Easter Cross for the Front Door

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It’s finally spring here in Mississippi, and we’ve gone straight from snow and ice to tulips and perfect temps. With Easter around the corner, our naked front doors desperately need a fresh look for spring. Oxford has zero craft stores (or a Target! I know, how do we survive?) to browse for ideas, so I’m constantly on the lookout for inexpensive online decor and supplies. In my recent search, I found that Trendy Tree sells these fabulous moss-covered grapevine crosses in addition to many other wreath bases for nearly every occasion! The prices can’t be beat.

These crosses would be beautiful dressed up with spring florals and ribbon, but I decided to create a simple Easter front door this year. I’m even tempted to hang one over my dining room mirror for Easter lunch.

All you need is the grapevine cross, florist’s wire, wire cutters, ribbon and fishing line for hanging.

The cross comes in two pieces.
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Easily secure the two pieces with florist’s wire. I wrapped it a few times diagonally, going both directions, as shown below. Snip the excess wire once the cross is secure.
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Using this bow tutorial from On Sutton Place, I tied a pretty bow with spring ribbon and hot glued it to the very top of the cross.
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Simple and exactly what I was looking for to welcome our guests over the next several weeks leading up to Easter.
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Popcorn Wreath Tutorial

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Our baby turned 7 last week, and in lieu of a sleepover, we met in the middle and celebrated with a Popcorn and Pajamas birthday party. These adorable Popcorn Wreaths greeted our guests at the front door! We cloaked the wreaths in hot pink ribbons to match our party theme, but imagine how pretty these would be at Christmas with the addition of cranberries and Christmas ribbon! They’d also be terrific with traditional red, black, and white accents for a movie-themed birthday party!

The Popcorn Wreaths were very easy to make, and kids can help with assembly, too! We have double doors, making our project a bit time consuming, but one wreath did not take much time.  Here’s how we made these…

Popcorn Wreaths

Supply List: (makes one Popcorn Wreath)
1 sheet foam board (or large cardboard box)
Pencil
Electric Knife or X-acto knife
Popped popcorn (about 2 microwave bags or pop your own kernels)
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Ribbon for hanging
Florist’s wire for hanging

First, trace a circle onto the foam board. Mine is about 16 inches.  Trace a smaller circle in the middle.  The small circle shown is about 6 1/4 inches.  If you have a very wide front door, you may want to enlarge these measurements.

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Cut out the wreath form.  My electric knife is as old as the hills and works like a dream for cutting foam board!  An X-acto knife works well, too, just be careful that you are working on top of a safe surface!
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Begin arranging the popped popcorn onto the foam board.  I found it was easiest to apply the hot glue to the foam board and then add the popcorn.  If there was an odd spot to fill, it was easier to apply the glue to the popcorn and stuff it into the spot.  Play around with it to see what works best for you!
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Below is the inside of the wreath where the foam board was showing more than I preferred.  We added a bit more to cover this area, and we added popcorn on top of popcorn to fill in spots elsewhere, making sure every inch was covered.
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Loop a wide ribbon around the wreath and add an extra bow to the top, if desired.  You can secure the bow to the wide ribbon using florist’s wire.  Create and secure a small loop of wire for hanging onto a nail or wreath hanger.
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Our Popcorn and Pajamas welcoming committee!
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The Popcorn and Pajamas party was a hit…here are a few pics from the party. Praise the Lord for my 13-year-old and her friends to help manage the chaos at the party!
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Popcorn and Pajamas Party
A precious cake from Lisa Whitehead in Oxford, MS.
Popcorn and Pajamas Party
Sweet girl loved every second of her party…
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These cute bags were 10 for $1 at the Dollar Tree!
Popcorn and Pajamas Party
These decorations would be perfect for any movie-themed party for a boy or a girl!

Have a great weekend!
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22 Wreath Ideas for Every Occasion

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Wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know my affection for seasonal goodies for the front door! Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Hometalk to curate a collection of wreath ideas for every occasion! Folks have made wreaths out of just about everything, and I was amazed at the creativity and unique twists on traditional wreaths! The curated board includes the full list of wreaths and their individual supplies, tutorials, and additional photos!

