Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIY Fall Wreath Tutorial

Labor Day weekend was lovely despite the consistent rain and gray, gloomy skies. I cleaned the house and crafted all weekend long. It was glorious I tell you! I have not crafted in so long so busting out the hot glue gun felt amazing!

I finished up several projects that I had started a couple of months back such as a button monogram of our last name in a picture frame. It came out cute but I still think I want to add something to the frame such as a bow or something. It just doesn't feel complete so I won't be sharing photos in this post.

I also finished a winter wreath that I started last winter. It is made of white felt and pretty, sparkly, blue snowflakes. I will share that with you on another day seeing as it is fall and not winter!

I wanted something fall-like for the front door and I also wanted to incorporate "P" (our last name initial) into the wreath. I have been wanting to craft with burlap for some time and finally picked up a yard at Joann's while I was there shopping this past weekend.

I created this adorable wreath for the front door that I am quite proud of.

It was super easy to make and it only cost me around $7.

Supplies Needed (I purchased all my supplies at Joann's)
1. Wreath form. I used a straw wreath form that was wrapped in plastic. I left the plastic wrap on.
2. Burlap Fabric. I purchased 1 yard but 3/4ths a yard would have been fine.
3. Crafty cardboard letter.
4. Yarn. (from the dollar store worked fine for me)
5. Hot glue gun & glue sticks.
6. Felt flowers that I found in my craft stash.
7. Lace ribbon, also found in my craft stash.
8. Black ribbon found in my craft stash leftover from another project.

I literally just went scouring through my craft room looking for supplies that I could use for the wreath and am quite pleased with what I found and was able to make functional. That was part of the fun, honestly!

1. Cut the burlap into strips. I cut mine into 4 inch wide strips. I used 6 strips.
2. I wrapped the burlap around the wreath one strip at a time. I hot glued the end down to the wreath and then wrapped the burlap around it. I hot glued the other end as well. I did that for each strip. I did not hot glue in the middle of the strip as it stays just fine. You will have to pull it tight and fiddle with it a bit as you wrap to get the burlap to lay flat against the wreath. It was not hard to do once you get used to it.
3. Wrap yarn around your cardboard letter. This took quite awhile to do. I watched a movie while I wrapped the yarn around the letter P and hot glued every now and then. My wrapping is not perfect by any means. The P was the hardest part of the project.
4. The letter P looked somewhat bland with just neutral yarn so I found felt flowers that I had made and hot glued them onto the P. I really wanted to use my cream lace ribbon so I incorporated that by wrapping and hot gluing the lace ribbon around the flowers.
5. I then hot glued the P to the wreath. This was particularly tricky. It took some maneuvering around to get the P exactly centered and how I wanted it.
6. I decided the wreath needed something more so then I added a burlap bow. Because I had already glued the P onto the wreath, the black ribbon had to go over the bow.
7. To make the bow, I cut off a strip of burlap and folded it together. I scrunched the middle and hot glued it down. I then took another scrap of burlap and wrapped it around the scrunched middle and hot glued it in place.
8. I needed to use ribbon to hang the wreath as it would not sit nicely on my door hanger so I incorporated the black ribbon by tying it around the bow.

The wreath was really easy to make. If you have any trouble or have a question about the tutorial, please let me know. I am happy to assist.

Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts:

Tabetha Garman said...

So going on my list of things to do!!

Gina Dixon {Hiya Luv} said...

Awesome! I would love to see it if you make one:)

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