Make a burlap sacked Charlie Brown Christmas tree

I really wanted to make something burlap for this weekend’s SNS theme, so this little $1.50 sandbag came in mighty handy!

How I made a live burlap sacked seedling

What you’ll need: (or close)

burlap sandbag
a waterproof container and / orΒ a container with some weight
masking tape
raffia or rope
evergreen branch

I wanted this seedling to stick around awhile so I had to come up a way to support the branch as well as it getting water. Rocks worked just fine. πŸ™‚

I chose a wonky branch on purpose. Charlie Brown or Whoville? Take your pick!

The opening was taped crosswise Β to help hold the trunk in place.

The works was plunked into something with more substantial weight. I wasn’t sure the clay pot was waterproof so that’s why I didn’t take a chance.

Slip the burlap sandbag on, and create a sloppy rolled cuff.

Stuff the bag with a bit of newspaper,

then tie the rope below the cuff.

Add some spanish moss and an apple for a bit of color, and you’re ‘nearly’ done. πŸ™‚

Fake snow to the rescue! This made an enormous difference. I appear to be on a big snow kick this season and this step softens all the hues beautifully.

A little fake plastic snow with some fresh cranberries were added to the sill.
Also spraying the lower half of the window offered a glow like setting.

The green branches were hit heavily but unevenly so the snow had a chance to thicken up.
One oversized pinecone was added for an extra dash of quirk.

And there’s my quirky slouchy little burlap sacked seedling, totally natural and ready for Christmas. For FREE!

The snow served a very important 2nd reason by the way.
I didn’t want anyone snacking on my display. πŸ™‚

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  1. I knew I would find use for those Coffee bean burlap sack bags.
    oooo & DH got Grandpa’s old drill I see a old fashioned tool box in my Future :)….

  2. #8 Alba, you’re right… kinda. πŸ™‚ I was oh so wrong with my dates! This is the way it read last weekend:

    Nov 26 – burlap inspired Christmas decor

    Dec 3 – Christmas mantels and stockings

    Dec 10 – nature / rustic inspired Christmas decor

    Dec 17 – handmade ornaments

    Dec 24 – Christmas Home Tours

    Dec 31 – Your Christmas stories

    In order to keep that order, I had to group two in one to make it work. Sorry for the mix up! You can still show your mantel in the home decor this weekend and bring it back again when we theme it. πŸ™‚


  3. Really love this idea. I love burlap and seem to be wrapping it araound everything these days! A tree branch is such a simple yet beautiful idea. Thanks for always being a source of great inspiration!

  4. Shoot I was totally confused too. I have been sewing until 11 pm last night to get my Christmas stocking ready and was counting on the rustic thing next week.
    Girlfriend you have got to keep your dates in order! Please!!!! πŸ™‚

    So I still don’t know how you grouped it together then. Because even if I change the dates it still doens’t add up in my agenda. I need help!

  5. That has to be one of the sweetest window sill displays I have EVER laid eyes on! Would look great as a magazine cover! Geeps, I loved it sitting on your pallet bench, too!


  6. I love that! It looks fabulous! My parents are thinking of not putting up our regular artificial tree this year (no space); I might show them this for inspiration! πŸ˜€

  7. I Have been looking out my Kitchen window all day my neighbor has a wonderful pine with Branches perfect for a Charlie brown tree…..
    Alas she hates cutting tree limbs Might have to do a beg & I’ll make you one too plea πŸ™‚
    Have a good one Ann.

  8. Honestly, this last picture of your Charlie Brown tree is so lovely that I can see it as the front of a Christmas card. I was so drawn to it, it waded through your blog to find the tutorial. I really want to do this and love this look. You have a fantastic knack of display and can see you being the display person in stores, etc. I can even see you being the person doing the concepts for the big Chicago and NY Christmas windows. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your work and your creativeness.