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August 7, 2015

How to decorate vases with burlap and twine

I have been working hard on all the decorations to go with a country girl sunflowers and burlap themed bridal shower for my sister. Today I finished making vases. I decorated the vases with burlap, twine, and burlap flowers.
 how to decorate vases with burlap and twine and sunflowers
Materials:
4 smooth glass bottles
fabric fusion glue
How to decorate vases with burlap and twine

How to decorate vases with burlap and twine

I chose to use smooth glass bottles because I thought it would be easier to glue the twine and burlap to a smooth surface. You could use mason jars it might just be a bit trickier to attach the materials to the outside. I made 4 vases total and made two similar pairs. I purchased the burlap and twine form BurlapFabric.com. All of the other items can be found at a craft store.
Directions:
1. Remove any stickers or labels from the vase.
2. Put a bit of glue on the side of the bottle. Start attaching the twine in one long continuous piece around the vase, pulling it tight around the vase. Allow the glue to dry after the first few wraps to make it easier to continue wrapping the twine around the bottle.  One roll of twine was enough to cover two of my vases with a bit left over.
How to decorate vases with burlap and twine getting started
 3. When the first several rows dry, add a longer line of glue and continue wrapping the wine all the way down as far as you want it to go on the vase.
 how to decorate vases keep wrapping the twine around
how to decorate vases with burlap and twine keep wrapping
4. Finish on the same side of the bottle where you started and allow it to dry completely. You can add additional decorations, I decided to add one of the burlap flowers that I made for the burlap wreath. 
 how to decorate a vase with twine add a burlap flower
5. For the second vase style, you will use a wider burlap ribbon.
how to decorate a vase with burlap
6. Measure and cut a piece of burlap ribbon so that it goes around the vases and overlaps about 1/2 inch.
how to decorate a vase with burlap cut and measure burlap
7. After cutting it you will secure it to the vase using the same glue as before.
how to decorate a vase with burlap glue the burlap to the vase
8. Last attach a burlap flower to the vase with the fabric fusion glue.
how to decorate a vase with burlap add a burlap flower
Before adding sunflowers and water to the vases I decided to add some river rocks to make sure the vase was heavy enough that the vase would not tip over with the weight of the sunflowers.
how to decorate a vase with burlap river rocks
Add sunflowers and you are done. How pretty are these vases? I love them and think they will look great on the tables at the bridal shower. They were fun and easy to make. Have you ever tried to decorate vases with burlap and twine?
 How to decorate vases with burlap and twine finished vases with sunflowers

More decorations with burlap:

how to make burlap flowers lots of burlap flowers

How to make burlap flowers

burlap wreath finished and decorated with burlap flowers

How to make a burlap wreath

burlap banner letters on triangles

How to make a burlap banner

How to make a burlap wreath

I have been working on burlap decorations for my sister’s bridal shower. I made burlap flowers and a burlap banner with the names of the bride and groom. Next I made a a burlap wreath and decorated with a few of the burlap flowers.
 how to make a burlap wreath

How to make a burlap wreath:

Materials:
wire wreath frame
floral wire
glue gun
All of the burlap supplies can be purchased from BurlapFabric.com.
Directions:
1. Fold over the end of a piece of burlap in half twice. Put a short piece of floral wire through the folds.
 Burlap wreath Fold burlap and put a small piece of floar wire through the folds to start making a burlap wreath
2. Attach the burlap to the wire frame using the floral wire.
burlap wreath attach burlap to wire frame using floral wire
3. With the frame facing up tuck a fold of burlap into each of the three openings.
burlap wreath pull loops of butlap up between the three slots on the wire frame
burlap wreath all the loops pushed through the frame
4. Gather the folds together and hold from the top of the frame.
burlap wreath gather and hold the loops then turn over the frame
5. Flip the frame over and twist the end of the burlap several times.
burlap wreath twist the burlap on the back side of the frame
6. Flip the burlap again and then repeat the process of pushing a fold through each of the three openings, gather and hold the flaps, flip the frame and twist the burlap several times.
burlap wreath keep repeating the same steps until you work your way all around the frame
7. Keep repeating the process until you have worked your way all around the frame, When you get back to the beginning, cut the burlap so that you have enough to attach it to the wire frame using the same process as in step 1.
burlap wreath without any decorations
8. Attach burlap flowers to decorate the wreath using hot glue.
 burlap wreath finished and decorated with burlap flowers

I just loved how these wreaths look. I was originally going to add a bow but really liked the simplicity of this loos without out one. Very country but very pretty. And not to girly per my sister’s request. Next I will be working on decorating some vases with more burlap ribbon and twine. All of the decorations for the shower are really coming together. I can’t wait. Have you ever made a burlap wreath? How did it turn out? What did you use to accent it?

