10 Fabulous Burlap Projects

If your home doesn't have a burlap item or two, I feel sorry for you. Why? Because burlap is earthy and full of texture and so inexpensive it's almost sinful! It adds such appeal and warmth to a space! Plus it's so easy to craft with burlap and make fabulous accessories for your home!

I wonder what our great-grandmothers would think about our obsession with burlap...I can hear them scoffing, "Decorating with burlap? Why on earth would you want to do that dearie?"

Because...dear grannies...the possibilities are endless...and in this post I'm setting out to prove that. I pulled together a few of my favorite projects that use burlap. It's wonderful for seasonal decorating, as well as everyday projects.

burlap projects
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Burlap Curtains

I think my passion for burlap began with this pair of fabulous smocked curtains from Soft Surroundings. I found them on clearance just as we were packing to move from FL to TN. I bought them anyway, knowing I'd find a way to use them somewhere in my new home. And I have!

They grace the front windows of our home, formerly the piano/sitting room...and soon to be my office, as soon as I can sell my antique piano. Anyone local want a piano?

burlap curtains

I am definitely keeping the curtains in the room...I really love them, and so does everyone who sees them.

I found some smocked burlap curtains on Etsy, but there are many other styles of burlap drapery available. Like these gorgeous ones from Amazon, these cute ruffled burlap curtains, these Nate Berkus ones from Target, these grommet-topped curtains from World Market, or these natural burlap curtains. If you know how to sew, you can make your own burlap curtains.

Burlap Embellished Pillows

I'm not sure what it is about women and pillows...but we love them, don't we? I "needed" a new pillow for my office, complete with burlap and drop cloth flowers.

It's a really cute addition to the room and matches the Osnaburg linen covered seat on my chair as well as the burlap curtains in the background.

burlap pillow

I don't have a tutorial up yet for this pillow, but let me know in the comments section if you'd like one. I did a little searching online and fell in love with this holiday burlap pillow, this cute french market burlap pillow and this sweet burlap and lace pillow from Hobby Lobby.

You may have seen this burlap fall pillow on diy beautify recently. It's my new favorite piece...and you are going to want to click over and find out how I made it because it's a really fabulously simple technique!

burlap projects

Burlap Wrapped Jars

I've seen a lot of burlap-wrapped jars this year, and was inspired to make my own burlap and lace jars this summer with these candle holders from Kirklands.

Burlap and lace wrapped jars! So timeless and easy to make. Get the tutorial at diy beautify.

A little burlap, a little lace, some hot glue and they're done!

These smaller jars were made using little glass jars I found at Target, as well as some key hole accessories from Michaels scrapbook department.

burlap wrapped jars

Burlap works for any season, even Valentines! You can read more about my 'love jar' here.

burlap wrapped jar

I did a little online search and found some darling burlap wrapped jars, like these ones..I love the lace and flowers! How about this blue painted mason jar set with burlap. So creative!

Burlap Trees

Speaking of Valentines, take a look at this sweet burlap and drop cloth tree that I made and decorated with a little Valentine garland. The tree itself is so easy to make. You can find that tutorial here.

burlap tree

You might recognize the same tree, minus the garland, in this Christmas vignette. I actually keep it out all year and display it somewhere in my home because I love the texture and charm of it.

burlap tree

Here's another burlap tree that is completely different. This one is cut from laminated burlap, which is a really cool product that keeps the burlap from unraveling as you cut it. You can read more about this Thanksgiving blessings tree here.

burlap tree

Fall Burlap Projects

Burlap Pumpkins

I can't have a post about burlap without showing you some of my burlap creations for Fall!

Last year, I showed you how to make these easy-peasy burlap pumpkins. If you have 30 minutes, and a few basic supplies from the craft store, you can make a bunch of these!

burlap pumpkin

Another popular way to decorate with burlap is to make a pumpkin hanging for your door. I've seen burlap owls and pumpkins and a dozen different varieties.

This is the version I came up with a couple years ago. You can read about how I made it here.

burlap door hanging

Burlap Bunting

Fall and polka dots and burlap are a natural combination, don't you think? Not sure? Check out this adorable bunting I created last fall.

burlap bunting

The base of each triangle is burlap, with a printed music sheet letter layered on top...and polka dots added with one of my favorite little tools, the paint dauber.

burlap bunting

Sweet, right? And inexpensive to make!

Burlap Table Runners

Although sewing is not my favorite thing to do, I can do it if I must! Last year I participated in a couple of craft fairs and made several burlap table runners with ruffled ends, lace and other trims.

burlap table runners

If you can sew a straight seam, these table runners are pretty easy to make! 

burlap table runners

Of course, if you want to buy them premade, they're fairly inexpensive. I like this burlap table runner with the lace running up each side. This runner, with four layers of ruffles including burlap and cotton is amazing! And this pleated burlap table runner is very pretty too!

Burlap Covered Lamp

You might be surprised to know that you can cover a bell shaped lampshade in strips of burlap...and completely change the shape! Don't believe me? Just head to this post and see what this lamp looked like before! This was a quick and cheap project that required just two supplies...burlap ribbon and a glue gun! You can find this exact chevron burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby.

burlap lamp

You can find burlap lampshades in many stores, including this one from Target's Threshold line. I also like this chevron printed burlap shade.

Burlap Signs

A post about burlap would be remiss if I didn't include some of the signs I've made. I love the look of black letters on burlap and this sign was easy to make.

burlap sign

Above the sofa in my living room is another burlap sign, a large one...flanked by some curbside shutters a friend found for me and I painted a creamy white. Stenciling on burlap is easiest is you have a Silhouette machine to cut your letters out for you! Then you just need some acrylic paint and a stencil brush.

burlap sign

If you haven't paired burlap with weathered wood, you are missing out on a delightful combination! Sometimes all a sign needs is a little burlap flower! I created these using the same tutorial you'll find here.

wood and burlap

Burlap Wreaths

Last, but certainly not least, burlap makes wonderful wreaths! Whether you make a wreath using a coat hanger or a wire wreath form or you simply wrap a wreath with burlap...they are all beautiful!

This little wreath was created using a remnant of chevron burlap from my lampshade makeover.

burlap wreath

And here's a Halloween wreath made with black burlap and some glittered pumpkins.

burlap Halloween wreath

Oh, did you see the burlap bow it's sporting?

burlap Halloween wreath

and I can't resist sharing one more burlap wreath we had on our door in Florida. It was made using the same tutorial as above, with the addition of ribbon and tulle.

burlap wreath

Fabulous burlap projects for the home!

Do you decorate with burlap?

I'd love to know what your favorite burlap accessory is in your home! Let me know.

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  1. Cindy I really love all of these burlap projects but those curtains really caught my eye.

    1. Thanks Mary, and I agree that the smocked burlap curtains are divine!

  2. Oh my! Drooling over those curtains! I bookmarked a tutorial on how to make smocked curtains once but never got to them ... now I'm reinspired! I would like to invite you to share your posts each week at my Making Broken Beautiful Party. it has already begun but there is still time to join in.. It goes every Thursday from 6:00pm (MST) till Saturday 6:00pm (MST). It is a furniture and home decor party. I hope you can join, you have great taste!


  3. Ah...so cute. I love burlap. And I have made a few projects. I am really loving that drop cloth burlap pillow...

    1. Thanks for visiting,Trish! I hope you try the pillow tutorial...it's so fun!

  4. Cindy, I love burlap too and I think all your projects here are fabulous. I love the smocked curtains that you shared too... they look amazing. I'm delighted to be featuring your burlap projects at tomorrow's Shabbilicious Friday party and I have pinned it too!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne


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