For real! It’s actually easier to Make Burlap Garland in Less Than 15 Minutes than you might think. I know when I was making decorations for that Bigfoot Party a few years ago, I started to make one but quickly gave up because I had no patience with threading jute cord through four dozen feet of burlap and getting all those brown fibers everywhere. I ended up making this cute Rustic Pine Cone Garland instead. I even gave up after trying to make it for a rustically themed graduation party and a farm themed Sadie Hawkins dance. Can you imagine how many feet of burlap that would have taken!? Anyway, I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a pin where they used a needle and thread to gather crepe streamers in a cute way. Lightbulb moment! I instantly knew this would work with burlap, too, and save so much time in the process. Let me show you how I did it!
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Make Burlap Garland in Less Than 15 Minutes
Make Burlap Garland in Less Than 15 Minutes Steps
1: Measure and cut the length of jute cord you want or need for your garland in your space. I used 120 inches. That includes a foot extra for each end.
2: Thread the jute cord onto the needle, leaving a short tail. Wrap and clip the other end to a clothespin. Set it aside.
3: Grab your roll of burlap and accordion fold the burlap strip into a stack about two inches thick. For this width of ribbon, I made my accordioan fold 2 to 2.5 inches wide, making a square.
Tip: Do not let go of your stack or it will spring free and you’ll have to start over. Don’t ask me how I know this. I just know things.
4: While holding the burlap stack tight, poke the needle in through the bottom and push it all the way through the short stack and pull the jute cord through, giving it a bit of slack.
5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve threaded all of the burlap. It took me four sections to get the whole roll.
6: Next, pull the jute all the way through until the whole stack is in the middle (ish) of the cord.
7: Slide the jute off the needle and then wrap and clip the end to a clothespin.
8: Now you can just scoot and twist the burlap around on the cord evenly until you like the way it looks. You could take an hour or so to do this, sure, but I was good after 1 minute or two of scooting, twisting, and fluffing.
That’s it, folks! All that’s left is for you to hang it up. I don’t know if you had already figured out this nifty trick, but I certainly hadn’t seen it before. I had seen threading the cord on a needle, but it was always done the slow, messy, and uneven way. Now that I know I can Make Burlap Garland in Less Than 15 Minutes, though, I won’t be avoiding using it for decorations or as part of home decor projects. Just add some cute embellishments like these little flowers, some lace, some beads, etc. Next, I’d like to try the technique with multiple layers of burlap with other colors or lace. How would you make it your own?
This project is also part of a Craft Lightning Challenge where we need to make a burlap craft that takes 15 minutes or less. Check! Be sure to visit our crafty hosts to see some other nifty burlap inspiration!
If you’re really in the market for even more crafty burlap inspiration, you definitely should check out all of the amazing burlap projects featured over at Favecrafts!