How to Garden with Burlap

How to Garden with Burlap

We go through a lot of burlap bags here at Winans! Every week we roast approximately 2,000 pounds of coffee! The green coffee is delivered to our roastery in downtown Piqua in large burlap bags. These burlap bags weigh roughly 150 pounds and are full of our specialty green coffee beans.
You can buy our empty burlap bags in our stores.
Burlap is a wonderful item to use in your garden! It is inexpensive, biodegradable and has a myriad of uses:

Burlap Uses in the Garden
🌷Loosely cover plants with burlap to provide a little frost protection, or wrap evergreens that are prone to damage from the weight of heavy snow.
🌷Create a burlap barricade to stop deer and rabbits from nibbling on your fruit trees and bushes in the winter.
🌷Hang a length of burlap over a veggie bed to create shade when the summer sun is just too hot for crops like salad greens.
🌷If you’ve prepared a new garden bed but you’re not ready to plant it, you can use pieces of burlap cloth over top (weighed down with rocks) to prevent weed growth.

🌷Use burlap instead of pre-formed coir liners in your pots and planters and save some money. Hold it in place with binder clips.
🌷Disguise ugly pots and containers by wrapping them in burlap.
🌷Block drainage holes with scraps of burlap. This will allow excess water out, without leaking soil.
🌷Old pieces of burlap work great for dragging mounds of yard waste, like piles of fall leaves.
🌷Burlap can also be used instead of fabric for many garden decorations.

Our Favorite Burlap Garden Projects
A Garden in a Sack
Frugal Gardening: Growing Food in Burlap Sacks
How to Grow Potatoes in Coffee Sacks
How To Make Coffee Bag Planter Pots
How to Plant Edibles in Burlap Sacks
Laundry Basket Turned Strawberry Planter
Wrapping Plants In Burlap: How To Use Burlap For Protecting Plants 

Need more inspiration? Check out our board, DIY: Burlap Coffee Bags, on Pinterest! Be sure to also read our blog post, How to Craft with Burlap!
Have you used our burlap bags in your garden? Share your project with us on social media! Be sure to use the hashtag #WinansBurlap with your post!

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How to Craft with Burlap

How to Craft with Burlap

Here at Winans, we have a plethora of burlap coffee bags! Every week we roast approximately 2,000 pounds of coffee! Green coffee is delivered to our roastery in downtown Piqua in large burlap bags. These burlap bags weigh roughly 150 pounds and are full of our specialty green coffee beans. Burlap is a great item for craft and sewing projects! It has a unique texture and many bags have interesting farm and co-op logos printed on them.
You can buy our empty burlap bags in our stores.
These are some of our top tips and tricks for working with burlap:

Tips + Tricks
✂ Burlap is messy! If you can, cut your burlap outside, as the fabric sheds everywhere. Be sure to clean the dust from your scissors and sewing machine regularly too.
✂ Use a rotary cutter or very sharp fabric scissors to cut thick burlap.
✂ Follow the thread grain to cut straight lines and add a little extra space for your seam allowance as burlap tends to fray.

✂ Use a heavy-weight thread, the thicker your thread, the easier it will be for your stitches to grab onto the burlap weave.
✂ Line your burlap with interfacing or a heavy, stabilizing fabric to give your project structure.
✂ Finish raw edges with a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying, you can also use a liquid sealant like Fray Check to stop tears or holes from spreading.
✂ Use a high setting to iron burlap, it helps get rid of wrinkles.

Our Favorite Burlap Crafts: 
DIY: Burlap Coffee Bag Art
Burlap Coasters and Placemats
Burlap Coffee Bag Pillow
Burlap Covered Storage Box
Burlap Flower Bouquet
Burlap Office Chair Makeover
Burlap Peg Bag
Burlap Tote with Shabby Rose
DIY Burlap Coffee Bag Ottoman
Using Burlap in Unexpected Ways – a Rug and a Cat Bed
Acorn Autumn Burlap Banner
Christmas Gifts with Burlap Name Tags

Need more inspiration? Check out our board, DIY: Burlap Coffee Bags, on Pinterest! Be sure to also read our blog post, How to Garden with Burlap!
Have you made something out of one of our burlap bags? Share your project with us on social media! Be sure to use the hashtag #WinansBurlap with your post!

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DIY: Coffee Jar Terrarium

DIY: Coffee Jar Terrarium

A cute coffee jar terrarium is a great way to bring a little nature indoors, and show your love of a good cup of joe!
If you don’t already happen to have a small glass coffee jar, you can purchase one at a craft store or you could repurpose a different coffee container like a coffee pot or even a French press! These basic terrarium building rules can be applied to any container. The other items you will need can be purchased at any home improvement or gardening store.
The three main components needed in a terrarium are pebbles for drainage, charcoal to clean and purify the water and soil for the plants to grow in. The most important thing to remember when making a terrarium is drainage. A container like a glass coffee jar doesn’t have a drainage hole, but you can create drainage with pebbles in the bottom of the container.

