Burlap Bows {DIY Project}

I’ve challenged myself to do 90-95% of my Christmas gift wrapping with kraft paper this year.  Soooo, I’ve been busy trying to whip up some ‘homemade’ embellishments.  I knew one thing I wanted to try was the burlap bow.  Anywho, I did a little research, made a trip to JoAnn Fabrics — and here we are.  I’m super excited to share this tutorial with all of you.  Overall, this is super easy (maybe a little messy, but that’s burlap for ya. wink).

For your supplies, you’ll need burlap, pinking scissors, glue gun and stapler.

You’ll then want to cut {seven} strips of burlap about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in width.  Length wise you’ll need two 10″ strips, two 9″ inch strips, two 8″ strips and one 4″strip.
Burlap Bow DIY
For each of the strips (except for the 4″ one), you’ll want to loop each end around and staple them together in the middle (see below).
Burlap Bow DIY
Burlap Bow DIY

Try to keep the sets of two together… it will help a bit for the next step {smile}.

Burlap Bow DIY

You’ll want to start with the two 10″ loops.  Create an ‘x’ with them as displayed below.  Using your handy dandy glue gun to hold them in place.  You’ll then want to place the two 9″ loops in the similiar ‘x’ shape on top of the other two.  Continue this until all six of the strips/loops have been used.

Burlap Bow DIY
Burlap Bow DIY

{Squeal}!  It’s looking good.  Isn’t this exciting?  Well, we’re officially ready to complete your bow.  You’ll now take the 4″ strip and loop it into a circle and glue into the center of your bow.

Burlap Bow DIY
Now, it’s time to get your ‘wrap’ on — and how exciting to be using some of your very own handmade embellishments.
And there you have your burlap bows!
To see who I’ll be partying with on this project, click here.


  1. Chelsea says

    This is a fabulous tutorial- I will defintiely be spicing up our Christmas presents with these cute little bows this year :) Thank you!

  2. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says

    Oh my! I LOVE these!! They are so perfect! Too bad I already have all my gifts wrapped and mailed out to family!
    Thanks so much for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I have included this in today's features!

  3. Diane Krause says

    I love these bows, but I just can't get the right way to fold them??? Maybe I am over thinking it??

  4. milliemorganmedia says

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  5. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog says

    These came out perfect! I love the homemade embellishments with kraft paper combo for your wrapping. Happy Holidays!

  6. cathy@my1929charmer says

    It never ceases to amaze me what someone can do with burlap. I LOVE IT. the bows are beautiful and the tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best and wishing you Happy Holiday's.

  7. Christina at I Gotta Create! says

    WHOA!!! Those are much easier than I would have imagined! Thanks for the tutorial. These are really fabulous <3 I'm PINNING it!!

  8. Kara at Petals to Picots says

    Hi Kelly! Your bows were one of the top voted projects at my "Best of 2011" link party. Make sure to drop by my site tomorrow to see it featured. Congrats!!


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