Decorative, burlap details have become a mainstay in country and rustic weddings. And since flowers are also common decorations, why not include burlap flowers in your decor? Here I show you how to make rustic burlap flowers with three layers. There are many more ways to create burlap flowers, so please also see the additional styles showcased after the tutorial. Finally, if you prefer a more elegant look, see the DIY burlap and lace flowers tutorial here.
Note: If you arrived via the rustic wedding cake tutorial, the largest (bottom) brown burlap layer is what I used to make the leaves for the roses in the topper.
What You Need
Since my craftiness level is rudimentary, this tutorial requires only basic skills and no hot glue. I’ve laid out the steps below so you can either follow along with the video or forgo video completely and go the written route. The video is also on YouTube, here.
For more visual detail, take a look at the infographic at left, which shows each step.
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Before starting, collect these supplies…
- Two contrasting colors of burlap. (You can find burlap in many colors or patterns here.)
- Tape measure
- Needle with a large eye (big enough to thread a string of burlap through).
- Clear-drying glue
- Small jewels or other decoration for the center.
Step 1: Prepare the burlap.
Starting far enough ahead of time for the glue to dry, cut burlap squares and apply glue to two opposite edges.
- Cut three squares, with the middle-sized square in a contrasting color: 7″, 5″, and 3″ (or whatever proportions you like).
- Apply clear-drying glue to two opposite edges on each, leaving an inch or so without glue at the corners.
Step 2: Begin making the bottom layer.
Fan-fold the largest piece of burlap into 1/4, with the glued edges long-ways.
- Fold in half, glued edges touching.
- Fan fold into 1/4.
Step 3: Cut petals and secure double-looped thread at center.
- The narrow ends of the folded burlap will be the petals. Cut one end to be rounded or pointed, whatever shape you’d like for the base layer.
- Fold in half and, using the first end as a pattern for the second, cut the opposite end of burlap into petals.
- Keeping the burlap folded (so you don’t have to measure), loop a doubled burlap strand around the center and secure it with a knot. The knot should be on the same side as the edges that have glue on them.
Step 4: Fan out petals and sew edges together to round out the layer.
This step is why we put glue on the edges: it keeps them from fraying when you sew the layer into a round shape.
- Working from the underside, sew together the loose edges by pinching the two glued surfaces together and threading the needle through them. These can be large stitches and they don’t have to be neat…no one will see the underside of your flower!
- Check the front to make sure you sew in the correct place.
- Tie off the thread and repeat on the other side.
Repeat steps 2-4 with the smallest burlap square (this is your top layer).
Step 5: Make the center, fringy layer.
This contrasting layer is made the same way as the others with two exceptions:
1) There is no need to cut the petals after folding the burlap into 1/4.
2) To fray it, pull out the horizontal(ish) threads until you’ve removed enough to your liking.
Check if you like the results by stacking the three layers and taking a look at them.
Step 6: Sew the three levels together.
Using a strand of burlap as thread, attach the three layers together.
- Starting from the bottom, pull the needle threaded with strands of burlap through the center of all three levels, then back down again.
- Do this two or three times, then knot off from underneath. Pull as tightly as you need to get the look you want.
Step 7: Attach the center decoration.
Glue or sew a jewel to the center of the top layer. Or you can do what I did and roll strands of burlap into a small ball and glue.
Optional: Purchase already-made burlap flowers
If making your own takes too much time or you do not like the way these look, you could also buy from someone who makes them. I’ve listed a variety of my favorites from Etsy below. (Note, you can find these and others here.)
Burlap flowers with Stems
Artisans sell both individual blooms and flowers with stems. Here are a variety with stems you may like.
- Top left: Gabriella’s makes her stemmed burlap flowers by looping individual strands of burlap and finishing the center with pearls. A bouquet of eight is here, but she sells in other quantities as well. Each flower is 3″ long and comes with a wooden stem measuring around 8″-9″ long.
- Top right: Linda creates unexpected beauty by staining the burlap and adding stamens to her burlap roses. This one is stained apple red, but she can tint other colors as well. The roses are 4″ across and 2 1/2″ high with a 15″ stem. While you are at her store, take a look at the burlap hydrangeas and peonies as well.
- Center left: Edna takes care of both the rustic flowers and vases for you. This centerpiece is 7 1/4″ high. Buy a set of ten here or ask her for a custom order.
- Center right: These flowers have rope branches instead of stems and are meant to be hung. Use them as pew or chair decorations, on windows, etc. Each rose is 6″ diameter with 12-13″ long branches. Helena sells them in sets of two here.
- Bottom left: These lovely long stem roses come in your choice of over 30 different colors. Each is 2″-4″ diameter with 12″ long stems. Lauren sells them individually or by the dozen. See the listing for a dozen here or ask her about bulk order discounts.
- Bottom right: Sometimes only single, white long-stem roses will do. These from D’laina are perfect for adding into centerpieces or as a decorative highlight elsewhere.
Bloom-Only Burlap Flowers
- Top left: If you believe variety is the spice of life this collection is for you. Resa will send you 10 burlap flowers in five distinct color/style combinations. Pick from 15 different accent colors.
- Top right: These large flowers, made with loose weave burlap, are perfect for rustic chic weddings or other decorations. At 6″ across, they are a nice size for cake toppers as well. Tanya sells them in sets of three.
- Second row left: These rolled burlap flowers with pearl centers look like ready-to-bloom rose buds. Claire sells a set of 30 here.
- Second row right: Taran’s unique, loose-burlap flowers would go nicely in a DIY bridal bouquet, on the cake (or cake table), and just about anywhere else you need rustic decorations. They are around 4″ x 1.5″ in size. Available in natural or cream burlap here.
- Third row left: Burlap sunflowers! The yellow is wonderful for a summer wedding, or choose oatmeal or natural for broader appeal. Morgan and Kim treat their flowers to prevent fraying. These are 5″ across, a convenient size for a variety of decor. Buy a set of three here or request a bulk discount for larger quantities.
- Third row right: This unique two-tone flower is another of D’laina’s designs. She intertwines natural and ivory burlap to create a look I haven’t seen elsewhere. Buy as many or few of these 5″ blooms as you need here.
- Bottom left: These roses are great as filler. Buy them in just about any quantity here. Amber sells them in an assorted mix of 2″ to 3 1/2″ sizes, but you can request all one size. Look around her store for additional colors.
- Bottom right: I like Morgan and Kim’s structured look so well I’ve included another of their designs. These little 2″ to 2.5″ roses could be used for a variety of decorative needs.