Laura Ingalls Wilder is somewhere…..shaking her head.

Or telling Mary and Carrie to save the feed sacks and run for the hills.

When she was saving her pennies for gingham and dimity and calico….never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined that burlap would ever become such a highly prized commodity.

I mean….have you tried to buy burlap lately?

It’s tough going.

There’s a burlap waiting list.

Too many people making curtains and tablecloths and wreaths and dust ruffles and pillows to have enough burlap to go around.

And now I’m adding flowers to the growing inventory of burlap projects.

So Laura….put down the butter churn….grab a feedsack…..and take notes. 🙂



Burlap Flowers





8 inches of coat hanger or heavy gauge wire

florist tape


flower center





Step 1:  Create the center of the flower

Place flower on the tip of the coat hanger and wrap end with florist tape.

Continue on down the wire until you have completely covered the wire with tape.



Step 2:  Make a burlap square

Cut three squares of burlap 7″ x 7″.

This is going to be your petal.

Fold burlap in half….leaving about a 2 inch edge as shown.


Ironing the burlap gives the burlap a nice crisp edge for the petal.

Trim away any excess strings of burlap.



Step 3:  Form burlap into a petal

This is easy to do and super hard to describe.

Bring the edges of the triangle together to make a loop in the burlap as shown.

Trim any excess burlap off the base of the petal.

It’s much easier than it looks.

It’s almost like the burlap wants to become a petal.

Maybe it is a little tired of all those curtains.


Step 4:  Wrap florist tape around the petal

Tightly wrap a piece of florist tape around the base of the gathered burlap.

Try to make this as compact as possible.

You have three petals to fit on your flower and you don’t want a big glump (a completely professional florist term) at the base of the flower.

Repeat step 4 and make two more petals.




Step 5:  Add petals to wire stem

Place all three petals around the flower that you taped to the coat hanger.

Wrap florist tape around all three petals to form a flower.

If the petals need a little extra support….use some hot glue to bind the base of the petals together.



I imagined these flowers in my head when I was wearing my bobby pin the other day.

And they turned out even cuter.

Maybe it was the bobby pin.

Maybe it was the burlap.

Maybe it was that even a feed sack……

……deserves a beautiful spring fling.  🙂

PS  May your day be full of joy and without any burlap waiting lists. 🙂

PPS  If you like burlap as much as I do….be sure and check out all my other burlap projects here.

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  1. Image for Shar Shar

    Girlfriend, you just need to cross the river into Ohio--there are no burlap waiting lists here! I just bought several yards to make a table runner, and a few extra to cover some bulletin boards. Now I'll have to go back for more for my flowers. Happy to share my 'sources'...;)

  2. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I can imagine a bouquet of those beauties brightening up a room...I love those!...Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Image for Linda Southworth Linda Southworth

    Now I really like that flowered center. It's just the right pop of color! I think I have enough burlap to try my hand at a flower or two. Thank you for sharing! Perfect as always.

  4. Image for Baileywife Baileywife

    I have like 30 yds of burlap just patiently waiting for its big debut as something awesome....besides curtains and message boards...needed a lil burlap inspiration! GRACIAS! ~Kim

  5. Image for Sally Sally

    These are BEAUtiful! Burlap IS popular these days. But -- one thing I need explained to me... burlap PILLOWS. Aren't pillows supposed to be soft for cuddling -- perhaps even laying your FACE against? When I see burlap pillows, I just shake my head. They're a mystery to me. =/

  6. Image for marydon marydon

    4,000 feedsacks I own & have in my basement ... but never ever did I think of burlap as a decorating fabric. This is the neatest flower I've seen created in a long time & of course that pink just sets it off. You may view our feedsacks, if you wish ... www.blushingroseboutique.com I so love waking up & seeing your shares each morn ... makes my day. Have a wonderful day. TTFN ~ Hugs Marydon

