Hello Beach Cottage Beautifuls, well I was getting a little crafty over the weekend just gone and made myself some burlap gone coastal succulent pots…hmmm sounds interesting…perhaps it might sound better saying burlap wrapped succulents with a coastal stripe and a few shells. Whatever this is a craft for the non-crafty…if I can do it anyone can.
When I first started in Blogland burlap (you may well call it hessian) was hardly heard of, a few of us DIY bloggers started wrapping things in it, making bags out of it and turning coffee sacks into cushions and before you could say rustic texture it was being made in China and in every other shop you walked into. Hello faux coffee sack cushions.
It all went a little burlap crazy and I must say I found I might never look at a coffee sack in quite the same way ever again.
The other day though I had an urge to get creative with my succulents – I had taken some cuttings and grown some to a decent stage and thought they might be nice to give away as little gifts. Truth be known I also found myself in a spot invited to something where I couldn’t turn up empty-handed, needed something small and not too over the top and wanted to bring something home-made rather than a box of Ferrero Rocher but it needed to be quick too.
On their own a small pot of the succulent variety does not look much… a bit of Beach Cottage foofing was in order…the succulents needed a wrap…and what better to wrap a succulent in than some rustic burlap, some neutral linens and the odd stripe or two? Throw in a shell and everything is looking mighty dandy.
This is an easy little burlap craft how-to, you certainly don’t need any special supplies, I used old scraps of fabric that I already had, jute, string and a coffee sack..
The really good thing about these though is that they don’t cost much but I think they look like you made a bit of effort . If you haven’t grown your own these little pots of succulents are pretty cheap to pick up, add a terracotta pot for under a dollar (or you can leave the plastic one too), add your fabric and you are done.
It’s nice to give these away as gifts – and for that a clay tag goes very nicely here (I have a tutorial on how to make clay tags, you can find it here, they are super easy and much much more budget friendly to make your own ) or you could tie any label on, a card luggage label would be good too.
I don’t think you really need a how-to for this, I eyeballed it all the way to the bank but here’s what I did…
Burlap Craft Idea
* cut strips of fabric / burlap roughly to the height of the pot
* pull the edges of the fabric so it frays a bit / does not look perfect
* wrap the burlap around the pot and secure with string
* cut strips of fabric with a stripe about 1.5cm to 3cm and wrap and tie around pot
* pop some shells onto the pots
* tie with a clay tag or luggage label
I like the look of them and think they would make nice teacher’s gifts or a take-along hostess gift and the best thing is that there aren’t many people that can kill a succulent, burlap wrapped or not.
What do you think of this little burlap craft session and do you like succulents? I am well into them.