While most of the wreaths I chose to showcase are occasion-specific, there are a few that certainly can be made and displayed year round!

If you are not familiar with Hometalk, it is a site dedicated to all things home decor and gardening.  You can easily browse through endless ideas and be inspired by some seriously talented folks!  Many of the Before/After photos will blow you away and inspire you to create! One of the best features of Hometalk is that you do not have to be a blogger to submit your own ideas and photos, so be sure to check it out!

Head on over to the Wreath Board to get some wreath ideas!
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Deco-Mesh Wreath Ideas-Miss Kopy Kat Guest Post

Hi There! I’m Miss Kitty from the Miss Kopy Kat blog.
Thanks, Amanda Jane, for asking me to do my first guest post ever. 
It’s fun to have a seasonal or holiday wreath on our front doors
or mantels but it can get expensive and time-consuming to 
have a separate wreath for each occasion.  
 
When I saw a new burlap-looking deco mesh at Hobby Lobby,
I thought that it would make a good wreath base to add 
different embellishments, ribbons, etc. to change it up.
This deco mesh seems to have more body and be more weather-
-resistant than actual burlap but gives “the look of” burlap
 which a very popular trend now in even the most high end looks.
 
 
To begin the wreath base, get a 18″ or 19″ wire wreath form
in the floral section of the larger craft stores. They are usually
less than $5.  You will also need tan craft paint and a package
of tan chenille stems (we used to call them “pipe cleaners”). 
It also helps to have glue to keep the stems from sliding around.
 
Paint the wire form with two coats of craft paint. It does not
have to be perfect but it helps hide the form.
 
Place about 8 stems around the outside wire of the form and
about 7 stems on the inside of the form.   Bend each stem in 
half like a “V”.  Push the ends of the “V” from the backside
of the wreath at your selected points. Then twist each stem 
twice tightly onto the wire wreath form. 
 
You don’t have to glue the stems down, but I like to.
Turn the wreath good side down and glue each stem onto the
wreath form on the backside.  Be sure that the “arms” of 
each stem are facing towards to front of the wreath so
 they can secure all the elements onto the wreath form. 
 
After the glue has dried, you can start adding the deco mesh.
 
This deco mesh from Hobby Lobby is more expensive than most of their other deco meshes and it is
not as many feet.  It has a lot of body however and you don’t need a lot to go around the wreath.
 You can use a 40% off coupon on the mesh and Hobby Lobby regularly includes it in the 50% off 
ribbon sales.  I could not find it on the Hobby Lobby website to order online.  An alternative to this
product, if you can’t get it from Hobby Lobby, is a weather-resistant burlap-looking product from 
the online source Mardi Gras Outlet.  It costs more but it is 30′ long. 
 
Unroll several feet of the mesh.  About 12″ from the end of 
the roll, gather the mesh (accordian-style seems to work well)
across the width…this is what gives you the “poufs”. 
 
Keep the gather pinched tightly and place it on one of 
the chenille stem set of “arms”. Twist the arms tightly around
the mesh gathered point. 

 

 
This is what you first gather will look like with the “tail”
hanging out.  Leaving a tail (to be secured later) keeps the mesh
from pulling through the twisted chenille stem arms.
 
Move about 12″ further down the mesh roll and do 
another gather of mesh.  Without letting go of the gather,
place it on the next set of arms to see if you like how big
the “pouf” will be.  If you want a bigger pouf, let that
gather go and move further down the roll.  If you want a 
smaller pouf, just re-do a gather closer to your original one.
 
This mesh does not have a finished edge and unravels some.
To give a finished edge, just turn under the edge as you make
your gathers and it will hide the edge and keep it from raveling.
 
Try to keep your poufs about the same size all the way around.
 
 Make a mesh pouf that ends on top of the first attachment point.
Secure the end of that pouf with the chenille stem arms of the
first pouf.  Without cutting the mesh, then start making mesh
poufs the same way along the inner wire of the wreath form. 
 
