A Burlap Wreath is so versatile and totally fits my style requirements- 1) Inexpensive (mine was $10 or less) and 2) Versatile. I love things that serve multiple functions and therefore get lots of use (and take up less storage space).
I can’t remember where I saw directions to make a wreath like this (since I made my first one so many years ago), but thanks to the lovely inspiration whomever you are I am forever grateful. I’m confident that with a few simple tools, even the least “crafty” person can also make a versatile burlap wreath. Then with a few seasonal props, you can spice up your burlap wreath for any season or event.
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How to Make A Burlap Wreath:
- Grapevine Wreath or similar base
- Burlap material (Cut 3-4, 4″x44″ strips) (this or this)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sturdy thread
- Scissors (my favorite fabric ones)
STEP 1 to Making a Burlap Wreath:
Cut 3 or 4 strips of the burlap fabric in 4″ widths by whatever length of material you have. This was 44″ wide (it actually came folded in 22″ width. If yours is too, just keep it folded when you cut.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, the fraying adds to the charm.
STEP 2 to Making a Burlap Wreath:
Cut a double length of thread that is a little larger than the circumference of your grapevine wreath. Thread your needle, knotting the end of the threads together.
About 1/2″ from the edge of your cut strip begin basting (loose stitches) your thread through the burlap. It’s hard to tie the end to the burlap, so use a clothes pin or tape to hold it at the starting point.
Once you get to the end of one of your strips, just add the next one, and next until you have all 3 (or 4 for more ruffle) strips of burlap on your thread line.
STEP 3 of Making a Burlap Wreath:
Loosely lay your, now very long, ruffle of burlap around your wreath.
Fuss the gathering (adjust and move around) until it feels about even.
Tie off the string ends, from the start and finish, together.
STEP 4 of Making a Burlap Wreath:
Hot glue the burlap ruffle to the wreath.
Keeping the ruffle in place, gently pull it up and dab hot glue generously between the burlap and the grapevine wreath.
You may also choose to hold some of the gathering in place on the front side with some glue as well (see video).
STEP 5 of Making a Burlap Wreath:
I added a wide ribbon (in this case it’s also made from a jute/burlap material) loosely to my wreath. I secured with straight pins on the back to make it easy to remove or change at any time (I love how non-commital this wreath thing is!). This is totally optional.
Straight strips of fabric, ribbon, men’s neckties, a scarf, belt, or anything long and relatively narrow, could work great to vary up your wreath’s look.
STEP 6 of Making a Burlap Wreath:
Now’s the time to dress it up!
The dollar bins at stores like Michael’s or Target are great for grabbing a few inexpensive items to dress up your wreath for any season. At Christmas (not pictured) I usually add ornaments and a little wooden sign I found at Michael’s.
Secure your items with a simple bow of twine or string, or use pins. Then your wreath will be ready for a costume change without too much fuss.
Your front door will soon be the envy of your neighbors. The options are really endless in how you can dress this basic burlap wreath up for any season or event. Here are a few examples of how I dressed up my wreath for spring, memorial day, baseball season, Fourth of July, summer, and fall. I do a winter/Christmas wreath too but totally forgot to take a picture this past year.
STILL UNSURE ABOUT MAKING YOUR OWN WREATH?
Try one of these Year-Round Wreaths that you can easily dress up for any special occasion or holiday:
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