Sometimes I just want a wreath to celebrate an upcoming holiday, without spending a million dollars on a pre-made one! Those pre-made wreaths at craft stores, and department stores can cost a pretty penny. Why not create your own Valentines Day wreath? And better yet – why not use one of the hottest and most trendy materials out there, for a perfectly shabby chic country look? Burlap!
Just like deco wreaths, burlap needs a wreath form. But the process if very simple!
You will need:
- A medium sized wire wreath form (I got mine at Michael’s craft store)
- 2 rolls of burlap runners ( 5yds. each, 4.5m)
- Ribbon to make a bow (or a pre-made one)
- Some fun decorations. (I used a tube of foam glitter hearts)
- pipe cleaners or twine
Burlap Wreath Directions:
1. Take pipe cleaners and twist them on your wreath form. On the medium sized form I used they had wire that went vertically about every 4 inches, and I used that to secure my pipe cleaners.
2. Next unroll both burlap runners, and placed one on top of the other. Gather the end of the burlap and secured with a pipe cleaner, tying it underneath the wreath securely. You can use twine, but pipe cleaners are much easier to work with.
3. Next, create a loop of burlap to the next pipe cleaner, and secure it. In this case, I made each loop roughly two fists high. The higher you make the loop, the more relaxed and flowy the burlap wreath will be. The closer and shorter the loops are – the more controlled looking the wreath will be.
4. Once you work your way around the form making and securing the loops, you will want to cut the excess burlap off your roll and tuck in the ends so they are behind the wreath form.
5. This part is optional, but the wreath looks a bit nicer if at this point you go around to each “loop” you made and pull the under burlap piece to the side. Alternating pulling the top burlap to one side and the under to the opposite side. Then just fluff up the rest to your liking.
6. Use a glue gun to secure your top bow (or another pipe cleaner). And glue whatever festive ornaments you have all around the wreath!
I think the end result is a really charming and unique looking wreath! And the burlap makes a really homey statement!