 

Other burlap crafts:

how to make burlap flowers lots of burlap flowers

How to make Burlap Flowers

burlap banner letters on triangles

How to make a burlap banner

How to make a burlap banner for a bridal shower

Disclosure: This craft project was sponsored by BurlapFabric.com. All ideas, photos, and creations are my own. 

How to make a burlap banner for a bridal shower

My sister is getting married this August and I am the matron of honor! Aside from the fact that I feel like I age another year every time I hear the word matron, I am so happy and excited for her! I do face a challenge though because my sister is a bit of a tomboy and definitely not into fancy anything.  My idea of a perfect bridal shower is beautiful luncheon with dainty sandwiches, champage, and fancy desserts. That would make her revolt. So I asked her what kind of celebration she would like and I suggested we do a country theme with sunflowers, burlap, and blue gingham decorations, simple food, and relaxing in mom’s backyard. I really want to make this event special for her so I am working on some really awesome decorations. First up, I made a burlap banner with the names of the bride and groom.

how to make a burlap bannerHow to make a burlap banner for a bridal shower

Materials Needed:
Fabric Fusion glue
burlap banner materials
So for the banner I decided to spell out the names of the bride and groom. I needed 12 banner triangle so one pack would have been enough but I ordered two packs of them just in case I made a mistake. I used green twine to make the letters and the glue to attach the letters to the burlap triangles.
Directions:
Decide how big you want to make the letters on the triangle and cut a length of twine the appropriate size. I kept one piece of twine that was the right length and set it aside to measure all the other cuts of twine against so all my letters would be the same height. For my banner I made the letters 3 3/4 inches tall.
Burlap banner cut the twine into equal lenghts for the tall letters
Next, start forming letters. For tricky letters like “S” I shaped the letter before I cut off the length of twine and just eye balled the size to make sure it was close to my 3 3/4 inch height on the letters with a straight lines.
 burlap banner letter s
Next I used fabric fusion glue to attach the twine letters to the banner triangles. You will need to hold the letters in place until they dry. I just put a glass jar or other heavy object on top of the letters to hold them in place until they would dry. A glass cake pan for example could be used on top of several letters.
burlap banner glue
burlap banner letters on triangles
Once the letters were dry I tied the triangles together in the correct order to spell out the names of the bride and groom. Between the two names I added a triangle decorated with a burlap flower.
burlap banner finished

I think it turned out very nicely. I am also surprised by how easy it was to actually make. When I decided to do it I thought it would be a lot harder. I think you could probably make this burlap banner in under an hour start to finish. You could make these for any celebration.

how to make burlap flowers attached to burlap banner triangle with text

Also read my tutorial on How to Make Burlap Flowers

July 9, 2015

Different Ways to Grow Your Own Food

Different Ways to Grow Your Own Food

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How to garden at home

I absolutely LOVE my garden! My son, who was three at the time, melted my heart this summer when he said “Mom isn’t it so great that we can grow and pick the food that we eat?” This is how to Garden at home.  I will tell you when you decide to grow a garden one of the things to consider is what grows when. What will work in your area and what do you need to get started. We have a great printable on what grows when. This will help you to save money on vegetables.Continue reading

How to Make a Baby Bath Time Gift Basket

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How to Make a Baby Bath Time Gift Basket

My nephew will be making his grand entrance into the world any day now and I realized as I am getting the messages that it may happen sooner than we think that I had not yet gotten a gift to welcome him to the family. Yikes! Oh well no worries because I have a cute and simple idea to put together a sweet little gift perfect for the baby boy who is about to add more joy to our world.

 

How to make a baby bath time gift basket

How to make a baby bath time gift basket

 

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How to make a Lego table by upcycling your train table

We wait and wait and wait for what seems like forever for summer to arrive. We can’t wait for the freedom, the anticipation of lazy mornings and fun filled afternoons. How quickly that all changes after the heat really kicks in and we are 4-5 weeks into our summer routine. Just about the time that the heat really kicks in the boredom also starts to creep its way in. You know what I am talking about. It is starting to get too hot to play outside for any length of time which means the kids are playing inside more and more which means you are starting to hear the chorus of “I’m bored”. Even a day at the pool starts to lose it’s appeal after a few weeks of frequent visits. This summer I have a plan to keep the kids entertained when the summer boredom blues grab a hold of us.  I have been dreaming of creating a Lego table for my kids using their existing train table. I decided to wait until mid summer to surprise them with this new fun place to play.

How to make a Lego Table

How to make a Lego Table

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