When you have finished going around the inner wire, cut the
mesh roll about 12″ from the end of the final pouf.   
 
Pull the beginning tail and the ending tail to the backside 
of the wreath form.  Make one tail run along one side of 
the back of the wreath form and the other one going
 the opposite direction. Secure each tail onto the back of 
the wreath form with a half of a chenille stem. You can trim 
the ends if you would like to in order to make them neater. 
 
Here is what your wreath base will look like:
 
See all those chenille stem open arms?  They are waiting to 
embrace all sorts of items on top of the “burlap” mesh.
To use the “arms” twist whatever you want on the wreath
with the arms and then pull the ends of the stems to the
 back of the wreath form to hide them.
 
 When you are ready to change the wreath, untwist the 
stems, take out the old elements and add the new.
 Hide whatever stems are still showing on the front side
 by pulling them to the back of the wreath.
 
Here are just a few examples to get you started but the
wreath is only limited by your imagination:
 
With Memorial Day coming up soon, you could add some 
patriotic ribbon to the wreath.  I liked this ribbon because it
had a tan in it to go along with the color of the mesh.
 
Just use the chenille stem arms to hold down loops of the ribbon
(wired ribbon works best) along the shape of the wreath. 
 
 You can zig zag the ribbon between the arms that are on the 
outside wire and the inside wire or just pick one or the other. 
 When you are finished attaching the ribbon, pull the ends of
  the chenille stem arms to the back of the wreath to hide them.
 
Actually, I thought I had bought enough ribbon to make a bow
for this example but just going around the wreath took more
ribbon than I anticipated.  To go around the wreath AND make
a bow, next time I would probably get at least 6 yards of ribbon.
 
Although packs of flat pre-made bows are one of my least
favorite things ever, these patriotic bows from Dollar Tree were
worth a try (50 cents each).  It’s an example of how inexpen-
sively you can add things to your already good-looking wreath.
 
The gold twisty-tie served a dual purpose of holding the bows
on the cards AND securing the bows together so once they
were untwisted…oops…there goes the bow.  To hide the gold 
twisty it was covered with some cheap blue ribbon in the 
front and tied in the back.  I made it serve a dual purpose
 too by forming a little loop on the back of the bow.
 
That gave me a way to attach the bow to the wreath with the
chenille stems but not have to tan stem show on the bow.
 
If the spot where you want an object for your wreath to be
does not already have a chenille stem there, just make another
“V” shaped stem, push it from the back onto a wire, twist
the stem on to the front of wreath (red arrow), and use the ends
of the stem (blue arrow)to hold your object on the wreath. 
 
 A lightweight object can almost “float” but a
 heavier object might need to be secured closer
to the actual wire wreath form to stay put. 
 
A wreath like this could be used not only for Memorial Day
but 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day or President’s Day.
 
Originally, I was going to paint all of the white sections of the
bows a tan color, but that little idea was taking way longer than
I thought it would (does that ever happen to you?). 
 
Here is ONE bow painted to give you an idea:
 
So, after Memorial Day, you are going to want a summer wreath.
The mesh almost looks like a fishing net already so you only
need to add a few more things to make it beachy. 
 
Here are some of the ribbons that I thought about using
for the summer wreath:
 
The above ribbons are from Hobby Lobby…I promise, I have no connection with them…
I am just addicted to their ribbons, etc. especially when they are 50% off.  
 
The crazy chicken-wire-coated-with-foam “ribbon” gave the 
most seaside look for this summer wreath.
 
It was attached just like the original deco mesh on the wreath
with the chenille arms twisted around gathered points.
 
The foam starfish were so lightweight, they could be attached
with floral wire onto the chicken-wire ribbon.  The fishing
floats are heavier so they were attached with floral wire
directly onto the wire wreath form. 
 
 
The burlap look of the wreath is perfect for a Fall wreath.
 
This inexpensive garland of faux leaves is oh-so-easy to
add to the wreath with the chenille stem arms.  Many
craft stores have similar type garlands for all seasons of 
the year so that is a quick way to change the wreath up. 
 
