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Attempting Aloha: Burlap-covered Vase

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Burlap-covered Vase

 I started with this ho-hum plastic vase I bought from a party supply store for $1.50:

And if you're  living in the frozen tundra and can't find a live flower outside to save your life, this is also an excellent way of hinting to hubbies that you want him to get you some flowers for Valentine's Day!

((Imagined conversation))

Wife: "Hey, babe! Look what I made today! I finally used that burlap you've been tripping over for the last couple weeks.  Isn't it so pretty?"

Husband: "Huh. What are you going to put in it? We won't have flowers until like September, right?"

Wife: "Oh, shoot! I hadn't even thought of that." ((Show just the tiniest bit of pouting in your expression...not enough to be annoying. Look strong but disappointed. And be sure to have that 1-800-FLOWERS ad in the middle of his mail stack.)

Couple of tips on wrapping in burlap...

1) Measure around the widest part of your vase, and then measure from top to bottom, and cut out a rectangle matching those sizes.

2) I did not fold the ends over on the top or the bottom. I just left them "ragged" and cut them exactly to the edge of the top and the bottom.

3) Use a low-heat glue gun since burlap has so many holes.  I ended up touching the glue multiple times, and luckily mine doesn't get hot enough to burn. Or invest in some of those hot glue gun finger-cover thingies (pretty sure that's the technical term, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).
4) Make a glue line from top to bottom on the vase and glue the burlap down that line.

5) Since my vase is curved (as most are), I started at the widest point and glued around it. For me that was the top.

6) Then stretch it as flat as you can, and slowly glue right where the two edges meet. You will have lots of excess, particularly at the bottom, but you will just cut straight up that glue line, so it also ends up being nice and straight.

I wrapped mine with some jute and tied a bow and set them on top of some old books also wrapped in jute.

We have two huge trees that bloom year-round, so these are straight from my yard. 

 And I saw THIS lovely framed art the other day by Amy at The Idea Room and thought it was so fun! But, alas, I'm lazy, so I just made mine in InDesign and printed it off (ribbon and all) and then stuck a couple simple rosettes on it.

Not bad for just throwing some stuff together. :)  Helps to have wonderful blog friends as inspiration!

And if you're really observant, you may notice this rack is the red one I showed you with my Ruffled Lamp. Lovin the white.


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At January 19, 2011 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

the vase is so pretty! i wouldn't have thought to cover one with burlap before!


At January 19, 2011 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

Love it! I am a new follower! www.landofthemisfittoyz.blogspot.com

At January 19, 2011 at 10:30 PM , Blogger Linda said...

I love looking at Valentine stuff. Very nice.
Take care, Linda

At January 20, 2011 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooooo pretty. Love the creativity!!

At January 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM , Blogger Jenni said...

Hi Charlie~

I love what you did with your vase~ it looks beautiful! :) And the picture frame is so pretty. :) The heart wreath turned wonderfully! I love the fabric you chose, too. Your Valentine's decorations are looking great, girl! :)

I hope you have a fantastic day!


At January 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Allison said...

Love that vase! so pretty! Your other items are great too! Perfect for Valentine's Day! Thanks for linking up!

At January 20, 2011 at 6:51 PM , Blogger Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

new follower! love your photos and your blog is a beauty!

At January 21, 2011 at 4:30 AM , Blogger Miri said...


At January 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM , Blogger Serendipity Chic Design said...

What great idea! I am so jealous that my yard is filled with snow and shoveling, and you were able to go into your front yard to pick those flowers....Just gorgeous!

Take care,

At January 23, 2011 at 3:00 AM , Blogger Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Charlie - what a creative and clever idea! Love the burlap. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase; I greatly appreciate it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'll be featuring this today. ~ Stephanie Lynn

At January 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Blogger Elizabeth said...

So cute! definitly going in my to do file!

At January 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Robin said...

The burlap on the vase is so pretty! I love the gorgeous flowers against the rough texture of the burlap...
Wonderful projects.

At January 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM , Blogger Mimi said...

I really like this! Love burlap and was just thinking the other day what it would look like on a planter or clay pot. Love this vase and I like that you left the edges natural. That is part of the charm of burlap. I have used Mod Podge, instead of glue gun because I usually get everything allover me. I covered a can with burlap and it worked well. Love your ideas and creations Thanks so much!

At January 24, 2011 at 11:55 AM , Blogger Julie said...

I'd love for you to link up to Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds!

At January 24, 2011 at 7:33 PM , Blogger gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

great job! everything looks so pretty! love those flowers.
thanks for linking up!

At January 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Blogger freckled laundry said...

Burlap makes everything better. :) Love this idea. I have so many of those kinds of vases in my stash that have been sent with flowers. I'm sure everyone does so I'll be featuring this tonight. Thanks for linking with air your laundry Friday and being first in line. :)


At January 31, 2011 at 8:40 AM , Blogger Amy {The Idea Room} said...

Love your burlap vase! I have yet to do anything with burlap amidst all the craze right now...maybe I will copy you :)! Thanks for the link to the Be Mine decor...yours turned out great! Sometimes being lazy pays off...it looks adorable :)

At January 31, 2011 at 10:24 PM , Blogger Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

Charlie you freakin cuteness! OMJ. That means Oh My Jealous. I love how it turned out!!!

Thanks for linking up!

Love your guts

At May 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so appreciative of the way you do things; you do tasks well, but in a way that's easy. There's nothing that says everything has to be 'MS' perfect. And the finishing makes your items look more homey and comfortable. You've got a wonderful imagination and the fact that you don't see the need to do things expensively makes me love your ideas even more. Keep it up for the rest of us "laziers"!!!


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