A couple of my friends recently asked me to come over and teach them how to make a wreath. So, on Tuesday I went over and we had a great time laughing and talking and eating, and making some patriotic wreaths! Unfortunately I did my math wrong when ordering the burlap (I thought we only needed 15 yards of each color per wreath when we needed 20… we all make mistakes right?) so I ended up having just enough for them to make wreaths but not for my own. But that’s fine. I got to chat with them and help them with their wreaths, and then I made one a couple days later (after a run to JoAnn Fabrics).
Sadly, I was not thinking ahead enough to get many pictures of them creating their wreaths. I did get some of their finished products, but for the sake of continuity (especially since I have slightly different colored burlap than they had) I am mostly using pics of my wreath that I made at home.
For the most part, this wreath follows the same premise as my previous burlap wreath tutorial (click here) only it doesn’t have the ribbons woven in.
- Wire Wreath Frame. I am using an 18″ frame.
- Burlap ribbon rolls in Blue, Red, and either white or Tan (I used tan because it’s a lot easier to find). Each roll needs to be at least 20 yards for this size of frame.
- Wooden stars to glue on to the wreath
- Hot glue gun & glue
Step 1: On the back of your wire wreath frame, take the first color you want to use and tie it onto one of the middle wires of the frame. Hint: If your burlap is really wide you may want to either fold it in half lengthwise for this area to make it easier to tie, or even cut an inch or two lengthwise to make two pieces to tie. I forgot to take a picture of this, so here is a picture of my doing it with my prior wreath tutorial. Just pretend it’s the darker blue!
Step 2: You want to take the burlap and push a couple inches through one of the wire sections to the front of the wreath to form a bubble type of effect with the burlap. The beginning few of these will be kind of loose, but once you get going it holds pretty well.
Step 3: On the backside of the frame twist the burlap once or twice and then do the same bubble loop in another section of the wire frame. You will be continuing this process for the whole wreath, with pushing the loops together to make it a little tighter as you go. On the front of the wreath you can pull and tuck some of the burlap around to make it look as fluffy or as tight as you want it. Here are pictures showing my front and back at this point:
Step 4: With this wreath you are alternating colors. If you are like me and start with the blue section you can do a little bit before changing. Make it as large of a section as you would like. The alternating red and tan sections then are smaller to give the striped effect. I ended up only doing one to two loops in each of the wire sections before moving back to the other color while doing these. Each time you are starting a new color you will tie it onto the wire frame as you did in step 1. The tail of each section I was able to just press into the rest of the loops of the burlap on the back, but if you feel more comfortable you can tie these as well. At the end I use a glue gun to hold all the ends together and make the whole wreath more secure. Here are pictures, again one showing front and one showing back:
Step 5: Once you have gone all the way around the wreath as you like it, looking at the front of the wreath fluff and pluck to your little hearts content to make sure it is the way you like it. Then, turn it over so you are looking again at the back. Here’s where the glue gun comes in. Heat up your glue gun and use it to secure the knots and any loose hanging burlap to give it strength and so that if it is in any wind then it will be a little more secure! Once you are done with this, keep the glue gun plugged in for step 6!
Step 6: Turn the wreath back over so you are looking at the front again (make sure all the glue on the back is dry though of course!). Using the glue gun, you are going to attach the wooden stars to your wreath in the blue section. You can place them however looks best to you or follow my picture below. Make sure there is a good amount of glue holding them securely onto the burlap!
Once everything is dry and secure, hang it up and enjoy!