As the Christmas holiday draws near and the presents are resting quietly underneath the tree, I now have a moment to sit back and reflect on this tradition of gift giving and sharing. The past couple of years have been economically hard for most people I know and many of us have been forced to redefine our lives and seek for more meaning. I’m reminded of the movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, about the Walton family living during the Depression era. Though they had no money, they managed find happiness through love, hope, and resourcefulness.
Today we can buy cheap goods, but I think about what impact this demand has on the economy, the environment, and the human spirit. And I think about being happy with less and valuing what I do have, just like the Waltons. Isn’t this also the same spirit that resides in the vintage chic home?
image source: Holly Mathis Interiors
For me, burlap is the ultimate material to represent the natural and resourceful holiday spirit. This week I’ll be spending some time with the kids, making some wonderful crafts, having some great conversations, and celebrating with vintage style! If you’re feeling the spirit too, here are some of the crafts we’ll be making. Thanks to all the lovely people who share these burlap christmas tutorials!
Burlap Napkin Ring
A simple and beautiful napkin holder with monogram. Use with cloth napkins for an eco friendly and elegant Christmas dinner. Tutorial from Maya Made.
Burlap Rosette Tree
Delicate and delightful trees that will be great conversation starters. A must for your classic vintage chic decor! Tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic. There is also a tutorial for the ruffle tree on the site.
Burlap Christmas Trees
This cute craft harkens back to the days of elementary school, but with a more grown-up feel. Tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage.
Another kid friendly project. Remember gluing tissue paper squares with the eraser on your pencil? How about using burlap instead? A great idea! Tutorial from Under My Umbrella.
And finally, what Christmas would be complete without stockings hung by the chimney with care? Sweet burlap stocking tutorial from Make it and Love it.
May you have a joyous and meaningful holiday season!