When the new year rolls around and January 1 rolls out the red carpet….
…..some of my friends adopt a word of the year.
Have you every tried it? Doesn’t that sound incredible and purposeful and a great way to start off the year with a little inspiration?
Except every year I began the challenge, I discovered that a year is a really long time to date a word.
January I’m totally in. February I’m starting to lose steam. And by March I’m so over it.
Ironically my word this year was “resolute.”
And we all see how that’s working out. 🙂
So I’m trying something I little different.
Instead, I’m choosing a word of the day.
Something to live by.
Something to inspire me.
Like today’s word, “Just do it.” Okay. I see you totally counting the words. I know there’s three, but sometimes a girl has to have words of the day instead.
Just call me a rule breaker. 🙂
In the spirit of my word of the day, here’s to getting things done.
Like the letter I was going to mail.
And the yoga class I was going to go to.
And the new lipstick I want to try.
And the projects.
All those projects that are sitting there waiting for a start…..
….and a finish.
Here’s an easy, simple project that took less time to make then it does to actually decide on a word of the day.
How to make a DIY burlap runner.
1. Start with the ribbon
I went with the red theme for the Fourth.
Choose a variety of sizes and patterns.
Note. The largest ribbon in the picture, the stripe was too wide for the project and had to be cut in half.
2. Cut the ribbon
Cut your ribbon in 12″ sections.
Better to cut a little longer than you need and you can trim off the excess later.
3. Prepare the burlap
This can be done in a variety of ways.
You can cut the burlap for the size table you need and simply fray the edges.
You can cut the burlap for the size table you need and iron the sides down with fusible iron-on tape.
You can cut the burlap for the size table you need and sew the edges down.
I chose option number two.
And I left the ends of the runner unfinished to make the project easier.
4. Make a hole in the burlap
Don’t follow this picture. I took it before I figured everything out. This hole is too close to the edge.
Instead, do as I say, not as I did and make your hole about 4″ in from the end.
This gives it a little more burlap to stabilize the hole.
5. Add ribbon
Loop your ribbon in half. Insert the loop through the hole in the burlap.
Next, bring up the ends and tuck them in through your folded loop and pull tight.
Again, this picture shows the ribbon waaaaaaay too close to the edge of the burlap. This ribbon looks like it’s about to fall out any minute. When you start about four inches back, it works out so much better.
6. Keep adding ribbon
Alternate your ribbon pattern and add another ribbon following the steps above every three inches.
You could put them closer together if you wanted more texture at the end of the runner.
After you’ve added all the ribbon, trim off the excess ribbon so all ribbons are approximately the same length.
Here she is in all her finished glory.
It’s such an easy project and it took me only about an hour from start to finish.
Let me know if you try it.
And if you want to pick a word of the day, here’s a suggestion for you….
…..I think yours should be “Amazing.” 🙂
PS Want a little more burlap Fourth of July inspiration? Be sure and check out my burlap flag tutorial over on Homes.com.
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