11 Burlap projects for your home with Tutorials

burlap projects with tutorialsHave you noticed all the burlap projects and decor showing up on Pinterest lately? Burlap has become popular for a variety of reasons. It’s rustic which is very chic right now. It also adds a lot of texture to any room room or table scape. Oh, and best of all it’s cheap! It’s starts at just 99 cents a yard on Amazon*. Burlap also comes in a variety of colors and textures. I like my burlap a little rugged so I usually buy it natural and undyed.  You can also buy burlap bags* or burlap ribbon* depending on the type of project you are working on.  Below are 3 burlap projects I’ve completed recently for my home well as links to some of my favorite burlap projects from other amazing blogs. Click on the pictures to get to the tutorials. Enjoy!

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How I used burlap in our house!

I covered an old picture mat with burlap and nailed it to a frame made out of reclaimed pallet wood with decorative nails.

DIY pallet and burlap frame tutorial

I made two of these ruffled lampshades out of ivory burlap for the lamps that sit on the credenza in our living room.

burlap projects ruffled burlap lampshade

I made 3 of these stenciled burlap pictures which hang above the credenza in our living room. Each one depicts an important date for our family along with a a picture that symbolized why that date is important to us.

burlap projects stenciled date burlap art

This frame hangs in our hall bathroom and was made out of pallets and burlap.

Here are some of my favorite burlap projects from Pinterest!

I just adore this Spring Burlap Wreath which incorporates the house numbers and flowers.

This adorable Framed burlap earring holder incorporates two of my other favorite things: teal and monograms.

These quick and easy burlap curtains will add texture to any room.

These burlap bunny ear napkin rings will add whimsy to any Easter table.

Burlap roses can be added to almost any home decor to instantly add rustic charm.

This burlap tote just screams Spring especially paired with blue chevron.

Ruffles and Burlap on a table runner. Oh la la!

And if a tablecloth is more your style here is a ruffled burlap floor length tablecloth.

I hope you’ve been inspired to start your own burlap projects. What projects have you already completed using burlap? Do you have any already pinned that you’re hoping to start soon?

Pallet and Burlap picture frame

DIY pallet and burlap frame tutorial I am totally excited to finally share this project with you! I saw this gorgeous reclaimed wood and burlap extra-large picture frame from Iron Accents and instantly fell in love. The problem: It’s $110! The solution: pallets and burlap I had lying around from other projects.  I decided to hang this frame in our hall bathroom. I felt like it needed one more piece of art after we completed the antiqued washroom banner and it fit the rustic vintage theme of the room.  I also had this picture of the girls I had taken a while ago in the tub that I loved. This seemed like the perfect way to utilize it.  This entire project cost me $3.38 ($1.50 for the 8 x 10 print from Target and $1.88 for the decorative nails from Hancock Fabrics). I started this project by prepping the wood. Even though we saved these pallets from a dumpster they were practically new blonde wood and I really wanted to replicate the aged and varied wood tones from the original frame. If you are also starting with blonde wood here is a tutorial I made on how I aged the wood with paint and stain: How to age wood with paint and stain

While I was waiting for the wood to dry I made my picture mat. I had this matting already lying around. I probably took it out of an old frame and it was pretty beat up. The burlap was left over from the burlap art I had made previously for the living room. All I did was cut the burlap slightly larger than the mat and hot glue the outside edges to the back of the mat. Once I was done with the outside edge I used a utility knife to cut out the inside of the mat, then I glued that down as well.

burlap picture mat

Here’s what it looked like when I was all done. I was actually pretty nervous about how the burlap mat would work but it turned out to be super easy.burlap picture matting

Next, I laid out the wood to get the look I was going for. I used the mat as a template to decide how big I wanted the frame to be.

pallet and burlap frame

Using a chop saw Cody trimmed all the wood to be the same length.

pallet and burlap frame

We decided to create a border for the frame using more scrap pallet wood, which was a different wood tone. This allowed us to nail all the different pieces into the top and bottom edge of the interior portion of the frame and ensure that their were no nails showing on the front. We used a pneumatic brad nail gun attached to our air compressor to secure the border to the wood.pallet and burlap frame

Next, I secured the print to the matting simply taping it down with masking tape.pallet and burlap frame

To give the frame so extra flair we decided to attach the mat to the frame using decorative nails (this is an affiliate but is also the exact nails I used) which you can pick up at most craft stores or online.  These came from the upholstery section of Hancock Fabric and are 3/4″ square nails. They also make it easy to switch out the picture in the future as all you have to do it pull out the nails.pallet and burlap frame

After marking where we wanted the nails to go with a black marker we simply hammered them in using a rubber mallet.

pallet and burlap frame

And here it is with the matting all attached!

pallet and burlap frame

To hang the picture Cody attached 2 screws to the back of the frame and connected them with picture hanging wire we had left over from a store bought frame that came with extra. You can also see how ugly the back of the frame is compared to the front.

pallet and burlap frame

And here is the finished product hung up in the bathroom! I love how rustic and yet simple it is.

pallet and burlap frameYou can see how the entire cottage bathroom makeover turned out here. And don’t forget to check out the rustic moose head we made from the remaining pallet wood.


