strips should be. I then cut out a rectangle of burlap that was the size I needed. I cut the burlap into thin strips.
I removed the metal hanging device (what would you call that) from the ornament and put a small dot of glue on the top, pulled the burlap around and glued it to the other side.
Pull it as tight as you can and make sure you don’t get too close to the top, you’ll want to put the hanging thing back on. Repeat until it is covered.
On one of the strips, tap your stamps on the ink pad and spell out any word you would like. Names could be cute too. I had a small ornament so I went with joy.
Glue the strip with the word on last so the word shows. Embellish it however you want and hang it on the tree!
Cute right? It was super easy and could make for a cute place card idea or even a gift tag!
Who is ready to deck the halls with burlap?! For someone like me who absolutely adores burlap it seems fitting it incorporate it into your Christmas decor. Someday when I am feeling extra zealous I’ll make some stockings but today I was in the mood for a little burlap face lift for our Christmas tree. Four years ago when Kyle and I spent our first official Christmas together in the same home we bought a tree and all the trimmings. It has been fun to add ornaments over the years and pull out the tree that we picked out together, him a bit begrudgingly. Anyway it isn’t really practical to get all new ornaments each year or completely transform the look of your tree. I wanted something a little different though and I thought burlap garland would be the perfect touch.
- Several long strips of burlap. No need for exact measurements. Strips should be an inch or so wide.
- Fishing line, thread would do but I wanted to be sure it wouldn’t show.
- A needle
- Beads or buttons for the ends.
Tie one end of fishing line to the needle to be sure it doesn’t slip off. Keep the other end attached to the roll until you know how much you will use. Weave the needle and line through the burlap.
Continue the process, spreading the strips down the line until you have your desired length. Of course you can make one super long one that will go around the entire tree but I decided to make several smaller versions.
When you are done it should look something like this. Next tie a bead or button to the ends to hold the fishing line in place.
Now it’s time to place them on the tree!
Cute right? I would show you a photo of the entire tree but I haven’t finished the garlands entirely! This was super easy and gives a whole new rustic look to our tree which I LOVE.
The reason my project was delayed…
My little helper. Who believe it or not, was not actually helpful.
Truth be told, I have contracted a terrible version of some sort of cold/flu that has totally wiped me out. I almost never get sick and I am not handling it well. Namely because I have a To Do list about a mile long and little to no motivation to do anything but lay on the couch. I rummaged our medicine stash last night in hopes of finding some relief only to find that literally all of our cold medicine loot had expired at least 6 years ago. Remember how I said I never get sick? The thought of buying new stuff only to let that expire didn’t appeal to me so I have been suffering through on little to no sleep. I have essentially over dosed on Vitamin C and D, drank at least 3 boxes of tea, and consumed more orange juice than the total amount I have consumed during my entire life. So expect the blog to continue to be a bit quiet for the rest of the week. I hope to be fully recovered by Monday.
Anyway in my daze, I was stumbling through my favorite blogs and I was thrilled to see little bits of burlap scattered throughout them. I thought I’d share the selection of burlap finds with you all. Wash your hands and hope you avoid this “I might have gotten hit by a truck” flu.
From Cut the Cake designs comes not only an amazingly delicious looking pie but also a burlap covered table. Yum.
Next up, an adorable Fall Mantle from Go Against the Grain. Follow along, Laurel often does adorable things to that mantle of hers. I am loving the little touch of burlap she added to the bottles.
Finally, this pretty wedding from Two Wedding Belles included lace wrapped jars sitting on little burlap mats. Lovely.
T-minus one week til Thanksgiving… are you ready?
So I know I said I was staying away from the blog this week, but when I came across this burlap and apple tablescape, I shrieked with excitement and could not wait to share! With Thanksgiving on the horizon, this could be a super cute idea to decorate. You could even swap out the apples for mini-pumpkins. Tell me this isn’t adorable…
Full details can be found here.
Also take note of the hydrangeas stuck into the apples… love.
So truth be told I was going to attempt to actually duplicate this lamp shade project on a lamp of my own. But I ran out of time and motivation to complete the project. I think it is super cute so eventually I hope to get around to it. In the meantime, if you try it, let me know!
You can find all the details HERE for how she turned a plain old lamp shade into a texture filled, burlap masterpiece! Cute don’t you think?
Like it or not the holidays are coming. Halloween will come and go before we know it and then it is a straight shot to Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc. Why not create a piece of decor that is versatile enough to use for all of your decorating? With a simple change of a few added embellishments, these garlands could take you through the entire holiday season. They also would look cute in your home or wedding even if they weren’t meant to be holiday decor. Here are a few of my favorite options…
This gorgeous one is actually made of linen but it would look similar in burlap. Clearly someone thought it was burlap as it was labeled as such on Pinterest. You could hang Christmas ornaments from it, cards, leaves, spooky ghosts, whatever the season holds!
I’m sad to say that there was no source for this little piece of burlap fabulousness. If you know where it came from, let me know! Basically it looks like they just tied strips of burlap to a string and embellished it further with paper flowers. Cute no?
This one has a more rustic look to it and it kind of reminds me of a scarecrow. However you could glam it up with some strips of metallic fabric or other colorful pieces of fabric. This one looks super easy to do and could be a fun project it you had little ones around.
For those of you that want something ultra festive, this DIY spider web garland fits the bill. You can find the full tutorial here.
What do you think? Would you make burlap garlands for your wedding or home?
Happy Thursday! I am currently in Ann Arbor, Michigan visiting the Domino’s pizza headquarters. I’ll be spending the day tasting pizza, making pizza, and learning all about what goes on behind the scenes at Domino’s. I am pretty excited to have this opportunity! Stay tuned for all the info on the trip. Because I am away, I thought it might be necessary to prolong our current Giveaway. In case you aren’t up to date, The Frosted Petticoat is giving one of YOU 500 chocolate buttons to use as favors at your wedding, shower, baby shower, as gifts… whatever you want! They are super cute and I bet they are delicious. The winner should have been announced today but instead, I am going to give you until the end of the week to enter and I will announce the lucky winner on Monday!
And of course I couldn’t leave you hanging without a little burlap! I frequently use burlap to wrap up plain things, to give them a little oomph. I have a wine rack in my dinner room that is filled with burlap wrapped wine bottles. It was the alternative to actual bottles of wine which kept disappearing from the wall… Anyway, I found a few other options that I thought were super cute. The burlap gives a custom and fun look to simple glass containers.
From Sparkle & Hay’s wedding!
What would you wrap up?