Create your own burlap table runner

A burlap table runner is impactful enough that it can completely transform your holiday decor. Unfortunately, given the popularity of burlap, it can be prohibitively expensive to purchase anything pre-fabricated. That’s why a “DIY” burlap table runner can be a perfect beginner’s project, one that gives you tremendous “bang for your buck.”  This project should take about an hour, to an hour and a half.

Burlap Table Runner made home

First of all, you will need to measure your table. Be sure to add length if you want the runner to hang over the sides of the table. A 12-inch overhang is standard, so add 24 inches to the total length of your table. To calculate the width you’ll need, divide the width of your table in half, then add 2 inches. The trick to cutting burlap is to pull out a thread where you intend to cut. The gap you create will give you a cutting guide.

Once you’ve cut your burlap to size, use fusible webbing to iron down the seams. If your burlap has a pattern, you will want to make sure that this is face down on your ironing board. Be sure to put padding between the iron and burlap, or you will ruin not only the fabric, but also your iron if you use it on your fabric’s design element. Trim the back of the corners diagonally once you’ve ironed all four sides. Once all the corners are trimmed, iron your runner, and you will have completed the basics.

burlab table runner diy

If you want something just a bit fancier, you can add trim to the edges. Ruffles make an attractive decoration.

If you would like a ruffled table runner like those seen in stores such as Urban Farmhouse, buy 5 inch strips of muslin. Depending on how thick you want your ruffle, you’ll want to use 1- to 1 ½-yard strips. Grab a needle and thread and run a stitch down the fabric, or just use a sewing machine. Line the ruffle up with your runner to make sure you have the correct length.

burlap table runner

You can sew the ruffle to the burlap, or use a hot glue gun. My preference is sewing, but if you decide to use the hot glue gun, you will need to dot the fabric in 1-inch increments. Now you’ve created a burlap table runner for under $20. Congratulations!

Why should you buy burlap roman shades?

Burlap roman shades come in numerous classifications, including scratchy, marginally fragrant and silk burlap, which is beautiful and refined.

It is radiantly textural, reliable, and can look incredible when adding a note of familiarity to a design element or composition. It also lends an air of funk to a smooth present day design, and can be made into traditionally styled full drapery; it adds extraordinary refinement to an otherwise provincial interior.

I suppose, assuming that you’d wash burlap in a machine, press it and line it, it’s absolutely an exceptional choice for Roman blinds in the event that you need something compositional in an impartial shade. I like how it looks, however, I’d rather have someone else do the work!

I really adore the look of burlap roman shades; I cherish the composition. They can complement the most rural ornamentation, as well as the most refined. I’ve looked at shade and fabrics quite extensively, and I have a huge amount of burlap that I purchased for an alternate venture. As a result, I might want to make roman shades for my room windows.

I suppose I may likewise include long and extremely short bars on the either side of every window with long boards that reach to the floor. It is possible that the long boards might be wrapped in burlap or an alternate fabric. I need to add a lot of surface to the room. Does anybody have any photographs or burlap drapes? I know my style is not precisely standard, but I might want to see any plans that are out there.

Plain burlap roman shades also are very adaptable to color, provided that you improve the plain string shade with something a touch pricier.

We cooked shellfish in an open air structure a few years ago for wedding, and utilized huge squares of burlap which we bordered, washed, and colored a rich red-gold-tan as overlays on all of the tables…the centerpieces were stirred buckets loaded down with cut limbs of magnolia foliage…it all looked breathtaking, Ii don’t mind saying, and cost basically nothing.

How to make your own burlap door hangers

By now, everyone has seen those beautiful burlap door hangers that grace so many homes. Whether homemade or store bought, they are a cheery sight on anyone’s door.

To make your own burlap door hangers, you will need:

  • Burlap
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Tracing paper or baking paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paint – Acrylic or spray paint will do. Slick paint can come in handy.
  • Stuffing
  • Thin floral wire

First, use tracing paper to draw an outline of the shape you want. (If you’re feeling adventurous, you can print out an image on your computer and use that for your outline.)

Next, place the outline on top of the burlap and hold it in place using the tape. Carefully cut the burlap using your outline to guide you. Repeat the process so that you have two identical pieces of burlap cut-outs. You can hold the two pieces of burlap together with a pin or staple, allowing you to make two cut outs at a time. You might decide to do this if you’re doing several door hangers as gifts for the holidays.

Using the acrylic paints, decorate the burlap to your liking. You can paint the burlap a base color, then add a decorative color on top. This can be done using slick paints. To make creative designs, make cut-outs on the tracing paper, then place the paper on the burlap and apply the spray paint. The process should be repeated for the other piece of burlap.

Next, attach the two pieces of burlap using the hot glue gun. Line the edge of one piece with glue and place the second piece on top of it and allow it to dry. Leave an opening unglued to facilitate stuffing.

Stuff the ornament until full. There are many options for stuffing, such as newspapers, plastic paper bags, strips of cloth, pillow stuffing, even tissue paper will work. Keep in mind the climate in your area, and on which door your hanger will be placed. Note: You don’t want to stuff the door hanger with tissue paper if it’s going to be hanging outdoors in spring.


Seal the opening using your hot glue gun. Pass the floral wire through the bag to create a hook. A nice touch would be to pin a ribbon to it. And there you go; your burlap door hanger is done! You can do this as an activity with your kids and have them make their own hangers. They also make a great gift for family and friends.