Wood (pallet, reclaimed, or new)


8×10 mat

8x 10 prints


masking tape

3/4″ decorative nails– Affiliate


picture hanging wire

hot glue sticks


chop saw

hot glue gun

nail or brad gun


power screw driver

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Ruffled Lamp Shade Tutorial

DIY ruffled lamp shade made from burlap

DIY ruffled lamp shade made from burlap

These lamps which sit on the credenza in living room were just recently moved out of our bedroom to make room for the larger teal lamps with the sisal shades. The old shades were broken so we bought these new ones from Lowe’s. I likes them at first but the longer I lived with them the more I just felt that they weren’t working in the room. Then I was inspired by this lampshade from Mama says Sew:IMG_2763-1

Here’s the materials you’ll need:

  1. Lampshade
  2. Burlap (I used 1.5 yards to do 2 shades but it will depend on the size of your shade)
  3. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  4. Scissors
  5. Tape measure
  6. Spray Adhesive
  7. Iron and Ironing board
Materials: Lampshade, burlap, hot glue gun, scissors, and spray adhesive.

Materials: Lampshade, burlap, hot glue gun, scissors, and spray adhesive.

First, cut a piece of burlap to size to cover your entire shade.  Spray the shade with the adhesive to get the burlap to stick then while pulling the burlap tautly hot glue the fabric on the top and bottom to the back side of the shade. Don’t worry if it looks messy,


Second, cut the ruffles to size. This again will depend on the size of your lampshade. My shade was 7 in high so I cut the strip to 10 in. Next, decide how far you want the ruffles to stick off the shade and double that. I wanted by ruffles to stick off 1 in so I cut the strips of burlap to 2 in x 10 in. Don’t worry about precision while cutting them. Now, setting your iron on the wool setting, fold each strip in half and iron it flat.



Once your piece have all been ironed in half you can begin to attach them to the shade. Apply a squiggly line if hot glue to the shade and attach the folded end of the strips. Try to keep the burlpa perpendicular to the shade to get the best look. Make sure to hold the strip in the glue for a minute before moving on, so that you don’t undo what you already did. I found it easiest to attach them about an inch apart then go back and fill in the gaps. The hardest part is trying to keep your lines random. After doing about 1/4th of the shade I was ready to give up. It’s pretty tedious work and I didn’t think it looked right, but don’t give up! The more ruffles I attached the better it looked! Also, take a step back from it. When you’re an inch away from the shade it’s pretty easy to become obsessed with all the imperfections, but a step back magically washes them all away.


If you have any strip overhanging the shade when you are done, simply use the scissors to trim the top and bottom to get a nice even finish.


I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the finished product!Oh and did I mention that the total cost for both shades was $6.29?! Can’t beat that. Now I just have to get on finishing the second shade.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


DIY Burlap Art


After completing my sisal lamp shades I’ve become a little obsessed with texture, so burlap seemed like an obvious next choice to try my hand at.  I decided to replace the pictures hanging over the credenza in the living room with a stenciled burlap art depicting the most important dates for our family (if you’ve been on pinterest lately you’ve seen the plethora of inspiration out there). I particularly love this project because it is cheap (it only cost me $3.19 total) and because it is so easy to customize for anyone. Oh, and it’s also super easy!

Here is what you will need for this project:

  1. A picture frame with mat
  2. 1 yard of burlap (this did all 3 of my 11×14 mats)
  3. black acrylic paint
  4. a paint brush (I used foam but a stiff bristle brush would be even better)
  5. an exacto knife
  6. a cutting board or mat
Burlap art tools: 1 yard of burlap, card stock, paint brush, black acrylic paint, an exacto knife, and a cutting board.

Burlap art tools: 1 yard of burlap, card stock, paint brush, black acrylic paint, an exacto knife, and a cutting board.

The first thing I did was create my stencils. I decided on 3 dates (our anniversary and each of the girl’s birthdays) and I picked a picture to symbolize each (a heart for our anniversary, a tiara for princess Sophie, and a teddy Bear for Lizzie Boo Bear). I created them using PowerPoint, 1 slide for each stencil. I used that standard Stencil font, but you can really use any font just make sure that you will be able to cut away the negative space. Enact the grid lines to make sure you have centers the symbol. Once you are done print them onto card stock.

Create your stencils in PowerPoint

Create your stencils in PowerPoint

Next get out a clean cutting board or mat and using your exact knife remove all the black areas from your stencil. I find it easiest to keep the knife straight and turn the paper when cutting. Do not worry about perfection here. You are going to dry brush the stencil on which is a very forgiving process.

Once all of your stencils are cut you’ll need to cut your burlap to size. I used my matting as a template. This will ensure that you have room to rim if need be.

Use your mat as a template to cut out the burlap to size.

Use your mat as a template to cut out the burlap to size.

Now, center your stencil on the burlap and tape it down to keep it from shifting. I placed my mat over the stencil to make sure I had it place correctly before taping.

Center your stencil on the burlap and tape it in place.

Center your stencil on the burlap and tape it in place.

Painting time. Squeeze out a small amount of paint onto a paper plate and dab your brush into it. Usually, you would use a stiff bristle brush ( a great use for brushes that you didn’t get all the paint out of), unfortunately I couldn’t find any so I used foam. Next, dab the brush onto clean parts of the place a couple of times to remove most of the paint. Hold your brush vertical and dab and the stencil, do not brush the paint on. The goal is to make the paint look worn and allow some of the burlap to show through.

To dry brush hold the brush vertical and dab at the stencil.

To dry brush hold the brush vertical and dab at the stencil.

When you are done it should look something like this. Note that the paint application isn’t thick or cohesive.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Remove the stencil and voila! It’s that easy. The burlap will absorb the paint quickly but I still allowed mine to absorb for about an hour before framing them.


Here’s the finished product. I love how simple and yet rich it is.

Custom DIY stenciled burlap Art

Custom DIY stenciled burlap Art

Here’s all 3 of them in the Living room.

Trio of custom DIY stenciled burlap art

Trio of custom DIY stenciled burlap art