These burlap table favors are an easy, inexpensive and fun way to dress up the kids’ table for Christmas. Make a set of your own using ribbon and basic supplies!
Welcome to the final instalment of this year’s One Item Project Challenge. Kristin, Tiffany, Tara and I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks getting creative with glass paint and branches. This week I chose ribbon as the craft supply we all had to work with, since it’s relatively inexpensive, very versatile and most of us already have some (or a lot) on hand.
Before taking another trip to the craft store for this project, I decided to look through the box of ribbon I already had. I seem to have a slight obsession with ribbon that can get out of hand if I don’t exercise restraint. I justify it as one of those “you never know when you’ll need it ” items, when in actual fact I think I’m just a bit of a ribbon hoarder. Why? I don’t know. I can get lost in a ribbon clearance bin at the craft store, so now I just stay away!
I’m glad I started to dig around the house because these table favors ended up costing me nothing. I think we’re all looking for ways to save money during the holidays, right?
DIY Burlap Table Favors
What you will need for this project:
- 4″ wired burlap ribbon (14″ x however many favors you wish to make)
- 1/8″ and 5/8″ decorative ribbon (6″ of each x number of favors)
- Hand sewing needle
- Thread (same color as burlap)
- Glue gun
- Gift tags (mine were free printables)
- Filler (candy, small toys, written messages, etc.)
How to Make Burlap Favors
Cut a length of burlap ribbon about 14″ long. Fold under 1 1/2″ at the top and 3/4″ at the bottom. Fold the entire length not quite in half so the bottom portion is about 1/2″ lower than the top. Squeeze the wire in place so it holds.
Cut a piece of your 5/8″ decorative ribbon a little wider than the burlap so you can fold under the ends on either side (just the top layer). Use your glue gun to secure it in place. Note: I used a bit of the glue to hold the burlap fold in place at the same time on the underside.
Fold the pocket back up and stitch the sides together using a whip stitch from bottom to top.
Tie your gift tag to the top left corner of the pocket with your 1/8″ ribbon (simply put it through one of the burlap holes). Note: I found my free tags at The Caroline Johansson and printed them out on white card stock. My burlap favors are for my nieces and nephew, and these ones seemed to have a youthful cheery vibe. You can check out some other options on my Printables board on Pinterest.
These favors can be filled with whatever your heart desires. For the kids, I’m filling them with candy canes, wrapped candy, written messages, photos from past Christmases and more. I will be taking them with me to put on the kid’s table at my parent’s house on Christmas Day (it’s a tradition I started last year).
All that’s left is writing each person’s name on the favors to double as place card holders.
I can think of so many uses for these burlap pockets and they can definitely be personalized to suit almost any party by changing out the ribbon, tags and filler.
For more fun ideas, check out the Craft Gallery, where you’ll also see my Mini Wreath Gift Tags.
More Projects Using Ribbon
Girls Ribbon Necklace by Suburble
Merry Christmas Ribbon Garland by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Ribbon Pillow Embellishment by Living Savvy
Thank you for following this year’s One Item Project Challenge. Now I can’t wait until the next go-around!
Super cute! I love the printable tags! The burlap looks great with the bright colors!
Nicole @ scrap me baby says
Such a great idea! They are adorable. Have you seen that burlap ribbon in red?
Shauna Oberg says
I have, and also in other colors and even prints. So easy to work with!
Nicole @ scrap me baby says
Oh yay! I’m on the hunt for it in red then! My girls would love those at their place settings. Thanks Shauna
Shauna Oberg says
They have a selection at Michaels (by the fabric section) and mayarts.com has a bunch too.
Such a fabulous idea! Love this idea! Thanks for having me along in the party and a very happy Thanksgiving. XO
Dani @ lifeovereasy says
Burlap always seems to add a nice touch to any project. I would have never thought to use ribbon in this way. This has been a fun challenge to follow!
Tara @ Suburble says
Shauna – this is such a great idea! I love it!
(And I’m pinning it right now!)
Taryn @ Design, Dining and Diapers says
These are too cute! What a great idea and beautiful tags!
Nicki Traikos says
What a great and simple idea! I’ve made a wreath out of burlap flowers but it took a long time and lots of hot glue on the fingers! I have some left, I am going to make a few little pouches too!! Great blog! Nicki x
Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook says
You are so creative. Love what you come up with all the time!
And they’re free printables!!!??? OMG Love these!
IMO, everything is just a little better with burlap. So cute!
Jen @ Go Green says
LOVE these! They would be great envelopes for gift cards too!
Carrie This Home says
Don’t you love it when you have all the supplies on hand & you don’t have to run to the store? These turned out so cute, Shauna! I’m really getting excited about making some gift tags this year. I’m hopping over from Inspire Me Please & I hope you have a wonderful night!
Inspire Me Heather says
They look great Shauna and the tags are cute too!
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Love the burlap bags – the fresh and pretty colours you’ve matched to the burlap makes it look amazing!
Thanks for the tags!
Sheila Zeller says
I really like your burlap table favor, and you know what… I didn’t know you could get burlap wire ribbon!!
Anne Weaver says
Cute! I’ve linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip!
Totaly adorable! Love the idea