A fresh look for fall mantels, made with burlap and jute rope

Here are two fast and easy fall decorating ideas that you can make tonight. The colors and textures in these Fall Topiaries are seasonally beautiful, and the burlap and jute rope are super inexpensive, too. In just an hour or two, you can DIY a beautiful fall mantel with money left over for your favorite pumpkin spice treat. What’s not to love about this season!? Now, if only these 90-degree temperatures would move on already . . . (and remind me that I said this come January!)

Beautiful DIY for fall! Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

How pretty would these be on your fall mantel? They’re an easy DIY — I made made them in an evening.

Beautiful textures and colors for fall. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The textures and colors are perfect for fall!

To make a Jute Rope Fall Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Jute rope, ½” x 6 yds.
  • Garland with orange berries
  • Wooden knob
  • Acrylic paint in orange
  • Thick, white craft glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pearl head pins; paintbrush
DIY a Jute Rope Topiary for fall -- easy and inexpensive! CraftsnCoffee.com.

It doesn’t look inexpensive, but the jute rope I purchased was about $2/yard.

To make a Jute Rope Fall Topiary:

  1. Wrap the cone in the jute rope:
  • Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin and glue one end of the jute rope to the back of the cone.
  • Hold the jute rope steady in one hand, and twirl the foam cone to wrap the jute around it. Pin and glue the jute to the cone as you go.
  • Keep the layers as even as possible. Each time you wind another layer, firmly push it down, so it rests evenly on the last layer.
  • The Tacky Glue is slow drying (versus a glue gun) and this will give you more time to reposition the jute rope, if needed.
How to DIY a Jute Rope Topiary for fall on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pin and glue the cord in place. I found it easier to wrap the cone around the cord, versus wrapping the cord around the cone.

  1. To finish, wind the jute rope around the flat top, and glue and pin in place. Trim off excess jute rope.
  2. Twirl the berry garland around the cone, spot gluing as needed.
  3. Paint the wood knob orange and let dry. Glue to the top of the cone.
  4. After the glue dries, remove the pins holding the jute rope in place.
So easy to DIY, and burlap is perfect for fall! Fringed Burlap Topiaries on CraftsnCoffee.com.

When you stretch each burlap strip around the foam cone, the tabs will naturally flare out.

To make Fringed Burlap Fall Topiaries, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 9” and 12” cones (or other size of your choice)
  • Burlap in assorted colors, ¼ yd. of each (I used tan, off-white and orange)
  • Wooden knobs, two
  • Wood stain
  • Thick, white craft glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pearl head pins; rag

To make Fringed Burlap Fall Topiaries:

  1. Cut a 2” wide strip of burlap, and wrap it around the base of each cone. Pin and glue the strip in place.

2. Make the fringed burlap strips:

  • Cut 3” wide strips from burlap.
  • Test fit a strip around the bottom of a cone, and trim to size with a slight overlap at the back.
  • Cut tabs 1-1/2” apart in the strip.
  • Wrap the fringed strip around the bottom of the cone, gluing and pinning in place at the back of the cone.
  • The tabs will flare out as you stretch the strip around the cone.
  • Repeat, staggering the tabs as you add each strip, and alternating the colors.
  • As you near the top of the cone, cut smaller tabs in the burlap, measuring about 1” wide.
  • The 9” cone uses five tan and four off-white strips.
  • The 12” cone has five tan strips, and four each of the off-white and orange burlap strips.

3. Wrap a ½” wide strip of burlap around the top of each cone.

4. Using a rag, wipe wood stain on each wooden knob and let dry. Glue a knob to the top of each cone.

Make these pretty fall topiaries in just an hour or two! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can adapt these for Christmas by using different colors of burlap and a red berry garland.

If you want to introduce a little more pattern and color, take a look at the Burlap & Ruffles Topiaries I made last fall.

Pretty topiaries for fall, and easy to do, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

If time is tight, you’ll love making these topiaries. I made the pair in less than two hours.

I’m really not trying to rush the season, but I do hope you’ll enter The Inspiration Giveaway, which closes at midnight this Thursday, September 10.

Enter The Inspiration Giveaway over on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Pumpkin Spice is the flavor of the season, isn’t it? Whats your favorite pumpkin spice treat?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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  6. LisaM6 says:

    Wonderful burlap trees. Great ideas!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! It’s always a happy surprise when a project turns out like how you had it pictured in your mind. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t! (I just tossed something in the trash last night that I declared past saving!) Happy crafting to you, Lisa. Sharon

  7. annehaun says:

    These are adorable – you are so talented!!

  8. LOVE the Fringed Burlap Topiaries the most!! Will have to get out some of my burlap and cute it into pieces so I can make one or two while I am watching tv. Thanks for keeping me occupied!!

    • Sharon says:

      I have a feeling you’re always pretty busy, Barb! I am happy with how these turned out, too, and with how easy they are to DIY — win-win. Happy crafting! Sharon

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