DIY Burlap Wreaths

The burlap wreath is by far one of my favorite DIY projects I’ve done so far, mainly for the fact that it’s so easy! There are numerous tutorials you can find on Pinterest to show you how it’s done, but the basic idea is this: you weave a burlap garland in and out of a wire wreath. That’s it. It’s pretty hard to mess this one up. Bunch and fluff the garland as you go to make it look full. If you feel the need to secure it at places, I’ve found that floral wire works wonderfully and blends in well with the burlap. However, if you bunch the burlap tight enough, you may find you don’t need to secure it at all. Here’s the basics of what you need for your wreath:

-1 wire wreath frame (found at Walmart for $3)

-approximately 3 rolls of burlap garland (found at Walmart for $3 a piece)

-extra burlap, either in yards or as ribbon, for decoration (optional)

-floral wire for securing (again, about $3)

-a wooden letter monogram in the font of your choice (optional)

-lots and lots of hot glue

I always start by looping the end of my garland through the wreath frame and knotting it. Then I start weaving:

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This takes a while, but it’s pretty mindless. Once that’s done, you can decorate it any way you want! I love making burlap flowers in accent colors. Fabric stores have the greatest color selection, and you can usually get them to cut you off half a yard or less, which is plenty of material for flowers. There are three different methods for making the flowers that I have tried:

1. The folding method (traditional flower)

For this method, you cut or unroll a long strip of burlap, about the length of your forearm. Fold it in half longwise to make it skinny, and begin rolling one end tightly. This is the center of your flower. When you have that center at the desired size, hot glue it in place. Then begin folding the strip back and forth at random angles around the center, hot gluing as you go since this becomes difficult to keep in place after a few folds. This is the most difficult method I’ve tried, and it’s usually hit or miss with regards to how the flowers turn out.

2. The cutting method (large flowers)

For this one, you’ll need to cut circles of cardboard about 3-4 inches in diameter, depending on how big you want your flowers to be (I cheated and ripped the cardboard ends off of my ribbon spool). Next, cut a 1×1′ square of burlap into 1×1″ squares. (Hint: I don’t measure this…that would take forever. Just fold your piece of fabric until it’s in small squares and start cutting.) The main idea is that you end up with lots of little squares of fabric, so if you’ve done that, congratulations. Put a drop of glue in the very center of your cardboard circle and press the center of one fabric square down onto it (use a pen or something else long and skinny to press the squares down onto the glue). Working your way from the center out, continue pressing the center of fabric squares down next to each other in little cup-shaped petals. The more burlap squares you press up next to each other, the better your flower will look. Glue squares onto your cardboard circle until you absolutely can’t fit any more on there, and voila! You have a flower.

3. The rosette

This is by far my favorite method for making flowers. It’s quick and easy, and they almost always turn out well. Start similarly to how you would start the traditional flower, by taking a strip of burlap, folding it in half longwise, and rolling one end to make the center of the rosette. After that is secured in place, keep the rest of the strip folded in half as best you can, and simply start twisting it. As you twist, wrap it around the center of the flower and glue as you go. It’s that easy! The twists look great, and you can crank out a bunch of rosettes quickly.

Here’s a picture I snapped of all three different kinds of flowers:

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After you’ve made your flowers, decide if you want anything else going on your wreath. I usually paint a wooden letter to use as a monogram since it feels more personalized that way. I’m not crazy about adding plastic flowers and other nature-looking ornaments, but if that’s your thing, definitely go for it.

There are two easy methods for attaching your decorations to the wreath, one being hot glue and the other being floral wire. I always opt for wiring decor to the wreath for the reason that if you end up deciding you don’t like where you placed something or want to change the decor altogether, you just unwire it. (Really, by wiring pieces to your wreath, you could just keep one burlap wreath up all year and change out the decor with the seasons.) I even hot glue wire to the back of my wooden letter and wire it onto the wreath in the same manner. It’s easy to stick the wire through the back of a flower, then through the burlap on the wreath, and twist it securely at the back where no one can see it.

Finish off your wreath with a bow or a ribbon, and there you have it! Here’s the first one I attempted:

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Encouraged by my first try at the wreath (which ended up being a Christmas present for my mother), I decided to make a springy-looking one for my own front door. I’m not a huge fan of the chevron fad that’s happening right now, but I ultimately decided that the chevron burlap ribbon was cute enough for me to use. It was pretty simple to do: after creating the standard burlap wreath, I took my chevron ribbon and made evenly-spaced bubbles by securing the ribbon periodically with wire, like so:

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After that was done, I decided adding flowers to it would look too busy, so I simply attached my monogram, tied a bow, and called it a day! I do believe I will go back and cut the tails off of the bow, however.

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There you have it! I think I’m done with the burlap crafts for now, but I do love that fabric so. In the likely event that I think of another craft to use it for, I’ll be sure to let you know! Happy crafting!

sarah

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