Burlap as a material for Christmas crafts

by | Dec 13, 2013 | Shopping and Product Reviews

Christmas is that magical time of year when people try to forget their everyday problems and set aside time for family and friends. Of course, Christmas would not be Christmas without some decorations, not just on the gifts but throughout the house and on the dining table. Although there are hundreds of different decorations available from many different sources, there are still a lot of people who love to make their own burlap Christmas decorations as they are unique, easy to do and inexpensive.

Burlap has long been a favorite material in the craft world. Burlap has proven for years that it is extremely versatile; it can be cut, sewn, dyed and is suitable for a wide range of applications. When it comes to burlap Christmas decorations there is nothing to limit anyone other than their imagination.

In homes where there are youngsters, the first sign if Christmas is often the stocking hung over the fireplace. The stocking is a visual reminder to the kids that their favorite time of year is just around the corner and their job is to be good, just as the Christmas song instructs. It is so easy to create burlap stockings, not only are they easy to whip up, when they are adorned with vibrant ribbons and even the name of the child stenciled on them.

Many burlap Christmas decorations are referred to as “shabby chic” because this is exactly what they are. Ragged edges and twine give the tree an aura of originality, something that is impossible to get out of a box. For many people, their gift is one which comes from the heart and often consists of homemade jam or pickles. Nothing looks better than a rustic jar ornament to give the gift a touch of originality not only in the contents, but in the packaging.

A favorite of many crafts people is the front door wreath. The wreath can be made from burlap that is either purchased pre-colored or natural burlap can be dyed to suit. Burlap is a very sturdy material making it ideal for outdoor use and it lasts for years before it has to be replaced.

Christmas gifts look extra special when they have been wrapped in natural burlap fabric and then bound with ribbons in the colors of the season. Many people top their gifts with tags made from excess burlap, twine and paper.

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