  7. Image for Audrey Zumwalt Audrey Zumwalt

    Now that is the best burlap flower that I have seen. ... no loose, raveling edges. I love the look of burlap, but hate the mess. I might even try to make these. Blessings, Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  8. Image for Marian Marian

    Girl, what were you staring at when you thought, "Hmmm. I think this burlap needs to be a flower?" I would never have gotten there. But it's super cute. I might make some with my kids this summer. BTW, that chevron rug in your closet completely took over my imagination and I am in the middle of making an orange and white chevron floor cloth out of half a drop cloth and paint I already had. I'll post about it when it's done. So thanks for that spark of inspiration. Have a happy day!

  9. Image for Karen Karen

    So pretty! I love the one petal look as a boutonniere too!! I found a uge moving box full of real burlap bags at a garage sale once. $2. So big and so many I couldn't move the box. I might have to try these!! Karen

  10. Image for Ashley Sparks Ashley Sparks

    So dang cute! I'm pinning this to my Easter Board so I can make it for Easter...which is like in a few weeks! AGH!!! Thanks as usual for the inspiration! Ashley Rane Sparks www.makeitrane.com

  11. Image for shirl' anderson shirl' anderson

    Just bought some burlap on Monday wondering what I was going to try next. Voila here you come with a flower. LOVE! I'll be trying this soon.

  12. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    I have an over-abundance of burlap left over from our daughter's engagement party last year. I have been trying to find ways to use it up or decorate with it. Now I have another project to attempt! Thanks for sharing! =)

  13. Image for Regina Regina

    Hmmm . . . so we have a burlap shortage in our part of the country! OH NO!!!!!! I have heard that if you look at hardware stores, or Lowe's or Home Depot, it's easier to find - and cheaper, too! I love these flowers - and I'm still pondering whether to make curtains out of burlap or drop cloths . . . You are just too much of an inspiration, girlfriend! :) Oh, and it was totally the bobby pin. Or just your awesomeness spilling over!

  14. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    I love these flowers made of rare, desirable, and hard-to-get burlap, Kari!! :) You're so right; our great-great grandmothers (and grandfathers) are probably thinking, "Say what?!" Seriously, you did a great job with these, and thanks for sharing with us. Have a wonderful weekend! Denise

  15. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    I am putting florist tape on my shopping list. I bet you could do this with drop cloth fabric too and I have that. So far there isn't a waiting list for drop cloths but I'm just waiting for the day that I enter lowe's for a drop cloth and they are out!

  16. Image for Dianne Dianne

    They look gorgeous and I too love burlap, I see where I can get it now, brilliant tutorial, thanks so much for sharing with us and have a fabulous weekend..

  17. Image for annel annel

    Lovely Flower Karianne...I get my burlap from the local coffee house for a few dollars, they even have printing on them, I cut them in half and use them to make chair covers,pillows and table runners, etc. and it is so easy! Now the french sacks, very pricey! :-)

  18. Image for Pendra Pendra

    You are such a clever, clever girl! Where do you get idea after wonderful idea from??? I can't even come up with one good one on my own!!! Old windows, doors, old hardware, old furniture, pallets and now burlap... the list grows and grows and so do the price tags!!! Hugs, Pendra

  19. Image for Dawn Dawn

    What a great tutorial. Your directions and picture were great.. I made mine with a five inch square and it worked great.. Thanks .. Your blog is such an inspiration. I love the way you write and describe it all.. The words just seem to come so naturally.. Great pictures also.. Thanks again.

  20. Image for Carol Carol

    Well, now you've gone and done it! I've had to add yet another board to my Pinterest -- Burlap & More Burlap! I have like a gazillion boards now because I like to divide things up -- just one of my little idiosyncrasies!

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  22. Image for JanH JanH

    This is EXACTLY what I want for center ties for our tulle chair sashes - but you must be using a very thin burlap ?> I cannot compact the end to any usable size :-(

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