Jul 21, 2011

Burlap Flower Tutorial

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates

We had so many emails about the burlap flowers from Tuesday’s Sweet Baby Shower feature from the ladies over at Spaceships and Laserbeams that I asked Stephanie to provide us an exclusive DIY tutorial.  They are incredibly easy, inexpensive and a great way to provide that vertical element.

Here’s her step by step account:

The materials needed are items practically anyone has access to: burlap, yarn, a thin black marker and pinking shears (you can use ordinary scissors if you don’t have pinking shears).

Using the marker, freehand draw five petal flowers of varying sizes on the burlap.  You’ll want to have flowers in three approximate sizes: small, medium and large.  You will need these three sizes for every burlap flower you make.  To create a free-flowing, handmade feel, vary the sizes of the flowers.

Use your pinking shears to cut inside the black lines.  Pinking shears are great because they will naturally fray the burlap and create a softer edge.  If you don’t have pinking shears, you can use regular scissors.

Three Tips for This Step:

1. Cutting burlap is not like cutting cotton fabric.  It is messy.

2. Don’t draw all of your flowers at once.  When you start assembling, you are going to want to make specific sizes or notice a flower you need to replace.

3. Your flowers aren’t going to all be perfect.  Don’t worry.  That’s what makes them charming.

Once your flowers are cut, make two small slits in the middle of each flower.

Stack one small, one medium and one large flower and thread a piece of yarn through the slits.

Tie a knot and trim the yarn to make a stamen. Scrunch each layer to create depth, otherwise the flowers will just lay flat.

To not damage the paint on your wall, stick the flowers up with green painters tape. Just make sure you use an appropriate amount for the weight of your flower and it’ll stay there for days. Enjoy!

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  • susan

    That would be cute for a tweens room too. you could put up a few around a mirror with different color string! Good idea!!

  • So cute. Feminine, yet rustic at the same time. Thank you for sharing!

  • Alexis

    Super cute!

  • deb

    Such a cute and simple idea…love the colors in your picture! Thanks for sharing..I think I am going to add a few of these to the middle of a book page wreath I have in mind…!

  • So cute I could die. DIE.

  • Love it – thanks for much for sharing. That is a super cute idea!

  • love it!!! I´ll feature on my blog. Hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

  • darling idea!

  • Krista

    Love this idea! Any idea where a good place to find burlap would be?

  • Melik
  • Muito lindo!!! Parabéns!!!

  • emily

    i tried making these and am having trouble getting the burlap to stand up. my flower petals lay flat! any trick to making them pouf out like yours did?

  • cylina williams

    So cute, my daughter would love to make these.

  • I am going to try this .They look so pretty and so simple to make.They will be geat for my next scrapbooking project.Thanks.

  • Vicki Hale

    my daughter has an old crock that she wants to put some burlap decoration on, right now she just has a band around it, these would be the added touch it needs. Thank you Vicki

  • Vicki Hale

    my daughter has an old crock that she wants to decorate with burlap, these would be a perfect addition. Thank you. Vicki

  • tami s

    I’m throwing a baby shower soon so this ill be perfect to decorate with in many ways

  • Nikki O

    That’s easier than it looks! Very cool. And so pretty too. Thanks for sharing! Really pretty for showers and rooms.

  • Those are very lovely and I think they would look good on a hanging string. Thank you. Jerri Davis

  • Sylvia Zajis

    I have seen so many techniques to do this. Your’s is very simple and doesn’t require a lot of sewing. Thanks for the info.