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Our next burlap challenge finalist is a collaboration between Rebecca Rose Events and Amy Lynne Originals, North Carolina wedding vendors who share a studio space! They put together a fabulous DIY involving burlap flowers and GLITTER! Read on for all of the details!

From the ladies:

“This submission is a collaboration between Becca and Claire from Rebecca Rose Events and Amy of Amy Lynne Originals, and photographed by Sara Wilson of sLogan. For this Southern challenge, we found a way to combine rustic, rough burlap with the unexpected. Enter burlap flowers with glitter! It wasn’t enough to just cover the table with burlap, so we took it several steps further. The bridal bouquet and centerpieces contain burlap flowers with glittered edges and glittered billy balls (okay, Amy says the technical term is “craspedia”) at the center of each flower. The boutonniere contains burlap leaves as well! To pull it all together, we covered the table in burlap and used glittered burlap wraps on each place setting to tuck and hold the menus on the napkins. The table number is glittered on burlap as well.”

Instructions for burlap flowers:

1. Start by creating the center of your flowers. We used billy balls but didn’t want them to be yellow (their natural color).
2. If you too, want to change the color, pick up a can of spray paint and go to town.
3. Let the painted balls dry, then use a spray adhesive and dip in glitter (optional).
4. Use a sealant spray and let billy balls dry. This prevents the glitter from flaking off (a big must if you’re planning to use these in any wedding venue)!
5. Cut burlap into individual petals. Size can vary, but ours were approximately 2 inches long and 1 inch wide at the thickest part of the petal.
6. Thread a needle and sew the base of each petal around the stem of the billy ball. This isn’t exact science and good sewing skills are not needed – we promise! Just keep adding petals until you’ve formed a full flower shape.
7. Use fabric glue to line the edge of each petal and sprinkle with glitter.
8. Repeat the sealant process and spray the whole flower to seal in the glitter. (We used the same steps to create the menu wraps too!)
9. Thread a thin floral wire (available at any craft store!) through the base of each flower to create a flexible “stem”.

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, Rebecca has been so kind as to post a few step-by-step images on her blog here, which should come in handy if you’re planning to tackle this DIY yourself. If you love this idea, be sure to comment and let us know! Remember, you’re welcome to vote for more than one concept.

Floral design: Amy Lynne Originals // Planning/style: Rebecca Rose Events // Photography: sLogan Photography // Location: The Granary Barn

Rebecca Rose Events and Amy Lynne Originals are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar elizabeth {lovely little parties} reply

    seersucker and burlap…..ahhhhh, I’m totally swooning! They are my favorites!

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  3. avatar Mark Potter reply

    Absolutely beautiful Becca! You are so talented.

  4. avatar Katie reply

    I love the combination of pink seer sucker and burlap in this setting! Thanks to Becca and Amy for the tutorial!

  5. avatar Katie reply

    I love the combination of pink seer sucker and burlap in this setting! Thanks to Becca and Amy for the how-to!

  6. avatar Becca reply

    Thanks y’all for these kind comments! We had a blast pulling this together!

  7. avatar Terry A. reply

    Beautifully done! I didn’t know burlap could be so elegant!

  8. avatar Andrea reply

    Absolutely love it ladies!! Thanks for bringing your how-to magic to the Granary at WinMock.

  9. avatar Kayla reply

    Very pretty! Simple southern elegance!

  10. avatar Tabatha reply

    Such a creative use of burlap – with the not-so-expected pink and seersucker! Genius. And the amber bottles create such an amazing glow.
    Thank you Becca and Amy for continued inspiration!

  11. avatar Beth Mack reply

    Love it! So fresh and unique!

  12. avatar Amy Dunlap reply

    Awwww, thanks for all the sweet comments!!!!

  13. avatar LEC reply

    LOVE it but I’m also crazy about the seersucker runner. Any idea where the fabric is from?.I’ve been trying to find this exact fabric(in blue) for my wedding.

  14. avatar Mandy reply

    So pretty, I love the flowers!

  15. avatar Becca reply


    So glad you love the pink seer sucker runner! That fabric isn’t actually a standard rented table linen…we made our own runner. You can find seer sucker (in pink/red, yellow, green and blue) at JoAnn Fabrics. No sewing necessary – you’ll just need to measure out the yardage and you can fold the sides over and iron the crease (use iron-on fabric tape for the best quality) to keep the sides even, straight, and flat.


