Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
You found out. I’ve got a crush on jute.
(Are you now singing a cheesy 80’s song? Hehe!)
It’s true, though. I love the natural look and beautiful texture that jute adds to a project, and to a room. There are countless ways to use this inexpensive and often overlooked material in decorating and diy projects, so I’ve rounded up 45 ways to use jute to add texture and a natural element to your projects and accessories in decorating. Ready? Here we go!
1. Use jute to add texture to a table top.
Woven jute table top from Design Sponge
2. Update a lampshade with jute. You can wrap the shade vertically like this…
Jute wrapped lampshade from The Handmade Home.
3. Or you can wrap the shade with jute horizontally like this…
Jute wrapped lamp shade from Mossy Rock Interiors
4. If you don’t want to wrap the whole lampshade, just add some jute trim and details.
Lampshade with jute trim and flower from Paisley & Me
5. For a more rustic country look, just use a wire lampshade frame and wrap it in jute.
Wire lamp shade wrapped in jute from Happily Ever Foster
6. If your lampshade is just fine, but your lamp base needs some help, try wrapping the lamp base with jute.
Jute wrapped table lamp base from Maple Memories
7. Wrap jute around empty cans to create inexpensive containers for storage and organization.
Jute wrapped cans for organization from Brown Paper Packages
8. Or you can wrap a glass bowl with jute for a pretty display.
Jute wrapped glass bowl from Fostering A Creative Life
9. If you don’t have a spare bowl, you can create your own bowl out of your choice of material, and then wrap it in jute.
Bowl created from a vinyl record wrapped in jute from Happy Go Lucky
10. Wrap jute around jars for quick and easy vases.
11. Or you can paint your jars first, and then add a smaller amount of jute to use as a cheerful summer vase.
Painted mason jar vase with jute accent from Little Chief Honeybee
12. If you have jars or bottles in pretty colors that you don’t want to cover up or paint, you can create a knotted net design on the jars or bottles with jute.
Jute knotted net bottles from Fostering A Creative Life
13. Or if you’re filling your jar with decorative filler, add small decorative touches with jute.
Glass jar with jute decoration from Pretty Handy Girl
14. You can use jute on your upholstery and furniture projects. Just rosette buttons add a natural touch to upholstery.
15. Or you can wrap sections of your furniture piece in jute for added texture.
Jute wrapped ladder back chair from Centsational Girl
16. Instead of replacing boring drawer pulls and knobs, wrap them in jute.
Dresser with jute wrapped drawer knobs from Designer Garden
17. Give a plain picture frame a facelift with jute.
Jute wrapped picture frame from Design, Dining + Diapers.
18. Wrap jute around inexpensive paper mache decorative fruit.
Jute wrapped paper mache pears from That’s My Letter
19. If you can’t find cheap paper mache fruit, you can make your own fruit shapes out of styrofoam, and then cover with jute.
DIY jute wrapped styrofoam pears from Craft Addiction
20. If fruit isn’t your thing, then perhaps you’d prefer decorative eggs wrapped in jute.
Decorative eggs wrapped in jute from The Handy Hausfrau
21. And in autumn, wrap pumpkins in jute for warm and natural fall décor.
Jute wrapped pumpkins for fall from That’s My Letter
22. Make your own light and airy jute ball bowl or vase fillers.
Jute ball bowl fillers from Two Girls Being Crafty
23. Or if you prefer a more solid look, wrap styrofoam balls and jute (you can even paint them) to use as bowl or vase fillers.
Decorative jute ball bowl fillers made with styrofoam balls from
Make It And Love It
24. Use jute as an embellishment on DIY napkin rings.
DIY napkin rings with jute from My Blessed Life
25. Or wrap the entire napkin ring with jute.
Jute wrapped napkin rings from Something Sweet Design
26. Create a framed woven jute dry erase calendar.
Framed woven jute dry erase calendar from Charcoal & Crayons
27. You can even crochet with jute, like these crocheted decorative jute motifs.
Jute crocheted motifs from Whip Up
28. Or if you prefer something more functional, then you can crochet a hot pad or trivet with jute.
Crocheted jute hot pad/trivet from Little House In The Suburbs
29. Add texture to a potted plant with jute.
Jute wrapped plant pot from Peppermint Plum
30. Spruce up a plain wall clock with jute.
Jute wall clock from The Rooster And The Hen
31. Make your own decorative tassels out of jute.
Decorative jute tassel from Home Sweet Homemade
32. Add texture to a collection of wine bottles.
Jute wrapped wine bottles from Everyday a la Mode
33. Spice up a table top tray with jute.
DIY wood tabletop tray with jute details from The Handmade Home
34. Wrap styrofoam cones with jute to create simple trees.
Jute wrapped styofoam cone trees from Thrifty & Chic
35. Make simple ornaments with jute.
Glass ornament wrapped in jute from Bower Power
36. Use jute to create a textural background for framed items.
Framed keys with textured jute background from The Simple Craft Diaries
37. Wrap a flower vase with jute.
Jute wrapped flower vases from Frugalicious Me
(these prove that jute can still be pretty and feminine).
38. Or make simple jute flowers to embellish a vase (or anything else).
Vase embellished with a jute flower from Project Anthologies
39. Add texture to a chandelier with jute.
40. Or make your own pendant light from scratch out of jute.
Jute pendant light from Design Devotee
41. Use the entire spool of jute as a candle holder.
Spool of jute used as a candleholder from Family Chic
42. Of if you have a plain glass candlestick turn it into a beautiful textured candlestick with jute.
Jute wrapped glass candlestick from Vixen Made
43. If your candlesticks don’t need updating, add texture directly to your candles with jute.
44. Make a beautiful wreath alternative for your front door with a jute wrapped monogram letter and a frame.
Front door jute wrapped monogram letter from Blue Sky Confections
45. Add texture to your wall with a jute framed mirror.
Round wall mirror with jute wrapped frame from How Sweet It Is
Are you feeling inspired now to run out a buy a spool of jute and start wrapping random items in your house? Have I left out your favorite use for jute? Do you have your own personal favorite uses for this humble and beautiful material? If so, please share!
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