Saturday, November 26, 2011

Burlap Christmas Trees

Burlap seems to be making its way into a lot of my projects lately. I love the simple, rustic look of it, plus it's inexpensive!
I recently made 2 burlap Christmas trees that will be a great addition to my holiday decor.
Here's how I made them...

Supplies...
Burlap
Styrofoam Tree  Forms
Small Rusted Star Tree Topper
Small Rusted Star Ornaments
Artist Wire
Pins
E6000 Glue
Wooden Candlestick
Acrylic Paint

I started by pinning a small piece of burlap to cover the top of the styrofoam and gluing on the star topper...


Then I cut strips of the burlap and began pinning it in place working from the bottom up...

I overlapped the strips of burlap to hide the  pins and the styrofoam.

The stars had a long loop for hanging...
Rather than cut the loop off, I crumpled it into a ball so the stars would still dangle...

I cut pieces of the artist wire, ran it through the crumpled loop, and gave it a twist...


I found that it was easiest to work with shorter pieces of wire and one star at a time, rather than a long piece of wire with all the stars attached.

I took the wire with the attached star and pushed one end of the wire into the back of the tree, wrapped the wire and star around the tree, and pushed the other end of wire into the tree...
I took a wooden candle stick that I got at a yard sale for a quarter and painted it with brown paint...
 Keeping with the rustic feel, I made sure I didn't get complete coverage of the paint...

Finally, I glued the candlestick to the base of the tree using E6000...
Now for the problem...
I don't know where to put them!
They look great on my mantel...

But, I think I like them even better on my back porch...
I have them sitting on an old high chair by my porch fireplace...
I'm sure they will be moved around a few times before they find their perfect home!

58 comments:

  1. These are just lovely! Thanks for sharing them :)

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  2. What a great use of burlap! I'd be thrilled if you came and linked up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

    ~Jen

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  3. Very cute trees!!! Love the stars.

    I would love to have you come on over to itssoverycheri.com for a visit.

    Cheri

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  4. I love these, the trees I have seen so far this year!

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  5. Those are way too cute. Love them!

    evie @ brown paper packages

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  6. I am in love with these! Great work!

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  7. Hi,
    Hopped over from Masterpiece Monday. I love your burlap trees. I have been in love with burlap for a couple years now. I made Christmas pillows last year, hung burlap curtains in my family room, and just made a burlap garland for my bedroom. Hop over and visit me if you'd like to see it. I may have to make a tree or two (maybe next year). I am now following you.

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  8. Cute idea. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  9. These are adorable! I love a good rustic Christmas craft!

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  10. So lovely! Great tute! I would be so delighted if you would link this post up to http://www.projectpossessed.com/christmas-tree-inspiration-gallery/ Your newest GFC groupie. :)

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  11. These are adorable!

    Would be delighted for you to link to Potpourri Friday. Link up is Thursday afternoon. Generally there are 200+ participants. Hope you will check it out!

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  12. very sweet - I'm totally enchanted with your pretty trees :) found you via Project Possessed

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  13. These are soooo cute! Found you at a bowl full of lemons, and I am your latest follower.

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  14. so cute!

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

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  15. These are super cute! I love the way you did the ornaments. It's kind of funny because I have been making trees too and it bugged me that the tops were flat. I ended up getting the exact same topers that you did ti fake the point. Great minds think alike!

    I'm a new follower thru the project queen linkup. I hope you'll stop by some time.

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  16. Very Country....Love it....found u at sew much ado party...

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  17. This is a silly question but can you get burlap at any fabric store? I want to do something with it. I love the way it looks. Please link to my linky party at: http://eyehearttoday.blogspot.com/2011/11/anything-goes-at-eye-heart-3.html

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  18. Oh my! This is perfect:) I am seriously loving your post! It is so informative and inspirational. I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable (http://frugallysustainable.blogspot.com/2011/11/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-3.html). I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

    Warmly,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable
    Here's the link: http://www.frugallysustainable.com

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  19. Burlap is always a great go to fabric isnt it? It's always seems to look great!


