In the DIY decorating and design worlds, burlap is trending in a big way-and why shouldn't it be? Burlap's neutral color and earthy texture are at home in so many spaces. Plus, it's versatile: You can dress it up or dress it down. And best of all, burlap is easy on the wallet. Here are a few easy ways of putting it to use.
1. MAKE A WREATH
Looking for a non-traditional approach to making wreaths? Well, one advantage of burlap is that it will never wilt! Ornament the wreath with a sprig of fresh flowers, pine cones, or a colorful bow-whatever you're in the mood for. Or swap in something new every season so that your wreath works all year long.
2. BUILD A DRY-ERASE BOARD
A secret many don't know is that dry-erase markers work just as well on glass as they do on specialized dry-erase boards. To assemble your own instant memo board, cover a piece of cardboard with some burlap, then pop it into a pretty frame behind a pane of cut-to-size glass. Voila!
3. DRESS UP YOUR CANDLES
Simple elegance doesn't get much simpler. Knock off designer candle decor using only burlap and some basics, such as glue and paint. In a fancy store, you could easily pay $40 for a candle like this; by comparison, this project would cost you almost nothing to complete.
4. CRAFT A TABLE RUNNER
Step one: Use stencils or another paint application to embellish your burlap with either one color or a multitude. Step two: Fringe the ends for rustic flair. That's it! Indeed, there are few easier ways to accent your dining room than with a handsome, homemade burlap table runner like this example from An Oregon Cottage.
5. CREATE STORAGE BINS
Hot glue and burlap are all you need to turn sturdy cardboard boxes into better-than-average storage bins. As an added flourish, include ruffled ribbon remnants. Has recycling ever looked so great?