These burlap wrapped votives were another DIY element from my sister’s “woodland” wedding, and they were such a great touch to the tablescapes! Believe it or not, I made 7 DOZEN of them in a few variations to be placed around all the different tables at the cocktail hour and reception. But really, they were pretty simple to make!
First I cut a big pile of burlap strips to be wrapped around the votives. Do you know the trick to cutting burlap in a straight line so it won’t fray? I did a quick tutorial over in my Burlap Garden Flag post a while back, so hop over there to read it – seriously, it is a craft-life-changing trick!!
I used my Silhouette to cut some shapes out of fabric to use as embellishments for the burlap. (If you want a run-down on how to cut fabric with your Silhouette, check out this post!) I ironed on Heat n Bond interfacing to my fabric before I cut it out. I did a some of these branch shapes in brown fabric and some in green.
They were quick and easy to iron onto the burlap!
I also cut hearts with the bride and groom’s initials out of a different brown fabric, and slightly larger hearts out of canvas to back them on – then I ironed the heart sets onto wide grosgrain ribbon to wrap around the burlap. To wrap the burlap around the candles, I used a few pieces of double-sided tape on the votives themselves, and then used some hot glue on the burlap where it overlapped on itself.
And just for fun, I used that same heart & initials shape to cut out of frosted vinyl. I didn’t even need to use transfer tape, they were super easy to stick onto the votives!
The variety of votives really looked terrific with the rest of the tablescapes, don’t you think?
Especially as the evening went on and the sun went down, the soft glow of the candles on the tables was just lovely.
Of course, now I have 7 dozen half-burned burlap wrapped votives in my basement. Luckily they work well for fall decor – so now I only have 6 dozen sitting in my basement…
In case you missed it, here’s the post where I detailed the DIY wood table numbers I made for the tables, as well as showcased some more photos of the stunning tablescapes.
Stay tuned for even more details of this beautiful woodland wedding! (Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a post!)
UPDATE: You can see all the amazing photos of the entire wedding (and all the DIY details) in this post!!
Margaret’s Vintage Travel Bridal Shower & Woodland Wedding!
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