Diy Burlap Fabric Planter

by Destri on April 9, 2012

Diy Burlap Fabric Planter

Happy Monday friends!  I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  We had a relaxing one filled with sunny days – I even had a chance to get my hands dirty making a planter out of the ever popular burlap.  The lady at the fabric store said it’s the new satin, made me laugh.  I’ve had this idea running around in my head for weeks now, and just couldn’t think of what to put it the bottom.  After a trip to the hardware store, I found the perfect solution.  As far as diy goes, this planter is as easy as it gets – if you can tie a knot, you can make it.  It’s a great departure from the regular pot, and adds texture and softness to an otherwise hard space. Catch me after the jump, and I’ll show you how to make one!

Diy Burlap Fabric Planter


  • 1 yard burlap cut off the bolt
  • one 16″ coco liner – I bought mine for $5 at Home Depot
  • plants and flowers
  • potting soil – moisture control is optimal
  • 1/4 yard of heavy white fabric – about a 9″ x 45″ piece or longer and with the ends cut in a rounded point

How To Put The Planter Together

Pick a space where you have a lot of room to work and lay down the burlap. Place the liner in the center.

Add some potting soil to the bottom of the liner.

Add your plants.  I used petunias, caladium, euryops, and English ivy.  Adjust them so that the top of the plant soil is as level with the liner as you can get it.

Now fill around the plants with the potting soil.

It’s best if you have a second pair of hands for this next step, I bribed my son :).  Carefully pull all four corners of the burlap up over the plants and have someone hold them up. I made sure that the ends of the ivy and petunias were up with the burlap

Now take the white fabric and tie loosely around the base of the plants, just above the planter.



Now use the scissors to cut the burlap down to size, still keeping that square shape.


And there you have it!  It looks like a bunch of flowers spilling out of a sack.  My son said “wow, it looks like a pot of gold!”….mmmmkay.  Maybe a pot of flowers?

Diy Burlap Fabric Planter

I think they look great on a front porch on a pedestal, or propped on a step.  And don’t you think they would make great Mother’s Day gifts?  I borrowed a ladies gate for the picture above and she asked me if I was making them to sell,  she loved it – so hey, there’s an idea!

Hope everyone has had a great start of the week; my internet has been slow at best, usually not even working.  It’s been a tad frustrating, but at least it’s sunny out!

Thanks for reading and sharing,


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Janna April 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

LOVE IT! So bright and cheerful, and I love how the burlap softens the look! Thanks so much for sharing! (And I’m glad that the sun is shining on you and your family!!! Isn’t springtime wonderful?!?!) :)


Destri April 11, 2012 at 5:27 am

Thanks Janna, I was pretty proud of it – I don’t have much by way of a green thumb :). and yes, the weather! We have to soak it up while we can, I fear it will be a long hot summer hear in the south!


Jen @ The Decor Scene April 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I found this post through Pinterest and I had to stop by your blog. What a great idea. I’ve been trying to figure out what to use for a centerpiece and I think this might just be it. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great day. :)

~Jen :)


jojo May 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

superbe l idee bises


sue@housepretty May 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

That is so cool, and so pretty! And, you’re right, what a great Mother’s Day gift! I owe you one, thanks. I just found your blog, and…I just became your newest follower, yay! Would so appreciate a follow back! Thanks a bunch!


Amethyst May 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Love this! Question: How do you maintain, i.e. water, etc? I also do not have a green thumb!


Destri May 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

You know, it’s been so easy. I just add a couple glasses of water to mine everyday, and it keeps growing and growing. The ivy is a few feet long now. So far so good :)


Pam May 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

I am so excited about this cute little planter! Inexpensive, different and just fun. I have everything except for the plants and am going out to get those today. I am not much of a gardener, but this I can do. Thanks so much for sharing this darling idea.


Rusty October 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

I am just finding this and it’s fall now. This would be great in orange burlap and marigolds. golly think I will give it a try. Thanx so much for the idea


admin December 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I think that would be beautiful!


Lefkia November 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Love your ideas and creations. Trying to find this certain burlap for my daughters christening. Is there a particular name for the burlap you used cause I can only find hard burlap at the store (Europe).

Lef :)


Zee March 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

Awesome idea…you’re creativity is fantastic! I bet this would be good for Orchids because they love the coco-liners along with bark instead of soil. Beautiful frugal gift idea…Love it…Thx! :-)


Linda March 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for sharing this great idea. This weekend is my sister-in-laws 60th birthday & I plan on making this for her. A special gift for a special birthday & lady.


Trisha April 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I just found this tutorial and I am so excited to make one this weekend! My husband thinks that the burlap would get moldy and “gummy” from sitting on the step and being moist all the time, have you found that is an issue with it? Thanks so much!


Destri April 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hi Trisha,

I think it would depend on where you live and the humidity levels. I lived in Arkansas at the time and it can get pretty humid, and I had no problem. However I just spent some time in Florida and it looks like moss grows on everything :). I didn’t find I needed to water it everyday, and it drains well.
The only thing I did notice, was a little discoloration along the bottom on the burlap where the water drained. But that’s it!
Let me know how it goes!


Trisha May 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Great! We live in Kansas and I’m not sure how the summers are here {we are a military family and just moved here this spring} but I made two of these last weekend and they are so gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial and for responding to my question :)


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