I love crafting with burlap. Burlap is natural, compostable, and very strong. Burlap sacs are used for shipping coffee beans or animal feeds. The best part about burlap is that you can usually get them for FREE from your local coffee roasters. The coffee roasters usually try to give them away since they can’t ‘sell’ them and they can’t return them to the coffee growers. How great is that??
I got a trunk load of them from my local coffee roaster two years ago and I’m still using them to make various things.
And Christmas is a perfect occasion to make nifty decorations out of burlap, like ornaments. You don’t need sewing skills; all you need is some glue and some decorative embellishments like buttone, ribbons, and even glitter.
- Burlap Scraps
- Fabric Stiffening Starch – method of your choice
- Rikrak, ribbon, or laces or anything else you’d like to embellish the ornaments with
- Threads or embroidery floss
1. You have to first make the burlap stiff by using any fabric stiffening methods. Cut them in squares so it’ll be easy to work with. Hang them overnight to dry.
2. Then cut circles in the dimension you want – these are 4″ in diameter – and embellish them any way you want. I sewed ruffles across for mine but you can sew or glue any type of buttons, photos, ribbons….possibilities are endless.
3. Then put them together to make a 3D ball. I sewed mine but you can use hot glue to put them together.
4. You can also make one dimensional ornament by decorating one side, like I did with a rik rak ribbon and an angel. But you can add photos, nature images, or anything!
However you decorate them, burlap makes a great material for making down-to-earth Christmas ornaments.