Hi loves! It's Winds-day (sorry I just couldn't help the Winnie the Pooh reference) and I have one of the loveliest gals ever taking over the blog for me today--Elizabeth from the Blooming Air Force Bride. I've so enjoyed getting to know her these past few months and I know you gals will too!
Hey there! Nice to meet y'all! I'm Elizabeth from The Blooming Air Force Bride. Today I get the pleasure of filling in for Elizabeth... the other one. You know, Elizabeth Loves?.. Yes her.
I thought I might share one of my favorite DIY crafts- The Easy Burlap Wreath.
The awesome thing about this wreath is that it can be customized to fit any style! You can even change it's style for every season- it's reusable really. I wouldn't bring you a tutorial for anything less! I just so happened to choose a Fall theme, since we will be heading to our first base in October. You could use any theme/color for this!
Another cool thing is that I spent less than $30 to make this! Hobby Lobby rotates their sale items every week and I just so happened to catch their Fall items on clearance. This cut my price by well over 50%! Check Hobby Lobby's website before going to see what they have for sale!
So here goes:
Easy Burlap Wreath
- 1 pencil wreath (I used orange)
- 1 15-ft roll of burlap
- 1 30-ft roll of mesh (I used gold/dark orange)
- 2 spools of ribbon (I used brown glitter and a deep red)
- floral wire
- decorations of your choosing (I recommend the decorations with wired attachment methods)
Start on the outside ring of the wreath. Take the end of the burlap and fasten it with the wire twists. Then go to the next twist on the outside ring and fasten it. Do this all the way around the outside ring of the wreath and when you get to the last twist on the outer ring, make your next bubble fasten to the closest inside twist. Now, go all the way around the inside of the ring. Here I am halfway through the inside of the ring. Notice how I let the burlap bubble- rather than pulled tight from twist to twist- make sure you do this!
After you've went the entire way around the outside and inside of the wreath, cut the roll of burlap. I left about 10 inches to dangle. It will look good at the end, I promise!
This picture shows you how I did the next step. Take the mesh and start at the same place you started the burlap. Attach the mesh along with the burlap to the pencil wreath's twist. Now, take it up to the closest twist above it and attach it there. Then go to the closest twist below it, then above it, then below it, and so on and so forth. The picture should help guide you from twist to twist so that you can see the process.
Take the mesh all the way around the wreath until you have attached it to the last twist. Now cut the mesh, again leaving about 10 inches left to hang down.
Now cut your ribbon! Cut enough pieces to attach one to each twist. I cut the larger glittered ribbon so that it was an inverted V at each end. This makes it look so much cleaner. I just cut my deep red colored ribbon with a slant.
So here's where the floral wire comes in handy! Take about 6 inches of floral wire, set the small ribbon on top of the larger ribbon, and then twist the wire around it very tightly in the middle. When you're done it will look like this. Make enough of these ribbon bundles for each twist on the pencil wreath.
Next, I wrapped the pencil wreath twists so that they wouldn't show through. Some pencil wreaths will have decorative balls at the end of each twist so that they are a little prettier if you leave them showing. If yours has those, you can skip this step.
Wrap it so that it looks like this.
Take each ribbon with wire and attach them to the pencil wreath twists. Don't worry, it isn't hard! Just twist the wire around the section and make sure the wire doesn't show! When you are done it will look like this.
Here is the coolest glittered burlap pumpkin you will ever see. Yes, I am cool enough to have one. Be jealous. Remember I said that I recommended the decorations that have a wire attachment at the bottom? Ah, yes! That's because it's so much easier! I attached my decorations where the 2 pieces of burlap and mesh dangled down (see, I told you the dangling pieces would look okay!). All you do is nestle the decoration down into the wreath and wrap it's wire around the pencil wreath form. Make sure it's attached tightly. It would be so sad to come home and your wreath be hanging pitifully on your door without it's decorations!
Oh look, we're done now! I don't have a wreath hanger for my door here, so my doorknob will just have to do! Don't be like me, get yourself a wreath hanger!
I hope you enjoyed my wreath tutorial! Check out my blog The Blooming Air Force Bride to see more of my life as an Air Force wife, a FurMom, a DIYer, and a soon-to-be Alaska dweller!