Burlap Wreath time! This is a very easy DIY tutorial. I recently saw one of these that I really liked, but didn’t want to pay the asking price. A standing joke between me and my husband is “you/I could make that”. And yes, we could, but would we?! Well, after seeing what they were asking for it, I thought yep, I can, so I did! I don’t think it turned out too bad for my first attempt!
At one point in time, we did craft shows ourselves, so I do understand the pricing on the wreath! It just wasn’t something I was willing to pay when I knew it wouldn’t cost that much to make. And I was sure i could make it. If I wouldn’t have been able to, then yes, i would have paid the price, because it was beautiful! After some online searching of prices, this is what I ended up doing!
The 14″ wire wreath was bought at Dollar General for, you guessed it, $1. That older TV commercial just ran through your head, didn’t it? That price can’t be beat for my not knowing how this would turn out.
While they did have different ribbons I could use, I wanted burlap, so I went elsewhere to get that. More on that in a minute. I did buy 3 small pumpkins, a scarecrow and a spool of ribbon for a bow. So now my total cost is at $6.
The Burlap I bought is 6″ wide by 30′ long. I bought it at Hobby Lobby on sale for $4 each, and picked up 2 of these. Now my total is $14. The cost could be kept down with the use of something different, so it really depends on what look you want. My idea with the burlap is that I can take the fall decorations off, and change it with the seasons, without making a new wreath.
Easy DIY Tutorial
- One wire wreath. I used a 14″, but you can get what ever size you want.
- At least TWO spools of ribbon. I used 6″ wide x 30′ long. Adjust the amount of ribbon by the size of your wreath and how full it would be. I think I could have gotten away with just using ONE, but I wanted to see how it looked using TWO, so that’s what I did.
- FOUR to SIX plastic wire ties.
- A couple of pipe cleaners, any color, because they won’t be seen in the finished product. These can also be used in place of the wire ties, if you don’t have any of these. Of course, hot glue can also be used, but since mine will be outside, I didn’t know how the glue would hold up in the heat. Plus I don’t have to be concerned about burning myself…..which is something I seem to do a lot when I work with hot glue!
- ONE bow (optional)
- Any decorations to decorate. Like I said, I plan on changing mine out with the season that we’re currently in. Everything is attached with pipe cleaners, so removal is simple.
Start unrolling your first roll of ribbon. Most wreaths I have seen, cut their ribbon in to 10″ to 12″ pieces, roll them up, fold them in half, then tie it to the wire wreath. I happened to see this pull through way and all I can say is WOW….What a time saver. The whole project took under an hour, and that was probably because I played around with it before deciding that was the method I was going to use.
Take the end of the ribbon, bunch it up between your fingers. Lay it UNDERNEATH the wreath, attaching it to the second wire from the center. Because you will be pulling from the bottom, it’s important to make sure the ribbon is positioned underneath your wreath when starting. I wrapped mine around the brace, too, so it wouldn’t move on me.
Now, pull the ribbon up from the bottom, between the first and third rings; you will be covering the second ring. Try pulling it up as evenly as you can, but it can be adjusted as you go, or come back to it when you’re done, if it needs to be. When you get some pulled through, push it together to tighten it up. Do this every so often until you get the desired look. Depending on how tightly this gets pushed together, may end up changing how much ribbon you need for the entire project.
Continue the rest of the way around, ending the way you started. If ONE roll doesn’t fill it, start the second roll at that same spot, finish the space, then cut off the ribbon and secure that end with a wire tie or pipe cleaner.
Do you like what you see so far?
Go back around and adjust your ribbon, fluff it up so to speak, until you like the way it looks. Stop here if you like it the way it is, or continue on with another row. I did the second row, simply because I wanted to see how it would look. Both ways look fine to me, so it’s your own personal preference of which way you do yours.
To do the second row, tie an end to the THIRD ring. Pull the ribbon up between rings TWO and THREE. Since there is ribbon on the one side, it is a tighter fit, so it will take a little more effort to pull it through. Continue around the rest of the wreath until you end where you started. Secure the end, fluff it up, and there you have your wreath! Simple! Right?
Time for decorating!
If you’re using anything with Styrofoam in, you will need something sharp to punch a hole threw it to run the pipe cleaner through. I used a phillips head screwdriver. A half of a pipe cleaner should be enough, or leave it as is. When putting the hole in, don’t put it exactly in the middle. This way, it will get hidden when you put it on the wreath.
Add as many decorations as you like, or keep it simple. Flower picks would be ideal for this, if you want something other than pumpkins.
What do you think?
I am happy with the end result! Especially since I wasn’t sure of what I was doing. I will be making more of these, that’s for sure.
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