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  17. avatar Marcia reply

    Gorgeous! Love your designs and layout. Comfortable, warm and inviting.

  18. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Very Pretty! Pink!!

  19. avatar Meredith reply

    Love the combination of textures and colors, ladies! Romantic and southern, but unique with the glitter and fabric – perfect!

  20. avatar eddie reply

    how do i buy the cotton bouquet? looking for some already made

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Welcome back to our finalist series for our third Ultimate Southern Challenge! As you may recall, this time we’re all about burlap. Our next finalists, Tying the Knot and Greer G. Photography, combined to produce a full shoot based on oysters and burlap (since oysters traditionally are packaged in burlap sacks), and we love their ideas for lending a little bit of glamour to this humble material! They put together several different projects, so let’s take a look:

First, the team put together a beautiful boxed invitation with a burlap and lace wrap.

An old window and burlap-backed seating charts made for a fun twist on the traditional escort card.

This rustic glam burlap garland would be perfect at the entrance to your venue or strung from chair to chair at a wedding ceremony. And it’s so easy to make!

For a beyond-easy DIY, dress up store-bought pillar candles with burlap and twine bands.

Finally, we had to share this adorable burlap banner:

If you’d like to see more from this shoot, you can check it out right here!


Planning and Design: Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination // Photography: Greer G. Photography // Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Events // Lighting Decor: Luminous Events // Invitation Suite: Tupelo Honey // Venue: Race and Religious // Makeup: Ashley Melzer Sievert // Hair: Ginger Dickey at Color Bar Salon

Thank you so much, Elyse and team! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar giselle g cuccia reply

    These pictures are amazing. I wish you were my photographer when I got married. XOXO

  2. avatar Bobbie reply

    Love the Rehearsal Dinner shoot. It is fresh and delightful and Bride and Groom would be lucky to have those memories captured in such beautiful photos.

  3. avatar Stevie reply

    Love!! These are my favorite for sure :) Greer is fabulous, and they make a great team!

  4. avatar Heather reply

    This is the best! Absolutely stunning and very well put together!

  5. avatar Tracu reply

    I really love the attention to detail in every photograph. I especially love the window idea for the seating charts. Who knew burlap could look so beautiful?

  6. avatar Katie reply

    I love this look… and the candles are just perfect!

  7. avatar Lisa LaFrance reply

    Beautiful, classic, elegant and most importantly UNIQUE! Fabulous work!

  8. avatar Toni Napolitano reply

    Love this! So unique & thoughtful in both concept & execution. Who would have thought burlap could be elegant? Absolutely adore the seating chart idea always refreshing to see a new twist on tradition. You have my vote!

  9. avatar Jason Anthony reply

    This is THE ONE, fresh, classic, duplicable, glam meets southern charm, perfect!!!

  10. avatar Mona reply

    The perfect amount of details, each coming together seamlessly, from the burlap to the lace, to the candles and florals, so incredible…wow!

  11. avatar Brandon O’Neal reply

    This is stunning, I love it! Truly some really beautiful, chic ideas. Any bride would be lucky to work with Greer and this team.

  12. avatar jessica crawford reply

    gorgeous! I am in love with the invitation suite and the neutral color scheme

  13. avatar Ashley reply

    So New Orleans Classy… LOVE the oyster and pearl detail on the invitation!

  14. avatar Melissa Johnson reply

    Wonderful representation of New Orleans and burlap! We do love our NOLA wedding industry family! Brava!

  15. avatar ChickiD reply

    Just gorgeous!

  16. avatar Sybil reply

    Rustic and elegant in a perfect blend. Every detail absolutely beautiful…Got My Vote!

  17. avatar vicki reply

    Love the theme…very original; and, the the photography is amazing, does it justice!!!!!

  18. avatar Eddie Marroquin reply

    LOVE the old world feel of race and religious! and greer, your amazing eye captured these details beautifully! excellent work, y’all!

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  20. avatar Justin reply

    The flowers look great. Some real beautiful work by bees weddings and event design

    • avatar Andree C reply

      Justin: I agree, Justin. The whole thing is beautiful, but the flowers, which can make or break it ,definitely pulled the whole thing together and are just exquisite. Beautiful job Bees Florist!

