DIY burlap garland for the mantel

It was time to freshen up the mantel a bit for spring. I had some oversize wine bottles I bummed off my in-laws that I wanted to use. I liked the shape and size of them. I found some floral stems for $2.50 apiece at Michaels, and bought six {three for each bottle}. I put the stem-filled bottles up on the mantel, but it was missing a certain “je ne sais quoi…”

DSC_0927…So then I made a burlap garland. Actually, then I began intently searching Pinterest for some inspiration until I came across this tutorial at A to Zebra Celebrations. I decided to give it a try. I followed the instructions fairly closely but improvised a bit. Since I already had the twine and bought the burlap at Joanne’s with a coupon, the whole project cost under $5 and only took about ten minutes to complete. Well, technically it cost $20 if you count the $15 I spent on the floral stems. {Scroll to bottom for tutorial}

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DIY burlap garland swag DSC_0933Blake said it looked like a bunch of bath puffs strung together, but I like it anyway. He’s just jealous of my mad skills.

After I finished the garland, I hung it on the mantel, only to decide the bottles looked a bit too plain. I wrapped some jute twine around the necks of the bottles to add some more natural texture.DSC_0927

I’ve been wanting to change up the mirror over the mantel. Right now it is a mirror I found at Ross for under $40, but I would like to replace it with a large round mirror. The living room is full of square/rectangular shapes and lines. A round mirror would soften things up. We also are going to add some more molding to the mantel to spruce it up a bit. It’s a work in progress!

Burlap Garland Tutorial

Supplies:

***For a 5 foot garland

  • ~45 feet of 6″ wide burlap garland {I went through one and a half 30 foot rolls. I bought it in the floral section of the craft store, but you can find it here at Amazon as well}
  • jute twine
  • tapestry needle {I used size 16}
  • scissors

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Instructions

  • Measure your jute twine to the length you want your garland to be. Be sure to leave enough on the ends for hanging purposes.
  • Thread your tapestry needle with the twine, only pull about 2 inches or so through the eye of the needle. Tie a fairly large knot in the end of the twine where you want the burlap garland to begin{the end not threaded through the needle}. I left about 6 inches excess from the end of the twine to the knot to allow some room to hang the garland.
  • Start making large basic stitches through the center of the strip of the burlap {beginning at the end of the burlap}. After every five or so stitches, gently “scrunch” the burlap down the twine.

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  • Continue stitching and scrunching until you reach your desired length. As I got more fabric on the twine, I just held it vertically to let the fabric “settle” instead of scrunching it. You can make the burlap as loose or as tight as you wish.

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  • When you are done, tie a knot in the twine to hold the burlap in place. Remember to leave enough excess on the twine to hang the garland {I left about 6″ at each end}. You can kind of rotate the burlap ruffles a bit and “primp” it to make it more pretty once it’s hung.

DSC_0926*Update: I also used this same burlap to make a wreath. Happy crafting!

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Nursery progress: DIY paper globe mobile

This is a little project that I started on way back in February and didn’t finish it until just now. I found this tutorial for a making colorful scrapbook paper orbs on Heather Bailey’s blog and loved it. I decided to make a mobile using the orbs for Noah’s nursery. I used an embroidery hoop and fishing line to convert the paper globes to a hanging mobile.

I decided to hang the mobile over the changing table {converted from our craigslist dresser} to keep Noah entertained during diaper changes.

We also just hung the round mirror over the dresser. It was a $15 purchase from Ikea. I love that the mirror is on the wall opposite the window. It bounces around a lot of natural light and makes the room feel bigger. {Even more so when I’m not standing in the way!}

This nursery is taking longer to complete than Noah’s gestation. But we’re almost there!