Burlap: From Humble to Chic

November 6th, 2016 burlap decor

Burlap has held a number of different jobs over the years, and for a long time, none of them were very glamorous.

Farmers made their clothing from burlap during the Great Depression. It’s durable and breathable, which is why coffee companies use it to transport beans. During World War II, we fashioned camouflage netting from burlap. Communities all over the world have counted on burlap sacks filled with sand to protect them against flood waters.

But lately burlap has shifted beyond its utilitarian origins. The same versatility that allowed people to use it for clothing and shipping and flood protection makes burlap the perfect fabric for fashionable country décor applications.


In short, burlap has gone from humble to chic. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can incorporate burlap into your home décor:

Burlap Curtains

A set of burlap curtains – like the ones in our collection – can do a couple of different things for your room. Not only do they filter light and give your home a warmer feel, their neutral color makes burlap curtains an ideal backdrop no matter your other décor choices.

Burlap Planters

Burlap has long been used by landscapers who want to replant trees and need something to protect the roots. So why not do the same with your own plants, only above ground? Make a burlap planter in a few quick steps:

  • Start with one yard of burlap, a 16-inch coco liner, potting soil and ¼ yard of heavy white fabric.
  • Lay down the burlap and put the liner in the center.
  • Add some soil to the bottom of the liner, then add your plants and flowers.
  • Very carefully take the four corners of the burlap and pull them up over the plants.
  • Take the white fabric and tie it around the base of the plants just above the planter, and then trim away the burlap so the plants are exposed.

Burlap Placemats

Making your own burlap placemat is simple. Just get some burlap fabric and cut it into 14″ by 20″ rectangles. Lightly pull one thread at a time to create a fringe around each side of the mat. You can use a marker and stencils to decorate each placemat to your liking.


Burlap Table Runners

As we said above, burlap is a neutral-colored fabric, but it’s easy to add some vibrancy as you create a burlap table runner with a few simple steps.

You’ll need:

  • Three yards of burlap
  • A stencil
  • Craft or fabric paint
  • Foam brushes
  • Masking tape

Fold the fabric in half, and run a piece of masking tape over the edge of the fabric to prevent fraying. (If you have the time and inclination, you can use a sewing machine to stich down the edges.)

Once you’ve guarded the edges, use the stencil, the paint and the foam brush to decorate the fabric with the pattern of your choosing.

Burlap bulletin board

Whether it’s in your kitchen or your home office, you can use burlap to add a new look to your bulletin board. To get started, you’ll need:

  • Burlap fabric
  • A cork memo board
  • A staple gun or hot glue gun
  • Stencil
  • Paint dabbers
  • An iron

Start by ironing the burlap. Once that’s done, lay it flat on the corkboard and use the hot glue gun or staple gun to attach the burlap to the board.

Then simply use your paint and stencil to decorate the board, and hang it up.

We realize that not everyone has the time to make their own décor items. Don’t worry, can help. Shop our website to find burlap curtains, burlap valances, pillows, placemats, table runners and many other burlap items. Revamping your décor can be a big job. Fortunately, burlap is a hard worker.