1.17.2013

SPD: EASY BURLAP WREATH



I'm about to blow your mind...with a craft.
Today for Saw It. Pinned It. Did It I have a tutorial for the easiest burlap wreath, ever!
I mean it. We're going to get our craft on...not to be mistaken for freak on (thanks Missy).
Recently I've tried staying away from making wreaths because honestly some can be downright tedious 
and not so easy to finish. This one is SO simple and I finished it in less than an hour!

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My inspiration for this wreath actually came from different types of wreaths I've seen on Pinterest and also from good ole Instagram. Jessica ordered a wreath (similar to the one above) and I fell in love with it when I saw it on her Instagram. I was about to order one because I need a wreath for our front door for everyday use, but then heck, I will give it a go for today.

That's when I started my burlap research (yup-that's what my life has come to these days. Crafting research...) and found the 2 most helpful tricks about burlap in all the land. Either I've been living under a burlap rock prior to this research, or you guys have been holding out on me.

2 Tricks You Must Know About Burlap:

1. Ever have trouble cutting it in a straight line? Simply pull out the thread where you want to cut and it'll give you a straight line to cut. 
2. (the most mind blowing) Did you know you can easily create ruffles by simply pulling on 3 or 4 threads towards the center of your burlap section? I didn't and it saved me SO much time and created the most perfect ruffles for my wreath in a matter of minutes!! (see below)

This wreath was basically free (who doesn't love free?) for me to do because I had an extra foam wreath form and burlap laying around. Even if you don't have those, this wreath is under $10 to complete. I did it differently than any of the other burlap wreath tutorials I've seen, so let me give you the run down.

What You Need:
-Burlap (cut into wide strips-about 8-10 inches wide and 8 inches long)
-Scissors
-Foam wreath form
-Hot glue gun
-Small letter for your last name
-Acrylic paint


Steps:
+Cut your burlap into 8 or 9 inch wide strips and 8 inches or so long.


+Paint your letter with acrylic paint so it has time to dry


Here's where trick #2 above comes in.
+Simply pull (gently-not so hard that you pull out the thread completely) 3 or 4 threads towards the middle of the burlap section to create ruffles. It's as easy as that! They will look like the picture above. You can get creative with them and even pull some threads on other sides to make them look how you want.

I made about 15 ruffles and it filled my entire wreath. 
TIP: Tie the ends of the threads you pulled into a knot to ensure the ruffles stay put longer. I then cut some of them to be a little shorter.

(then my memory card decided to delete some of the next few steps I had pictures for....boo.)
 
+Glue the back of the ruffles and stick them to the wreath form. 
TIP: Start by making an inside layer and go all around, then glue more ruffles towards the outside of the wreath so that the wreath looks really full!

+Add your polka dots to the letter (or skip this step if you don't want them-but who doesn't like polka dots these days?) with a Q tip!


That's it! It's seriously the easiest (and the cutest) wreath I've made.
Well, I think so. Don't burst my bubble. ;)
I wanted mine to be a little bit more "messy" with some threads hanging out,
but you can also tuck the ends of the burlap under and hot glue them if you want.






Did you know a burlap wreath could be so easy with those tricks?!

Now I'm off to read {and be really impressed} with what YOU made this week! 
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42 comments :

  1. So so SO adorable! You really cannot go wrong with polka dots!! Our door is in desperate need of a wreath!!

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  2. I've wanted to recreate this wreath for a while now, but I thought it might be too hard. Thanks for letting me know it isn't! I think I might be making this next!

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    1. no problem! :) I thought it would be too!

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  3. I love the way this turned out! I ALMOST bought burlap "garland" last night at Michael's....which would have been perfect for my copying of this wreath! ha! My "everyday" wreath is a UK one because I don't really have an everyday. So yeah....I'll probably be copying this at some point :)

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    1. that garland would be perfect too! Hope you make one!!

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  4. So cute! Perfect way to replace our Xmas wreath..that we finally just took down.

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    1. Oh, us too! A little late but it's finally down with this one up :))

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  5. Your wreath turned out so cute, but burlap and polka dots are a can't miss combination. I love that you love the simple DIY Pinterest projects - just like me :-)

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  6. This is so cute & seems so easy! Thanks for posting!

    Xo, B
    Brooklynstateofmindblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It is easy...give it a try sometime.

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  7. Absolutely LOVE it!!! :) I just got all the stuff the other day to make one for our front door! I love to make wreaths! Yours is SO cute! :)

    Linked up!


    xo

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    1. thanks Lauren! :) your craft today is adorable too!

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  8. I love this so much. That is all.

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  9. LOVE IT!!!! and seriously how cute are the little polka dots...that adds the perfect touch. not to mention i love red doors...super jealous of that! ;) that is one must when we own a home.

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  10. Your wreath looks so cute! I love the way it turned out!

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  11. Love this!! I attempted this same wreath one time but there was a shortage of burlap at Hobby Lobby - I ended up using jute - it did not turn out as cute! Maybe I'll try again! :)

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    1. shortage of burlap?! I hate when that happens!! ha ha ;)

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  12. Your wreath turned out great! Love the burlap and polka dots!!

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  13. Your wreath turned out great!!! I love the polka dots on the k

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  14. You and all your burlap these days...pssshh. Do I even know you!? ;)

    Kidding. I LOVE it! Surely you're making one for me, right?

    XOXO

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  15. This is so cute! I am totally trying this!!

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  16. What a great way to create the ruffles! I'm in dire need of a wreath and just happen to have burlap laying around! Planning on making this bad boy!

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  17. I like yours better than the original!

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  18. I LOVE this. I WANT this. In my area we have no good craft stores just Michael's. They don't carry burlap.

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    1. That's terrible! Sounds like they need to OPEN one for you girl!

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  19. Yeaaaapp. Mind = blown! :) Totally doing this as a shower gift for one of my girlfriends!

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  20. I love it! I totally need to work on a new wreath for our front door. I currently still have my Christmas wreath up...oops!! And thanks for the burlap tips. I am sure they will come in handy in the near future. Love burlap!!

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  21. I had NO idea that this was so easy!! It came out adorable:)

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  22. Very cute Katie! Burlap is not really my thang, I wonder if you can use the same idea for think ribbon? I need to investigate this ;) You and Steph have turned me into a crafting machine!

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  23. I had no idea it was so easy to "ruffle" burlap! Now that it seems much less intimidating I may be stealing this idea :)

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  24. This is such a great idea! And it looks good too!

    FashionEdible

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  25. I have been wanting to make one of these sooooooooooooo bad!

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    1. what are you waiting for girly?! try it! ;)

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  26. This is adorable! And I was surprised as how easy it seems! Your trick is GENIUS! At first I thought it would take sewing to get the burlap to be ruffles so I was like ohhhh hail no, I can't sew... yay! Love this! And you can totally change out the initial with holiday/seasonal decor/colors. I love your polka dots though!!

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    1. haha thanks, I thought the tricks were genius too but maybe it's bc I'm easily entertained ;) good idea-you can change it!

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  27. I know I'm late, but dang girl THIS. IS. CUTE!


    I LOVE IT!!

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  28. I love them! I recently used burlap to make a big bow for a grapevine wreath to last us through autumn and it's holidays.

    Marlene Detierro (Alden)

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