DIY Burlap Bowl

DIY burlap bowl

From the moment I laid eyes on a gorgeous roll of lime green burlap ribbon, I knew I had to find something special to do with it. I hemmed and hawed over its potential uses until finally one day, inspiration struck. A bowl! A bowl made of burlap! So I grabbed my Mod Podge, rolled up my sleeves, and got down to business. I am so happy with the results – it turned out even cuter than I imagined!

DIY burlap bowl

You will need:

  • Burlap ribbon
  • Ric rac trim
  • Bowl to use as form
  • Plastic wrap
  • Mod Podge
  • Xacto knife
  • Polyurethane

DIY burlap bowl

Cover a large bowl with plastic wrap to use as a form for your burlap bowl. I used a glass serving bowl.

DIY burlap bowl

Cut strips of burlap to the length needed to go over the bowl. The length and number of strips you need will depend on the size of the bowl; I use 8 strips that were each about 16 inches long.

One at a time, brush the strips with a generous amount of Mod Podge and lay them over the bowl. I found that the burlap soaks up a huge amount of Mod Podge, so I added more to each strip once it was in place. To make sure the thicker parts dried well, I put half of my strips on, let it dry for a while, then added the rest. When all the strips are on the bowl, let it sit overnight to dry.

DIY burlap bowl

Flip the bowl right-side-up and use more Mod Podge to attach ric rac trim around the top edge of the bowl. I worked in sections and used clothespins to hold it in place until the Mod Podge started drying enough to hold on its own. Let dry completely. At this point, you’re ready to take the bowl off the form! (You might have to coax it a bit to get it to release.)

DIY burlap bowl

Use an Xacto knife to trim off any excess burlap above the ric rac, creating a wavy edge. Coat the finished bowl with polyurethane to prevent the Mod Podge from becoming tacky on humid days.

DIY burlap bowl

You can see that there is a little bit of brown paper gift basket filler peeking our between the oranges in my photo – that’s because I wrapped it up and gave it to my mom for Mother’s Day! Wouldn’t this fruit basket also make a wonderful housewarming gift?