To be honest I never thought the day would come… The day I willingly crafted with BURLAP. Now it’s not that I’m a craft snob. You know the type who refuses to craft up something simply because it’s popular. That’s not me. At all. It’s just that burlap is way too rustic in appearance for my usual taste in decor. But when Christmas rolls around things change. Actually they only recently changed.
My Christmas trees years past have been glam. Lots of glitter, lots of fancy ornaments, and sometimes lots of pink poodles. My dining room tree last year maintained the glam style with a black tree and red and white ornaments throughout. But my main tree, my living room tree, was more rustic with every ornament on it handmade by yours truly… and as it turns out, I really liked it. A lot. So this year I’m upping the ante with even more DIY decor including these simple burlap ornaments.
For this project you will need:
- Burlap by the yard (much cheaper!)
- Styrofoam balls, 3 inch
- Paper clips
- Decorative what-nots like tiny pine cones or jingle bells (check out the scrapbooking holiday section)
- Hot glue gun
- Pipe cleaners or thread
First take your burlap and cut into thin strips, about an inch wide. Burlap naturally frays and we’re going for that look so no worried when it starts to come undone on you. Your strips don’t need to be perfect, just cut and go.
Put a strip of hot glue directly onto your Styrofoam ball. Carefully pat the burlap down onto the Styrofoam being very careful because the glue will come up through the holes in the burlap.
Start wrapping the burlap around the ball and glue down when you reach the end. Keep adding strips until you are happy with the coverage… I used 2.5 per ornament.
Take some heavy duty wire (like from the toolbox) and cut a piece about 1.5 inches long. Bend over to form a “U” shape.
Push through the burlap and into the foam. Apply hot glue to keep firmly in place.
I found these super neat artificial pine pipe cleaners at Hobby Lobby so that is what I am using. You can also use a pretty thread.
If using a pipe cleaner, form a loo and the wrap the excess around the base of that loop.
Embellish your burlap ornaments as you see fit and you’re ready to start on the next one! Love these and totally down with a DIY Christmas? Check out this birch bark garland and these kind of rustic clothespin reindeer ornaments. PLUS, there is a whole gallery of Christmas goodness here! Happy Thanksgiving!