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Jute is having a moment here in our humble home away from home–but what the heck is jute?
Without getting all technical or fancy pants, jute is from the corchorus plant–a tropical plant that is grown in long, shiny fibers that can be spun or woven into ropes or fabrics.
You guys, jute is the fiber that makes BURLAP! Hilarious, right?
Okay, so it might only be funny to me because I HATE burlap! Burlap was having a day in the sun for a while with everything from weddings to home decor–and I freakin’ hated it! It’s stinky and gives me goosebumps when I touch it. Now here I am obsessing over jute and it turns out to be the stuff to make burlap…
that’s just how I operate apparently.
I like that jute can be incorporated in to crafts and decor covering the range of coastal to farmhouse style–and a little in between. It has certainly inspired some coastal DIY projects for up here at our camp.
Many of these projects only require a spool of jute and a hot glue gun so you can start and finish these projects today!
Creating a Basket Out of an Old Pot
When we first purchased our home away from home in September 2016, the previous owners left their pots and pans. They were great to start, but this year I finally replaced those things and haven’t looked back…well sort of.
Turning to handy dandy Pinterest, I wanted to repurpose the pots and pans. I found Anderson and Grant’s post about wrapping sisal around her old pots. Instead, I wrapped mine in jute!
Uses: Right now one basket organizes some products our tiny trailer bathroom and the other holds the odd assortment of stuff collecting on our shelf. I was also thinking of making a smaller one for a planter (I’m still working on my green thumb). I think it would also be a budget-friendly remedy for a gift basket or raffle basket!
Wrapping a Jar or Vase
These artificial flowers have been sitting on a bunk bed in our trailer for over a year now.
They were originally purchased to be my wedding bouquet–but we just ran out of time leading up to the big day! I got married without them. I still loved the colors of these flowers and wanted to incorporate them into the decor somehow.
Originally I just put them in a jar–but I hated that I could see through the jar! I thought about pulling out the chalk paint from our bench, but then I just decided to wrap it like the pots and pans. I’m so glad I did!
Want to get super fancy or try something a bit more challenging? Here is an awesome infographic and video tutorial to make knotted jars for a more nautical look.
Uses: Flowers, candle or battery tea lights, hidden storage for small items—I might even wrap the jar in the bathroom holding our toothbrushes!
Inspiration & Future Projects:
Now that I have started working with jute, I’m pinning plenty of projects to try! Here are my top picks:
Look. At. THESE! Oh, my mind is spinning at the possibilities after checking out Ella Claire Inspired: Jute Twinkle Light Shade Tutorial!
I’m looking at you, sunroom! You too, sconces!
Market bags, coasters, rugs, more baskets?! I’m hooked on these projects!
The crafty creative energy is surging through me! What are your favorite projects with jute? Share in the comments below!