Looking for some easy burlap ribbon projects? This project is one of the easiest. You’ll just need sharpies, burlap ribbon and your favorite message. Create this printed burlap ribbon in minutes.
If there were an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for world’s easiest burlap ribbon projects….
….this printed burlap ribbon would be in the running.
You could almost make it and brownies at the same time.
But the brilliance of it and the simplicity and versatility and possibilities of it….
Because these are the burlap ribbon projects for you.
Where to find burlap ribbon?
For all your burlap ribbon projects, you can find ribbon just like this at most craft stores. It comes in 2″ wide, 3″ wide and 4″ wide ribbon. You can also make your own burlap ribbon by cutting strips of burlap and fraying the edges of the burlap to create a ribbon. This is the ribbon I used for this project.
Can burlap be used outdoors?
Yes. Burlap can be used to decorate outdoors. Burlap is made of plant fibers and extremely durable. Ribbon like this would work well on wreaths, doorframes or used as garland for Christmas decorating.
Should burlap be washed before using?
For larger projects, such as curtains or tablecloths, you can wash burlap in the washing machine using about half of the laundry detergent you would use for a normal load. For smaller projects, like this ribbon, I don’t wash the burlap before I use it.
How do I get the wrinkles out of burlap?
To remove the wrinkles from burlap, make sure the burlap is dry and set the steam on high on your iron. You can also slightly dampen the burlap before ironing to get rid of wrinkles. Make sure that you iron the material in a constant circular motion to make sure the burlap does not burn.
How Make Printed Burlap Ribbon
burlap ribbon with a wide weave
(total aside: only two supplies….see how easy it is so far)
Step 1: Print out what you want to say
This is probably the hardest part of the craft. You can choose one long phrase or just repeat the smaller phrase over and over again. I used about 10 feet of burlap ribbon for this project. And you want to estimate about six words per foot. If you are trying to think up what to print on the ribbon and you can’t think of anything, here are a few suggestions:
a Christmas carol
words to Twas the Night Before Christmas
Merry Christmas in different languages
words to the 12 Days of Christmas
Step 2: Choose your font
Then select your favorite font and print out from your computer. You want to select a font that matches your personality and your decor. For example, I like to use bold fonts that are easy to read because I’m using this ribbon to decorate the Christmas tree. If you were decorating a mantel, you might want to choose a hand-written font or a whimsical font. Looking for a fun font to choose from? Here’s a fun selection of hand-written fonts you can use.
I used High Tower font for this project.
Step 3: Choose your sharpie
That’s how easy this burlap ribbon project is. One of the steps is choosing a marker.
I like to use Sharpies because they are permanent, easy to use and come in a fun variety of colors. Pick the color you want your words to be. Sharpie markers also come in a variety of sizes with different tips. Don’t choose a fine tipped marker because it doesn’t work well with the burlap. Instead, choose a medium-sized tip for this project. If you are working with larger ribbon and want to make more of a statement, then a thicker marker is the right tool for the job.
Step 4: Place the words under your burlap ribbon and trace
For these burlap ribbon projects, you’ll want to make sure you choose a ribbon (or burlap) with a wide weave. Once you place your paper with the words printed off underneath the burlap, the words should be easy to see. The burlap is see-through so it’s easy to see the letters underneath. Just center letters on the middle of the burlap ribbon and trace. You might want to go over the letters a few times to make them bold enough to see.
One quick tip: I cut out all my words and taped them together. This made is easier to trace the letters without moving the paper. It also allowed me to center the letters on the burlap ribbon in the same place.
Can you even believe it? You are amazing! 10 minutes and two craft supplies and four simple steps later you are DONE. And now you’re thinking, that was easy. That was fast. I know it only took me minutes and now? The ribbon is done. But what do I do with burlap ribbon?
And that my wonderful, incredible, Guinness World Record crafter is the best part. Because simply put….
….the possibilities are endless.
How to decorate with burlap ribbon
- You could tie it onto the back of a chair.
- Or wrap it around a wreath.
- Or decorate a mantel.
- Or add it to a pumpkin….oh wait….wrong holiday.
- Or hang a wreath from the ceiling.
And on….and on….and on.
You and your burlap ribbon can decorate the town. It’s great for Christmas, but there are tons of other possibilities as well. You could make a ribbon for your Valentine decor or make this ribbon for the Fourth of July or make a birthday banner with it or create simple, easy wedding decor. All of these burlap ribbon projects are just a sharpie away.
Here’s to making life (and your ribbon) a little more beautiful.