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I found a scrap piece of jute burlap at JoAnn’s a few months ago.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I liked the texture and the price tag – just a few bucks.  So, I brought it home with me and stuck it in my craft closet.  While ‘shopping’ in the closet for my winter mantelscape, I rediscovered the burlap and decided it was a good, rustic texture for winter.  One morning I threw together this simple centerpiece wreath using my burlap scrap, twine and scissors.

I didn’t go by any tutorial.  I just kinda winged it.  If you wanna try it for yourself, follow these simple steps.

1 – Cut burlap into squares.  {Mine were roughly 3″ x 3″.}  No need to be precise.

2 – Fold burlap square in half and poke with scissors to make a hole.  Alternate placing the hole nearer the folded side and nearer the rough edges.  {Squares with holes nearer the fold will have rough edges facing out, while squares with holes nearer the rough edges will have folds facing out.}

3 – Thread burlap ‘ruffles’ onto twine…alternating as you go.  Folded side out, rough edges out, folded side out…until you have the size of wreath you want.  Then simply tie loose ends of twine together in a knot. Adjust burlap ruffles as needed.

I put my wreath around a Goodwill glass bowl and placed a tea light inside.  Then I propped the whole thing up on a cake stand.

It’s all things I love in one:  textural, shiny, white, simple and rustic.  Oh, and crazy cheap.  I love that too.  Couldn’t you see these burlap wreaths used as centerpieces at a wedding reception? They’d look lovely with soft flowers in smaller vases and tiny votives sprinkled around them in the middle of a table, no?

images:  all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

16 Comments

27.January.2011

LOVE.IT! How super creative and fun that is!

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27.January.2011

I’ve been looking for a use for a random piece of burlap I found! Love this- I may add some color with a little Glimmer Mist.

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replied on January 27th, 2011

Bekah – Glimmer Mist would definitely give it a twist!

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27.January.2011

I love this idea! Most of all though, I love your photography. It’s so artistic. Have you taken any courses?

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replied on January 27th, 2011

Melanie – I haven’t taken any courses directed specifically at photography. However, I did take an online blogging class this past fall that included some photograhpy tips and tricks. It’s been very helpful! When I’m feeling especially uninspired, diving into a good photo session usually turns things around.

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27.January.2011

You’re amazing!!! I’ve got my “handy hubby” looking for materials to steal some of your ideas -LOVE your blog!!!! Thanks for sharing and for the ideas :-)

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27.January.2011

Very Pretty! I’m going to make burlap runners for my backyard wedding reception and I think I’m am going to do something like this on the buffet table now too! Thank you! You inspire me every day :)

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27.January.2011

I did burlap table runners at my wedding, Jules! As we were putting everything together, I thought to myself “This is going to be a disaster. What was I thinking?” But it ended up looking freaking adorable. Now I wish I’d thought of something like this for the centerpieces, too!

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28.January.2011

This is great! I’m adding a white cake stand to my shopping list…they have so many fun uses! The burlap wreath is gorgeous! And I agree with Melanie, your photography is amazing! Do you use photoshop? I’m shopping around for picture software, but there are so many choices!!

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28.January.2011

I love this! So simple and elegant!

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28.January.2011

I love this idea!! I’m obsessed with burlap right now, especially in the dining room to add extra texture. How do you think it would look as a chandelier cord cover? Thanks!

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replied on January 28th, 2011

Shelby – …totally shabby chic!

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28.January.2011

Great idea! This would be fun mixed in with other colors to change it uup for the seasons. I want to make one for my front door!

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29.January.2011

Love it! Great centerpiece for a table. I actually have a burlap runner on my dining room table right now. Love the texture. Thanks for sharing!

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30.January.2011

Love your idea with burlap. I am redoing my masterbedroom with touches of burlap…a burlap bedskirt, pillows, and lamp shades along with more feminine floral bedding and drapes. Thought it was a good combination of masculine and feminine. Any other suggestions you have with burlap would be appreciated. Love your blog!

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07.February.2011

oh!!!j’adore..vraiment manifique et merci pour le tuto
amicalement chantal

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