Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Upcycle: Fresh burlap... yes, burlap


I think that burlap is something you either love or loathe. Either way, it's a much more interesting fiber than you'd think. And it can contemporary... not just country! It's "green" because it's made from jute, a very low-impact plant to grow. So it's renewable. Even compostable! Also, it’s pretty easy to get second-hand/used burlap, if you know where to look. Local coffee shops, especially ones that roast their own beans, tend to be rich with big, empty burlap sacks.  For other ideas on how to find the stuff (and to read more about why burlap is awesome) visit Crafting a Green World.  Once you get your hands on some, make these pretty things (25+ projects for you):

Simple, fresh, painted burlap labels...


DIY Seed Flower Pockets from DesignMom


Wrap it around mason jars for simple table decor/favors ... I love the little wood tags on these.  


Fun matching aprons (made for a "His & Hers" shower) from Life as a Thrifter



Simple, stenciled placemats from DIY Inspired


I'm not a big wreath person, but I love the colors in this Tatertots and Jello creation.  



Bloom spring pillow ... this project involves reusing an old pillow form.  Materials: burlap, a sharpie and an old silk scarf.  Blah2Beautiful has all the instructions for you.


Bold and simple - great colors! (via)


Reverse canvas wall pockets by Cathe Holden for Craft


Simple, lovely pillow covers from rice bags.  Care of Creme de la Craft.


I love the contrast of burlap and turquoise ... tutorial here


Hard not To Be Charmed by these  ....


The beautiful, woven table runner care of FabYouBliss


Simple art DIY - burlap sacks stretched over frames. 


Crafting a Green World has created a little glasses case / device pouch DIY for you.


One of three burlap bag/purse tutorials offered free by La Maison Reid


No-sew roman blind / shade ...


The now famous (in the blogosphere anyway!) burlap lamp from Mama Says Sew

Momtastic shows you how to cover an old plastic beach or Easter bucket


Anthro inspired art ... from Life as a Thrifter.


DIY fabric trays from Crafting a Green World


No how-to ... linking to Etsy for this one because it's a great idea.  And simple to make.


Awesome, easy-to-make jewelry organizer from The Letter 4


a perfect spring project .... burlap flowers


Clean, contemporary, burlap-covered ottoman!