How to Make a Burlap Wreath

With Christmas decorations put away, our house looks so naked!  Every January, our front door wreaths come down from Christmas, and I rarely have anything neutral enough to adorn the doors!  I came across a mesh wreath tutorial at New Every Morning and decided to create my own version using burlap.  Using burlap, the wreath becomes a year-round option.

Supplies:
1  18-inch wire wreath form (Michael’s)
1 1/2 yards burlap (bolt used is @45 inches wide)
florist’s wire
scissors
embellishments (optional)  
 First, lay out the 1 1/2 yards of burlap folded in half.  Please note:  Pictured above are the beginnings of two wreaths. You will only have one folded piece if you are making one wreath.
 Next, cut the folded piece of burlap in half, giving you two identical pieces that are each 54 inches long.
 Again, cut each of these pieces in half lengthwise, giving you four strips that are 54 inches long.

You are ready to start making your wreath!  Before you begin working with the burlap, cut 18 pieces of florist’s wire, each about 8 inches a piece (there are 9 “sections” on the wreath form).  This will allow you to work without stopping!

Using an 18-inch wire wreath form, you will make two rounds of burlap bubbles around the wire form.  One on the innermost ring and one on the third ring.
Start on the innermost ring of the wreath form.  Gather one end of your first strip of burlap, and secure it to the first “section” using floral wire.  
 Pictured above, you can see where it is gathered, tied tightly with the florist’s wire (in twist-tie fashion).  Please note that this photo does not show the burlap attached to the innermost ring. Yes, I had to start over after a couple of ties:).

Rest assured that you will be able to easily cut the excess wire pieces, then “poof” the burlap to hide the wire.
 Next, gather about 8 inches of burlap and bubble it to your desired volume.  Secure the end of the bubble to the next notched section of the wreath using the florist’s wire.   
 Continue on until you run out of fabric.  You will start with a new strip of burlap to finish the innermost ring.  Save your scraps for later use.  
Repeat the same process for the third ring of the wreath form, except you will gather 9 inches of burlap for each bubble (versus 8 inches in the first ring). 

Once you have completed both rings, use scissors to snip away the excess florist’s wire.  Then “poof” your burlap to hide any gaps or wire that is showing.
 My original vision for this wreath was “winter.”  I painted a chipboard “B” (Hobby Lobby) in Martha Stewart’s Cloud craft paint.  After it dried, I mod-podged the entire front surface and sprinkled white fine glitter to give it a little sparkle.  Using fishing line, I secured the letter to the wreath form.   
 While I love the painted letter, and I love the wreath, I don’t really love them together.  But I wanted to show you in case you liked it, or perhaps it would inspire you to think of another fun addition to this wreath!  
 Here is the wreath, plain and simple.  No embellishments or additions!  Perfect for hanging any time of year for your front door, an inside door, or above your mantel!
It was still a bit too plain for my taste, so I cut a long strip of leftover burlap and tied a simple bow.  You can see how I attached it in the picture above…a safety pin!  
Another option for embellishing this wreath (which I may add later) is to add a few burlap rosettes.  Two styles of burlap rosettes found on Pinterest are from Restore Interiors and Choose To Thrive.  

 Although these burlap wreaths are currently on my front double doors, I secretly can’t wait to bring them inside to hang over the mantel and in my bedroom.  They are versatile enough to move around all year!  Plus, with a price tag of about $10, it sure beats paying the $65 for an identical wreath on Etsy!
Have a great weekend!
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Comments

  1. This is so pretty Amanda! I love the wreath with the monogram in the middle

  2. When I get lost in this project this weekend, I’m totally blaming you! ;-) Fun!!!

  3. Came over from Amanda’s. I love the wreath. Right now my front door is currently begging for a new wreath now that the holidays are over.

  4. I love it! I have some burlap that I have been wanting to do something with! Thanks! New Follower! You can visit me at http://raisingdieter.blogspot.com/ Thanks, SHay!

  5. This is pretty cute. I especially love how it bubbles!

  6. I really like this wreath! Perfect neutral for this time of year, and versatile for all year long! Visiting from TT&J!

  7. Very pretty! I like the bubbled look, thanks for sharing!

  8. I LOVE your wreath!! I have such a burlap obsession, and wreath making too! I’ve made a few burlap “scrap” wreaths and yesterday just made my 1st burlap “bubble” wreath with red burlap for Valentine’s Day, but you’ve come up with one entirely different than I’ve seen before. It’s adorable! I’m your newest follower… hope you’ll stop by my blog and follow me too! I’ll be posting my new burlap wreaths for Valentine’s Day soon.
    Have a great weekend!
    xo,
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  9. how cute! And I love burlap!

