Adventures in Jute and Other Things

Over the past few months, I’ve been on a wrapping-stuff-in-jute kick in a big way. It all started last November with a $5 Walmart vase and a picture I saw on the root of all evil, Pinterest. I began wrapping jute around the vase, starting on the inside of the mouth:


Several hours, ten burnt fingers, and 50,000 sticks of hot glue later, I was actually pretty proud of my jute-wrapping skills! I finished off the vase with a burlap-and-lace sash around the center, and a flower reminiscent of the ones I made for my burlap wreaths.


By that point, I was hooked. While I looked for something creative to fill my new vase, I turned my attention to Christmas decorations. I’ve never been big into seasonal decor before (it’s just one more thing to have to store and move when you change living locations every six months), but this December, I was feeling inspired. I bought my first live Christmas tree (which smelled heavenly) and decided to go the rustic/woodland route with burlap garland, bow, and tree skirt, and muted-colored ornaments. To add my own touch to the tree, I bought some styrofoam balls and began–you guessed it–wrapping them in jute:


I hung them with paper clips and was really pleased with the rustic flair they added to the tree:


Then, just for kicks, I wrapped a few balls in lace to balance out all the rustic with some chic.


I finished off the look by using the bottom branches I trimmed off the tree as live greenery on top of my TV hutch and around that white milk bottle centerpiece I love so much. I also decided to go ahead and spray paint three Mason jars I had sitting around and stuffed them with the live greenery as well.


Oh, and remember that cotton I’d brought with me from Georgia? Turns out it looks pretty fantastic mixed in with greenery and Christmas lights! Here’s the whole ensemble.










You’d think I’d be tired of wrapping things by this point, but no! With my living room looking festive, I turned my sights toward another Pinterest-inspired project: wrapping papier-mâché letters in yarn. I’ve always loved incorporating letters and words into my decorating (comes with being an English teacher, I suppose), so I went to my local craft store and picked up some letters to make my initials, along with some yarn (in my two favorite colors, gray and goldenrod). If I’d thought the jute-wrapping was tedious, I quickly learned the meaning of the word when I began using yarn. The edges of the letters were the hardest part, but with a little hot glue and patience, they began to take shape:


Curvy letters are definitely the most difficult. I just kept wrapping in small sections until each curve was completely covered. For the straighter-edged Es, I simply wrapped them once in one direction and wrapped over that a second time in the opposite direction. The effect looks pretty cool.

Now that all three letters (plus a fourth I made as a Christmas present) are done, I can safely say I got the wrapping frenzy out of my system…for now. I set all three letters on a chest in my bedroom alongside the jute vase. While on vacation at my parents’ home in Georgia over Christmas, I discovered a field full of beautiful winter wheat grass and cut a bunch to take back to Arkansas with me. It survived the journey and now looks beautiful in the vase, giving some height to my decorations:


I’m not going to lie, I do love that my initials spell the word “see” because I think it can take on multiple meanings. I finished off the display by hanging a Shutterfly canvas print of my sweet little dog, Georgie, over the letters, in memory of her.

Thus concludes my wrapping adventures. If any of this inspires you to wrap something of your own, let me know! Let’s share ideas!




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