  21. avatar Heather reply

    Great decorations and a unique theme. Great job by the entire team

  22. avatar kayla reply

    the flowers look amazing! great job to bee’s wedding and events :)

  23. avatar Wendy reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Bee’s does incredible floral work and the pictures capture the elegant and unique feel of this wedding.

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  25. avatar Lindsay reply

    I love this creative use of burlap on the table, garlands, and menus! What a creative way to tie New Orleans’ oyster heritage into a gorgeous event!

  26. avatar Julia reply

    Stunning! Absolutely burlap-tastic!

  27. avatar Valerie reply

    These photos are breathtaking! Im definately hiring you to shoot all my future events!

  28. avatar Chase LaBure reply

    Beautiful design!!

  29. avatar Jeremy Fredricks reply

    This is amazing work! best of the best!!!

  30. avatar Robyn reply

    This photoshoot is amazing!! The flowers by Bee’s Wedding and Events are phenomenal! Great work as usual Mrs. Carolyn and Mr. Eric!!

  31. avatar Terry Taravella reply

    Very Beautiful!!!

  32. avatar Debbie reply

    Love the flowers – so elegant, simple and unique! Just beautiful!

  33. avatar Megan reply

    I LOVE this, everything is so unique and thoughtful!

  34. avatar Denise Grein reply

    Love the photos by greer g photography. Beautiful!!!

  35. avatar Kelly reply

    LOVE Elyse at Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination! I wouldn’t have anyone else coordinate my wedding! :)

  36. avatar Sandy Spitale reply

    Amazing! Flowers are magnificent – natural colors and white arrangements are outstanding. Just stunning!

  37. avatar Tina p reply

    I love Love LOVE how all the different textures were captured to create a stunning event! Great design…. Even better photography!! Rustic glamorous!!!

  38. avatar Carmel Johnson reply

    This is the best! Love all of the creativity!

  39. avatar Danielle reply

    This is so beautiful!! Great work everyone!!

  40. avatar Kathy H. reply

    Beautiful photography and love the flowers. Great job by all!!

  41. avatar Kathy K reply

    Beautiful work done by Bees Weddings and Designs. Especially loved the unique way they used burlap in the old window as a part of the seating chart and the burlap banner that the couple is carrying.

  42. avatar Christopher Wise reply

    These pictures look amazing. Splendid job!!!

  43. avatar Jen reply

    Absolutely amazing! Im impressed with the photographers keen eye.

  44. avatar Elizabeth Zweiback reply

    Great photos, nicely done Greer G!

  45. avatar eric fredricks reply

    Thanks to everyone who had a part in this photo shoot. This was truly a group effort. We had so many great ideas came to the table that we did not even use. In the end I think the best ideas came to the table.

  46. avatar Shannon Rhodes reply

    Fantastic ideas! Especially looooove luminous events! The candles are simply beautiful!

  47. avatar Kathy Herrmann reply

    Great job by Bee’s!!!

  48. avatar Danielle reply

    love the pictures, absolutly gorgeous… amazing job Greer G. Photography!!

  49. avatar Jacqueline Simon reply

    Elyse did a PERFECT job designing the burlap photo shoot! It’s simply breathtaking! Also, the candles/lighting from Lisa at Luminous and the flowers from Bee’s are magnificent. Greer did such an amazing job of capturing the organic beauty of the materials used. Again, it’s pure perfection! New Orleans has such amazing vendors and is the perfect place to host a real southern wedding. This is definitely the winner of the burlap challenge! :) :)

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Our next finalist in the Ultimate Southern Challenge is Sarah from Events Uncorked. She worked with her Mom (love that!) to create the perfect burlap bow tie!

From Sarah:

“I wanted to create something out of burlap with the ultimate Southern flair. And, what’s more Southern than a man in a bow tie? I created these bow ties with the help of my mom using burlap with a linen backing. They are rustic and charming, but most importantly, they’re Southern!”

