Shortly after Craig and I were engaged in December, one of my bridesmaids decided to throw us an engagement party. The location she chose already had a rustic feel, so she wanted to go with the burlap and mason jar theme so popular on Pinterest. I had pinned some burlap roses some time ago that I really wanted to try to make. My original pin didn’t include a tutorial, so I went searching for a tutorial and found a great one on Snug as a Bug Baby’s blog. The blog entry show step by step instructions for making beautiful burlap roses. Each step even includes a picture for clarity. If you choose to make these roses, here are my tips and suggestions:
- I didn’t actually know where to buy burlap since this was my first burlap craft project. (I use it in concrete applications for research projects somewhat often.) I discovered that you can buy it fairly cheap at Lowe’s or Home Depot. This is very low quality, bulk burlap. I ended up using this as the tablecloth at the party. At JoAnn Fabric, I found all different colors of burlap and even burlap with different designs. I picked up small amounts of several different types for decorating at the party.
- This project makes a huge mess. You end up with burlap “strings” everywhere. Be prepared to deal with that when you are finished. It also smells like burlap.
- The tutorial does not explicitly say that you need to hot glue every petal. It says to glue where needed. Since hot glue does flow through the petals, I thought I might be able to get by with gluing every other petal. This was a mistake. Glue every petal. Glue liberally.
- In the project, the crafter cuts strips of burlap. Burlap ribbon is a thing (although I’ve never used it). It might be worth trying the ribbon. This would result in less mess and cleaner looking flowers. I for one kind of like the “strings” coming off of the raw edge of the roses. They add to the rustic feel.
This is once again a project I decided to do before the blog idea came into my head or I would have posted more pictures. I love the way the flowers turned out. The were a big hit at the party. Many people came up to our table at the restaurant and asked where we got them. The official restaurant photographer even took a picture of them and added it to the restaurant’s Facebook page! After the party, I put all of the flowers in one mason jar and keep them on the coffee table in my living room.
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Here are a few pictures of the party itself. I love how the decorations turned out!