I have this idea of buying these burlap bags and using them as gift bags. (Check out the rest of the website, too, it's got good deals and other neat craft items). It's great because they are reusable and durable. They can also be decorated. Grab (or make) some stencils and put some neat designs on them! Use fabric paints. Stay away from fine lines as they get lost in the burlap. Stick with bold designs.
Unique wall decor is what makes modern decorating style ideas so interesting. This is a burlap coffee bag that I stapled onto a canvas. I then took bronze nail heads and hammered them 2" apart. Now this was a cheap decorating idea!