DIY Fall Burlap and Ribbon Wreath

With Fall right around the corner I decided I needed a nice fall wreath. Along with that I decided to try my hand at burlap. I know it’s all the rage right now, but I honestly think that burlap can be overdone and overused so it should be used tastefully. So making a wreath is a nice use of burlap that is nice and tasteful. There are many different variations you can use, but I decided to use burlap ribbon in orange and reds with some accent flowers. This honestly turned out totally different than what I wanted it to, but it’s still cute!

Supplies
Metal wreath
3 rolls of burlap (I bought mine from walmart so I needed more)
Roll of solid color burlap (Orange)
Roll of printed burlap (Orange chevron)
Roll of Printed fabric-Burlap consistency (Red chevron)
Fall flowers
Pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun and sticks
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WORD TO THE WISE. DO THIS PART IN A WELL VENTALETED AREA!!! As you work with the burlap the fabric will shed and if you have problems with sinus or allergies it might upset them. It did mine and a week later I’m still feeling it.

Now LET’S GET STARTED!!!!

I’ve made a wreath like this before, but not burlap, and did not need the pipe cleaners, but because the burlap is thicker and more intricate I had to use them this go around.

We want to start wrapping the burlap through the slots. Basically what you are going to do is weave the end in and out and around. Your first line should start at the top but the first loop should be at the bottom with the majority of the burlap in the middle. Also you want to use the pipe cleaner to attach to the end of the fabric and attach it to the vertical bar.
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***HINT*** I found that the easiest way to use the pipe cleaners was not at a regular interval just at the beginning and the end and wherever you need them. I used the loop, twist, wrap, and twist method. From the back I wraped the pipe cleaner around the fabric and a metal bar and then twisted the ends together. To ensure a tight hold I wrapped the ends around the fabric again and twisted the fabric.

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Now once you get the hang of the weaveing of the burlap you want to make your loops as big, or as small as you want them. The bigger the loops the more burlap you will need.
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So once you have this part done this is what it should look like.
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Now to make it pretty!

This part is totally up to the imagination. I tried out a few different layouts (BEFORE CUTTING!!!) before I landed on this one. Don’t be afraid to get creative, because there is no right or wrong, it’s just what you want…and isn’t that the beauty of a diy project?! Personalization!
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Now, I chose to layer my sold and patterned burlap, so in order to do this I measured…ok eyeballed…what length I wanted of both. Then I used the glue gun to attach the pieces at the end.
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To attach I simply used a half piece of pipe cleaner and attached it to the metal bar. I did this three times.
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This is what it should look like.

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Now I did the same thing with the red. I used the same pipe cleaners that I did for the others to attach the ribbon.
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And for me, no wreath is complete without flowers or a little fru fru! So I added, by using hot glue, flowers to the sections where the ribbon was tucked in. This also allowed me to add the yellow into my wreath that I wanted. I used 5 different flowers, and left one tuck undone. This is because I wanted to add a bow.

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Now to make the bow. It is REALLY simple!

Once again I did not measure, I just eyeballed, so it all depends on how big you want it. I used about an arm’s length of both the solid and orange chevron to make the bow section. I layed them on top of each other and attached the ends together. I then wrapped them (basically made a circle) and glued the ends together.

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Now you want to inch the middle together (to make it look like a bow) and wrap a piece of fabric around the middle. I had some small burlap that I wrapped around three times. I also glued each time I wrapped to ensure a good hold.

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For the tails, I eyeballed the length. It really all depends on how long you want them. I attached the ends with hot glue, but only one side of each side.

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Now fold the top edges back on themselves and glue. This will create that tucked and tied look without the tucking and tying.

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Attach with hot glue to the back of the bow piece.

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Every bow has to be trimmed up and I did this by cutting up and down on the ribbon. It gives the bow a nice finished look.

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Now attach the bow to the wreath with hot glue. I thought it looked super cute to put it on sideways so that is what I did.

Oh, and to hang it I simply attached fishing wire to two of the vertical bars tying knots around adding a small dot of glue to ensure a nice secure hold. I don’t normally do this, but the burlap is a thicker material and would not hang without one.

Viola! All done! Hope ya’ll have fun and get creative!! Remember there is no right or wrong to any of these projects!

 

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~Katie

Patriotic Wreath

Summer time is here! It’s time for backyard BBQ’s, ball games, and patriotic holidays! I love summer and I love my country, so when I sat down to make this project I wanted something that could work for all of the patriotic holidays. It’s really easy and very simple. So lets get started.

Supplies:
Foam Wreath
1 Roll of solid blue ribbon
1-2 Rolls of red and white stripped Ribbon
Pack of glitter letters
String
Hot glue gun/sticks
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First we want to cut off just the back of your wreath to make it flat. This helps with the wreath laying flat against the door.

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Next step! You want to mark off the section you want the blue ribbon to go. Once you do that grab your hot glue gun and start gluing.

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Now you want to wrap (without gluing) the ribbon to see how you want it to look. This is really a personal preference so eyeball it, but I just wrapped the ribbon so that the edges slightly overlapped.

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So once you’ve figured out how you want your ribbon to wrap, start with the gluing. I did a line on the previous section and a line on the foam so the ribbon lays on it.

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This is what it should look like.

