DIY Burlap Flowers

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Everyone loves flowers – why not make some that don't wilt and need to be thrown out after a week?

I had just ordered some burlap because that's now used everywhere in DIY projects it seems, and the first thing I made with it were these flowers.

I used the same simple flowers shape for all of my burlap flowers, and then just decorated each one a little differently to give you an idea of the endless variations that are possible.

I added fabric and a special button to two, colored one with a permanent marker, and added a little scrapbook flower to another.

These are all just inspirations – get creative and add whatever craft supplies you have in the house.

Try to recycle, reuse, and re-purpose as much as possible. I reused wire ties that were part of toy packaging instead of buying wire for the flowers stems. I knew those would come in handy one day!

You will need these supplies:

  • burlap
  • colorful permanent parker or puff paint
  • scissors
  • wire
  • optional: cardboard for template, and fabric scraps

               

Burlap Flowers Tutorial:

  1. Start by drawing a simple flower shape with five petals on the burlap with a permanent marker. If you're looking for a uniform look with your flowers or a faster process, create a template with cardboard, and then use that to trace each burlap flower.
  2. Cut out the flower. Decide if you want the pen mark to show. For a couple of flowers, I allowed the pen marks to show for additional color on the petal, and for another one I turned the flower over to hide the pen marks.
  3. As you can see from the picture, after I cut out enough burlap and fabric petals, I assembled them in either of two ways: for the wire that was too short to double up, I pushing the wire through the burlap petal I wanted on the bottom of the flower, then stacked the next layer on it, and then went through one hole of the button. I let only a couple of inches of wire peak through the button, bent it, and I pushed it through the other button hole. I secured the shorter part of the wire by just bending it around the larger part, and that finished the flower.
  4. For the longer wires, I found the middle of it, bent it in half, turned it around so that the u-part of the wire was on the bottom, and stacked first the button and then the pedals on top of each other, finishing by twisting both wires together to make one stem.

The first finished flower on the left of the tutorial picture I made with a scrap of fabric and burlap, plus a button. The middle one shown on the bottom of the tutorial picture I purposely wanted to be simple, without added color, so I simply attached a vintage button in the middle. And to the last one I added a scrapbook paper flower that coordinated well and added a nice embellishment to the grouping. 

Some additional decorating ideas for burlap flowers:

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  • Add flowers cut from newspaper in between the burlap flowers.
  • Add pom poms instead of buttons to the middle of the flowers.
  • Instead of making burlap flowers with stems, use a glue gun and just stack the layers of flower petals on top of each other, and then use the glue gun to secure the flower to a gift or a bag or even a hat for embellishment.
  • Add one or many flowers with a glue gun as decoration around a lamp shade.

Which one of my flowers do you like the best? And what other ideas do you have for adding other materials to these flowers? Let me know if a comment!

Inspired by this photo. Images via Dagmar Bleasdale

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DIY Burlap Flowers

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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