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This burlap decorative pillow cover is from Earthy Vintage Boutique on Etsy!

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Super simple! The winner will be picked on Thursday, April 9th!!!

Burlap Apple

Several years ago I made a deco mesh apple for my classroom door, but I have never been satisfied with how it turned out. Sometime last year I saw a burlap apple door hanger on Pinterest and felt inspired. I have hung on to that image for months and finally got around to making it! It is not completely finished (it still needs my name and a clear coat to preserve all of the paint).
Here is how I made it:
Take some burlap and double it up.

Using a marker, I use sharpie, sketch your shape onto the burlap.

Making sure you have both layers of burlap, cut out your general shape.

Staple our two layers together, making sure you have both layers lined up. Also make sure to leave a hole to put grocery bags in.


Stuff your shape with grocery bags (the brown bags from ingles work best).
Completely staple up the burlap.
Paint your shape however you like. TIP: do not paint two different colors that are touching until one of the colors is completely dry

Here is what I have finished as of right now!

I plan on using a thick black sharpie to add my name to the front and some details to the leaf. I also plan to use white out on the stem to add some details. Then I will use a clear spray paint to preserve all of the paint and colors. Lastly I will add wire to the top to hang it by (probably a clothes hanger in my case)

DIY: Burlap Wreath

I love burlap! I love wreaths! So a few months ago I made a burlap wreath for my front door that I could use for all months of the year. I can make each month or season as unique as I would like by simply changing the accessories I add to the wreath.

Here is the basic final product:


Okay, so here is how you can make this:

  1. Buy a 14″ Styrofoam wreath, 2 rolls of burlap ribbon (5″ wide and 15′ long), and 1 package of floral pins
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  3. Cut the burlap ribbon into 5″ squares
  4. Holding 1 square of burlap, fold opposite corners towards one another.
  5. Then take the left corner to meet the two corners which are already touching on the backside.
  6. Next take the right corner to meet the three corners which are already touching on the front side.
  7. Using one floral pin, pin the burlap where the corners meet to any starting point on the foam wreath.
  8. Repeat steps 3-6 until the entire wreath is covered.

I bought a small wooden “R” and painted it black, attached it with black ribbon and a floral pin to my wreath. I always leave the “R” on the wreath, but I change my other accessories monthly/seasonally. Take a look at a few of my accessories!


February’s Valentines Wreath


Spring’s Floral Wreath


June/July’s Independence Day Wreath

I buy most of my accessories at Hobby Lobby (when they are on sale of course) or create them myself (the flowers for spring were placed in the tin with foam).

I hope you all are inspired and can create your own burlap wreath now too!



It is October and it is time for PUMPKINS!

I love pumpkins (however I do not love pumpkin pie–texture thing)! I have several pumpkins around my classroom and home, but I want to share some pumpkins you can make yourself.

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This littleĀ  pumpkin is a real pumpkin (a few dollars at most grocery stores). It has been drawn on with a black sharpie and raffia is tied around it’s stem. Super easy! Super CuTe!!!


This pumpkin was filled with cheese puffs last year during Halloween (bought at Ingles). When the cheese puffs were gone I washed it out really well and spray pained the outside orange. Then I used my cricut and black vinyl to cut the circles and name out. This year it is full of candy!


My last pumpkin (for now) is a burlap door hanger I made. I cut a pumpkin shape out (two times-front and back), stapled the edges (about every 2 inches), filled with grocery bags (preferably brown bags), paint the outside of the burlap (tempera paint is what I used), and attach string to hang!!! This pumpkin is on my classroom door and makes for a very welcoming fall entrance!