burlap container gardening DIY

We all know burlap has been trending f.o.r.e.v.e.r now and I really like to marry it with natural elements so why not plants & flowers? Come see how to create some unique and fabulous containers for your plants in this burlap container gardening DIY.

burlap container gardening DIY

I created this little planter vignette for the front of our house, using different burlap containers.  None of these containers are necessarily intended for gardening nor did I buy them with gardening in mind. Regardless, I love how they turned out.

My aunt & uncle are coming to visit from Uruguay tomorrow.  They have been coming every year around the same time of year now for awhile, and they spend about two months in the states. Although they don’t stay with us, we entertain them at our home a bunch, so I’m trying to make things prettier and more welcoming.  You now how that is.

The Burlap Bee Vase

Anyway, back to the containers.  I’ve had the bee bucket for a few years now. It has a glass insert, and it has been used in many ways, including as a wine bucket, or a decorative vase with pine cones, ornaments, and seashells, or a magazine caddy in the family room.

burlap container gardening

The size and shape of it reminded me of the gallon containers at the garden center so into a cache pot it became.  Super easy. I didn’t want to necessarily plant in it because it would be messier to clean up, since I do plan to use it again for other purposes.

The Burlap Sac

The burlap sac I picked up at Target in the $ bin area awhile ago.  Although it wasn’t $1, it was a $3 item, I still thought it was a good deal.  I didn’t know for what I was going to use it but as I put it in my cart I wanted to grab a whole bunch, but I couldn’t justify it since I didn’t have an exact purpose.  Now I wish I had.

burlap container gardening

I added the “GRAINS” graphic from The Graphics Fairy using print & iron fabric sheets I picked up at Joann’s.  It’s so flipping cute, right?  I planted my flowers and plants into a plastic grower pot that I just slipped into the burlap sac.  The sac has a plastic liner by the way.  I know, I know.  I should have bought more.  How cute would this be with a small christmas tree around the holidays?  Sigh.

The Burlap Aluminum Can

Anyway, last but not least is the little guy, which is just a used aluminum can covered in burlap ribbon, purchased at Michael’s.  Once again, a super easy project.

So, the can, instead of landing in the recycle bin, it was lathered with spray adhesive and the burlap ribbon.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

burlap container gardening

I love the combination of burlap with greenery and flowers.  I love the welcoming vignette it has created.

My aunt and uncle will be here soon, and I cannot wait to see them again.  I hope everyone is getting a chance to visit with family & friends this summer.  It’s so nice to entertain and spend time together outside.

Although this is an older post from my archives, I recently shared this post {container gardening ideas & inspiration}, in case you missed it.

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“Happy Summer Living!

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  1. Edye says:

    What a lovely idea! The burlap looks amazing on the flower containers 🙂
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  2. thanks edye. i’m loving the combination too. i think i’ll bring it inside for the fall. xo- mj

  3. Melanie says:

    Very cute! I have seen those burlap bags at Target too and have wanted to buy all of them, but never had a reason. Now I do! 🙂 Hopefully I can still find them!

  4. I love the burlap containers. Thank you for sharing them at SYC! xx Jo

  5. hi melanie- i haven’t seen them in awhile but you bet i’m keeping my eyes peeled for them now. lol. xo- mj

  6. thanks jo! see you at the next syc. xo- mj

  7. Angel Allen says:

    Hi Maryjo
    These burlap containers are awesome. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Your creative post will be Featured at this weeks upcoming party.
    Thanks for partying with us,

  8. monday funday! thanks angel, you just totally made my day! c ya on wednesday. xo- mj

  9. Jann Olson says:

    Gosh Mary Jo, this is so stinkin cute! I have that same bee planter and two of those burlap bags with handles. I have cousins coming for a reunion next Sat. We will be having dinner at my house Friday night with my bros. and sisters. I may just have to copy you girl! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Sherry says:

    Such a cute look! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  11. go for it. i love it. they would be cute on a table top as centerpieces too. loving the she shed btw; it looks fantastic! xo- mj

  12. thanks sherry! love joining in and appreciate you hosting every week. xo- mj

  13. Hi Maryjo I’m Anne from Birdsong Bits and Pieces (https://birdsongbitsandpieces.blogspot.com), and I found you through the Shabbilicious Friday blog hop. What a great idea to combine burlap with container gardening. And I love your use of the rope along the top, great idea. Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you, and I hop you can stop by my blog at some point to say hello. Have a great day!

  14. Hi MaryJo, I just love your burlap projects!!How did you transfer the bee graphic to the burlap?
    Thanks, Beth

  15. thanks for stopping by anne & leaving a comment. of course i had to stop over your way and i love your paint jobs! the chalkboard door is my favorite, but the chair is super sweet too and the dresser looks fabulous! can’t wait to see what else you do. xo- mj

  16. hi beth! thanks for stopping by. i bought the container w/ the bee on it as is. i did the graphic transfer on the handles burlap sac using printable fabric and ironed it on. i think the only way to achieve the bee look would be with a stencil. hth. xo- mj

  17. Sandra Garth says:

    My family probably thinks I hoard too many old containers and cans but I know someday they will come in handy. You made great use of yours and the burlap is very earthy. Thanks for sharing your links with us at Celebrate Your Story and have a fun week!

  18. your comment totally made me chuckle. i have all sorts of jars & containers in the garage that i know drives my hubby crazy but he knows better than to even question me. there’s method to our madness for sure. lol. xo- mj

  19. These are all so very cute. I love the bee design of course and I have burlap ribbon that would be great to use up by copying your tin can project. Thanks so much for sharing it all. #HomeMattersParty

  20. Naush Samama says:

    They look lovely, Maryjo. Thank you for sharing your post with us at Meraki Link Party. Delighted you could join us. Looking forward to seeing you again.
    Much love

  21. Carol Benton says:

    This is a smart and creative idea to dress up recycled containers, making them all match (or coordinate) and look “new” for your collection of plants. Very pretty!

    1. Thanks so much Carol. Anytime I can prevent something from landing in landfill, it makes me super happy. XO-MJ

  22. Laurie says:

    You’ve given me some ideas. I esp like the burlap covered big can. I can def do that for some plants and basically have a free planter!


    Appreciate you linking up at the Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop 18


  23. April says:

    I rarely do any craft projects. But I bought a plant yesterday that needs a new pot, and I love this. I am actually going to do this. Thank you!!

  24. EsmeSalon says:

    This is so incredibly beautiful. Do you perhaps make these to sell? I would love some.
    Visited you via Welcome to Vintage Charm Party #384
    If interested, please hop over and come and share your posts with us at Senior Salon Pit Stop. See my entries: #47+48… and navigate to the bottom of my page for SSPS linkup, we hope to virtually meet you there.

  25. Rachel says:

    Beautiful, MaryJo!! I love the burlap against the green. What an easy project for an outdoor space!!

  26. Cara says:

    Looks like I need some burlap to give this one a try, love it! I am always up for a bee project for some reason, and I love the other two as well. Thank you for sharing your inspirations with us!

  27. theanswerischocolate4920 says:

    Very French Countryside and timeless. Featuring when my party opens!

  28. Cara says:

    Everything looks great with a burlap touch. That French bee is something that always grabs my attention every time. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Beth says:

    Innovative! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

  30. I love your creative burlap garden containers! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party! Thank you so much for sharing!

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