It’s 2nd Wednesday of the month, you guys! And you all know that means Monthly DIY Challenge time! Much excite, such wow! In case you’re new, here’s what it’s all about: on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, me and my insanely creative blogger friends and myself create something based on a common theme and/or material. Here are some of our recent challenge project materials: air dry clay, leather, reclaimed wood, felt, chalkboard paint, white pillowcases, wooden dowels, planters and last month we worked with The FAT Paint Co.
This month we are actually working with another blogger – Carrie of Kenarry: Ideas for the Home! You may remember Carrie from my link party days – she was another co-host and she’s an awesome lady! Her company recently started selling burlap ribbon on Amazon (link will be below in the materials) and we thought it would be fun to work with her product! Normally burlap doesn’t really mesh with my design style, but I thought it would be a fun challenge to see if I could turn her cool rustic ribbon into something that fits my modern bohemian style – and let me tell you, it worked out perfectly! I decided to make a bohemian wall hanging and it turned out so cool – check out the tutorial below and stick around for all the other neat projects!
Bohemian Wall Hanging Materials
Fold the end of your ribbon in half back over the ribbon on the roll until the length of your folded ribbon is about 1 foot (this would be 2 feet if you unfolded it) and cut carefully with a pair of scissors.
Hot glue both the edges of the folded ribbon, leaving the shorter top end open.
With your folded in end at the bottom, pick a point about a third of the way up from that folded end and run a line of hot glue horizontally between the two panels of burlap. Press down until dry.
Using a pair of scissors, cut the loop at the bottom of your folded piece of burlap. The glue on the edges and the glue in the middle of the ribbon will hold your now separate pieces of burlap together.
Cut the stitched edges off the sides of your burlap pieces until you reach the horizontal glue line you added in step 3.
Carefully pull away the horizontal pieces of twine from the two separate ends of the burlap ribbon, leaving the vertical ones in tact. The horizontal pieces should come out easily while the vertical ones should stay put because of the glue and because they are still apart of the greater burlap fabric. When you are done it should look like this:
Take 3 strings from the bottom piece of burlap and 3 strings from the top piece of burlap and tie a knot. I do this by holding all the strings together, looping them over themselves and pulling through. Push your knot all the way to glue line. Progress:
And when you’re finished knotting you’ll have some nice, beautiful, bohemian fringe!
Come out the strings and trim if needed or desired.
Using your scissors, cut a ‘V’ shape out of a piece of leather or pleather and place on top of your fringed burlap pocket.
Cut another ‘V’ shape from the leather (here I made it a slightly smaller width for more visual interest) and place on top. Move pieces around until you are satisfied with their spacing.
Insert a piece of wax paper inside of your burlap pocket using the gap at the top. This will keep the hot glue from going through your pocket and sticking both sides together. Using your hot glue gun, glue down your leather ‘V’s.
Trim the leather, leaving a little bit of overhang so you can wrap it around the back of the pocket and glue down with more hot glue. Remove wax paper insert and discard.
To finish it off, I just used the twine that came wrapped around the Kenarry burlap ribbon and glued it to the back of the leather to make a hanger.
And that’s it! Who know that burlap could also work with the bohemian look and not just rustic farmhouse, right? I’m loving this handy little pocket/bohemian wall hanging. It’s just too cute!
I think the fringe might be my favorite part 🙂
It looks great as a bohemian wall hanging, but can also function as a little wall planter for faux flowers. You can add one bloom for a simple look, or put in a whole bouquet!
This burlap wall hanging also makes a fantastic storage pocket for just about anything. I thought it was a stylish place to store my knitting needles! But you could keep just about anything in there – paint brushes, pens and pencils, paper, you name it!
It was a ton of fun working with burlap ribbon for this challenge. Like I mentioned before, it isn’t a material I use in my normal decorating, so it was cool to think of a new way to use it that would fit in with my design style!
Now that you’ve checked out the tutorial for my burlap ribbon bohemian wall hanging pocket, be sure to head on over to all of my friends’ blogs and check out their equally (if not more) awesome projects! Just click a pic below 🙂
Do you like burlap? What’s your fave way to use it?