Friday, September 25, 2009

DIY: Jute Charger

Recently, my tabletop got a makeover. No, I didn't take some paint to my dining set again, but I did create some beautiful things to top it with! Below is part one- look for part two later this weekend. The supply (yes, singular) needed for this project is simply some jute. Simple enough, right??

I made a round placemat/charger from the jute. I started out with three REALLY long pieces of the twine. Like Rapunzel meets that old country singer with the floor-length hair long. Yes, hair that long grosses me out.. but for illustration's sake.. just roll with it. I digress..

I braided the strands together. You'll save yourself boatloads of frustration if you knot the ends up a wee bit for easier weaving:

You may find yourself thinking of the good old days when we girls made all those "friendship" bracelets. Oh, the time I wasted on those things!! (anyone else??)

I used a 4-ply jute for the braiding. I don't recommend anything less or else you'll be spending more time on this project than goth kids spend doing their makeup.

Once you've got one big long braided piece of jute, start folding it around itself in a spiral pattern. I used a 2 ply jute to weave through the larger braid and keep it in place.

Get the idea?? I hope so. It's really not that hard, just time consuming. Pop some popcorn, rent a redbox movie, and you'll be done before the sappy ending!

When you get to the end, just tuck the ends of the jute back into your weaving & secure them with the 2-ply twine.

If you do it correctly, it should come out looking something like this:

Oh, and the cost of this project?? Pennies, my friends, pennies!! Part two is coming- placemats!


Michele said...

You have an amazing talent!

Lucy Marie said...

Amazing, of course. And the friendship bracelets? Umm, yes. I'd totally make you one.

Aja said...

Love this idea! Great job!


Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

how cute! and perfect for a fall table!

paisley bourgeois said...

I love this! I was just trying to think of a project for which I could use my spool of jute. Thanks!

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

What an awesome ideal! Thanks for sharing!

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LizO said...

Found your site via "Living with Lindsay" and just from a quick gander, you've got some great ideas!

I must borrow this project. I have some jute just waiting for me to make something out of it.

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