Sunday, April 7, 2013

Burlap Wreath!!

Okay so this is NOT a typical post! Not a teaching-related material, at all! I am just so excited about it!!! I can't help but share it!

Now...just to warn you all...I am a teacher, not a self-proclaimed crafting professional...BUT, I think my burlap wreath came out pretty good!! I wanted to share with you all how I made it because it was an idea in my head that actually turned out right! That never happens!


You will need a few things first. You can get everything below at Michael's...but I am sure there are other places, too! :) You can also use real flowers if you want to! That could be fun! 

1. Flowers or decor of your choice. It can be little buttons or whatever you choose to decorate your wreath with...this can really change depending on what you want!

 2. Burlap! I went through three of these rolls from Michael's. It will depend on how full you want your wreath to look. I wanted mine to be really full; however, your taste may be different.

3. Pipe cleaners or wiring. I was looking for wiring at Michael's, but was struggling to find a tan color. The lady at the store suggested the tan colored pipe cleaners! She is a genius! :) They worked perfectly. I needed 2 bags of the tan pipe cleaners (the tan was the same color as the burlap). Cut the pipe cleaners into thirds.


4. A green wired wreath shape (found in the wreath section at Michael's) - you will see part of this in a picture below.

My steps :)

Below is what you will get when you are part of the way through. I felt it was easier to explain this to you if I showed you this first - this might be part of my "Begin with the end in mind" trait I have from the Seven Habits ;)

To get started, just attached the end of the burlap to the wiring by slipping a pipe cleaner through the burlap and twisting it behind the wiring (you want to hide the pipe cleaner).

Then you will just continue on by looping the burlap in whatever size loops you like. 
I found this was super easy to do while sitting on the ground. You have so many supplies around you that it is just so easy to just sit on the ground :) Also, burlap sheds a little bit, and I did not want to have to clean that up inside of my house!


Above you can see how the burlap is attached in some spots, then hangs off. You never have to cut the burlap! It just goes on in all one piece :) Great, right!?

Take the burlap in your hand and loop it to the size loop you want. 

Scrunch the burlap together where you will be wrapping the pipe cleaner around it. You are going to push this into the part of the wreath you have already added some burlap. The closer to tie each loop to the others, the more full your wreath will be. They will slide a little once tied, but that is good because then when you are all done, you can adjust the burlap to fill in any spots that don't look as full as others.  Remember to attach/tie to all 4 wires on the wire wreath so that you can a full wreath and don't see the wires. I just went across each row of wires as I went.

Stick the pipe cleaner on from the top, toward the back of the wreath. Put it around a green wire from the wire wreath, so that it has something holding the loop of burlap back to the wreath. Then twist!

 Here is what you will see from the top until to pull the burlap up and "fluff" the wreath. The pipe cleaner will be hidden by the next loop you do, as well.

Last - I wrapped the flowers and burlap and attached them with a pipe cleaner, also. I want to get a little "P" for our last name, or something "AU" for Auburn to put on there next to the flowers, but for now, I think it came out great! :) Another cute idea I have seen is people bought a different color fabric and tied a bow around the their wreath - that look super cute, too! :)

Let me know if you decide to make a burlap wreath! I hope I helped :) Trust me, if I can do it - you can definitely do it! :)

53 comments:

  1. You should link this up tomorrow for Tara's Monday Made It! I saw that burlap on sale at Michael's, too. Glad you found something cute to make with it!

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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  2. Thanks for the directions, but you need to make me one!! hahaha Thanks in advance!!

    Caitlin
    Kindergarten Smiles

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  3. I actually think I can do this after seeing this post. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Casey
    Second Grade Math Maniac
    Bear in Mind Blog Design

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! You did a fantastic job. I love making wreaths and think a burlap one is going to have to be the next one on my list :)

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  5. I LOVE this! I just made a burlap garden flag, I need to make this to match!

    Jess

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  6. Wow, this is gorgeous! I don't know if I could do it, though! I may have to try, though--I love it! I like the idea of adding your last initial for the front door. :)

    -gayla
    Teach On.

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  7. the wreath is great....I am a designer at Michael's in Rich. Va. When I make the wreaths like this I always start on one of the wires that cross the large wirew( I hope that makes some kinda since) this way the burlap will not slide as easily. Your wreath looks great.
    Kathy

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  8. Great instructions! You can get this great burlap in many colors snd prints. It also works well by stacking 2 colors on top of one another. Hobby lobby sells this burlap ribbon as well.

