Category: Holiday Crafts

Nov 06

Cutest Little Burlap Christmas Tree EVER!

Break out the Christmas crafts!  If you’re going to have them ready for the holidays, you need to start early.  At least, that’s my excuse anyway.  Honestly, I could probably be happy doing Christmas crafts all year long.  Especially this year since we’ve added a lot of new burlap products and materials to our inventory.  So, as my first Christmas craft of the season, I present to you the Cutest Little Burlap Christmas Tree EVER!

I saw a similar tree for sale at a market and knew I’d just have to try making one.  It was actually much easier than I had anticipated.  I took pics along the way and I’ve written some brief overview instructions below.  This basic concept could be adapted several different ways depending on your personal taste.  If you make one of these, send us a picture!  We’d love to show some of them on our Jubilee Fabric facebook page.

Cutest Little Burlap Christmas Tree EVER

Materials:

  • You’ll need a basic styrofoam cone shape as the base.  If you want to be creative, you can use just about any cone shape.  This will dictate the size of your tree.  The cone I used was about 12″ tall.
  • A couple sheets of kraft label paper.  This will be used to cover the cone and make a background for the burlap folds.   If you don’t want to buy the label paper, you can just glue any kraft paper to your cone.
  • Burlap:  It’s hard to say how much because the bigger your tree, the more burlap you’ll need.  For this size, I used about four rolls of our 4 inch wide frayed burlap ribbon.
  • Topper:  Use your imagination!  This 2″ wire edged red chevron ribbon was perfect for my design.  This bow was made from one roll.
  • Glue gun and glue.  … lots of it!

Instructions & pics:

  1. Cover your cone with the kraft label paper or otherwise glue kraft paper onto the cone.
  2. Cut about twenty 4 inch wide squares from the burlap.  Fold them together matching 2 opposite corners and put a dab of glue to hold the corners together.
  3. Now glue one of the burlap folds onto your cone as shown in the image below.  Make sure the bottom of the fold lightly touches the table.  Glue the top of the fold securely to the cone.  Then just tack the bottom of the cone with just a dab of glue.  You basically just want to keep it lined up nicely in place.  Make sure you don’t glue any of this bottom row to the table!
  4. Keep adding more folds until you go all the way around the base of the cone.
  5. Now add a second row just about 1″ above the first.  Squeeze a new fold in between the existing folds of the first row.  Again, attache them securely at the top but just tack them in place at the bottom to keep them from sticking out awkwardly.  Depending on the size of your cone, you may need to make a few more 4″ squares to complete these two rows.  I basically just made up the squares as I needed them since it’s kind of hard to predict.

  6. Now cut some 3.5 inch squares and repeat steps 3 – 5 to create two more rows of folds made with the 3.5 inch squares.
  7. Even smaller now… cut some 3 inch squares and make two more rows.  If your cone is much taller than mine, you may want to make three rows instead of two.
  8. One more time… cut 2.5 inch squares and finish off the last couple rows with these small ones.
  9. Now pull out any burlap “strings” that are coming loose from the sides.  You may have to clip them with the scissors to get them out if they have been caught in the glue.  Pull loose strings as much or as little as you want to create a slight fraying on the edges of the burlap.
  10. Top the tree with your embellishment of choice.  I made a bow out of a single roll of our Red Chevron Wire Edge burlap ribbon which will coordinate nicely with some other Christmas projects I have planned.  But I also experimented with several different toppers which I photographed to show you.

I think this project probably took me just about an hour to finish.  I’ve already received lots of compliments on my little tree and I’ve been so pleased with it.  So throw on some Christmas music, break out the hot cider and make a burlap Christmas tree for your home!  Happy Christmas crafting, everyone!

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Oct 25

Homespun & Burlap Fall Wreaths

I absolutely LOVE decorating for the holidays!  Every year as I start digging out my holiday decor I feel like I’m seeing old friends that I haven’t seen in a year.  How we decorate our homes is such an important element in all our various holiday traditions.  In honor of home and family, our next few blogs will be featuring some fun, simple homespun and burlap holiday craft ideas.  Today I’m going to show you two completely different fall color wreaths that I made using our Nantucket homespun fabric and our frayed edge burlap ribbon.

