DIY Friday: Burlap Napkin Wraps

Written by    Last updated: November 14, 2014

For beautiful wedding tables you need to look at the details. Textures, layers, and florals are hugely effective, so today we’ll prove it by making a simple burlap napkin wrap into a gorgeous table accessory. Using decorative accents, you can do so much more with your tablescapes.

DIY Wedding Table Decoration | Confetti.co.uk

Wedding place settings with DIY burlap napkin wraps.

Look #1 – Naturally Woodland

Woodland wedding table place setting | Confetti.co.uk

Woodland wedding table place setting.

What You’ll Need:

Materials needed to create DIY burlap napkin wraps | Confetti.co.uk

All the materials you’ll need to create burlap napkin wraps.

Instructions

Step 1: Choose the colour of craft paper you want—in this tutorial we used green—and gather about three different shades of it together. Then take a leaf-shaped hole punch and punch out some shapes.

Step 2: Measure your burlap to see how much you’ll need, making sure you take into account the excess you’ll need when the ends are folded over. (In this tutorial, our final wrap was approximately 5 inches long, so you’ll want the burlap cutting to be just over double that.)

Step 3: Fold the burlap in half lengthways so that one edge is frayed and the other smooth and curved.

Step 4: Fold over the ends of your burlap so that each end meets—overlap them a little bit and secure together with glue. You’ll be left with something like a sleeve/ring of burlap. (Ours was approximately 5 inches long.)

Leaf shaped hole punch | Confetti.co.uk

Hole punch your leaf shapes on different shades of craft paper. Secure your folded burlap with glue.

Step 5: Take your craft paper leaves and glue them to your burlap. We put a cluster in the top left corner and scattered the rest to the right.

Hole punched leaf shapes in three shades of green | Confetti.co.uk

Glue the craft paper leaf shapes to your burlap.

Step 6: Using a mini wooden clip (the one in this tutorial was painted with natural wood finish), we attached some stems of dried eucalyptus to the top cluster of craft paper leaves to complete the look.

The Final Look:

DIY woodland wedding table decoration | Confetti.co.uk

DIY woodland wedding place setting napkin wrap.

This look is very flexible. You can get a whole range of wonderful effects if you choose your materials with care:

  • Use burlap in different colours, or use a different material altogether
  • Choose a broader range of colours for your craft paper and apply them in different ways—for example, an ombre effect of one colour fading into the next.
  • Use a hole punch of a different shape.
  • Forgo craft paper entirely and use accessories like buttons.
  • Use an alternative plant to eucalyptus, in larger or smaller quantities.

Look #2 – Shabby Chic

What You’ll Need:

Shabby Chic wedding table place setting | Confetti.co.uk

Shabby Chic wedding table place setting.

Instructions

Step 1: Measure your burlap to see how much you’ll need, making sure you take into account the excess you’ll need when the ends are folded over. (In this tutorial, our final wrap was approximately 5 inches long, so you’ll want the burlap cutting to be just over double that.)

Step 2: Fold the burlap in half lengthways so that one edge is frayed and the other smooth and curved.

Step 3: Fold over the ends of your burlap so that each end meets—overlap them a little bit and secure together with glue. You’ll be left with something like a sleeve/ring of burlap. (Ours was approximately 5 inches long.)

Step 4: Cut a strand of your ruffled fabric ribbon to the same length as your burlap wrap.

Step 5: Trace a thin layer of glue down the centre of your ivory ruffled fabric and fix it to the centre of your ivory burlap wrap.

Ivory burlap and ivory ribbon | Confetti.co.uk

Glue the ivory ruffled fabric ribbon to your ivory burlap.

Step 6: Use 4 to 5 paper or fabric flower petals. Layer them on top of your ribbon and glue them together into a flower.

Fabric flower decorations | Confetti.co.uk

Layer the fabric flowers and glue together.

Step 7: Then, glue the entire flower to the left side of your burlap wrap.

The Final Look:

Floral Wedding Decoration burlap napkin wrap | Confetti.co.uk

Shabby Chic burlap napkin wrap.

Again, you can do a lot with this technique to make your napkin wraps unique and tailored to your theme. With all of the colour possibilities alone you have a huge creative scope, but again materials offer lots of possibility. The flower petals, for example, can be made of paper, fabric, or they can be real petals that are dried or preserved.

Look #3 – Rustic Appeal

What You’ll Need:

Rustic wedding table place setting | Confetti.co.uk

Rustic wedding table place setting.

Instructions

Step 1: Measure your burlap to see how much you’ll need, making sure you take into account the excess you’ll need when the ends are folded over. (In this tutorial, our final wrap was approximately 5 inches long, so you’ll want the burlap cutting to be just over double that.)

Step 2: Fold the burlap in half lengthways so that one edge is frayed and the other smooth and curved.

Step 3: Fold over the ends of your burlap so that each end meets—overlap them a little bit and secure together with glue. You’ll be left with something like a sleeve/ring of burlap. (Ours was approximately 5 inches long.)

Ivory burlap shabby chic napkin wrap | Confetti.co.uk

Cut your burlap to the desired length and fix folded end with glue.

Step 4: Take your mini wooden circles and drill a small hole through them.

Step 5: Take a piece of your ivory burlap and pull 3 to 4 strands from it.

Ivory burlap available from the Confetti shop | Confetti.co.uk

Ivory burlap with pulled strands.

Step 6: Tie the strands loosely around your burlap wrap and thread through your mini wooden circle. Secure it with a double knot and finish it with a bow.

DIY Burlap Wedding Napkin Wrap | Confetti.co.uk

Loop the thread through your wooden circle and tie in a bow.

Step 7: Tuck in some dried seed eucalyptus.

The Final Look:

Burlap Wedding Decoration | Confetti.co.uk

Rustic Appeal burlap napkin wrap.

Make your napkin wraps even more interesting by adding beads to the thread before you tie it around the burlap. And thread alternatives include or wrapped straw or vines for a rustic wedding theme, a thin chain for a vintage theme, and glittery string for an art deco theme. Also, why use glue when you can secure your burlap with interesting alternatives like Velcro, buttons, or fastenings?

More Ideas:

With these looks there are many more possibilities, but the effect you decide on will rely heavily on what you want for your wedding, such as your theme or the season it will be taking place. For example, winter is almost here and these napkin wraps will look splendid when decorated with white and silver. A stunning finishing touch would be glittering snowflakes, gems, brooches, needles or ribbons. Or a stem of holly and red berries instead of our eucalyptus. Furthermore, you don’t have to use this tutorial strictly for napkin wraps. This DIY is effective for anything from stationery embellishments, vase or candle decorations, cutlery wraps, etc.

Winter wedding accessories | Confetti.co.uk

Winter wedding accessories from the Confetti shop.

Above, clockwise from the top-left: Vintage Snowflake Brooch | Sparkle Snowflakes in Silver | Iridescent Snowflakes | Faux Jewels by the Roll | Personalised Ribbon | Diamante Silver Wire Pack

 

An earlier version of this DIY appeared on our sister blog, Weddingstar.

 

This article was written by

Leanne Smith
Leanne manages Confetti's Instagram account (@confettiwedding) and is one of Confetti's article writers. She enjoys being a highly creative person with a life-long passion for art and creative writing; she has a determined dream of becoming a published author. She values giving help and advice to everyone she can, and loves talking to new people.

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