I love how creative and re-purposeful people are getting now a days. It’s like any old thing can be remade and reused. It’s pretty awesome!! Take the potato sack for example. It’s made from burlap. Burlap is a woven fabric usually made from the skin of a jute plant to make rope, nets, and similar products such as potato sacks. Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads and is one of the most affordable natural fibers and is second only to cotton in amount produced and variety of uses. Well… let me tell you, ropes, nets, and sacks are the old ways to use burlap. Now there’s a new way… for fancy events!! What?!? I know, at first, I thought it was a little weird to be decorating special events such as weddings, baby showers and birthday parties with potato sack material, but after seeing it actually done, I think it’s beautiful and quite impressive!! Let’s take a look at how to use good ol’ burlap for your next baby shower!
Tables are probably the biggest thing in the room that needs to be decorated for an event and it should be quite exquisite since people will spend most of their time there. Burlap is a great way to go! It’s a beautiful neutral color that let’s your colors and other decorations stand out.
If you don’t want your table covered with solid burlap, there are very adorable ways to break it up. You can use beautifully painted glass mason jars along with little glass candle holders wrapped with just a strip of the burlap material to stay with the theme. Or your drinking cups can have the material creatively wrapped around them.
Banners seem to be all the rage these days… so how better to incorporate the burlap theme then to make a banner from it! Strong, durable AND gorgeous!!
Baskets are always a necessity at baby showers. People are always bringing well wishing cards for the parents or precious baby. Don’t just have a plain box or basket sitting around, spice it up!! It can be an adorable piece of art sitting there, waiting to be filled with sweet words (or money… or gift cards lol)!!
Diaper cakes!! Who doesn’t love those!? They’re an amazing addition to the baby shower decor, but then can be used for many weeks to come!! What new parent doesn’t want to save $40 on diapers?!?
Those oh so popular craft stations at pretty much every gathering and event now a days… what better way to incorporate the burlap theme then to use it for arts & crafts!!? You can make so many adorable useful things with this sturdy fabric! A few of my personal favorite things include the 1st letter of the baby’s 1st name, wreaths, picture frames… the ideas are pretty much endless when it comes to people being creative! Go with whatever makes your heart glad! I would have been so thrilled to have some amazing hand made stuff to bring home with me to decorate the nursery with!!
Now let’s not forget the super important baby shower cake! Every party has to have a super cute, delicious cake!! Now, believe me, I do think that a cake all covered with potato sack could be very ugly lol.. but once again, the theme here doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just a touch of burlap, perfectly placed is plenty to incorporate the theme. No need to over do it.
I have seen how beautiful decorating with burlap can be… but man oh man! I think I just fell in love with a new theme/style!! Lol!! As I was writing this post and looking at all the different beautiful ways to use burlap… I came to the conclusion that my next party might just be decorated in burlap with all the gorgeous pops of color that treat it so well!! It’s such a neutral pallet, that you can pretty much make it work with any season, theme, color… I love it!!! For a fall baby shower, you can add the oranges, reds, pumpkins, leaves or whatever resembles fall to you…. for spring use bright pastel colors such as yellows, pinks, baby blues. Winter… oh! Can you imagine the crisp white against burlap? Or the glitter snowflakes you can use? Maybe it’s just too beautiful in my mind right now and I’m having a hard time putting it into words… but the old potato sack material has just made it to the top of my list!!!