Burlap Flower

Burlap Flower

 

Burlap-Flower

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder is somewhere…..shaking her head.

Or telling Mary and Carrie to save the feed sacks and run for the hills.

When she was saving her pennies for gingham and dimity and calico….never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined that burlap would ever become such a highly prized commodity.

I mean….have you tried to buy burlap lately?

It’s tough going.

There’s a burlap waiting list.

Too many people making curtains and tablecloths and wreaths and dust ruffles and pillows to have enough burlap to go around.

And now I’m adding flowers to the growing inventory of burlap projects.

So Laura….put down the butter churn….grab a feedsack…..and take notes. :)

 

How-To-Make-A-Burlap-Flower

Burlap Flowers

 

Burlap-Flower-Tutorial

 

Supplies:

8 inches of coat hanger or heavy gauge wire

florist tape

burlap

flower center

scissors

 

How-To-Make-Burlap-Flowers

 

Step 1:  Create the center of the flower

Place flower on the tip of the coat hanger and wrap end with florist tape.

Continue on down the wire until you have completely covered the wire with tape.

 

Burlap

Step 2:  Make a burlap square

Cut three squares of burlap 7″ x 7″.

This is going to be your petal.

Fold burlap in half….leaving about a 2 inch edge as shown.

Iron.

Ironing the burlap gives the burlap a nice crisp edge for the petal.

Trim away any excess strings of burlap.

 

DIY-Burlap-Flowers

Step 3:  Form burlap into a petal

This is easy to do and super hard to describe.

Bring the edges of the triangle together to make a loop in the burlap as shown.

Trim any excess burlap off the base of the petal.

It’s much easier than it looks.

It’s almost like the burlap wants to become a petal.

Maybe it is a little tired of all those curtains.

 

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Step 4:  Wrap florist tape around the petal

Tightly wrap a piece of florist tape around the base of the gathered burlap.

Try to make this as compact as possible.

You have three petals to fit on your flower and you don’t want a big glump (a completely professional florist term) at the base of the flower.

Repeat step 4 and make two more petals.

 

Burlap-Flower-DIY

 

Step 5:  Add petals to wire stem

Place all three petals around the flower that you taped to the coat hanger.

Wrap florist tape around all three petals to form a flower.

If the petals need a little extra support….use some hot glue to bind the base of the petals together.

 

Burlap-Flower-Project

 

I imagined these flowers in my head when I was wearing my bobby pin the other day.

And they turned out even cuter.

Maybe it was the bobby pin.

Maybe it was the burlap.

Maybe it was that even a feed sack……

……deserves a beautiful spring fling.  :)

PS  May your day be full of joy and without any burlap waiting lists. :)

PPS  If you like burlap as much as I do….be sure and check out all my other burlap projects here.

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Comments

  1. Girlfriend, you just need to cross the river into Ohio–there are no burlap waiting lists here! I just bought several yards to make a table runner, and a few extra to cover some bulletin boards. Now I’ll have to go back for more for my flowers. Happy to share my ‘sources’…;)

    • Shar – smart idea on the bulletin board project. I think I’ll try to come up with one myself. Thanks for the tip!

      Sounds crazy, but I really like the smell of burlap. : – )

  2. I can imagine a bouquet of those beauties brightening up a room…I love those!…Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Linda Southworth :

    Now I really like that flowered center. It’s just the right pop of color! I think I have enough burlap to try my hand at a flower or two. Thank you for sharing! Perfect as always.

  4. What a sweet touch to add to a regular flower. They’re so pretty. I love using burlap to spruce things up.

  5. CUTE!

  6. I have like 30 yds of burlap just patiently waiting for its big debut as something awesome….besides curtains and message boards…needed a lil burlap inspiration! GRACIAS! ~Kim

  7. Ha good thing that I am not exactly shopping in your market. I might have a chance to find some burlap. Love the flowers! Such a fun contrast of materials. Lovely project.

  8. So cute!

  9. Uh oh. I think I just heard burlap go up another dollar a yard!

    :) Linda

  10. What a cute idea! Just when I was getting a little tired of burlap- it reappears as something adorable :)

  11. like the bright pink w/ the neutral burlap! nice combo.

  12. These are BEAUtiful! Burlap IS popular these days. But — one thing I need explained to me… burlap PILLOWS. Aren’t pillows supposed to be soft for cuddling — perhaps even laying your FACE against? When I see burlap pillows, I just shake my head. They’re a mystery to me. =/

  13. 4,000 feedsacks I own & have in my basement … but never ever did I think of burlap as a decorating fabric. This is the neatest flower I’ve seen created in a long time & of course that pink just sets it off. You may view our feedsacks, if you wish … http://www.blushingroseboutique.com

    I so love waking up & seeing your shares each morn … makes my day. Have a wonderful day.

    TTFN ~
    Hugs
    Marydon

  14. Now that is the best burlap flower that I have seen. … no loose, raveling edges. I love the look of burlap, but hate the mess. I might even try to make these.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  15. Very cute! I think I may have to try these!!! Have a wonderful day!

