15 Budget-Friendly Burlap Decor Ideas to Dress up Your Classroom

It’s one of the cheapest ways to give your classroom some flair.

Sure, you want a cute classroom, but who has the time or budget? 

If you can relate, then you’re going to love burlap. It’s so trendy right now, so there is no shortage of ideas. Plus, a little bit of burlap goes a long way! I like to use my Jo-Ann Fabric weekly coupon to buy a few yards at a discount. The ease of burlap ribbon is pretty magical, too, especially when you can have it delivered from Amazon. (Here are the best deals on Amazon for burlap ribbon and burlap fabric—you get 10 yards of both!)

We hope this gives you some good ideas on how to decorate your classroom with burlap. Here are three of those ideas in a video, too. 

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1. Make a burlap bulletin board border. 

You just pinch and glue (or pin) all around your bulletin board. It’s a great way to hide the imperfect edges of classroom walls, too! 

2. Create a special station in your classroom. 

We love how this teacher created a space in her classroom for early finishers. What a creative use of burlap! 

3. Use it as ribbon tassels. 

Ribbon tassels are my favorite!! #burlaplove #tassellove #bestclassroomever

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It’s great for small details and when paired with bright colors. 

4. Make giant burlap letters. 

You can get the cardboard letters at the craft store. And then you just need to spray glue the burlap on them to make the magic happen. 

5. Make (or buy) your own wreath. 

This one you can buy on Etsy from Flowers and Fonts. But if you’re the crafty type, go for it. 

6. Decorate an entire wall. 

Do you have a wall that’s an eyesore or just needs a new look? Burlap might be the answer. 

7. Use it as a backdrop. 

Whether you want to put it on a small picture frame, like we did here, or cover an entire bulletin board, it makes a nice neutral background. 

8. Make inexpensive burlap curtains. 

Source: Ms. Gartman

We love how Ms. Gartman added fun colors on the top and bottom to give it some added style. 

9. Make a classroom banner. 

Source: Step Into Second Grade

You can do so many things with banners in the classroom. Label different areas, make a welcome sign or your name, etc. 

10. Now take your banner up a notch. 

Burlap can easily be cut into different shapes. We love this design from the Etsy store Gifts by Gaby

11. Make a giant message board. 

Here’s another example of burlap making a good backdrop. Check out how Lauren from The Endearing Home did it. We love it! 

12. Cover your desk. 

Source: Jennifer Bailey 

Most desk fronts aren’t all that pretty to look at. So borrow an idea from this teacher to give yours a new look.

13. Make burlap pencils. 

We have your tutorial for this one right here

14. Take it to the hallways. 

Source: Nicole Hudson

If you’re tired of the same old bulletin boards, then try something like this instead. 

15. Use it for small details. 

Source: Appletastic Learning

Major props to Shelly Rees and her lovely ideas on her blog, Appletastic Learning. Check out more ideas like this

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Plus, check out these creative ideas for classroom doors

Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.