4. Start weaving loops and add your 2nd accent ribbon. Create your third loop of burlap ribbon, twist it to change directions and push it up from the back side through two wires in the frame you haven’t used in a while. Repeat this process for your fourth loop of burlap ribbon, remembering to twist the loop to change directions and choosing to push it through two different wires than you just used for the previous loop. As in step three, tie your second accent ribbon to the wire frame so the knot is on the back side of the wreath. Create a loop of accent ribbon and press it up through two different wires than you just used for the burlap loops.
Add a fifth and sixth loop of burlap ribbon to your DIY Burlap Wreath using the same process as before. Each time you’ll twist the loop prior to pushing it up through the wire frame so your loops are constantly changing direction. You’ll also keep changing which wires you’re pushing the loop through so that no two loops are immediately next to each other. After the fifth and sixth loop of burlap ribbon, insert a loop of your first accent ribbon. In my case, it’s the orange polka dot ribbon. You’ll see in the photo I made sure to push it through two wires that were opposite of where my first polka dot ribbon loop was.
5. Continue weaving loops of ribbon through the wire frame. Continue the process of weaving loops through the wire wreath frame. Following the pattern of two burlap loops, then one loop of the 2nd accent ribbon, two more burlap loops and then one loop of the first accent ribbon. Repeat this process over and over again as you make your way around the wire wreath frame. Continue to twist the ribbon each time before you push it up between the wires so the loops change direction. To maintain the fullness of the DIY Burlap Wreath, press the loops together after every 3-5 loops. I used 15 feet of burlap ribbon per quarter of the 16″ wire frame to get the fullness you see in the pictures.
When one of your spools runs out of burlap ribbon, tie the end of the next spool to the previous one and hide the knot to the back of the wreath. After a while, the back of the wreath doesn’t look very pretty, but it doesn’t matter since no one sees that side anyway!
6. Tie the last knot and fluff your DIY Burlap Wreath. Once you’ve worked your way all the way around the entire wire wreath frame, tie the last end of the burlap ribbon and the two accent ribbons to the wire frame so the knots again are to the back of the wreath. Now fluff and rearrange your loops until it appears as full and colorful as you’d like. Remember the ribbon loops are only woven in and out of the wire frame, so be extra careful not to pull any of the loops out of the frame as you fluff.
7. Embellish your DIY Burlap Wreath. Use hot glue to add flowers or other accents to your wreath to give it more character. For flowers, use wire cutters to remove the stems from artificial flowers. Now put a large dollop of hot glue on the back of the flower.
Carefully place the flower where you want it on the wreath. Use your fingers to pinch the burlap ribbon around the back of the flower so it adheres to the glue. Repeat with any additional flowers and then allow the glue to dry.
8. Paint and prepare your wooden initial for outdoor use. In a well ventilated area, spray the front and back side of a wooden letter with two coats of black premium enamel spray paint. I sprayed ours outside on the lid of a shoe box, so I could easily move it into our garage to dry between coats. If you’re going to hang your DIY Burlap Wreath outside like I did, you’ll want to also spray the front and back side of the letter with a clear protective sealer to prevent water damage.
9. Glue twine to the wooden letter. Cut two 10 inch long pieces of twine. Tie a knot in one end of each piece. Hot glue the knot to the back of the letter.
Glue the knot of the second piece of twine to the back of the letter and allow time for the glue to thoroughly dry.
10. Tie the wooden letter to the DIY Burlap Wreath. Center the wooden letter in your wreath. From the back side of the wreath, tie the two pieces of twine around one of the wires in the frame. Knot the twine to hold the letter securely in place.
11. Hang the wreath and enjoy! You can use a wreath hanger to display the DIY Burlap Wreath on your front door. Or do like I did and hang it directly on a long nail next to the door.
I love how the DIY Burlap Wreath turned out. It makes me smile every time I pull in our driveway. I was apprehensive at first about hanging it outside. I was worried rain and high winds might ruin it or that the sun would fade the flowers or ribbons. Our front door faces east and is protected from the elements by a roof so it’s done great so far. I’ll let you know if that changes, though, as the summer goes on.
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