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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

{shabby burlap flowers}

I discovered these darling shabby burlap flowers on accident. Don't you love when that happens? I had some red burlap, and thought it would be fun to make flowers and attach them to an old frame I had.

When I finished rolling up the first flower, the top side looked beautiful and smooth--just like I had imagined. But then...I turned it over, and all this fabulous shabbiness showed through on the other side! I tried it again and again, and sure enough, it worked every time. LOVE.

You can add these flowers to anything--the possibilities are endless. They're a little different than your typical rosette or flower, which makes me love them even more.

HOW cute would they be in regular burlap? Or chocolate brown burlap? Added to the bottom of a frame, or even made into a round wreath? You could hot glue them all over a styrofoam wreath, and it would be darling. Hmmmm...I think that might need to be my next project!

Shabby Burlap Flowers

  • burlap
  • Liquid Stitch
For frame project (as pictured):
  • 8x10 frame
  • 11x14 canvas
  • spray paint
  • hot glue
  • monogram/vinyl, paint, etc.

1. Cut burlap into 1 1/2-2 inch strips. The burlap I purchased was 48 inches in width, and I cut it in half, so my strips were 1/5 x 24. For bigger flowers, just cut a longer strip of burlap.

2. Fold one strip in half, length-wise. Burlap is nice, because it will hold its shape better than fabric, so you don't have to iron it down.

P.S. Sorry about the pictures--I took them at night, so no natural light!

3. Starting at one end, begin to roll the folded strip around itself, pulling tightly as you go. Every circle or two that you make, add a little Liquid Stitch. I like it better than hot glue for projects like this--it dries clear within 24 hours, and won't burn you as you go. Burlap has so many holes in it, that being burned with hot glue is almost impossible to avoid.

4. When you're to the end, just liquid stitch it down into place, against the side of the flower where it ended. Let dry completely.

5. You'll have one smooth side...

and one shabby side!

Now you're ready to add them to your project.

6. I hot glued the flowers to my 8x10 frame, then hot glued the frame onto the 11x14 canvas that I had spray painted black. I used my Silhouette to cut our monogram in white vinyl, and added it to the middle--I think it's the perfect touch. If you don't have Silhouette, you could certainly paint on your monogram, or mod podge it on with paper, which would be darling. You could even use a fun patterned paper!



Blogger Andrea Reed said...

I am in love with this! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

February 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

This is AWESOME! Great job:)

February 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Jill@Barnes Yard said...

I love it!

February 9, 2011 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Those look awesome!! Especially paired will the black. :)

February 9, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger WobiSobi said...

Awesome, I love the Shabby look of the flowers. It looks Awesome.

February 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Cindy Caudle said...

Sweet. I love the look. I am going to try and make a few. Have the perfect frame for it.

February 9, 2011 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

So very cute. LOVE IT.

February 9, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Kari said...

These are the unique twist on burlap rosettes!!

February 9, 2011 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Those are adorable!

Adam and I are making thumbprint valentines tonight or tomorrow. I'll be sure to credit you for the idea (and come back here with a link for you) when i post about them.

February 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

I have never seen the red burlap. Where did you get it?

February 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


I got it at JoAnn Fabrics. They have red, chocolate brown, and a couple shades of the original burlap color.

February 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Too SUPER CUTE!!! Love the idea...I used red burlap to make a table runner at Christmas...going to have to purchase more to give this a try! LOVE your blog!!!

February 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Jen-CraftOManiac said...


February 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Kara @ Tizzi Lish said...

I made flowers almost the same way last night out of regular burlap...I was just trying to fiqure out where I was going to put them :) Cute idea!

February 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Gracefully Vintage said...

Those are the sweetest little rosettes ive seen, so shabby so cute.. Thanks for Sharing
Just Adore your blog

February 9, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Craft Junkie Too said...

Thanks Kierste for another awesome project! What a great idea!!! :))) The red and black is awesome!

February 9, 2011 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

Oh my goodness, LOVE!

February 9, 2011 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

So perfect for Valentine's Day! Love the red!


February 9, 2011 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Penny of This-N-That said...

These are great, thanks for the tutorial.


February 9, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger I Play Outside The Box said...

That turned out just too stinkin' cute!!

February 10, 2011 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Ash said...

I'm in love with this project I want to make one. But I think I would make it with regular old burlap so I can keep it out all year long and maybe change the picture color to match the season. Oh so many options thanks for sharing!

February 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Love them, especially with the black frame & background with monogram.


February 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger LilBuckarooDesigns said...

Absolutely LOVE!!! I have tons of regular burlap left over from my son's party and have been wondering what to do with it!! Think I'm going to try your wreath idea and hang a moss covered initial in the middle! Yay!!! Your post made my day!!!

February 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Humble Homemaker said...

This is such an adorable project! I am a super huge fan of Brown Paper Packages and love pretty much everything on here.

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Have an awesome day!

February 10, 2011 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Linh C. said...

Love the red! I think I'd leave it out on display all year round because it's so CUTE!

February 10, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally LOVE this! I'm thinking aout maybe doing something similar... maybe with red, white, and blue for summer?!?! :) Mayne a white background, same red flowers, and some blue little accents here and there. LOVE it! :)

February 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Katie S said...

This is great! I'm just wondering how much burlap to buy? A yard? Less or more?

August 16, 2011 at 10:30 PM  

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