Whether you are lucky enough to live in an oceanfront paradise, or you bring a seaside vibe to your home via well chosen candles and a white noise machine, burlap is an inexpensive fabric that evokes the feel of a coastal cottage on an inland budget. We’ve found a diverse array of projects that use burlap/jute in creative, interesting ways ~ at a variety of skill, time, and budget levels. And we love the way that all of them bring summer indoors.
One of our favorite DIY projects is this adorable craft ~ perfect for a bathroom, or really any little spot that needs a bit of personality. You can cover a canvas with jute (or cover an existing, less-than-swoon-worthy wall piece) and simply glue a starfish, seashell, or other simple cut-out on top. We can easily see these pieces done in sets of three using leftover decorator fabric, an extra pillowcase to coordinate with bed linens, or a bright solid piece of fabric for extra punch. For a bit more depth, cover the square piece first in your design fabric, and then layer a piece of burlap with a cutout over top.
Another fairly easy craft project that brings a neutral beach detail to the guest bedroom is this adorable lamp shade done in burlap. Plain with a bit of contrasting twine, or jazzed up with ribbon or contrasting burlap mesh, this do-able DIY project is a hit.
While we’re on the topic of lamps, we swooned a bit at this lamp detail ~ another burlap covered shade, but with neutral felt details. Whimsical and also elegant. L-o-v-e.
If your DIY is currently overworked, a jute table topper is a quick and easy route to adding some beach charm to a guest room. Add a chunky pillar candle on a pedestal, and you’ve created a relaxing retreat.
And if you are up for a bit of a challenge, check out this tutorial to learn how to create a custom upholstered headboard that pairs a sophisticated, budget-friendly look with an unfussy beach vibe.
If you prefer arts to crafts, stenciling subway art onto burlap is a great way to add graphic interest and a message to curtains, cork boards, and everything in between.
Last but not least, burlap pennants are one of our favorite new products ~ these burlap pennants ~ pre-made jute triangles are just waiting to be stenciled. They’ll welcome the honeymooners to their seaside retreat, the family for a gathering, or just express your delight at being at the beach.
burlap pennants stenciled
Whether you’re redoing an entire home at the coast, or freshening up a corner of your home, burlap and jute are two fabrics that are inexpensive, easy to work with, and flexible enough to fit into a variety of design and life styles.