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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tutorial: Burlap wreath

I'm baaaaack!  (I know, shocking!)
With the step-by-step instructions that I used to make my wreath.  When I purchased the burlap, I originally was going to do something like THIS,  but I was afraid that the red from the burlap I purchased would bleed (no pun intended, really) onto my creamy colored door.  So, I revised my plan a bit and went THIS direction instead....

First things first... gather your supplies. And plug in your hot glue gun. It needs to be hot and ready for action when you are done cutting your burlap. You can use what ever wreath you want. I happened to have an unused grapevine wreath in my stash so that's what I used.

Unless the person at the fabric store took the time do cut the burlap along one of it's threads, you will want to trim off the crookedly cut edge from your burlap.  Along the bottom edge, select one of the vertical threads that makes up the weave of the burlap and cut along it all the way to the other end.

Using the same technique, measure over and cut your burlap into 4" strips.

Now, take each 4" strip and cutting along a thread like above, measure and cut at 4" again.

When you're done you'll have a stack of 4" squares.

I hope your hot glue gun is hot!  It's time to start gluing.  Take one of your squares and fold it in half one direction, then fold it in half again the other direction. (You'll have a 2" folded square.)

Holding the folded square at it's folded point, cut the other 'loose' points into a rounded shape.

Something like this.

Now, hold the folded square at the loose end and put hot glue on the folded point.  Don't be skimpy.

Slip the point into an opening on your wreath.

The beginning of your wreath .... Now rinse and repeat about a million times. (lol)
For those of you that have a different type of wreath... Don't fret! I've got you covered. 

If your wreath is flat (Styrofoam, straw, etc) or like me you run into an area that needs burlap glued to it but you can't get the folded point in between the branches (yes, if you zoom in on the picture above you will see the glue remains where I pulled a burlap petal off) here is an easy fix:

Before putting the glue on the burlap, take your scissors and trim off the point on the folded end of the folded square.  This will make if flat - - easier to apply to a flat-surface wreath.  Make sure you put plenty of hot glue on that cut off area of the folded burlap so it will adhere securely.

One-by-one add the petals...

Just keep folding and gluing....

... folding and gluing.... Until you achieve the look you are going for.

Then, I just looped a nice wide ribbon through the middle of the wreath and tied a knot. I took a separate piece of ribbon and made the bow and attached it to the ribbon loop. I hung the wreath using one of those small, clear removable hooks.  (For those of you that are looking at all of these pictures and wondering how many wreaths I made... I made one. The burlap more closely resembles the final picture -- cranberry red-- than the tutorial pics -- tomato red. Not sure why the strange color differences.)

I hope you all go and make a wreath. I may even go back to HobbyLobby and get some other colors of burlap so I can make different color wreaths to fit all of my moods. Smiley from millan.net
Gotta run! Pinewood Derby day. Smiley from millan.net


  1. What a fantastic wreath and terrific tutorial...thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Jen, thanks for the great tutorial!!! I love the wreath!!! I'm going to have to try one of those!

    Hugs, my friend!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial. I hope to get some burlap this week. I see a road trip in my future!!! ;)

  4. I think I will make this for Valentine's Day. Thank you


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