Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sassy Burlap Wreath

I don't know if you are like me, but I always have a million and one projects that I want to do (thank you Pinterest).  Well, back in November...yes that long ago.... I went to Hobby Lobby in search of the materials to make one of the cute Burlap wreaths for my front door.  I FINALLY made it happen!  I wasn't sure if I wanted to use a Styrofoam wreath form and floral pins or the coated wire forms.  I found a great picture tutorial on the blog "Top This Top That" using the wire form so that is the way I went! See those instructions here.

I used burlap ribbon.  If you bought burlap by the yard and cut it to size, you would probably come out cheaper, but I chose the ease and convenience of ribbon...cutting burlap can get pretty messy.

Once the Burlap was complete, I chose to add some sassy ribbon to it.  I used a wild peacock ribbon and a thinner leather look, fringed ribbon. I chose these because they were more gaudy and would dress up the burlap while adding color.  I cut strips of the black ribbon approximately six inches.  I made my cut at a diagonal to dress up the ends.  I wrapped 4 inch pieces of floral wire to these strips, tied the ribbon in a knot around the peacock ribbon and then used the floral wire to attach the ribbon to the burlap wreath.

I had also bought a gold leaf letter at Hobby Lobby.  It was the only letter C, but when I got it home, I noticed that some of the gold leafing was flaking off.  I remedied this by first painting over the entire letter with Modge Podge.  This helped to seal the gold leafing down and keep more of it from flaking off.  Since it was just in one spot, I covered it with feathers and a part of a broken napkin ring.  I just hot glued them on!  

Finally, I needed to attach it to the wreath.  My first plan was to have the C on one side.  It ended up being too large, so it made the wreath look very unbalanced.  I decided to hang it in the middle. The wreath will hang on my front door which is mostly glass, so I needed it to be secure and not knock the window every time we opened or shut the door.  I used some inexpensive twine that I had picked up a while back and glued it to the back of the letter.  I then secured it to the wreath frame from behind.

The whole project probably took me an hour and a half to complete.  What do you think?  Have you made a burlap wreath?  I think they are very versatile and fun!

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