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  9. That´s a great idea! Looks beautiful! greetings from Germany

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  10. Bridget, I made one but with only one roll of burlap so naturally it is not even close to the beauty of your's. What I don't understand is how you attached 3 rolls to it. Did you do it by scrunching the burlap up tight together then started a second one then on to the third? Or did you put one roll on and then added the second and third over the top of the first?
    Thanks Jo

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  11. I had made one, but did not use the wiring...that looks like a way better method! I will be "re-doing" mine and make fuller! Thanks for the great tip!

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  12. AC Moore has this ! More of a selection too and cheaper . I looked at how much was in the pack and realized I was paying 2 dollars more for less product ! This wreath is so easy to make and I can't wait to make one for Christmas !

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  13. Awesome idea and your instructions with pictures are perfect. Thanks for a great idea that I will try. Love your page.

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  14. I have always loved burlap. I am disabled, but I love DIY. This will be a great first project. Very clear instructions and pictures. Thank you so much for sharing this :)

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  15. Thanks for the directions I made one on Saturday afternoon. It was super easy! I actually only used two rolls of burlap, must have been different than yours because mine looks just as full!

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  16. I have been looking for a new wreath... so pretty. I'm thinking I may have to make one of these for fall. Thanks for sharing. ~Molly

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  17. This is wonderful! I have just the spot to put it! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

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  18. Love this, but am going to try it with wired tulle ribbon and see what I get. That way I can add decorations for any holiday I want, just so they are removable from one to the next, or maybe I will do several in different colors and go from there. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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  19. Making these for Christmas gifts...what size burlap ribbon did you use? Super cute!

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    1. that is what I was wondering :) what size!!!

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    2. My burlap is four inches wide and fifteen feet long.

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    3. Most burlap I have found is 6 inches wide, and truthfully.. I don't think it matters. It will just make it a little fuller if it's wider. Looks good any size!
      Super cute idea!!!

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  20. I like this technique best...I'm wondering if each and every loop is attached to the wire form.

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  21. I'm a huge fan of your burlap wreath! Giving it a try this week, to greet my Thanksgiving guests. Thanks for the great instructional photos and tips. Couldn't be easier!

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  22. Very nice! thank you for the instructions. I will have to try this.

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  23. This is great. May make one for spring. Maybe with wired netting.

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  24. Thanks for sharing how to.....now I may try one - was not sure how to start or attach.

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  25. Do you think you could maybe make a video just to be sure I understand it! That is a lot better explanation than others I have found but I think a video might help as well! Thanks.

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  26. Love the wreath but I think it would look better with crimson and white flowers! ;) Roll Tide...can't make to make one for our Bama room!!

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  27. Great job. I have all the stuff and was looking for a tutorial. you made it with very clear easy instructions. Thank you.

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  28. Perfect! Thank you, now I can do my own!

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  29. Thanks for the great tutorial!! I would post a photo but it won't let me :)

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  30. Love this and thank you for the tutorial. I am saving this for future use.

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  31. Just to make sure I am understanding you correctly, EACH row of wire form needs to be covered with burlap and attached with either wire or pipe cleaners. You did a marvelous job and oh so pretty. Thank you for sharing.

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  33. This was very helpful. Going to Michaels today to purchase items to make a wreath.

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  34. Bravissima!!! ^_^ Bellissima ghirlanda e bellissime foto! :-)

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  35. Pinned this a while ago. Finally going to make it for my son's teacher for an end of school gift. I'm using the flowers and adding a letter for her last name. Love this idea. Thanks for posting!

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  36. Pinned this a while ago. Finally going to make it for my son's teacher for an end of school gift. I'm using the flowers and adding a letter for her last name. Love this idea. Thanks for posting!

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  37. Wonderful instructions, thank you :)

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  38. Just wanted to let you know that I linked your tutorial to my blog today:
    http://whiskeyandthread.blogspot.com/2015/09/tutorial-tuesday-burlap-wreath.html

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  39. Thanks so much for the great directions and pictures.they have 3 pics at Michaels but no directions or amount of supplies you need. For me cost has to figure into most projects. So thanks again

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  40. Thanks for posting you have helped me a lot and I plan on making one.

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  41. I love this wreath! It is so cute and looks like it will be so easy to make. I hope my Walmart still has that burlap ribbon :)

    Mariz
    You want to check out Best Boats Aluminum visit site

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  42. I made one of these this afternoon. It was super easy & quick to put together. I added Halloween decorations using more pipe cleaners. I plan to switch out my decorations for different holidays/seasons so this can get use all year long. Thank you for the idea & directions!

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  43. I am going to try to make this this afternoon! What size ribbon did you use?

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  44. I am just now running across this tutorial. And wow! Now I have 3 different ways to make a burlap wreath! What fun, because each one looks a little different. This is awesome.. thanks so much for sharing!! See, here we are 3 yrs later and your idea is still making people happy. =) you should be very proud.

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