 
Another Fall-ish look (but you could just change the colors
for other seasons) is to use more mesh and a fancy ribbon.
 
Attach a layer of deco mesh the same way and with the same
chenille arms that you used to make the original base. 
Then add wired ribbon on top of the colored mesh. 
 
Remember, you can always add more chenille stems to the
wreath form to have additional attachment points for 
your elements depending on where you want them 
to “pouf” or be visually pleasing to the eye. 
 

 

 
Other readily available and inexpensive seasonal items that 
can be added to your wreath are wired garlands, ribbons and
little placards or sayings.  Here is a St. Patrick’s Day wreath.
 
Add the ribbons and garlands with the chenille arms around
the circumference of the wreath.  The placards can be 
suspended with an additional chenille stem attached to the form.
 
Your wreath can also come in handy for events at your house.
 
Here’s an idea for a bridal shower using ribbon and flowers:
Attach white ribbon in loops with the chenille stem arms. 
This is super-duper cheap wide synthetic ribbon from Michael’s.
They have it in good basic colors…it looks like satin but feels 
like plastic…fun to use extravagantly then throw away. 
 
Add faux flowers to the wire wreath form.  Push the stems to the
back of the form and secure with floral wire or chenille stems.
 
Make the flowers “behave” by securing the ends where you want them  to be with already attached chenille stems or new ones.
 
 
This idea would also make a good Spring/Easter wreath with
colorful flowers and ribbons.
 
 
Well, I want to try it with long tails too.  Just twist a chenille
stem around two long lengths of ribbon, cut the ends into
“fishtails”  and attach to the wreath form with stem.
 
A little more “romantic”:
 
 
Hostessing a baby boy shower?  Add some blue ribbons with 
the original chenille stems…they are long enough to add lots.
 
You could also add other elements like little stuffed bears,
baby rattles, or letters if you know the baby’s name. 
 
Gosh, I wish I had had enough ribbon to make a big bow too. 
 
Want an everyday wreath every once in a while?
Choose some fun ribbon and attach loops of it with
the chenille stems.  
 
 
This would be a good look with a wooden initial in the middle suspended by chenille stems or invisible fishing line.  
I don’t have an initial handy so , thanks, Pic Monkey!
 
You could use wreath at Christmas too, but maybe you 
should give it a rest from all it’s work during the year.
 
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Moss-Covered Cones

Moss Covered Cone

A few months ago, I ventured out of my neck of the woods to check out a store recommended by a friend and discovered the greater Little Rock area’s best kept secret…B.Layne Home.   I immediately fell in love with these Moss-Covered Cones and knew they would be versatile all year long.   The owner, Michelle, is super-talented…she can help you pull together any room, she paints many of the pieces for sale in the store, and generally has the “eye” for all things chic, affordable, and beautiful!

Michelle routinely posts lots of fun pictures full of inspiration from her store on Facebook, and these hydrangea-filled cones were inspired by one of her posts.

The artificial hydrangeas were purchased at Michael’s, along with the burlap ribbon. Pictured are 5 artificial hydrangeas, cut with wire cutters and secured into a small block of florist’s foam inside the cone.  (3 pure white and 2 pale green shown). At 60% off, these flowers were less than $3 a stem.  Not bad!

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Wouldn’t these be beautiful for a bridal shower or a wedding reception?

FYI, I secured the simple burlap bow with these…

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Here is the burlap ribbon from Michael’s that I used.  LOVE all the uses for this versatile burlap!  Be sure to download Michael’s app to your phone for instant coupons.

Burlap Ribbon

One other fun way to use these moss-covered cones this spring or summer (or anytime!) is to fill them with a fresh potted plant.  I found Kalanchoe last week at Wal-Mart.   The plants came in a few colors and are perfect for spring.

Moss Covered Cone 1

Tie a simple knot with the burlap ribbon, as shown below, or leave it as is.

