Burlap Gift Bags DIY Holiday Gift Bags

Can we talk about gift wrap today?

I’m bad. I haven’t wrapped a single present. That means it’s bare beneath my tree. There are two reasons for it. One is I have a toddler and two, I don’t love wrapping gifts. I prefer gift bags. It’s true. And since I prefer gift bags, I’m showing you how I made these cute little burlap gift bags.
painted burlap gift bagsThey are perfect for pretty much anything and you can personalize them so easily!

You’ll need a few supplies: burlap, sewing machine, thread, scissors, paint, stencils.

burlap bags

Sewing these bags up is really simple. Just take two pieces of burlap the same size. You can vary the size of the bag to fit any gift you’d like. I made smaller bag to fill with candy.
burlap gift bagsPin two pieces of burlap together on three sides, and sew.

burlap painted gift bags Turn bags right side out, and you’ll have perfect little bags!
Stenciled Gift BagsTo personalize, create or use a store bought stencil to paint onto the burlap. I did a monogram and Christmas trees. Make sure you put a piece of cardboard on the inside of the bag before you start painting because it will bleed through.gift bag

I used regular acrylic craft paint from the craft store. Let the paint dry before filling the bag with goodies.IMG_3494The last thing to do is fill your bags with goodies and tie them up with cute ribbon! You can even embellish it with twine and some tree trimmings for a little rustic touch.

Now you have the perfect little burlap gift bag for some fun holiday gifting!
25 Days of Christmas Series at thatswhatchesaid_I’m so happy to be participating in That’s What Che Said’s 25 Days of Christmas Series! Cheryl has been sharing tons of awesome holiday inspiration. You won’t want to miss a single day! Check it all out at her blog, That’s What Che Said.

 

 

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Coffee Filter Topiary Tutorial

Coffee Filter Topiary Tutorial Yesterday, I shared my fall vignette. Don’t you love the little gold pumpkins? Me too. My favorite part though; the DIY topiaries. They anchor the whole vignette while giving it some height.

Today, I’m going to share how to make a Coffee Filter Topiary.

Fall Coffee Filter TopiariesI started out with these styrofoam balls.DIY Coffee Filter TopiaryAnd began hot gluing and pinning coffee filters all around. The best strategy for this seemed to sticking your finger or pencil in the middle of the coffee filter then folding the filters in half and then half again, then hot glue to the styrofoam ball, gluing around in a circle then gluing the filters to the top and bottom.

Once the ball is covered in nice fluffy coffee filters, stick a wooden dowel in the center of your ball. My dowels were about 18 inches each.

Tutorial Coffee Filter TopiaryFor the burlap pot, I covered a plain terra cotta pot with burlap then stuffed another styrofoam ball inside the pot sticking the other end of the dowel into the styrofoam ball and hot glued it into place.
coffee filter topiary So simple right? I just love the way it turned out. They look great in my fall vignette. For a fall look, I wrapped some raffia around the topiary and added a little faux autumn sprig. The best part about the coffee filter topiary is that you can carry it over to Christmas or use it all year round. Love!

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Hide Garden Buckets with a DIY Burlap Bag

Our garden is in full swing! We’ve got tomatoes, jalapenos, and more! Everything is growing so nicely – it’s wonderful! What’s not so wonderful? The fact that I don’t have the pretty container garden (see this post for my container garden inspiration) I was dreaming of. We were in a time crunch when Matt came home from deployment (read our homecoming story here), we had to get some seeds planted so there was no time for a fun planter so we went with what we knew, good old 5 gallon buckets! But I did my best to dress them up using DIY burlap bags.dress up your garden with burlap bag

Since we went with the 5 gallon buckets, I decided I needed to do something to dress them up a little bit. I made these burlap bags to cover the buckets. The best part is they can be made in minutes and cost less than $5. Score!dress up your garden with burlap bag

First step is to take your measurements. You’ll want to measure the height of the bucket as well as around the bucket. You’ll want to give yourself some slack for the top of the bucket. Then grab some burlap. I had about two yards on hand and it was more than enough for two buckets.
dress up your garden with burlap bag

Make a template for the bottom of your burlap bag. I did this by tracing the bottom of the 5 gallon bucket onto a piece of cardboard. When tracing onto the burlap, give yourself about a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Next, cut a piece of burlap with the measurements you took earlier, giving yourself a 1/2 seam allowance. Stitch a seam to create a tube.

dress up your garden with burlap bag

Now you should have a tube of burlap as well as a circle piece for the bottom. With the tube inside out, pin the piece for the bottom to the tube. Then stitch.

dress up your garden with burlap bagTurn right side out and you’ll have a burlap bag like the one shown. I decided not to finish the top edge because I like the frayed edges.

dress up your garden with burlap bag

To hold the burlap bag up nicely, I wrapped some jute around the brim of the bucket. That’s it! I think it would be really fun to stencil onto the burlap bags the names of the plants you have in there. I wish I would have thought of it before I made all of mine. I will probably go back and add that later. haha.
dress up your garden with burlap bag

Oh and check out these cute little tiny jalapeños growing! I can’t wait for some garden fresh salsa, really soon! Yum!

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Wrapped Burlap Fall Wreath

Fall is here and my door is welcoming it with my new wrapped burlap fall wreath.

I have seen some beautiful fall wreaths this year around the blogosphere! I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted for my wreath other than I knew I wanted burlap, is there anything better for fall? Then I bought pinecones (not many wooded areas to find pinecones around here) to use for my Romantic Fall Centerpiece. Since I had some leftover I thought I could incorporate them into my burlap fall wreath.

Burlap Fall Wreath

I just love burlap wreaths. Especially for fall. And this light burlap is so pretty.

Burlap Fall Wreath

 

 

I wrapped strips of burlap around a foam wreath, hot gluing it as I went to keep it firmly in place.Burlap Fall Wreath

For embellishment, I used white fabric to make some fabric rosettes. The bright white is a nice contrast against the burlap. Then, I simply hot glued the pinecones to some gold ribbon, hanging them from the center of the wreath.

Burlap Fall Wreath

This wreath is probably one of my favorites. It’s so simple but it’s festive for fall. And I love any project where I can use what I have on hand. With the exception of the foam wreath I already had all of the supplies, costing me only $6. You can’t beat that price! I finished it in the evening and couldn’t wait to get it on the door. What do you think? Are you ready for fall?

For more pretty burlap fall goodness check out:

Fall Decor: Burlap Stenciled Outdoor Pillow

Houndstooth Stenciled Burlap Pillow

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