An old burlap sack isn’t very attractive, but the burlap material can be used for a lot of decorative purposes around the home. The material is inexpensive and versatile. Try one of these decorative projects for your home.
A long strip of burlap makes a rustic looking table runner. Sew the edges under to prevent it from unraveling. Or unravel a few inches around the edges and braid the strands. You can also sew a ribbon or piece of lace to the edge of the burlap table runner. You can also make matching burlap place mats for a matching set.
Burlap is often used for DIY wreaths. You can use them in a variety of ways. One option is to simply wrap a strip of burlap flat around a wreath mold. Overlap the burlap as you go so the wreath form doesn’t show. Hot glue or pin the burlap every few inches so it stays in place.
Another wreath option is to make burlap flowers. You twist the burlap to make a rough rose shape. Hot glue the burlap flowers onto the wreath. You can cover the entire wreath with the flowers, or use just a few as an accent on a wreath.
Have an old bulletin board that needs a new look? Cover it with burlap. You can staple, pin or hot glue the burlap to the bulletin board. The pins will still go into the cork board just fine with the burlap covering it. You still have a functional bulletin board with a new look. Paint the frame while you’re at it to give the board a completely updated look.
Cut the burlap into triangles to make your own bunting. Sew the burlap triangles to a long piece of ribbon. You can add embellishments to the burlap to jazz up the bunting. Paint letters on the triangles to spell out a message. Or attach craft materials, such as flowers, ribbons or sequins, to dress them up.
Don’t like the look of plain photo mats? Replace yours with burlap. Cut a piece of burlap to cover the entire visible area in the picture frame. Attach the photo to the center of the burlap. Put the whole thing back into the frame from a new look.