  10. This wreath is fabulous!! I really love the charming, rustic feel it has. :)

  11. That is SO pretty! I’ve never seen a burlap wreath like it…great tut too! I’m really glad you shared at Shine on Fridays. And I do like the letter with it, although I think I’d like it better if the letter were a different color, maybe dark brown?

  12. Looks great and easy…I’m pinning this one!

  13. What a wonderful wreath. Guess I need to make (another) run to Michaels. :) Have a great New Year.

  14. I have come over from Met Monday. What a wonderful idea! I love the look of this wreath. It’s so simple and sweet :) TFS!

  15. I am so glad you shared the how to. I can see so many possibilities for this wreath and can’t wait to give it a try. I have lots of muslin to experiment with.

  16. Beautiful. So very simple but really makes a statement .

    Karan

  17. Visiting from Coastal Charm. I love your burlap wreath, and you have explained how to make it so well. My door is bare, and I was wondering what I was going to put on it. Thanks for this marvelous idea.

  18. Now that is one super cute wreath! I would love for you to link up with my party at http://anoriginalbelle.blogspot.com/2012/01/make-it-yourself-monday-10-link-up.html

    Have a great day!

  19. That’s lovely! It’s simple and charming. I cannot wait to make one next year.

  20. Super cute!

  21. Great idea. I hate that naked post Christmas look too.

    I’m so happy you brought your post to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. This is a cute wreath! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We would love to have you back next Saturday to share more great ideas. -The Sisters

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  24. I love your wreath! You are right, it is very versatile, and you can use it all year long!
    gail

  25. Very pretty! Love it

  26. This is so cute – and it doesn’t look too hard . . . way fewer pieces of burlap to attach than some of seen! Thanks for a great tutorial!

  27. I love this wreath!! I can’t get enough burlap and I love any wreath that transitions from season to season! I could totally see this getting a Valentine spruce and then later, Spring touches added!

    Thanks for linking up! I’m SO glad you’ve shared your creativity with my readers today!

    I’m pinning this now! :)

  28. Love that–so different from the tied ones you usually see!

  29. I have all these old burlap coffee bags from a friend who imports coffee beans…NOW I know what to do with them! Thanks for the great idea, I cannot wait to try it!

  30. That’s great! I love how it’s neutral so you could really customize it for any season/holiday. Thanks for linking up to my party!

  31. I thought I left a comment when you posted this, but I don’t see it. :)
    It turned out BEAUTIFULLY!!!
    Love, love, love the “B”

  32. I love this and am making it. It should be noted for others that the dimensions are not correct. When you cut the burlap in half again the second time, it is still 54″ long, but now 11.5 ” wide (if your bolt began life at 46″ as mine did). Sharing to help others as they make this. Thank you for sharing!

  33. love this wreath and tutorial. Looking forward to making!

  34. Love your wreath with the monogram! I’m your newest follower via L.F.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get the burlap material? It is very cute!

  36. Danielle Bean says:

    how do you get the letter to stay with fishing line

  37. Danielle,
    I hope you are checking back for replies…you are a “no reply” blogger so I cannot access your email:(.

    The letter…I looped a piece of fishing line thru the “B” and tied the ends around the wire wreath form. My letter was large enough to actually set it where I wanted it inside the wreath, but secure if it fell. If you want it to just hang, adjust the length of the fishing line. would love to see a photo of your finished product!
    Amanda

  38. Love this! I am planning to start mine tonight. I’m just wondering how wide are each of the 4 strips?

  39. Love love love this wreath! I’m trying to make it right now and I have a question for you. did you put any type of backing on it? I’m noticing that my burlap is somewhat see-through and I was curious what I can do so you don’t see the wire frame. I did put some burlap pieces in the bubbles, but was also afraid those might fall out. Any ideas? I may just be a little challenged on my crafty skills. Thanks for your help!!

  40. I love it :-) I think the color of the burlap may clash with the colors of the front of my house. Do you think you could make this with a different material?

    • Sure! I would recommend wired mesh. Comes in rolls at HObby Lobby or florists many times carry it. All colors and very easy to work with. I believe there is a link to a tutorial for a mesh wreath in my post…New Every Morning blog.

  41. marcelle says:

    Is it my imagination, or are the earlier pictures of burlap and the finished product pictures that of cloth not burlap?

    I just completed the project with burlap and it does not look like your finished product.

    Thanks for the instructions though.

  42. Shammie says:

    I love this!! I am fixing to make a couple of them to use as wedding decoration for my wedding. They look pretty easy so maybe they will come out pretty good. Thanks for sharing the instructions

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