DIY Wedding Chair Swag

DIY Wedding Chair Swag

Cristina Ferrare gets in on the wedding fun by designing a DIY chair swag!
  • Burlap
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Clear Liquid Adhesive
  • Initial Stencils
  • Brown Acrylic Paint
  • Stippling Brush
  • Plastic Cup
  • Scissors


  1. Amount of burlap you buy will depend on the chairs that you are swagging. Measure the height of your chair from the floor to the top of the chair and double it. Add an extra foot on top of that just in case.

  2. Drape the burlap over the chair.

  3. Making sure that both ends of the burlap touched the floor; cut off the excess burlap with a sharp pair of scissors.

  4. You may need to adjust the width of the burlap according to the width of the chair.

  5. Next, attach a 2” white lace ribbon the length of the burlap on both sides with clear fabric adhesive.

  6. Run a line of adhesive along the length of the burlap, attaching the lace as you go. A thin line of adhesive is fine. Too much will saturate the burlap and not only will it take longer to dry, but it will get pretty messy.

  7. Press lace down firmly as you go. The lace will adhere easily, but if you make a mistake, don’t worry; just pull the lace up and adjust the lace’s placement. The glue should dry completely in 2 hours.

  8. Repeat this on both sides along the length of the burlap.

  9. Fold the length of the burlap in half to find your midway point. Slide a piece of cardboard under your burlap so that you don’t get paint on the backside of the burlap.

  10. Place your stencil 3 inches down from the midway point. Tape the stencil in place if needed.

  11. Pour a small amount of brown acrylic paint into a plastic dish; about a 50-cent piece will do.

  12. Dip the stippling brush into the paint just enough to coat the bottom of the bristles. Don’t pick up too much paint on your brush. Wipe any excess off on the side of the plastic container.

  13. Brush the paint onto the burlap filling in the negative space in the stencil.

  14. Carefully pull the stencil off of the burlap to reveal your initial!

  15. Allow this paint to dry for 10 – 15 minutes before placing any additional stencil over your initial. The paint should be dry to the touch after 30min. Allow for 2 hours to dry completely.

  16. Drape the burlap over the chair and to attach the bouquet

  17. Put together a mini bouquet using silk versions of your wedding flowers. Silk flowers are more durable. People may be passing behind the chairs and brushing up against the flowers. You can also buy them premade.

  18. To attach the bouquet to the burlap, use floral wire. Gather the fabric together at the center of the back of the chair and wrap the floral wire all the way around both the bouquet and burlap.

  19. Twist the ends of the wire taut and keep twisting until the bouquet is nice and secure.

  20. Wrap additional lace around the wire to hide the wire. Tie the lace ribbon off as a bow and you have your Chair swag!

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