Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Burlap Wreath Tutorial

I finally made a craft I found on Pinterest! I've tried recipes, used decorating ideas and blogging tips, and even sewed something I pinned. Now I've actually completed two burlap wreaths, and one of them is hanging in the dining room. I'm even thinking about selling a few. What do you think?




I found these awesome burlap wreath tutorials at Top This Top That and Life on Mars. Here is my version. With  all the holidays coming up, there are so many possibilities!

Materials needed:
18" wire wreath
2 rolls Burlap garland (10 yards each, 5 1/2 inches wide)
floral wire
initial or other embellishment
fishing line to attach embellishment
staple gun (not shown)
scissors (not shown)


 
Fold one end of the garland a couple times. Stick the floral wire through the end and wrap once around the garland. Using the wire, attach the garland to the wire wreath. 



Begin pulling loops through the wreath from the back.  The size of the loops will depend on how fluffy you want the wreath. Work back and forth across the rungs, pulling the loops through to the front.



Twist the garland slightly so that the loops are not all the same. Push the loops together as you work. The wire wreath is divided into 9 sections and I  made 12 loops in each section.



Here's a look at the back showing how I worked the garland back and forth across the rungs.  Check the back every so often. Otherwise you may end up with a complete mess back there.



When you finish with the first roll of garland, tie the end to the back with floral wire, and attach the second roll. I used two rolls of garland, but that will depend on the size of your loops. Fluff and rearrange the loops until you get the look you want.



Staple fishing line to the back of your initial or other embellishment and thread the line through the garland to the back. Tie securely. Don't pull too tight or the burlap will be mashed flat. 



 Add as few or as many embellishments as you like. I personally like a simple wreath.



 As I was writing this, I began wondering if this method could be used with deco mesh. I found a Pinterest board full of ideas.

Linked to:
Setting for Four



53 comments:

  1. Love the wreath! Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for some Christmas craft ideas and (I'm whispering now) I just started Pinterest today!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! I think this wreath will work very well for Christmas just by weaving in ribbon or garland and adding Christmas ornaments.

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  2. So pretty! I love the look of the burlap.

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    1. Burlap can be used for so many things, and it's cheap! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. This is so rustic and perfect for Fall. I think that this is something that even I could handle! Great work.

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    1. Erin, it's super simple. You make the loops as big or small and loose or tight as you want. Just keep fiddling with it until it's what you like. Thanks!

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  4. This turned out beautifully, great job. I agree I love the simplicity of your wreath! Very elegant instead of overdone <3

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    1. Thanks, Tanyia! I think simple makes life easier. Lately when I've been tempted to buy something new for the house, I ask myself, "Do I want to dust that?" The answer is usually no, so I don't buy it. Sure saves me money!

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  5. Love the way the burlap looks ruffled - really pretty!

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    1. Sharon, it was so simple to make. After I stopped worrying about the size and shape of each loop, it went quickly. I tend to obsess over stuff that's not really important. The wreath turned out great in spite of my little problem. Lol!

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  6. Can you believe I have never made a burlap wreath. Love this tutorial!

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    1. Holly, I think it's time to make one, then. A burlap wreath will be perfect for fall! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Thanks for sharing ! I finally made this wreath! Love it! Your instructions were perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I'm so glad you were able to follow my instructions. Did you make a plain wreath or embellish it?

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    2. I loved yours so much, that I did the same but with the letter "L" , may try to make more for Christmas , that's if I can find more burlap!

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  8. seriously...THANK YOU for the picture of the back!! I've been wanting to do one of these for several weeks now. Tried once and got so frustrated that I tossed it to the other side of the room...where it still sits LOL I think I'll finish that one up soon :)

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    1. Dina, you sound like me! If a project is not turning out like I imagined, I get so frustrated. I hope you pick up the wreath and try again. I found that burlap wreaths look good no matter how messy the loops are. Good luck!

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  9. Yours is the 4th blog I've been to while trying to figure out how to make a burlap wreath and the first one that has given enough detailed instruction for me to understand. Thank you for such a great tutorial!

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  10. I must agree with the other people on this blog,....after looking at so many other blogs on this, yours was the first to make sense and I have already made two today! Thanks again and I will be checking back in to see what else you might be doing!

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  11. How did you get the letter to stay on? I am having trouble getting mine to stay. I am hot gluing wire to the back of the letter and it keeps falling off.

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    1. Cut a piece of wire about 12 inches long, lay the middle of the wire flat on the back of the letter, then using a staple gun put in 2 staples to hold the wire. Place the letter on the wreath, wrap the ends of the wire around to the back, and twist them together. That should hold it in place.