    Thanks for sharing at Calling All Crafters!
    allthingsfee.blogspot.com

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  20. Gorgeous! I love them so much, I pinned them.

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  21. These are just too cute! LOVE how you added the little stars! Just love burlap! ;)

    Would love for you to link up at our "Home For The Holidays" link party!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  22. Absolutely beautiful.. These turned out SO awesome. : )) Very festive for the season.. I would LOVE if you could please stop in and linky this terrific feature via my Pin’Inspirational Party happening today pweease… http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursdayslinky-party.html .. THANK YOU SO MUCH.. Wishing you an incredible start to your weekend.. Sincerely ~ M

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  23. I love these! I just passed up buying burlap...now I have to go back so I can make this!

    I'd love for you to link up and share:
    http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/11/pinteresting-linky-party-week-fifteen.html

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  24. Gorgeous! I am a burlap fan too! Come visit me over at www.plamettosandpigtails.com!
    Shara

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  25. Just In love with these trees!

    www.thetootsiewootsie.com

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  26. Adorable! Love all of the elements -- some of my favorites for sure -- burlap and rusty metal -- great project!

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  27. Fantastic! I even have leftover burlap from another project to use. Love a 'free' craft.

    Happy new follower and just wanted to say thanks for linking to our Pin'Inspiration party today :-)

    Hope you are as amazed as I am with all the other projects.

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  28. Your trees look great! I, too, love the rustic look and feel of burlap. I hope to make a few myself this holiday season. I would love to have you share your trees and any other projects at my party! http://theshadyporch.blogspot.com/

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  29. What could be better than burlap, rust and Christmas trees?

    Love!

    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  30. I adore anything burlap and these are so cute!

    I'd love for you to share this project on Inspiration Friday at Simply Christmas http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday.html

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  31. So beautiful! It is amazing how such a simple fabric can be used to create such beautiful decorations.

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  32. Very cute! I recently made a burlap wreath and these would be a great addition to my holiday decor. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. These are great! I might have to make some for myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Very country and homey feeling. Just what I remember as a kid! Thanks for sharing! :D

    Oh, and CONGRATS on being featured at Cherished Treasure's linky party (Sunday Blog Love) today :D
    WTG! I post at that party too, and that's how I spotted your project :)

    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois (chilly today)

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  35. such a pretty christmas decor! thanks for sharing this with us. we are featuring this on the blog, FB , twitter and Pinterest! have a lovely weekend!


    Hugs,
    Lelanie

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  36. So cute! I love the rustic look. Burlap is my favorite!

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  37. These are so cute! I love working with burlap, it is one of my favorite materials right now! I found your tutorial through the Cherished Bliss: Christmas Linkup . Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I featured this today on my blog. http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/12/linky-18-will-craft-for-christmas-cheer.html

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  39. I agree with everyone! These are amazing and beautiful. Great job!

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  40. these are fabulous!!
    I'll be featuring you on this week's Inspire Me Fridays party!

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  41. I love these!!! I have some burlap and stars too--I need to make some:) Sound like a project I can do next week! Thank you for the idea!

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  42. So pretty and such a cute idea! Great job!

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  43. Awesome. Your trees are adorable. Great tutorial.

    Cheri

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    Invite your followers and friends to vote for you!
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    Hugs,
    Lelanie

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  45. I love these. I will be making some for Christmas. They look easy to make and cheep.
    Stephanie

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  46. where do you get the rusty tin, i can not find it anywhere, i am also looking for rusty star garland and rusty bell garland....please help thanks

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  47. Hi!!! Love this one too!!! I will be back to see more of your wonderful projects!!!

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  48. Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on my Christmas tree craft collection.
    Please grab a featured button from my side bar when you get a chance. Thanks
    http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/50-diy-christmas-tree-craft-ideas-collection.html

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  49. Ah I love these too! They are really cute. I will have to add these to my list of things to make for next Christmas. I would love to share a picture and a link back to your tutorial on my blog, if that's ok .

    Linda @ Mixedkreations.com/blog

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