Last week I did a post jam-packed with DIY ideas for Thanksgiving decor and I thought today I’d do a fun tutorial for these burlap utensil holders. There’s a lot of cool thing about this project… they’re inexpensive & easy to make, they can be made any color & design you want, they can be personalized with your guest’s names or any message and even thought I’ve sewn this one, you can glue it instead making this a new-sew project! I just love the rustic look of burp next to our china and I think it would even look cool on top of your place settings with a menu tucked inside instead of silverware! The tag possibilities are endless… you could make clay leaves to string from them or make my gold wishbone and attach those to each one!
1. Start off by figuring out the sizing of your burlap, which will vary depending on the size of your silverware. I laid down a fork, knife and spoon and decided that a 4″ width would accommodate all three comfortably and still give me enough room to sew up the sides. Once you know how wide, measure with a ruler and pull on the string where you want to cut, this will give you a clear guide to ensure a straight line!
2. Once you have a strip cut with your desired width, you can put your silverware down to determine the height. Fold the burlap over to wear you’ll want your pocket to be and then cut at the top at your desired height.
3. Once you have your piece cut, mark with a piece of tape where the fold is, remember that you’re painting the back of the burlap so when you fold it into a pocket it’s on the front. Use tape to tape off a design in any pattern you like. Make sure you press down hard on the tape so that the paint can’t get underneath it and that the burlap is on a piece of newspaper to catch the paint that seeps through.
4. I found it easiest to use a pouncer and some paint (both Martha Stewart, the paint color was chestnut) but you could also spray paint or use a brush! Paint the whole taped off area with a layer of paint, soaking up any excess so the weaving in the burlap still shows.
5. Carefully remove the tape while the paint is wet. You could probably wait until it’s dry to make it less messy but you run the risk of the paint peeling up with the tape then. At this point you’ll want to either pick up your burlap and transfer it to a clean piece of newspaper or hang it to dry, otherwise it will dry to the newspaper and stick once the paint dries.
6. Once your paint is dry, you can either sew or glue the sides shut to make the pocket. I would suggest something like E600 because the hot glue will seep through the holes in the burlap and dry too fast/burn your hands if you try to do it off the paper. Use the string you removed when you cut your burlap to wrap around the holder and attach a tag, charm, button, etc. I used rubber stamps and the same chestnut paint to do a name.