Tutorial + How-to Burlap Ornament Ball

Published on October 21st, 2011 | by Karen Lee

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DIY: Burlap Christmas Ornament

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Burlap Ornament Ball

Did you know that Christmas is less than ten weeks away? YES, it’s true. Where did the year go? Right?

Well, I thought a great way to start planning for the holiday while cleaning out our craft closets is to upcycle and use up all the leftover crafting supplies. And what is a better way to de-stash them than making home made ornaments with them? With all those burlap projects we did this year, I’d figured, you probably have a ton of burlap scraps left over. So, let’s use them up and make ornaments!

You’ll need

    • Burlap Scraps
    • Starch – method of your choice
    • Rikrak, ribbon, or laces or anything else you’d like to embellish the ornaments with
    • Threads or embroidery floss
    • Needle

First, you have to make the burlap stiff so soak them in a starch solution of your choice and then, hang them up to dry. I tried potato starch for this project and the burlap came out really nice and stiff. I cut them up in squares so that they are easier to handle and can dry fast.

 

 

 

The great part about this project is that you can be creative as you want with designing the ornaments. You can use buttons, beads, laces, rikrak, ribbons, and even ruffles that you can make out of fabric scraps like I did.

Cut circles in sizes you want. I cut 4 inches in diameter for mine. And then embellish each circle the way you want. I made ruffles out of t-shirt scraps and then sew them across the middle on four circles. Burlap OrnamentsYou can either use three circles or four to make the balls as pictured below. You can use blanket stitch to attach the circles together or sew rikrak or ribbons on the edges. I used zigzag stitches on one edge but it wasn’t as elegant as the rikrak, as shown on the top photo.

3D Burlap OrnamentsYou can also make a simple ornament by using just one circle. You can embellish it anyway you like. I finished the edged with rikrak and then, added an angel made out of lace. But you can personalize these ornaments, add beads or buttons….the possibilities are endless.

Angel Burlap OrnamentFinally, add a loop on top and now you are ready to decorate your Christmas tree or give them as gifts!

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Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.



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