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These adorable burlap-covered centerpieces are perfect for a cute little backyard farm-themed, ranch-themed, or western-themed party. I went a little nuts with making decorations for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party, and these centerpieces were part of that mania! At the time of her 2nd birthday, I had recently published my first children’s book, The Adventures of Pootsey the Wonderbug; I really wanted to do a Pootsey-themed party for her, so I made her party a western-themed Pootsey party based on one of the little stories in my book.
These centerpieces were so easy and inexpensive to make, and they added some fun festiveness to the tables. All I did was cover some large coffee cans with burlap and ribbon, and then I bought those cute farm animal wooden pieces and glued them to sticks to add a little more charm.
One bouquet of Baby’s Breath from HEB (my favorite grocery store) for $4 was enough to fill 3 of these large centerpieces.
Here’s the type of coffee can I used to make these:
And then because the coffee can wasn’t exactly waterproof, I used empty cottage cheese & Greek yogurt containers to hold the water and the baby’s breath, and then just set them right inside the coffee can.
Here’s what you need to make these cute centerpieces:
- A coffee can
- Burlap fabric (Hobby Lobby has all sorts of colors of burlap to choose from)
- Burlap ribbon
- An accent color ribbon (I used turquoise)
- Bandana-print ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- Some kind of plastic container to hold the flowers & water inside the coffee can (unless you use a tin coffee can, and then you don’t need to use an additional container to place inside)
- Wooden farm animal pieces (I got all of these at Hobby Lobby – they were about .70 each. Can’t beat that!)
- Wooden skewers/sticks for gluing the animals
Side note: Before I show you how I made the centerpieces, I also wanted to show you that I did the exact same thing with smaller tin cans that held utensils, straws, etc. except I didn’t use the burlap fabric on these. They’re so cute!!
Ok, let’s get started with the large centerpieces! First, layout some burlap fabric and measure how much you need to go around the can.
Cut the fabric so that it’ll span the can up and down and all the way around.
I frayed the ends of the burlap (the ends that would show at the top and bottom of the can) by taking out 1-2 strands of burlap from each end. You can kind of tell in this photo:
After you’ve cut and lightly frayed your burlap, put a line of hot glue down the coffee can.
Press on one end of the burlap fabric.
Wrap the burlap fabric all the way around the can and secure it with another line of hot glue all the way down the can.
Just like you measured the burlap fabric, measure the ribbon to go all the way around the can.
You glue the ribbon the same way – just in the one spot. A line of glue on the can (just enough to cover the ribbon from top to bottom), wrap the ribbon around, and secure the end with another line of glue. Repeat until you’ve got all of your ribbon on there.
I folded the ribbon under and then glued it so you didn’t see the cut & frayed end of the ribbon. I think it looks a little neater to do it this way.
Then if you’re going to use those cute wooden pieces, hot glue them to wooden skewers and then set them in the centerpieces.
Here they are on the tables, just waiting for guests to fill them up with food and conversation!
Happy crafting & celebrating! 🙂