This burlap wreath tutorial is an easy craft you can do in a few hours. With two accent ribbons, the denim and dots wreath looks great in a home or cottage. The blue denim ribbon gives the burlap wreath some rustic charm while the bright flowers and polka dots add a modern touch. You can quickly find everything you need at your favorite craft store, then follow this burlap wreath tutorial to have yourself a beautiful new wreath yet today!
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I am a bit obsessed with burlap wreaths this year. They’re so pretty, but better yet they’re so easy to make. You can imagine what a sense of accomplishment you feel when you’re done with a craft project in just a few hours. Burlap is so trendy right now for crafts and home decor. It’s an especially fun craft to do for a girls’ night with friends.
Last Fall, I made a burlap wreath for our cottage with orange and blue denim accent ribbons during a fun afternoon with my mother and sister. The wreath I made has a giant welcome sign with a pumpkin in the center along with a large sunflower and some cornstalks attached to the side:
I left the burlap wreath on the wall at the cottage all winter, but once warmer weather came into view I knew it needed to be replaced with a lighter, brighter and more fun burlap wreath for summer. I wanted to keep it simple, not seasonal since the cottage is small and I don’t have room to store too many burlap wreaths (much to my dismay, since I LOVE making these wreaths). I liked the rustic appearance of the blue denim ribbon, but chose to pair it with a white polka dotted burlap ribbon this time. I also added colorful flowers and a sign that reminds me what the true purpose of having a cottage is — to relax!
Burlap Wreath Tutorial
You might be surprised at how easy it is to make a burlap wreath. I can throw one together over the course of few hours while I’m watching a chick flick or my favorite TV shows. I shared a full burlap wreath tutorial on Kenarry last summer and encourage you to check out that post if you want the easy, but detailed step-by-step instructions. You may also enjoy the Red, White and Blue Burlap Wreath I made for patriotic holidays or the three ideas I shared for fall burlap wreaths last September. All you need to do is grab your supplies and start weaving – you’ll have a burlap wreath in no time!
What you need:
- 60 feet of 5″ wide burlap ribbon or garland (20 yards) — NOTE: If you’re making more than one wreath, you can also get a 4-pack of burlap ribbon rolls (40 yards or 120 feet) or a 6-pack of rolls (60 yards or 180 feet) at a discounted rate.
- 16″ wire wreath (You could also use an 18 inch wire wreath, but I would add at least a few more yards of burlap if you want your wreath to have a fuller appearance like mine.)
- 1 – 18 foot spool of 2″ wide wired burlap ribbon with white polka dots (6 yards)
- 1 – 18 foot spool of 1″ wide denim wired accent ribbon (6 yards)
- Rectangular unfinished wood sign
- Paint brushes
- Black, white, red and yellow acrylic paints
- 3 artificial flowers
- Wire cutters
- High temperature glue gun
- Glue sticks
1. Weave the ribbons through the wire wreath. Tie the burlap ribbon and the two accent ribbons to the wire wreath. Gently weave the ribbons in and out of the wreath frame from the backside until you’ve gone all the way around it. As you end or add spools, be sure to knot your ends on the wire wreath to keep them in place. See our full tutorial for how to make a burlap wreath if you’d like complete step-by-step photos of this process or watch our video tutorial:
2. Paint the sign. I found this unfinished wood sign at Hobby Lobby, but you could get the same effect from any unfinished rectangular wood sign. I thought about painting it solid white, but instead decided to give it more of a white washed or weathered appearance.
To start, I mixed white acrylic paint with water in a small bowl and then quickly brushed it across the board using a wide paint brush. This technique allows the woodgrain to show through. The white wash alone though only gave it a flat appearance. I wanted it to have a little more dimension so I added a tiny little bit of black acrylic paint to my water. I then quickly brushed the gray watered down paint around the edges of the wood sign, fanning it in toward the center. I used a paper towel to blend the shades of paint and repeated this process over and over until I got the weathered appearance I wanted.
Use a pencil to lightly write your message on the sign. I chose “Relaxin’ at the River” because I was making this wreath for our cottage. If you wanted to make it for a different type of vacation home, here are few suggestions:
- Life is better at the lake
- Relax and Unwind
- Cottage Sweet Cottage
- There’s no place I’d rather be
- The sun, the sand, a drink in my hand
- The lake is my happy place
- Relax, you’re on cottage time
Once you’ve written your message in pencil, mix your paint to create the lettering for your sign. I created a dark brown using mostly red acrylic paint with a little yellow and a tiny bit of black paints mixed in until I created the chocolate-y brown I wanted. I then used a small thin paint brush to paint over the penciled letters.
When the sign is dry, use hot glue to attach two pieces of twine to the back side near the top. Once the hot glue is dry, use the twine to tie the sign to the top of the burlap wreath.
3. Add the artificial flower accents. I picked out three different artificial flowers at Hobby Lobby to accent this wreath. I wanted them to be bright, fun and summer-y. Once you’ve got your flowers, snip off the stems and leaves with wire cutters. Keep the leaves if they’re pretty, but throw away the stems. Using a hot glue gun, apply a good amount of glue to the back of the artificial flowers one at a time. Add the flowers, then the leaves, to the burlap wreath pressing a little of the burlap to the back of the flowers and leaves to hold them securely in place. Just be careful not to burn your fingers!
4. Hang and enjoy your burlap wreath. To hang the burlap wreath on a wall, you can hang the wire wreath frame directly on a long nail. Or you could add a loop of denim ribbon or heavy duty twine to the back of the burlap wreath and use that to hang the wreath on your wall. Either way, you now have a beautiful burlap wreath to hang in your home or cottage!
While you’re here, be sure to check out other craft ideas, like how to make a mosaic pot from broken china plates or how to make a felt banner. You’ll also find more inspiration on our Craft Ideas Board on Pinterest.
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