I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
September 9, 2014
I can’t even glance at my Pinterest feed lately without seeing it everywhere —
Yes, friends, that coarse brown fabric so popular with pioneers, farmers, and coffee bean roasters now has caught the attention of DIY’ers across the nation- Our country’s craftiest are literally going bonkers over burlap. They’re fraying it. Ruffling it. Stenciling it. Smocking it. Painting it. Puckering it. Printing it. And of course, posting it.
The burlap craze seemed to begin innocently enough, in the form of wreaths.
You remember seeing a burlap wreath for the first time, right? It probably looked a lot like this one. So clever! So unique!
So. Quickly. Copied.
Before long, it seemed like everyone and her sister-in-law was sporting a monogrammed burlap wreath on her front door. It became sort of a burlap wreath turf battle- where each suburban housewife had to outdo the one across the street.
That’s when the burlap craze started getting out of hand. I mean, look at this– It’s what happens when burlap does acid and then vomits.
And then there’s this lovely creation, obviously symbolizing that Bible story in Matthew where Jesus won the lottery and spent his winnings on a 40-day vacay at a safari resort.
In fact, from the looks of front doors across the south, Jesus loves him some burlap.
And the University of Alabama.
But as bad as it was getting on the outsides of homes– it was about to get worse.
Burlap was making its way indoors.
Suddenly, my Pinterest feed filled with images of burlap curtains…
And burlap lampshades…
And burlap throw pillows.
And burlap beds…
And burlap armchairs, printed with mustaches.
And of course– burlap toilets.
That’s when people started getting a little crazy with their burlap. This table runner, for example, must have been inspired by the “Black Lace and Burlap” episode of Little House on the Prairie, when Ma gets a job at the Walnut Creek bordello to make ends meet after her chickens stop laying eggs.
What do you do when you have burlap, belts, and candles lying around? You make burlap belt buckle candles! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!
What’s this, you ask? WHO CARES? IT’S BURLAP.
Burlap had now established itself as the Cloth of a Generation. It was now time to seal the deal with the ultimate burlap bonanza…
The burlap wedding.
Now, thanks to the heady combination of burlap, Pinterest (and possibly prescription painkillers), you can send guests burlap wedding invitations!
Carry a burlap bouquet!
Wear a burlap garter!
Walk down a burlap aisle!
And cut a burlap cake at your reception!
So yeah, women of Pinterest. Go ahead on with your bad burlap selves.
It’s your burlap world now. The rest of us just have to live in it.