Earth Day Thursday- My New OBSESSION… Burlap

I am freaking insane over burlap.

Did you catch my post on Monday?

I love the idea of reusing old coffee sacks and environmentally friendly burlap for my projects. Burlap is made from jute and jute is a fast growing crop which is harvested annually. Burlap is grown in warm and humid climates which makes it naturally weather resistant, so it is a great option for outdoor and gardening projects too!

I have a new partnership that is just fueling this obsession and I am just warning you, there are many more burlap projects to come! Meet my friends at

Burlap is an awesome store where you can grab rolls of burlap, used burlap coffee sacks, burlap bags of EVERY size, jute webbing, sisal twine and anything you need for your burlap projects!

The burlap coffee sacks I used for this project are only $1.49 each! You MUST run over there and check out all of the amazing options and then just go crazy with your creativity in how to use burlap all over your home!

I am lovin my first big project and I have already received 3 great comments from my neighbors!


5 gallon bucket

burlap coffee sack


hot glue

jute twine

a metal label

I started with my full coffee sack laid out in  my back yard....this stuff is messy! I cut the bag so I ended up with 2 pieces. I wanted one finished edge for the top of my bucket, so one piece was smaller than the other. The smaller piece will be used for a project I am sharing next week!

1. I started by hot gluing the finished seam edge around the top of the bucket.

2. This is how it looked when the top was secured.

3. I hot glued the side,  pulling the burlap tight around the bucket.

(yes, there are two step 3's...can I blame it on the fact I am still mildly ill?)

3a. There was extra burlap around the bottom when I finished gluing the side.

4. I trimmed the extra to a few inches, and then hot glued around the bottom, pulling snug as I glued.

5. All attached and ready to decorate.

I used my jute twine and wrapped it around the top rim a few times for extra support in case my hot glue gives out in places.

The little metal label was a Pick Your Plum score from a few weeks ago. I used an Elmer's Paint Pen to label it and hopefully it will hold up to the elements.

I put it on the front porch and liked it so much that I immediately ran out to the backyard and made another one!

So, now I have one on each side of my porch and I LOVE them! I am  freshening up the porch and will share the entire thing with ya next week! Here is the new wreath I made for the door. Why, yes it also features burlap! How did you know?

Come now...who is coming along on the burlap train with me?

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  1. Love this quick and easy cover. I have the same obsession with burlap…love it and love using it in different projects. Heading over to check out this site. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Love!

  3. This looks fantastic! I’m a huge fan of burlap as well 🙂

    Newlyweds on a Budget

  4. I love this! I think I’ll pin it!

  5. Love the burlap stuff! It is messy, but oh so cute. Those flower pots are great~!

  6. Love this! Such a great idea!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow!

  7. Maureen says:

    Nice way to use that burlap! Very pretty planters.

  8. Love, love, love this!!! What an awesome idea. I think I have some burlap laying around here somewhere…..

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Jen @ Noting Grace

  9. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    My goodness..this is one charming THRIFTY idea…LOVE it!!


  10. Debra Kapellakis says:

    Those buckets are fantastic.

  11. Kim,
    SO in love with this project! I can’t believe you transformed a 5-gallon bucket to something so beautiful! Just featured it on our Shout Out Saturday Night on facebook 🙂

  12. I’ll be on the train with you! I’m glad you’ve partnered with because if not, I wouldn’t have known where to get the used sacks. And what a deal. I am going to check it out right now. I do want and need some of those! Thank you for showing us how to make this!


  13. Beautiful! I’d love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  14. Ohh I love these!! I am featuring you today!

  15. I also have fell in love with Burlap recently. I love to create from things I find at the thrift stores and garage sales. Last weekend I found an old small chicken coop (one you would transport in) at a garage sale for $2
    I loved the old barn wood on it so I did not want to change it to much. With that being said, I took the top slats off the coop and lined it with Burlap. I then filled it with top soil and planted a herb garden in the coop. It looks great and was such a cheap project! One of my new favorite yard ornaments!

  16. I love this! What a great way to update a planter or bucket. Easy and looks really nice. Do you have good luck growing veggies in bucket or pots? I haven’t had much luck when I plant mine in pots. Maybe the pots just heat up to hot here in Texas, I don’t know. But flowers usually do pretty good.


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