 

#1 -  No-Sew Puffy Burlap Wreath

Materials:

1 metal wire floral wreath frame, 18″ wide
1 – 1/2 yard homespun fabric
4 rolls of our 4″ wide frayed edge burlap ribbon
(the edges of our burlap ribbons are stitched so it won’t unravel while you work with it!)
1 wired beaded garland in fall colors (optional)
Glue gun and 1 or 2 glue sticks
1 large wood button

This wreath is SUPER easy, SUPER fast and SUPER cute!  First you will want to unroll your burlap and press it lightly with an iron to straighten it out flat.  Now use the glue gun to attach all the rolls, end to end so that you have one long strip of burlap.

Tear one strip of fabric 4 inch wide. Tear from selvage to selvage.  Now tear the rest of the fabric into strips that are approximately 2 inches wide.  Connect your 2 inch homespun fabric strips the same way as the burlap, end to end, so that you have one long fabric strip.  Save the 4 inch wide strip for a bow to embellish with when you are done.

Fold one end of the burlap strip over a section of wire in your wreath and glue it so that the end is securely attached to the wreath.  Do the same with the 2 inch wide fabric strip.

Now begin pulling the burlap through the spaces between the wires of the wreath.  Don’t pull it all the way through but just a few inches to make a “loop” on the front side.  Then pull it again through another segment of wire.  Alternate back and forth randomly between the three open sections formed by the wires.  Pull the burlap up close on the back side but loop it generously on the front side.  Be careful not to pull hard or you will pull out the previous loop.  If this is causing a problem for you, use the glue gun to secure those loops occasionally.  Twisting the burlap once on the back side helps keep the loops fluffy and full.

Mingle in some fabric “loops” in the same way.  You can actually use as much or as little fabric as you want here depending on your taste.  In our sample shown here, I actually just used about 1 loop of fabric for every 3-4 burlap loops.

Keep pushing your loops towards each other as you work your way around the wreath.  Because this burlap ribbon will fluff out nicely, it’s not necessary to fill it in real tight.

When you are happy with the amount of burlap and homespun that you have on the wreath, just trim the ends of the burlap and homespun strips and secure in place on the back side with the glue gun.  Shown below is what the wreath looks like from the back side when you are finished.

If you like simple and basic, you may want to just use this wreath as it is now.  Or if you prefer, some embellishments can be added.  Of course, the natural looking burlap and warm fall colors are the perfect backdrop for just about any kind of fall or nature themed embellishments so you can really just use your own creative ideas at this point.

We chose to add a wide bow made from the same homespun fabric with a large wood button in the center.  We also used a left over piece of our 2″ frayed burlap ribbon to create a bow.  We glued the fabric bow over the top of the burlap bow and glued them both to the wreath.

We also tucked in a wired, beaded garland element that adds a nice accent.  Because this garland was wired, we just secured it in a couple of places and then tucked it into the wreath.  The wire keeps it in place very nicely and if we ever want to change up the wreath, the garland will be easy to remove.

And there you have it!  A quick, easy fall wreath featuring burlap and homespun fabric.

 

#2 Wrapped Burlap & Homespun Wreath

Materials:
1/2 yard Nantucket 4 homespun fabric for the base
1/4 yard Nantucket 3 homespun fabric for the ruffled wrap
2 rolls of 2 inch Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon
Assorted coordinating homespun scraps for flowers and bows
1 styrofoam floral wreath, approximately 16 inches wide
(you can get these with squared edges or rounded; we used the squared edge)
Glue gun and 1 stick glue
Straight sewing pins

Tear the base fabric (Nantucket 4) into strips that are approximately 2 inches wide.  Tear selvage to selvage.   Wrap the fabric around the styrofoam wreath and glue it to it’s self to secure in place.