Moss Covered Cone 3

Moss Covered Cone

Aren’t these blooms wonderful?  This is a Kalanchoe, easily found at floral departments everywhere.  I love the instructions on the tag shown below…”Makes a lovely gift.” Yes, they do!Plants as a Gift

Moss Covered Cone

The best part about these moss-covered cones is the price…only $24!!  Such a deal since you can use it year-round, indoors or outdoors…hang it on a door, from a chandelier, or even from a tree during an outdoor party!

Michelle at B.Layne Home ships, so be sure to stop by her Facebook page to contact her if you are interested in one of these cones!

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Door Hanger

Shamrock Door Hanger 5I know most of us do not decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, but as easy and inexpensive as these seasonal door hangers are, I decided to add a little green to our front door.  For about $5, it can’t be beat!

Shamrock Door Hanger

Supplies:

1 sheet foam board (20″x30″)

Electric Knife or Exacto Knife

Shamrock Template

Circle template and pencil (use a cup!)

Paint (Folk Art Yellow Citron shown)

Awl or small screwdriver (to pierce hole)

Assorted ribbon/jute/burlap (for hanger)

You can use this shamrock template to trace onto the foam board.  I did enlarge it a bit by tracing a couple of inches outside of the image onto the board.

Shamrock Door Hanger 2

My little assistant…with hair everywhere and an unmade bed in the background.  Just keepin’ it real.

Shamrock Door Hanger 1

 I did not take photos of the next step, but I simply used a plastic cup top to trace circles onto the foam board, then painted them with two coats of Yellow Citron.

Next, pierce a hole for the hanger.  *Be sure to test the spot before creating the hole to be sure it hangs at the angle you prefer.

Tie a simple loop/knot to make the hanger with jute or other ribbon.

Shamrock Door Hanger 3

Tie assorted ribbon, burlap, etc to embellish the hanger, and you are finished!

Shamrock Door Hanger

 

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School Spirit Rag Wreath

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School is back in full swing for most of us, and if you are like me, August is a bittersweet month.  Routine is welcomed, but I sure do miss my kids!  
 
With “back-to-school” in the air, I wanted an easy project to display our school colors.  With endless fabric options available, you can customize this rag wreath for any school or theme!  Using the same instructions for this Burlap Rag Wreath, this one turned out totally different using a larger wreath form and different fabric.  
 
Supplies needed:
 
Wire wreath form (18″ shown)
5 assorted fabrics (1 yard each)*
Scissors
Cut each fabric into 1.25″x10″ strips.
*(I used ribbon as one of my “fabrics.”  Fabric is definitely a cheaper option.  For reference, I used two 36-inch rolls of ribbon for this wreath, spacing them farther around the wreath to avoid using a third roll).
…forgive me for a few terrible Iphone photos taken at night;)
 
Begin tying strips in desired order around the inner ring of the wreath form.  Tie as many pieces as will fit in each section.  This will create a full, fat wreath!
Repeat on third row.  **Please note:  On this particular wreath shown, I tied fabric onto the first and third rows ONLY.   You should have enough fabric to add an additional row, if desired.  
Isn’t the assortment of different fabrics fun?  The possibilities are endless for you to create your own!
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Because the sun would fade this wreath pretty quickly on our front doors, this one will make its home on my daughter’s bedroom door.  A fun addition for the start of a new school year!
 
For a smaller, more compact wreath like this Burlap Rag Wreath, use the 12″ wreath form.  
 
For other ideas to show your school spirit, check out these projects from the archives…DIY Burlap Footballs and Painted Foamboard School Letters!
 
Be sure to Pin these ideas to make later:)
 
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Umbrella Door Hanger

Umbrella Door Hanger
A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter asked me why our front doors were naked, and I admitted a touch of decorating fatigue.  She said, “We should do something with an umbrella for April!” so off to Pinterest I went.    Maddie must have decorating trend telepathy, because I found several brand new Spring Umbrella Door Ideas that are simply adorable…

Kelly at Eclectically Vintage made one using live forsythia branches, and you may have seen this Better Homes and Gardens version.

I happened upon paper umbrellas last week at Hobby Lobby, and I knew immediately that Maddie’s idea would actually be simple to put together.  And even more, Hobby Lobby has these umbrellas in several cheerful colors.  With a coupon, one umbrella is about $5.00!

