Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nap Time Crafting: Burlap Wreath

When I was pregnant last spring, I watched a few Pinterest tutorials on how to make a burlap wreath. I bought all of the materials and spent about 3 hours making an adorable wreath for our front door. Then fall came around and we had a baby in the house and I didn't really have the time or motivation to make a fall wreath. So I simply pulled off the spring flowers I had hot glued to the wreath and glued on some fall flowers and accents. Fast forward to now, and I need a spring/summer wreath again. I don't know that my current burlap wreath can withstand another round of ripping off the glued on flowers, so I decided to leave the fall wreath alone and make a new spring one. In fact, I decided to replicate the exact spring wreath from last year because I loved it so much. 

Now, before I get started on the tutorial, I'd like to note the following things:

1. I decided to make a new wreath at the beginning of April. I bought the materials right away and then I got busy with my school work, and then Lucy got the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. The bags of materials sat on our dining room table for a few weeks and never did I ever even think to lay them out and take a picture of everything  . . . until I was about a quarter of the way through making the new wreath!
2. I wish that I had taken better pictures. But as the title suggests, this was done during nap time where my main goal is to get as much done as possible. I was more concerned with getting the wreath finished than I was about the picture quality. Shame on me!
3. As I was typing the first paragraph of this post, I thought it would be a good idea to include a picture of the fall wreath I was referencing. But it's all the way in the basement, and I'm tucked in tight under the covers so it didn't happen. 
Shame on me again!
4. I'll try to be more professional for my next tutorial. 

Ok, so here we go. The materials you'll need are:

1. A wire wreath frame. I got mine at Michaels. They come in many different sizes. I believe I used the 18". 
2. Three rolls of burlap. Here's what I used. I've seen colored burlap at Hobby Lobby which could be super cute as well. 

3. Pipe cleaners the same color as the burlap, or floral wire. I used pipe cleaners cut into fourths.
4. Ribbon 
5. Flowers/decorations of your choosing.

When I was ready to begin, I went downstairs and looked at my old burlap wreath. I remember that I somehow weaved the burlap and the ribbon into the frame at the same time. For the life of me, I could not figure out how I did it! So I came back upstairs and Googled "burlap wreath tutorial" and watched the shortest one I could find. It's a little over 2 minutes long and definitely worth watching. I'm not going to do a step-by-step tutorial, because this video does a really good job of explaining everything. 

My dining room table crafting table is right outside of Lucy's room. I didn't want to make a lot of noise by banging the wreath frame on the table, so I held it between my knees like this. Also, please take note of my pants. The burlap sheds pretty badly so be prepared!

This is how the burlap looked once I had pulled it through each section of frame, then I just smooshed it down into the previous section.

Here's a picture halfway through. 

Here's the back, in case that's helpful.

Here's the finished product. Notice around the 10:00 and 11:00 positions that the burlap is a little less scrunched up. I had 2 full rolls of burlap, plus an almost full roll left over from last year. I started running out toward the end so I had to spread it out a bit more, which is why I said you'll need 3 full rolls. 

The next step is to thread the ribbon around the frame. I used one roll of this ribbon, and it was enough.

This was hard to photograph while doing, but I just moved the burlap away from the middle, tucked an end of the ribbon underneath the wire frame, then made a loop and pulled alllll the rest of the ribbon through. I just kept doing this over and over until I got all the way around the wreath. 

Burlap and Ribbon.

Finally, I purchased some colorful daisies from Michaels, cut off the stems, and hot glued them around the wreath. Here's the finished product:

In the video tutorial, they say it should take about 10 minutes to create the burlap wreath. Um . . .maybe if you're a burlap wreath professional! I would say start to finish, this project took me between an hour and a half and two hours. I got all of the burlap and about 3/4 of the ribbon done during Lucy's nap and then finished the rest up a little later. 

If I had more time . . . and money to spend on wreath decor . . . I think red burlap, white ribbon, and blue flowers would look super cute for the 4th of July!

And for those of you who stick around just for the Lucy pics, here's what I get to see when I go in to get her in the morning!



  1. Super cute wreath Mols! I just might have to do a version of the 4th of July wreath as you suggested!