Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Burlap Flower Arrangement

Don't be shocked...I bought the burlap.  This isn't a repurposing project.  But I found this cute project and wanted to try it.  I'm in charge of bringing a craft project to my church's women's retreat at the end of September.  The theme is a western one, and I think the burlap fits the theme well.

I found the burlap flower on Fave Crafts.  It's a great site and even sends a newsletter of ideas each day.  I've found lots of great things. 


Click here for how it was made for Fave Crafts.

I tweaked the instructions just a bit.  I used hot glue instead of tacky glue because I didn't want to wait for glue to dry.  If you use hot glue, be aware that it could seep through the burlap and burn you or stick to the surface below.  Using a low temp glue gun helps.

 
I cut a piece of burlap.  I didn't do a specific measurement, but my guess is it's 5 x 10 inches.  Just be aware that the bigger the piece, the larger the flower.  I ran a line of hot glue down each long side about four burlap threads in from the sides.


Beginning at the center, I began pulling the long burlap threads.  I had to be careful not to also pull the short threads.


I folded the burlap in half and glued it.



I began hot gluing a skewer to one end of the burlap piece and rolled it up, gluing as I went.



I fluffed out the ends of the flower to make it look more realistic.  I made three of them.  I think I like it better without a button in the center. 

I think it will be a great project for our women's retreat.  I'm looking forward to it.


I made these tassles from the long burlap threads that I pulled out.  I couldn't bear to just throw them away, so I made these simple tassles by gathering a bunch of threads, folding them in half, and using one thread to tie them together.  I'm thinking they would be great add-ons to wrapped packages.

I'm showing these off at the following parties:

32 comments:

  1. I LOVE these burlap flowers! So delicate and pretty. What a great idea.

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  2. very very cool! They would be lovely in baby girls room!
    amanda
    www.creatingdomesticbliss.blogspot.ca

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  3. Wow! Love how you made these! So pretty!

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  4. I love these!! I am trying to think of a project to incorporate them.

    I featured you in my Fab Five post.

    http://www.laughterandgrace.com/fabulous-five-3/

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  5. I love this idea. The flowers are so darn cute. You can't go wrong with burlap!!! Thanks for leaving the link on my blog. I'm now following you on GFC, Linky, and I liked your FB page. I hope you will come follow me too.
    Thanks and have a great day.
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  6. Wow, what an incredible use for burlap! Love this idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm a new follower:)
    Barbara @ Chase the Star

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  7. That is SOOO cute! What a FABULOUS idea!
    You go girl!

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  8. Came over from Natasha's G'day. Beautiful flowers - right decision to leave off the button - great use for the scraps! You must be very patient to sit and pull those threads!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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    1. Thanks Donna! Pulling the threads did take a little while, but it wasn't too bad.
      Blessings,
      Carrie

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  9. OMG Carrie!! These are simply gorgeous - I love them!!! :)

    xx melissa @ mamamiss

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    1. Thanks Melissa! And welcome to my Facebook page.
      Blessings,
      Carrie

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  10. These look great! I love the look of these. I had planned on making burlap flowers for an upcoming project - but never thought to strip the burlap threads out. Very clever :)

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I wouldn't have thought of pulling the threads either. I enjoy getting the newsletter from Fave Crafts (where the idea came from) to find new projects.
      Blessings,
      Carrie

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  11. One of the pretties flowers I have seen! I love charm and vintage feel they have. I really love them and will be making a few very soon. So glad you shared this! My fingers are crossed you’ll share your creative inspiration tonight with Sunday’s Best – sharing is a good thing, and this needs to be shared!

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    1. Thanks Cathy! I wasn't at the computer yesterday and don't have much time for it today, but I do hope to make time to share on Sunday's Best. Thanks for letting me know about it.
      Blessings,
      Carrie

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  12. Super cute! I'm not usually into burlap, but these are adorable.

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    1. Thanks Monica! These do take burlap to a different level.
      Blessings,
      Carrie

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  13. Awesome project! I am looking forward to filling one of my tall vases with these in the fall. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing the foam board tip- I will definitely get it from the dollar store from now on!

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    1. Thanks Emma! And you're welcome for the tip.
      Blessings,
      Carrie

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  14. Hi Carrie. These flowers are so cute. I am your newest follower! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the Burlap Candle Holder at Posed Perfection. I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog. I hope you will come by again and click on my "Follow Me" button to add Posed Perfection to you GFC. Have a blessed week! ~ Nici

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    1. Thanks Nici! I'm looking forward to following you.
      Blessings,
      Carrie

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  15. These are so pretty and easy! The more the merrier...what a great group project!

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  16. Lovely flowers Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com New follower

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  17. I just love the burlap flowers, so pretty and unique. I also like how easy they are to make. Very pretty! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

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  18. These are gorgeous! I like them better without the button too! Such lovely flowers, hard to believe they are made from burlap :)

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  19. Can we use some other stuff for making that designs of flowers? I think i am gonna make that designs of flower for my mother because your designs is so much attractive.

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