If you’re at all familiar with the world of DIY wreathing, then you’ve probably seen one of these big, beautiful, puffy burlap wreaths at least a time or two. If you’re anything like me though, you’ve just admired these impressive wreaths from afar because honestly, they just look super time-consuming to make don’t they? Instant gratification is definitely the name of the game for me!
Well, recently I had some extra rolls of burlap that I wanted to use up, and the hankering for some pre-fall wreath making, so I decided to just stick my toe into the world of burlap wreathery and see if it might be for me. I thought that I could work on it a little at a time over the next little while since fall is still such a long way off. Well. Let me just tell you. It probably took me less than 10 minutes to put this thing together once I gathered all of my supplies and got started.
Burlap wreath, where have you been all my life? I’ve been missing out!
Well, no longer!
Me and my new burlap wreath-making skills have many happy years ahead now and of course, I’m already starting to get some ideas for different variations to try for different seasons. The possibilities are endless, but always impressive!
If you’d like to make a wreath like this too, here’s what you’ll need!
What you’re looking at here in this super fuzzy and dark photo is everything you need to make your basic fluffy burlap wreath. Jack was helping me and really getting into it, so I think that explain why I took this photo so hastily. Oh well! It works! You need about 2-ish rolls of burlap ribbon (the 6 inch-isa wide stuff), 1-18″ wire wreath form, and a couple of little pieces of string or ribbon or wire or some kind of attaching device.
Start out by tying a piece of string around one end of your burlap ribbon.
Secure everything to the wreath form using the tails of the string.
Working from the back of your wreath form, push a loop of ribbon through the innermost section of the three sections of your wreath form, so the loop becomes visible on the front of the wreath.
Leave that loop right where it is and push another loop through the second section out.
Do it again for the third section!
Now you have your first three loops! Push them back, scrunching them up towards your starting point on your wreath form.
Twist the little tail at the back and start again, making another set of three loops right next to these, starting from the innermost section of the form again.
Keep going until you’ve made your way around the whole wreath! When you get to the end, cut the burlap and tie the end to the wreath form with another little string.
You can obviously embellish this in about a million different ways, but I decided to just do a little splash of these nice orange fall flowers that I found. I love how simple things like that work just as well as fancier more complex embellishments with these wreaths!
I really wanted something larger in scale for my front door this fall so that it would be easily visible from the road and I love that I can easily just pull all the burlap out and put fresh stuff in at the end of the season when it’s all full of spiders. In just a few minutes, I’ll have a fresh new-looking wreath for a fraction of the cost of an actual new wreath.
I hung the wreath in my mud room for now and put out a few early fall things to celebrate, but I’ll be moving it out to the front door later in the fall when I get my mums, pumpkins, and corn bundles set up out there.
The sunflowers are starting to bloom and we have all kinds of really interesting color variations this year!
We had to stick some in the door hanger/wreath alternative box thing we made earlier in the summer. It’s just as I suspected: I’m going to have a lot of fun with this thing over the next few seasons. 🙂
Since someone always asks: You can find a ladder like the one we have here. 🙂 We found ours hanging on the back of our house when we moved in.
I’m definitely trying to enjoy these last few days of summer, but there’s no denying that I get excited for fall home ideas just a little bit early every year and I can’t help but start working on them before fall actually hits. A wreath is the perfect little project for a fall decor craving like that because you can make it, have fun with it, and then store it until you actually need it later in the season without anything getting old, wilted, or messed up.
Have you ever made one of these big puffy burlap wreaths? Are you starting to dream about fall a little bit like I am?
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