Jute is an inexpensive and durable material that can be an important part of any arts and crafts project. Similar to rope or yarn, jute is an all-natural type of cord that is purchased on long spools. While it has traditionally been used for securing items and packaging, it has a rustic and classic look to it that makes it ideal for many different art projects. Jute twine is simple to use, even for the most novice crafter.
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Jute cord can be used to accent a flower pot or vase. Start at the bottom of the pot in an inconspicuous location, such as near a seam. Wrap the twine around the base of the pot, attaching it with a bead of hot glue as you go along. To add interest to the design, you can twist lengths of the jute twine into interesting shapes such as leaves, flowers or stars. Attach your shapes to the pot with hot glue. Paint or add ribbon for colour.
Add a natural touch to an ordinary picture frame. Cover the frame with jute twine by hot gluing it in place. You can place the twine vertically up and down the length of the frame, in a woven pattern or wrap it around the exterior edges and work your way in until the frame is covered. You can even use the jute to make a rustic-looking and three-dimensional matt to the interior of the picture frame. Consider using different coloured jute cord to complement colours present in the photo or on the frame.
There are several ways to use jute to accent a candle holder. You could wrap lengths of jute around the centre of the candle and tie in place with a bow. Add decorative ribbon or jewelled accents to further customise the look of your candle. Another option is to glue lengths of jute vertically or horizontally around the base of the candle holder. You can also use jute twine like yarn to crochet a holder that will link together several candles in a decorative display.
Balls covered in jute twine can be an interesting accent to home decor. Grouped together and arranged in centrepieces or across a mantel, jute-covered balls are easy to make and charming to look at. To create a jute ball, pin one end of the twine into the centre of a styrofoam ball. Wrap the jute around the ball, gluing with hot glue or pinning in place as you go along. Cut off excess length of cord and glue the end in place on the ball. Consider using spray paint to colour the balls to coordinate with your home's decor.
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