Supplies needed:
Umbrella
2 recycled plastic bags
Assorted silk stems
Butterfly or other whimsical stem (optional)
Wire Cutters
Ribbon
Scissors
Door hanger or suction cup hangers

These umbrella arrangements literally took just minutes to put together and can be disassembled easily for other uses!
If you use the HL paper umbrellas, I recommend stuffing them with plastic sacks to hold the umbrella in a semi-open position, as well as to give the stems an anchor.
For this project, I chose yellow and white gerbera daisies, a small amount of plastic filler grass, and a yellow butterfly pick.  *Note-I used grass from a past project, and split one bunch in half to use in two umbrellas.

Arrange the flowers/picks in the umbrella.  Use wire cutters to trim any stems that are too long.
Secure the umbrella in as wide of an open position as you prefer, using matching ribbon. 

 

Hang your cutie on the door for a fresh Spring look!
This project is so versatile, and you can create any color scheme you wish!   **If you like the green umbrella in the above Better Homes and Gardens link, I did see adorable, similar umbrellas at Target!

Happy Spring Decorating!

Burlap Heart Wreath

It’s January, but Valentine’s is around the corner!  If you like this wreath, you will have time to gather your supplies and make your own in time to enjoy it for Valentine’s!
I recently posted the burlap wreath base of this Valentine’s wreath a few days ago, pictured below.  Click the link for specific, easy instructions to make your own!
Our front doors desperately needed something after Christmas came down.  I love the simplicity of the burlap wreath, and even more that it can be decorated for just about any season or Holiday!
I simply removed the safety-pinned burlap bow at the top of the wreath and safety-pinned a red burlap heart for Valentine’s!

Now, I’ll show you how I made the heart.  You could use the heart alone for Valentine’s, although the wreath form shown here is only 12 inches, pretty small by its lonesome on a front door.  Perhaps perfect somewhere inside your home:) 
Supplies:
1 yard red burlap (Hobby Lobby w/coupon)
1 heart wire wreath form (Hobby Lobby floral)
Florist’s wire, cut into 8-inch pieces
Scissors
First, cut the yard of burlap lengthwise in half.  
Then, cut each half in half again, lengthwise.  You will have two “strips” of burlap about 36 inches long and about 5 1/2 inches wide.
Just like the tutorial for my burlap wreath, I gathered the end of one strip to get started, securing it at the bottom and back of the heart, as shown.  (You can clip the excess wire later).
Next, gather about 4 inches of burlap and “bubble” it, as shown above.  **Note…I got about halfway through this heart and realized the “bubbles” were too large.  For this 12-inch heart form, smaller, 4-inch bubbles are better!
To secure the bubbled burlap at each interval, simply gather the burlap, making sure you like how the bubble looks, and lay the 8-inch piece of florist’s wire across the top, as shown above.  Holding the wire/burlap in place, flip the wreath over.
Pull the burlap/wire as tight as you can, and “twist-tie” the wire to secure the bubbled burlap.
Secured burlap bubble shown above.  
Continue around the heart form until you have covered the entire heart.  You will have to start a new “strip” before reaching the end.  Fiddle with it to hide the ends at the back of the heart.  
When my heart was complete, I held it up and realized that I could see through holes in the bubbled burlap in many spots.  It made it look cheap, so I came up with an easy fix to give the burlap more body and substance.  Cut small scraps, as shown above, and
stuff them into the bubbles that need a lift.  Perfect.
Here is the finished heart!  (on my very sad adirondack chairs that are begging for paint)
Cute enough to hang alone, just not in a very large space.
I removed the brown burlap bow from the original wreath and simply safety-pinned the heart in its place. 
Total cost for the red burlap heart was about $8!
I plan to use the brown burlap wreath base year-round, replacing the heart with seasonal embellishments or hanging it as is!

How to Make a Burlap Wreath

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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)  
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 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.
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 Next, cut the folded piece of burlap in half, giving you two identical pieces that are each 54 inches long.
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 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.   
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 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!  
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 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!  
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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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