Materials: 1 yd. burlap, 1 yd. natural linen, 1 yd. fusible interfacing, Stitchwitchery, natural-colored thread, a sewing machine, an iron, pins, a pencil, tape, scissors, a ruler, and a bow tie template (courtesy of Martha Stewart)

1. Print bow tie template. Blow up 200%. Cut out and tape together.
2. Begin by ironing the fusible interfacing to the back of your burlap. Iron linen lightly to remove any wrinkles.
3. Place linen on top of burlap and pin at the top. Be sure that once the two are pinned together, the interfacing is on the outside, so once sewn together and flipped, it will be on the inside.
4. Trace bow tie template on to linen with your pencil. Pin on the inside of the bow tie as to keep together while cutting and sewing.
5. Repeat step 4 until you run out of fabric. It should make approximately 8 bow ties.
6. Cut out the bow tie and measure a 1/4 inch in on both sides for your stitch line.
7. Sew the bow tie around both ends and along one straight side. Be sure to leave one side completely open!
8. Flip the bow tie inside out so the stitch line is now on the inside.
9. Iron down 1/4 inch fold on the open side to create a creased edge. Place Stitchwitchery along open edge and iron together.
10. Iron entire bow tie to ensure flat edges and unwrinkled linen.

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Jessica reply

    Fantastic idea, Sarah!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So creative! Wonder who’s wedding will be first to wear them?!

  3. avatar Hayley reply

    She planned my wedding…great ideas!

  4. avatar Denise reply

    Very creative and so handsome! Perfect material for that outdoor guy without going Camo! Love it, Sarah!

  5. avatar alexis reply

    I love my iittle sister and think this is so creative! Good job Sarbear! :)

  6. avatar Alan reply

    Great creative idea for this fabric…any guy would wear this!

  7. avatar Holly Williams reply

    What a great idea! I love, love, love it! I wish I could’ve had these for my wedding!

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    Love this!!

  9. avatar Caroline reply

    They’re adorable!! I bet you could even personalize them with some dyed linen to really give them some flair and color where it peeks around.

  10. avatar Julie reply

    Love this idea! What a fabulous idea for something casual but formal. Its a normal bow tie with flair. How much fun would this be for a groom and his groomsmen to wear to an outdoor wedding? Perhaps a wedding in a barn complete with white twinkling lights and a georgous bride who is sporting her cowboy books underneath a stunning gown.

  11. avatar Alan reply

    Love the idea – Very unique – Any guy would luv to wear this style bow tie – Vs the same old stuff

  12. avatar Lisa A reply

    Such a cute idea for an outdoor wedding!

  13. avatar Lori reply

    Southern gentlemen in burlap bow ties-love it!!

  14. avatar Gaynelle reply

    I like this

  15. avatar Ansley Swanson reply

    Soo cute! Love this! Will mention this to my friend who is getting married this summer!

  16. avatar Emily reply

    They look great, perfect for a spring/summer wedding!

  17. avatar Caitlin reply

    lovee it!

  18. avatar Anita Shrigley reply

    Very creative!!! Love the idea. It is not only neutral so it would go with everything, but it could go formal or casual depending on the attire.

  19. avatar Clairissa reply

    Love it :-)

  20. avatar Beth reply

    Wow….the look, the texture, the clean lines….very original…makes a statement without going overboard…love it!

  21. avatar judy parker reply

    Love the idea!

  22. avatar Gail reply

    What a unique idea,,very nice, love it!

  23. avatar Kelly reply

    Super cool and different. So clever!

  24. avatar Aline reply

    This tie’s got swagger. I love it!

  25. avatar MIke reply

    Perfect for the southern wedding

  26. avatar Betsy reply

    How creative!! I love it!!

  27. avatar Jessica reply

    Perfect compliment for a simple and elegant summer wedding!

  28. avatar Julie reply

    Love these, my son does also and we might use it for Prom!!!

  29. avatar Kenny reply

    Groomsman would love these – Great idea!!

  30. avatar whit reply

    Love it. The prom idea is fantastic too!

  31. avatar Judyo reply

    I can see this idea carries thruout the decor with burlap table over lays and bows pn the backs of the chairs.

  32. avatar Allie Cable reply

    Love these for a backyard summer wedding! Can definitely see the idea being incorporated in the decor for the wedding as well! Great idea, Sarah.

  33. avatar Allie reply

    Love these for a backyard summer wedding! Can definitely see the idea being incorporated in the decor for the wedding as well! Great idea, Sarah.

  34. avatar Patsy reply

    Unique attention to detail and fun!

  35. avatar Kay reply

    Thinking out of the box – nice.

  36. avatar June reply

    Great idea. Love it!

  37. avatar Ruth @ My Love Wedding Ring reply

    What a great idea for this much under appreciated fabric!!

  38. avatar Jordan reply

    Super cute!

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