  16. I love these, they are so pretty, thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    Cynthia

  17. Karianne, that is so cute and clever! I have just the perfect little bit of burlap I can use, too!
    –Elena

  18. Total Cuteness!

    XO

  19. Girl, what were you staring at when you thought, “Hmmm. I think this burlap needs to be a flower?” I would never have gotten there. But it’s super cute. I might make some with my kids this summer.
    BTW, that chevron rug in your closet completely took over my imagination and I am in the middle of making an orange and white chevron floor cloth out of half a drop cloth and paint I already had. I’ll post about it when it’s done. So thanks for that spark of inspiration.
    Have a happy day!

  20. psst….hey you…there are bolts and barrels full of burlap and the home/garden center.

  21. What a cute idea..I don’t know where you come up with these ideas..What a brain..

  22. So pretty! I love the one petal look as a boutonniere too!! I found a uge moving box full of real burlap bags at a garage sale once. $2. So big and so many I couldn’t move the box. I might have to try these!!
    Karen

  23. So dang cute! I’m pinning this to my Easter Board so I can make it for Easter…which is like in a few weeks!
    AGH!!!

    Thanks as usual for the inspiration!
    Ashley Rane Sparks
    http://www.makeitrane.com

  24. Just bought some burlap on Monday wondering what I was going to try next. Voila here you come with a flower. LOVE! I’ll be trying this soon.

  25. Very pretty ode to spring. Congratulations on being in the top 12 of Creating with the Stars! How exciting … I’ll be following along each week. Best wishes, KariAnne.

  26. I have an over-abundance of burlap left over from our daughter’s engagement party last year. I have been trying to find ways to use it up or decorate with it. Now I have another project to attempt! Thanks for sharing! =)

  27. Sheila Miller :

    I smile every time I read one of your blogs. When I grow up, I want to be just like you.

  28. Hmmm . . . so we have a burlap shortage in our part of the country! OH NO!!!!!!

    I have heard that if you look at hardware stores, or Lowe’s or Home Depot, it’s easier to find – and cheaper, too! I love these flowers – and I’m still pondering whether to make curtains out of burlap or drop cloths . . . You are just too much of an inspiration, girlfriend! :)

    Oh, and it was totally the bobby pin. Or just your awesomeness spilling over!

  29. You’re just too cute! Can’t wait to try these.

  30. Love, love these!!! Great job my friend!! ~Hugs, Jennifer

  31. I love these flowers made of rare, desirable, and hard-to-get burlap, Kari!! :) You’re so right; our great-great grandmothers (and grandfathers) are probably thinking, “Say what?!” Seriously, you did a great job with these, and thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Denise

  32. Pa would be so proud of these little half pints! They are the burlap equivalent of a bag of chips!
    Kelly

  33. I am putting florist tape on my shopping list. I bet you could do this with drop cloth fabric too and I have that. So far there isn’t a waiting list for drop cloths but I’m just waiting for the day that I enter lowe’s for a drop cloth and they are out!

  34. That is a super cute flower and a great tutorial, thank you. :)

  35. That is gorgeous and you make it look so easy! ~Diane

  36. They look gorgeous and I too love burlap, I see where I can get it now, brilliant tutorial, thanks so much for sharing with us and have a fabulous weekend..

  37. Lovely Flower Karianne…I get my burlap from the local coffee house for a few dollars, they even have printing on them, I cut them in half and use them to make chair covers,pillows and table runners, etc. and it is so easy! Now the french sacks, very pricey! :-)

  38. Love them Karianne. SO cute!

  39. Super cute Karianne~ love your little burlap creations!! xo

  40. Oh Kari these are just fabulous! Once again your photography is stunning as well. Thanks so much for a wonderful tutorial!

  41. You are such a clever, clever girl! Where do you get idea after wonderful idea from??? I can’t even come up with one good one on my own!!! Old windows, doors, old hardware, old furniture, pallets and now burlap… the list grows and grows and so do the price tags!!!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

  42. What a sweet idea! Your flowers are beautiful….thanks for sharing.

  43. Cute, Cute, Cute! I <3 burlap!
    Thanks for sharing!

  44. These are super cute! And look easy to make too! I’m pinning, I have to try this. Thanks karianne!
    Debbie :)

  45. what a great idea…i’m guessing this will be pinned by many a future bride!

  46. I’m going to try these for my Easter baskets. So precious. Thank you for the tutorial. Susan @ throughmyporchwindow.blogspot.com

  47. You make burlap looks so good!
    Debbie

  48. Oh this is just gorgeous! Who would have thought that a piece of burlap could turn into this!

  49. What a great tutorial. Your directions and picture were great.. I made mine with a five inch square and it
    worked great.. Thanks .. Your blog is such an inspiration. I love the way you write and describe it all..
    The words just seem to come so naturally.. Great pictures also.. Thanks again.

  50. Well, now you’ve gone and done it! I’ve had to add yet another board to my Pinterest — Burlap & More Burlap! I have like a gazillion boards now because I like to divide things up — just one of my little idiosyncrasies!

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  52. This is EXACTLY what I want for center ties for our tulle chair sashes – but you must be using a very thin burlap ?>
    I cannot compact the end to any usable size :-(