Friday, December 4, 2009

Burlap Snowflake Tutorial

Okay, I still don't have a new camera yet, so you're going to have to bear with my crappy pictures. I was so excited to share this that I couldn't wait. I saw somewhere on blogland a tutorial for newspaper snowflakes. I was going to make those, but then the burlap post yesterday got me thinking. Why not make them with burlap?

So I give you: Recycled Burlap Snowflake Ornaments!

Here's mostly what you need for supplies:

  1. A snowflake template (printed mine off the internet onto card stock)
  2. Mod Podge
  3. Paintbrush
  4. Cardboard (in this case recycled from the back of an empty legal pad)
  5. Scissors
  6. Burlap scrap (or any fabric would work really)
  7. Buttons or other embellishment (not pictured)
  8. Glue gun (not pictured)

First: trace your snowflake pattern onto the cardboard:

(sorry for that horrible pic!)

Next, flip over your cardboard and brush mod podge over the back side of the cardboard (so you don't cover your traced lines). Make sure you put on a fairly thick coat so the burlap will stick good!

Then put your piece of burlap over the mod podge, smoothing it as you go.

Now comes the hard part, waiting for it to dry (at least that's the hard part for me!).

After it's dried for at least 10 minutes (15 would be best), turn over your cardboard and cut out your snowflake along the traced lines.

You could just leave this as it is, but I decided to put some buttons on mine with the hot glue gun (yea instant gratification!)

Then I punched a hole in the snowflake with a regular hole punch and tied a natural cotton string through the hole. You could use twine or ribbon for this too, I didn't have any twine! :(

TaDa! You're done!

Wouldn't a bunch of these look great on a rustic themed tree? Or as a great handmade package topper? You could do any shape you wanted, don't limit your imagination to snowflakes. I can see these as deer, trees, the sky's the limit!

Also, you could probably eliminate the need for cardboard by treating the burlap with fabric stiffener and then tracing and cutting your pattern directly from that. I haven't tried this method, so I can't guarantee the burlap won't unravel at the edges.

Let me know if you try this project! I'd love to see your version.

Happy Crafting!

*P.S. Two tutes in two days, I am on a roll! ;)

*Sharing this at:

The Inspired Room's Holiday Linky Friday

Today's Creative Blog: Get your Craft On

A Soft Place to Land's Do it Yourself Day


  1. Sweet idea- I have some left over burlap and now I know what to do with it.
    Merry Christmas

  2. great idea- they would make a great garland! I'm so going to try that, thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Love this! I just reTweeted and am now following you!!

  4. I like this. It turned out great. And I love Modge Podge!

  5. I discovered Modge Podge this year & it's showing up in lots of my gifts - love the idea of using fabric to cover a shape. I'm covering those little cheap boxes you can pick up at Michaels with MP & scrapbook paper, but fabric would add a whole new dimension.
    Saw you at the Inspired Room link party.....
    Terrie @ YourDecoratingHotline

  6. Lovely idea - tempted to try it :)




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