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  12. I just finished my own burlap wreath with an Autumn theme. I bought the materials on a craft whim this afternoon, and after hopelessly trying to figure out how to get the loops I was looking for, did a Google search, found your post and was able to finish the wreath in less than an hour. I truly appreciate that you took the time to show us the details involved in this process! I'll have to make a couple more down the road :)

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  13. Kimberly, I'm so glad I was able to help! Like you, I'll google instructions for something and find lots, but many times they are not clear enough for me. I'm very visual, so I love photos. It's time for me to add a few things and make my wreath ready for Autumn. Thanks for the lovely comment.

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! What I love most is the non frayed edges. Pinning and making one for the holiday. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Joselyn! I agree. I think the wreath looks more polished without the frayed ends. Have fun making yours!

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  15. I love them! I recently used burlap to make a big bow for a grapevine wreath to last us through autumn and it's holidays.

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  16. Hi Sallie, LOVE your wreath and feeling inspired to make one for our front door. Just curious, about how much did the supplies cost you? Thanks!

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    1. I think the wreath cost about $15. Michaels and Hobby Lobby both sell the supplies. Of course, you can get it even cheaper with coupons.

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  17. Great tutorial! We featured your wreath as part of our "What We've Tried" on Pinterest series: http://www.duoparadigms.com/2013/09/13/what-weve-tried-on-pinterest-burlap-wreath/

    We hope lots of our readers try making one, too!

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    1. Thanks for featuring the burlap wreath and linking to my tutorial. It's a no-fail craft. The wreath will look good now matter how big or small the loops are. Give it a try!

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  18. You mentioned making one with deco mesh, yes it can be done, however I found it a bit more difficult. I am using an 18" wreath with wire rows about 5 of them they are hard to get the mesh through, but I am doing it and it is taking me longer than expected. So I guess a little more difficult. I am making a wreath for my grand daughter who is having a girl and it will be some of her shower decorations, if it turns out like I want it to I will send pic to you. Yours is great and your tutorial is wonderful so helpful. Thank you so much.

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    1. Thanks, Carlee! I made a couple more burlap wreaths for gifts, but I never got the chance to make one with deco mesh. I think decorating a baby shower with deco mesh is a great idea. I can't wait to see your wreath!

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  19. I would love to see this in video.

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    1. Thanks, Shirley, but I'm not really a video type person. I don't even like Hubby videoing me for family movies, and I hate hearing my Texas country accent! Some viewers may not even understand me. Sorry!

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  20. I did this today and it turned out great! I have a blog and I wanted to post what I made. Do you mind if I post a link to here on my blog so my friends can see where I found how to do it? Thanks :)

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    1. I'd love for you to use this tutorial and post a link! Let me know when it's posted so I can check it out. Thanks for leaving a comment!

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  21. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was really worried about how my wreath was going to turn out, but my wreath looks fantastic! Thank you so muh!!

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    1. Chelsea, I so glad! It's such a good feeling when a project goes right, isn't it?

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  22. Love it. Do you go through all three rungs or just the top and bottom one? Thanks

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    1. Shirley, great question! I varied how I wove the burlap ribbon, so the wreath was full with n skimpy spots. Sometimes, I went over and under each rung, and other times I went over 2 rungs at a time. Hope this helps!

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  23. I'm trying to make one of my own but I'm uncertain about one thing, after you pull the three loops from each rung how do you start the next row? Do you pull the ribbon to the very front again and start over or do you just continue from where you left off underneath it (and if so how do you get the loop from pulling out)?

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    1. Diana, after I pull a loop through to the front, I'll hang onto it as I push another loop through from the back. Once you slide the loops close together, they won't slip through easily. It just takes a little practice. You'll find the best way for you after playing with it for a bit.

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  24. Is it hard to use regular burlap not the garland type to make one of these?

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    1. Faith, I've never tried to use burlap. If you cut the burlap in strips, it may work, but it will be messier. All you can do is try. Good luck.

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  25. I made this today and it turned out great! Thank so much for sharing!

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    1. Ebony, I'm so glad it was a success! Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. I bet linen would be another neat fabric to try, as well. It would be so elegant in white. What do you think? Kelly

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  27. Thank you for sharing - this will make a great gift!

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  28. I'm excited to try this....We are having a wedding in June and we're using burlap runners for the tables and making mason jars with burlap for centerpieces with fresh flowers. This will be 2 fold for me I can decorate the tables then use the burlap to make many, many different kinds of wreaths for gifts.

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  29. I'm excited to try this....We are having a wedding in June and we're using burlap runners for the tables and making mason jars with burlap for centerpieces with fresh flowers. This will be 2 fold for me I can decorate the tables then use the burlap to make many, many different kinds of wreaths for gifts.

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  30. I'm going to get the stuff to make this tomorrow! I love it (:

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  31. Thank much. i will do it follow your guide.
    Kizi | Friv

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