DIY Holiday Burlap Garland

DIY Holiday Burlap Garland | redleafstyle.com

You can certainly buy your own garland to hang over your mantle or wrap around your staircase railing this holiday season, but why not make your own?

While garland made from real or artificial greenery is traditional, this ruffled burlap garland is more unexpected. And, it will add rustic charm to your holiday décor. Even better? You don’t need to be super crafty to make your own holiday burlap garland. It’s actually really simple.

You’ll feel all cheery inside when you drape your completed DIY burlap garland along your staircase railing. Here’s how to make it.

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Made from 5-inch rolls of burlap fabric, there’s no cutting required. You’ll need just a few other supplies to get started.

What you’ll need:
– Burlap fabric roll (I used two rolls of 5 inch x 10 yards that I got at Walmart.)
– String (a neutral color works best)
– Safety pin
– Scissors

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This is a great craft project to do while watching T.V. Once you get the hang of it, the repetition takes over, and you’ll be done before you know it!

Step 1: Measure your string
First, you need to determine how long you want your garland to be. The length of your string will be the length of your garland. I wanted my garland to run the length of my staircase railing. So, I measured it at 10 feet. Looking back, I wish I’d added a few more feet on so I could drape the garland in loops. Instead, I ended up just running the garland directly along the railing.

Once you decide how long you want your garland to be, cut your string to that length.

Step 2: Secure your safety pin
Tie a knot around your safety pin to one end of your string. Basically, just secure the safety pin to the string. (You’ll use the safety pin to thread through the burlap. It’s easier than trying to poke the string through every time by itself because it’s too flimsy.)

Step 3: Thread the string
Thread the string through the burlap toward the bottom.

Step 4: Weave using a zigzag pattern
Weave the string through the burlap from the top to the bottom in a zigzag pattern. How far apart you space the zigzags will determine how bunched the ruffles are.

Step 5: Bunch the burlap
About every two to three feet, pull the thread taut so that the burlap bunches.

Step 6: Finish off
Continue weaving and bunching until your burlap garland reaches your desired length. You’ll probably use more than one roll of burlap fabric, so when you reach the end of one just continue onto the next one. When you’re finished, simply knot your string.

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What I love most about this burlap garland is that it’s neutral. You can add elements to it that fit your style. I added tied bows at each end, strung it with lights, and wrapped bright red ribbon around it like a candy cane.

You could also add touches of greenery or hang ornaments from it.

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Don’t you just love making your home cheery for the holidays? I think homemade décor makes it extra special. If you want to make another crafty Christmas creation, try this DIY ornament wreath.

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.com

Before you hunker down for the winter, we still have a few nights left to enjoy the fall weather.

I finished making over a wooden bench for my porch just in time. Cast off on the side of the road, this sad wooden bench was destined for the trash.

See how I refurbished the bench—with a bit of sanding and a paint job—and gave it new life on my front porch.

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Abandoned in front of a house with a “free” sign taped to its front, this sweet little bench sat waiting for me to scoop it up.

Its maroon paint was chipped and worn, but more in a neglected way than in the farmhouse style that’s so popular today.

Despite its shabby paint and scratched up surface, the bench was sturdy. No broken legs or wobbly parts. It just needed a little TLC and a fresh paint job.

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Fixing this bench started with a lot of sanding. And more sanding. And taking a break when my hands hurt from all the sanding. And more sanding.

The boards that made up the seat of the bench were so scratched and worn that I would have had to sand them away completely for the scratches to fully disappear. So, I cheated and flipped them over so the scratched side faced down.

After all of the sanding, I slicked on two coats of a modern gray paint. (The paint was leftover from another project, so it didn’t cost me a dime.)

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This sweet little bench now lives on my front porch. It fits perfectly into a nook on the small porch, just as if it was meant to go there. Besides the practicality of adding seating, the bench also makes the spot feel much cozier. It invites you to take a seat and relax.

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Sometimes it doesn’t take much—just a coat of paint—to transform a piece of furniture. Whether you’re an old pro at redoing furniture or you’ve never done it before, I want to invite you to pick up that paintbrush.

If you’re working on a cheap dresser you found at a garage sale or an old end table that you don’t like any more, what’s the worst that can happen? If you don’t like the new paint color, just paint it again.

It’s pretty rewarding to give something new life, especially if you really enjoy it once the project is complete. Happy painting!


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How to Repurpose an Old Dresser Drawer into a Wine Rack

How to Repurpose an Old Dresser Drawer into a Wine Rack | redleafstyle.com

We’ve all seen repurposed dresser drawer projects. Turning an old drawer into a shelf. A dog bed. A planter. While I love all of these projects (anything old to new again is awesome in my book,) I wanted to try something a bit different.

I racked (get it!) my brain for a repurposed dresser drawer project I hadn’t seen before. When I saw the wine bottles on my bar cart, inspiration hit. Turn an old dresser drawer into a wine rack.

My dad gave me an old dresser drawer that, when flipped on its side, was the exact height to fit a few wine bottles. From there it took some trial and error to get the wine rack just right.

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I came up with this project when tasked with producing a repurposed dresser drawer project for the Summer 2016 issue of VintageKC magazine.

I wanted to create a piece of décor that fit my style—and that I’d actually use. Sometimes it feels like so many of the DIY or craft projects you see in magazines or on Pinterest look neat but aren’t something you’d enjoy having around for years.

I think my wine rack fits the bill.

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You’ll need to gather just a few supplies to do this repurposed dresser drawer project.

What you’ll need:

– Old dresser drawer (one that will fit wine bottles)
– Old boards
– Rope
– Saw
– Drill
– Paint (optional)

Here’s how I transformed an old drawer into a fancy wine rack with just a few DIY updates.

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I wanted to give my drawer a rustic look, so I started by swiping on a soft layer of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in linen. I kept the paint light so the wood would peek through.

Next, I cut four old boards to fit inside the drawer vertically and adhered them using wood glue. The boards also got a light layer of paint before I attached them. If you’re recreating this project, you may need more or fewer boards depending on the size of your drawer. I “measured” by laying wine bottles side-by-side in the drawer to see how many would fit.

The final step was to drill two holes in the top of the drawer. Cut a piece of rope to your desired length, thread it through the holes and secure the rope by tying each of the ends in a tight knot.

Add your wine bottles (or a bottle of whiskey if you accidentally opened the fifth bottle of wine like me,) and your wine rack is complete.

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What would you make from an old dresser drawer? There are so many possibilities!


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