9 Ways to Decorate with Burlap

9 Ways to Decorate with Burlap

Transform your home décor with this easy and affordable fabric.

This rustic fabric can be one of the easiest and more affordable ways to weave a little character and charm into décor. Burlap is easy to work with and complements even the most modern of homes. The blemishes and spots are a natural part of the look, so it’s okay to let the edges fray a bit. Here are nine decorating ideas to get you started.

  1. Tabletop: Layer a burlap table runner on top of a crisp, white tablecloth to make your dining area look both chic and unfussy.

Tip: Personalize burlap placemats with stamps to create a perfect setting for a rustic, home-cooked meal.


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  1. Wall Covering: Cover walls with burlap, and then hang brushed brass or gilded accessories to create a stunning space for very little money.

  2. Upholstery: Nothing says casual elegance like a touch of burlap on a Victorian chair or headboard. Use a tight-weave linen blend that’s soft to the touch, and consider incorporating a tufting technique to add even more charm.

  3. Curtains: For budget-friendly window treatments that will softly diffuse light, hang a length of burlap fabric with clip rings or clothespins. Cut the fabric a foot longer than needed and let the excess fold forward along the top to create a built-in valance.

  4. Decorative Pillows: Using tight-weave burlap, sew a pillow cover and paint the fabric with a monogram or wedding date for an inexpensive update. Monogrammed pillows make sweet wedding gifts, too!

  5. Bulletin Board: Use burlap to add a natural covering to a bulletin board. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about unsightly pinholes!

  6. Vases: Slip a burlap sleeve over a glass vase of flowers to add a hint of rustic design. This look is especially great for softening modern décor.

  7. Frames: Cover the back of a shadow box frame with burlap fabric and display photos and mementos with miniature pearl-headed corsage pins from your local floral supply retailer.

Tip: Frame burlap fabric in an embroidery hoop for a clever jewelry organizer.

  1. Trays: If a wood or lacquer tray has seen a lot of use, it probably has scratches. Line the bottom with a piece of burlap for a budget-friendly fix.

How do you decorate with burlap? Let us know in the comments below!

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