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Now on to the second ribbon. Starting in the back, where your blue ended, glue and wrap. The best way I found to get the best long term wrap is overlapping the ribbon about 1/2 and inch. Just pull tight and glue like you did in the blue section.

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This is what it should look like.

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Kind of plain isn’t it? Lets jazz it up. Grab your glitter stickers and your string and lets get started.

Figure out what you want it to say and how you want it to look and find your letters. In my case, I wanted something that would be good for the whole summer, so I decided on “God Bless America”.

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Once you’ve figured out how you want it to look, flip it over and peel off the back of the sticker. This makes the placement on the string A LOT easier!

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Now you want to glue your string on. Figure out where you want your words to be place one end on the back of your wreath. When doing this I placed a generous amount of glue on the end of the string, and once it cooled off enough to touch I pressed down on it. I think I get a better hold when I do that.

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Now you want to glue your letters on. I did a line or dots where the string touched the letters. Eventually I realized that some of the letter liked to tilt because there wasn’t enough weight on the letter to keep it right side up. My solution was just to put a dot of glue to even the weight.

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Once you’ve attached that’s it! Now you have a simple patriotic wreath that is good for all patriotic holidays!

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Thanks for visiting!
~Katie

Simple Spring Wreath

One of my newest obsessions is making wreaths. I do not get fancy in it, I go for simple and cute. So when the warmer weather started rolling in, my Christmas ornament wreath had to go and I needed a wreath that could last me the rest of a southern winter, spring, and on into summer. I admit I have a wreath for almost every season now, and I could keep going! My vision for this wreath was polka dots and flowers, colors being coral and blue, and top it off with my initial. So on a hunting trip I went. I hit up my favorite stores Hobby Lobby and Michaels to find all of this. So are you ready to see this masterpiece? Here is what you will need:
Supplies
Foam wreath circle
1 Yard of fabric or a roll of ribbon (if you find that is what you want)
2 coordinating paint colors
5-7 flowers (coordinating colors and different sizes)
Paint sealant
Wooden Monogram
Hot glue gun
Wire cutters
Scissors
Paint brushes

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Ready to start?
Step 1: Since I wanted to paint my initial this had to be my first step because it requires several coats of paint and time to dry. My letter came from Michaels and therefore had to be painted. So grab your paint, I used the acrylic paint that can be found in the painting section at hobby lobby (if you want more choices) or even Walmart (if you are going for more basic colors). Paint the letter with your base color, in my case this would be my coral, with about 2 coats allowing time to dry in between coats.
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Step 2: While your first coat is drying grab your fabric. Yes, I used fabric because I could not find ribbon that I liked. Spread out your fabric and cut in 4 inch sections length wise. In reality, if you get a yard it should be pretty close to a square, so then it would depend on your pattern. I cut 5 strips, just to be on the safe side. So that makes 5 strips that are 4 inches wide and the length of your fabric long.
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Step 3: Ready for an easy step? Cut the stems off your flowers using your wire cutters. Make sure you get them as close to the flower at you can, otherwise it won’t be “flat/even”. At this point it would be a good idea to paint your second coat of your letter. Want some advice on how to shop at hobby lobby? 1st there is ALWAYS a coupon for 40% off on the internet, so get on your phone and find it to get a nice little discount on regular priced items. 2nd, if it is not on sale the week you go, go back the next week and it will be on sale. This comes in handy when buying fabric or flowers, or really anything you buy at hobby lobby!
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Step 4: Grab your foam ring. Now we want to make the back of the ring flat. This is important because it helps the wreath sit flat when hanging on your door. The trick to this is making sure you have a sharp knife (like a butcher’s knife), go slow, and cut AWAY from your body. This well be a very messy step so beware!
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Step 5: Time to make your letter pretty. This step may not be necessary if your vision is different. I wanted polka dots on my letter…ok I admit, what I really wanted was chevron, but that got complicated very fast so I adjusted. Squirt your coordinating color onto your plate, and use the top of your paint bottle to make the perfect size polka dot. Do not press down hard, just lightly rest it. Once you pull it off you might want to go back and use a paint brush to evenly distribute the color. Let dry!
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Step 6: Grab your foam ring and your fabric strips. Time to wrap this baby up! Starting at the back (the flat side) hot glue your fabric at a slight angle to your wreath.
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Let break this down to make it easier.
Wrap your fabric around gluing anytime your fabric intersects in the back. Ideally want about an inch overlap of your fabric. It is going to pucker, so just glue that down to. Do this on every rotation!
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Once you end one fabric and you are ready to start on another, make sure you start in the back! Your back does not have to look pretty, but your front does!This is what your wrapping process should look like…
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Now you have wrapped the whole thing, but notice those wrinkles at the top? Glue them back!
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Check out how I did this! Fold back (toward the back) and glue under and in the crease.
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Step 6: Spray a layer of sealer on your letter to keep it nice and shiny. This needs to dry for about 2 hours.
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Step 7: Attach your flowers. First you want to lay them out and get a good idea of how you want it to look before you glue it down. I added these long ones just to give it some depth, but you do not have to!
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Step 8: Once your letter has dried, attach it to your wreath and viola! You are done!
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Is this not adorable! Hope you have fun, and do not be afraid to be creative! Happy crafting!!

~Katie