{DIY} Ballard Burlap Vase

I don’t know about you, but when I get a home decor catalog in the mail I’m not typically looking through it for things to buy. I’m looking for ideas, inspiration, and better yet, stuff I can make for cheap less! Suzanne Kasler is a celebrated interior designer…and Ballard Designs teamed up with her for a collection of home accessories. I love what she created, but one thing in particular stood out as a ‘Oh yeah, I could totally make that!!’

Behold the Burlap Vase….with a $49 price tag:
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I love the warm texture of the burlap against the cool sleek glass. And sure enough, the Dollar Store sells a vase in a very similar shape:


I love the ‘religious’ candles too….they burn with no smell and no mess. that’s what she said

I started with a swatch of burlap I had leftover from this project. Cut a piece about 2-inches taller and longer than what you need for your vase, then iron the two long edges down to create a ‘hem’:


I used hot glue for this project, but if you value your fingerprints, you might want to try fabric glue instead (burlap has large openings through which the piping hot glue passes when you press down!). After gluing down the two long sides, create a ‘hem’ on one of the short sides:


Run a line of glue along the edge of the other end of the burlap, then press the vase down on the fabric (this is the only place glue touches the vase):


Slowly roll the vase, wrapping the burlap as you go (no gluing necessary). Run another line of glue along the ‘hemmed’ end and press it down.


Wha-La….Burlap vase!


I filled one with stems, and another with my $1 candle….how do you think they compare?

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My mantel got a Fall Makeover with all these burlap goodies, I’ll show you the rest of it tomorrow! I’m off to the Blogger Post party tonight….I’m excited and nervous, please send me liquid courage! I’ll be sure to take pics of any wild and crazy blogger flashings happenings.

*And don’t forget the $55 CSN giveaway!*

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  1. Simply LKJ wrote:

    I love it! I have some extra burlap and tons of glass containers just waiting to be used! I have a thing for clear glass anything as I know it can be used just about in any room and any time of the year. I am thinking you could use stick on velcro too for the closure, a little less permanent if you want to use for something else later.

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  2. Rene wrote:

    Ha! Very clever.


    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  3. great job!!! i really like that look.
    did the "religous candle" come from the dollar store too??

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  4. sweetaimee wrote:

    very smart. It turned out great I may have to steal this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  5. I've been wanting to do something with burlap and this is perfect! I really like how they came out! Have fun at the party- wish I could join you!!

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  6. That is darling. I am copying this for sure! They would be great on a table, too. How fun to be going to that party tonight. Enjoy and can't wait to hear about it.

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  7. You win! It looks really good, who knew burlap could add so much?

    Have fun at the party!

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  8. wow, turned out perfect!

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  9. Dharma wrote:

    smartypants! "hey to the ho" on the hot glue tip, been there, burned that ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  10. Kelli wrote:

    I just may have to steal this look ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  11. They came out great! Such a simple, but classy, project! Have fun tonight!!

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  12. Very clever and creative! They look just stunning, girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo laurie

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  13. thse are fabulous! and you gotta love the cost efficiency. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Love it and I love that you saved $47! I will have to do something similar. Don't you love the dollar store!?

    Posted 11.4.10 Reply
  15. emily wrote:

    Those turned out fabulous! Can't wait to hear how the blogger party went.

    Posted 11.5.10 Reply
  16. what a great idea…those look exactly the same!!! I love it…

    Posted 11.5.10 Reply
  17. Sarah wrote:

    I LOVE this idea! Now I know what to do with the extra burlap I have. Thanks for sharing this project!

    Posted 11.5.10 Reply
  18. These are great! Saw you linked over at Thrifty Decor Chick Facebook page…just became a follower!

    Posted 11.5.10 Reply
  19. Holly wrote:

    Yours are just as good, better in fact, because they didn't cost the outrageous $49!
    I have a Pottery Barn, Ballard, Restoration Hardware linky party once a month. This would be a perfect entry if you'd like to join (or anything else from those stores. Next party is Nov. 18 if you're interested.

    Posted 11.5.10 Reply
  20. Isn't it crazy what they want for those things? Yours look great!

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  21. Paula wrote:

    Your version looks great!

    Posted 11.6.10 Reply
  22. Hi, Cassie! I LOVE your version of the vase. This looks like a nice "nap time" craft for me to try. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I can attest to the burlap/hot glue problem…I have experienced that firsthand. Thanks for joining my party. If you could please add a link back to me or my party button to your post, that would be great. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

    Posted 11.7.10 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    The burlap idea is cool. I may try that myself. Just an aside, the word you're looking for is "voila", not "wha la". ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Posted 11.8.10 Reply
  24. Love this $2 idea…come by and share it at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY…hope yo see ya there:) Happy Fall!


    Need some Christmas cash? Hop over and enter my gift card GIVEAWAY!

    Posted 11.9.10 Reply
  25. Your vases look fabulous! And…yes….isn't that what catalogs are for?! Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 11.9.10 Reply
  26. Love these! I'm linking to them in my Friday Favorites!

    Posted 11.12.10 Reply
  27. Amy Kinser wrote:

    I love them. Great job!

    Posted 11.12.10 Reply
  28. Becca wrote:

    So cute Cassie! I'll be featuring this post on Sunday on BCD! Thanks for linking!

    Posted 11.13.10 Reply
  29. Heidi wrote:

    I love this idea. I wonder if you could use a fabric edge sealer (I think it's called "No fray") on fresh cut edges of the burlap and not have to fold down the edges. I think I'll definitely have to try this! Great idea!

    Posted 11.13.10 Reply
  30. Who wins? Um, $2 you, hands down. Just finished my own on-the-cheap knock off from their catalog and am so on to copying your idea. Love how you did this!

    Posted 11.13.10 Reply
  31. Very cute, and you sure can't go wrong for two bucks!!


    Posted 11.13.10 Reply
  32. You did a great job! These came out awesome. I have some extra burlap. I should give this a go!

    Posted 11.14.10 Reply
  33. Great job, I may try this! Did you think of using mod podge to make it a bit stiffer?

    Posted 11.20.10 Reply
  34. LambAround wrote:

    You can't beat a savings like that! This is a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 11.27.10 Reply
  35. Heidiopia wrote:

    nice job, Cassie! Such a simple project but loads of impact. Popped over from CG's Fall Craft party ~
    Heidi @ Show some Decor

    Posted 10.4.11 Reply