Jute is an inexpensive, sustainable fibre with coarse threads that lends itself to a variety of craft techniques. It is a strong, durable fibre with a rustic texture. It is suitable for functional and decorative craft projects. Wrap or weave decorative items for your home and crochet and macrame personal and gift items with this versatile fibre.
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Use jute to create decorative storage jars, candleholders, flowerpots and vases. Recycle jars by wrapping and gluing jute around the jar, leaving the bottom unwrapped, and use them as storage containers and vases. Tie shells, rusty stars or jewellery findings around the jars with a piece of jute and fray the ends for a rustic look. Wrap flowerpots, leaving the bottom drainage holes uncovered to bring new life to old, discoloured and plastic pots. Wrap large, wooden letters or numbers with jute for a textural wall display.
Create one-of-a-kind kitchen baskets by crocheting jute into baskets. Create sturdy baskets to fit your oven ware, or make baskets to hold fruits, vegetables and bread on the counter. When not in use, the baskets are easily stored. Create baskets for holding food gifts, thereby doubling the gift value, or make a set for a hostess. Crochet heavy-duty, reusable shopping bags to carry with you. They roll up into small bundles to carry in your purse or car until needed. Crochet placemats and coasters for yourself or as gifts.
Make a variety of personal and gift items using your macrame skills. Make French-style market baskets to sling over your shoulder while shopping. Create bracelets and long necklaces with wood beads and chunky metallic findings as gifts. Make flowerpot holders and plant hangers to house your collection of plants. Make a variety of hangers in several lengths with different stitches for an interesting arrangement. Add a plant to a flowerpot holder for a living, handmade gift.
Alter an inexpensive wire plant hanger by weaving jute through the frame of the basket. Knot an end of jute to one of the wire spokes in the frame and weave it through and around the spokes until the frame is covered. Add a dab of glue as you hold it in place. Make a long tassel to hang from the bottom and fray the ends. Finish the edge with a row of crochet stitches or glue on a ribbon trim.
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