Now continue wrapping the fabric strips around the wreath until it’s completely covered.  When you reach the end of one strip, trim it off on the back side and glue the beginning of the next strip to it.

When the wreath is fully covered, trim the remaining excess fabric from the back side and use the glue gun to glue the end to the fabric on the back of the wreath.

Tear the ruffle fabric (Nantucket 3) fabric into four strips 1.5 inches wide.  Tear selvage to selvage.  Trim off the selvage edges and stitch them together end to end to form one long strip.

Now stitch lengthwise down the center of this strip with a long running stitch.  Pull the stitching thread from the back side to make this strip “ruffle”.  Spread out the ruffle evenly.

Lightly press the two burlap strips with an iron to make them lie flat.  Stitch them together, end to end.  Pin the ruffled fabric onto the center of the burlap strip and stitch the full length down the center.  Tighten or loosen the fabric gathering as needed to make it fit onto the burlap.

Now using a straight pin, pin one end of the burlap/ruffle onto the back of the wreath.  (In the pic below, my pin is sticking up half way but push the pin fully down onto the wreath)  Wrap the burlap/ruffle around the wreath until you are satisfied with the look.  Trim the excess and pin again to secure in place.  You can either wrap this in the same direction as your base cover or in the opposite.  Either way will look nice.

The reason for using straight pins at this point instead of the glue gun is that you can easily disassemble this wreath later on if you wish and use the embellishments on a different project.  :-)

 

This is how the wrapped burlap/ruffle looks from the front when it’s finished.  Don’t worry about strings from the torn edges.  They just add to the primitive style but if strings are excessive, you can certainly trim them if you wish.

As with the Puffy Burlap Wreath, this wreath also looks great just as is for a simple fall decor element.  However, it’s also a perfect canvas for all your creativity if you wish!  We made some fabric/burlap flowers and tied a simple bow of assorted homespun fabric strips to finish this wreath off.

We are crazy about hand made wreaths and we are working on two or three more in the studio right now.  Look for a blog about those to be coming soon.  The word in the studio is that we will be giving away several of our homespun and burlap wreaths to a few lucky winners so please keep a close eye on our Facebook page for giveaway announcements!

If anyone is inspired to try one of these wreath ideas, please send us a picture of your finished project.  We love seeing what our customers are making and everyone who makes one of these will end up with their own unique creation.  What will you create?  Be inspired!

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Sep 13

Candy Corn Fall Craft Project with Burlap

September is here and it’s beautiful as always!  This is probably the very best time of year here in the South with warm days and cool evenings.  We’ve had some fun here in the studio with our burlap products and I’m going to share a great fun and easy fall craft project using our mini triangle burlap shapes.  These little burlap triangles come three in a pack for $2.50.  For the busy crafter, we also offer a burlap banner with the triangles already stitched onto a chunky jute rope. These burlap flags are great for stenciling letters to form words or adding cutout fabric or paper shapes.  But in this case, their adorable little triangle shape was just begging for some yellow, orange and white paint.  What could say “Fall fun” more than candy corn?

So… we stitched nine of the little triangles onto a stretch of our jute rope spacing them about 1 inch apart.  We tied a couple of loop knots on the ends to hang it with.  Anna, one of our studio assistants, used a soft stencil brush to add craft paint to the burlap.  She used painters tape to mark off the lines where the color would change.

When stenciling with craft paint like this, you always want to make sure that you dab the brush enough to removed excess paint before applying it to the burlap.  Remember that you can always add more paint if needed but it’s really hard to remove once it’s on there.

 

We were VERY pleased with the candy corn burlap banner when it was finished.

An unexpected benefit of this little project was that the banner made such a nice prop for photographing our favorite little Tiger.  All dressed up and ready for fall festivities in his 5 month picture!

Now that the photo shoot is over, I’m tempted to hang this adorable painted burlap banner on my fireplace but we’ve decided that it will be our next “giveaway”.  Where would you use this banner in your house?  Watch our Facebook business page for a chance to enter a contest to win this candy corn burlap banner!  The giveaway announcement will be soon.

 

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