I love the look of a front door that has been decorated in some way. Many of us do this at Christmas or for Thanksgiving but why stop there? The entry is the first look that someone has when they approach your home. Dress it up for the best impression. This burlap wreath tutorial shows you how to add a rustic look to my front door. Best of all, I made it in one afternoon at a fraction of the cost of buying one retail. And making the decoration is half the fun anyway!
Last year, I had a straw wreath form that I used to make a front door wreath using fresh hydrangea flowers. The wreath changed from bright blue to a fawn color over time but has been sitting in my craft closet since, waiting for a new look.
I have long been fond of various wreaths which use burlap in their supplies. Imagine my delight when Debra from Burlap Fabric got in touch with me, asking me to try out her products in a DIY project. I couldn’t accept fast enough and knew what I wanted to do long before the supplies arrived.
I placed all the supplies on a table and looked them over. There was a gorgeous array of fabric, various ribbons and flower accents that were just crying to be made into something pretty.
For my burlap wreath tutorial project, I used these supplies: (affiliate links)
- Avocado green burlap fabric.
- One roll of 4 inch wide brown burlap ribbon.
- 4 burlap pre-formed flowers
- 1 roll of 2.5 inch wide wire wrapped ribbon with orange chevron stripes
I also needed some greening pins and, of course, my straw wreath form which I had on hand.
To start the burlap wreath tutorial, I cut a strip about 4 inches wide from my bolt of avocado green burlap fabric and made it into a long roll about 30 feet long. I used this to cover the straw wreath form.
I just rolled it around the straw until it was completely covered and then fastened it with a greening pin.
Burlap is a material that frays easily, so I made sure the roll covered the straw closely side by side and then trimmed off any pieces of material that were starting to fray. (You don’t have to go crazy with this step. Just trim any one fibers.)
Next, I used my roll of 4″ ribbon and cut 4 x 4″ squares. I just cut them as I needed them but ended up with approximately 190 squares. The number you will need may vary depending on how tightly you place the petals on the wreath.
Next I had to make “petals.” I did this by folding the burlap into a triangle and then bringing the ends in. One edge of the ribbon had an edge that was molded so it would not fray, so I always kept that end to the outside of my petal.Now came the fun part – placing all the petals to cover the top and sides of the wreath form. I started by putting on a single row of petals.
This worked okay, but as I worked, I found that forming the side rows first made it easier to cover and keep the petals even (and also saved me on greening pins!)
The next step in this burlap wreath tutorial is to tackle the chevron bow. I used about 12 feet or so of the orange chevron ribbon. ( how much you use depends on the size of the bow you want) Basically I just kept making loops and tied it with foot long piece of the ribbon and pulled it tight. The wire edging on the ribbon allowed me to “plump up the loops” for a great look. For my step by step tutorial on how to make a bow like this please visit this page.I left two long ends for a dangle and also had two ends to tie around the wreath. The two ends that had tied the bow together were just looped around the wreath and fastened with pins. I folded under one end of the tie so it would not fray. Normal safety pins held it in place just fine.
To finish off the bow, I place a greening pin through the center of each burlap flower. I used four colors (cream, yellow, green and tan) and over laid them in a cluster for some dimension.
The finished result is so pretty! All I had to do to finish it was to cut a V shape in the trailing ends of the ribbon and hang it on my door on a wreath hanger.
Close up of the bow – it can be plumped as full as you would like it.
And a close up of the burlap flowers. Don’t they add a great look to the wreath? I love the way they layer over each other.
Do you like to use burlap in projects? What have you done using it? Please share in the comments below!
The inspiration for this wreath came from one that I found on the website Find it, Make it, Love it.
Note: I received the burlap materials to make my wreath free in exchange for mentioning the website Burlap Fabric in my post. Nevertheless, I only recommend products that I feel are useful to my readers. I love the site and would recommend it to anyone who loves to do burlap crafts.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission from the sale, but the price is the same for you. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."