To make your own coffee jar terrarium you will need:

  • 1 glass coffee jar, or another container with a lid
  • small pebbles
  • potting soil
  • charcoal
  • small terrarium plants or mosses
  • larger pebbles or other decorative items
  • water
  • spoon (optional)

Add Gravel
Before beginning the project, make sure your glass jar is thoroughly washed and dried. Once your container is ready, add the pebbles. You’ll want a small layer, about a 1-2 inches deep. If you’re using a large container, you can add more pebbles.
Add Charcoal
Sprinkle or spoon a layer of charcoal over the pebbles, about 1-2 inches thick. Add a layer of potting soil, about ½ to 1 inch deep.
Add Plants
If using small terrarium plant(s), take them out of the container you purchased them in. Gently tease the root ball so it’s a bit loose before setting the plant in the jar, on top of the soil.
Add Potting Soil
Once your plants are sitting where you would like them, add potting soil around them. It’s easiest if you pre-moisten your potting soil with a bit of water before adding it to your container. Dry soil will get everywhere, but if your soil is damp or wet you will have more control. It’s easiest to spoon a little bit of soil into a plastic container, add water and stir before adding the damp soil to the jar. You can also use a spoon to add soil to the jar. Be sure to fill in all of the empty spots with soil and that the soil is level and even.
If you’re using moss, you can add a couple spoonfuls of potting soil to the jar, make small depressions in the soil and set the clump(s) of moss in the depressions.
Add Decor
Now it’s time for a decorative touch! We used a small glow-in-the-dark sun from the fairy garden section at our local gardening store. Fairy garden decor is perfect for a terrarium, though any small items can be used, a little plastic animal or another trinket just adds a little something extra!
Add Lid
Be sure to keep the needs of your plants in mind when caring for your coffee jar terrarium. Some plants need more light than others and you may need to occasionally water them if your jar does not seal air tight. If you use our DIY instructions and make your own coffee jar terrarium, please share with us on social media! We’d love to see what you create!

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DIY: Burlap Coffee Bag Art

DIY: Burlap Coffee Bag Art

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Want to add rustic charm to your home? Would you like to proudly display how much you love coffee? Burlap coffee bags from Winans are a great way to decorate your home and showcase your love of java! After emptying them of their beans (did you know coffee beans are green before they’re roasted?!) we sell our burlap coffee bags for $5 at Miami County Winans stores.
These bags are great for creative home crafts and DIY projects. We’re going to show you how to make some burlap coffee bag art to adorn your walls. This DIY is a great introductory project for working with burlap.
Check out our Pinterest board, DIY: Burlap Coffee Bags, for more crafty ideas!
 
1 Materials for Coffee Wall Art
 
The materials you need for this project should be readily available at your local craft store. Buy your burlap coffee bags at your local Winans! 🙂
To frame one burlap coffee bag you will need:

  • Large stretched canvas
  • Burlap coffee bag
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Staples

Gather your materials – let’s get crafty!
 
3 Cut to Size Tape and Staple
 
The first thing you will need to do is cut your burlap to fit your canvas frame. The frame that we used was 24 x 36 inches. We were able to cut our burlap bag down the left and right seams and the bottom seam, essentially separating the front of the bag from the back. What size you need to cut your burlap will be determined by the size of your canvas. Be sure to save your scrap burlap for other crafty projects!
To attach the burlap to the canvas frame, we started by taping the burlap to the back of the frame with masking tape. Starting in the center of the top of the frame and working out, we alternated between the top and the bottom of the frame, periodically checking to make sure we liked the placement of the burlap on the frame. While taping the burlap down, you will need to secure it with a few staples from your staple gun. Also be sure to carefully stretch the burlap before stapling so it is taut as you work back and forth. Repeat this entire process on the sides of the frame, again starting in the middle and working your way out, alternating between the left and right side. When you have the all sides attached and are sure you are happy with the placement, finish securing with more staples from your staple gun again making sure it is taut before stapling it down.
 
8 All Stapled
 
This is what your burlap should look like from the back once all of the sides are taped and stapled in place.
 
10 Ta-Da!
 
We frequently checked the front of the frame to make sure the text on the bag was centered.
 
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Once the burlap is taped and stapled to the canvas frame, it’s ready to adorn your walls!
 
14 Kitchen Menu Board + Two Burlap Coffee Art
 
We paired two framed burlap bags with this DIY – Vintage Menu Board, the tutorial for this dry erase board can be found on This Ohio Life!
Some tips that we found helpful when creating this project:

  • Burlap is a tad messy! The natural fibers shed so be prepared to do a little sweeping when you’re done with your DIY project.
  • Burlap comes in a wide variety of textures. The finer the weave of the burlap, the more pliable the fabric is, which makes it easier to work with for this project.
  • If there is a small tear or stretched hole in your burlap, seal it with Fray Check or a similar liquid seam sealant to prevent the hole from getting larger.
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