Are you starting to decorate your house for autumn? Today, we’re sharing an easy craft idea we think you’ll really like. Just follow this Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial to create your own beautiful DIY home decor in just a few hours.
Making wreaths is one of my favorite craft projects. I love to change the wreaths and decor in our home and outside our front door to match the seasons. To me, fall decorating means burlap, colorful leaves and rich warm reds, oranges and golden yellows. My husband, Kent and I were actually married in the fall. We had leftover ribbon from the wedding programs, reception place cards party favors. I wanted to come up with a clever way to incorporate it into a craft so our home decor could have a little extra sentimental value too.
Over the past several years I’ve made dozens of bubbly burlap wreaths with accent ribbons, including three fall burlap wreaths that my mother, sister and I made a few years ago. If that’s the kind of wreath you were actually looking for today, I have an entirely separate tutorial for how to make a burlap wreath. It will show you step-by-step how to make one of those big burlap wreaths that are so popular right now. Unfortunately the leftover wedding ribbon is really thin and would not be a good fit for that type of burlap wreath.
Besides I’ve done so many of those that for this fall burlap wreath tutorial I wanted to do something entirely different. Rather than using a wire wreath frame, I chose a styrofoam wreath form and wrapped it with both wired burlap ribbon and the leftover wedding ribbon. If you want to make a similar one, here’s our detailed Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial.
Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
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With just a few hours of your time and this fall burlap wreath tutorial, you can create a beautiful wreath for your home using a styrofoam form, wired ribbon, artificial leaves, scrapbook paper and a few other craft supplies.
What You Need:
- 16″ styrofoam extruded wreath form
- Burlap wired ribbon
- Brown wired ribbon (This one is similar.)
- Accent ribbon (It’s been years since I bought the ribbon for our wedding at a craft store so I don’t know where you’d find it anymore. Any of these Filati Europa Ribbons on Amazon would give your wreath a similar look.
- Artificial fall branch or pick
- Fall scrapbook paper
- Craft paper tags
- Metal accent letters (I found ours at Hobby Lobby. I looked there and on Amazon, but could not find the same or similar letters to recommend. If you can’t find them, you could use small chipboard letters and paint them with a bronze metallic craft paint.)
- Spray adhesive
- High temperature glue gun
- Glue sticks
1. Wrap the Styrofoam Wreath Form
Use the high temperature glue gun to attach one end of the wired burlap ribbon to the styrofoam wreath form.
Begin wrapping the spool of wired burlap ribbon around the styrofoam wreath form. Make sure you overlap the burlap ribbon slightly each time you wrap it so that none of the white styrofoam is showing.
Once you’ve wrapped the entire wreath with burlap ribbon, cut the end with scissors. Use your hot glue gun to attach the end of the ribbon to the wreath so it doesn’t unravel.
2. Attach the Artificial Branches
Bend the branches or stems of your artificial fall branches so it curves in line with the burlap wreath. Tie your accent ribbon securely around the branches to hold them in place. Leave the loose end of the ribbon free so you can use it to tie off at the end.
Wrap the accent ribbon around the burlap wreath over and over again to cover the end of the fall branches. Overlap the accent ribbon so that none of the burlap shows through on that section. For mine I actually wrapped all the way out to the end of the branches and then wrapped it all the way back to where I started.
Use scissors to cut the end of the accent ribbon and then tie it to the loose end that you left when you started. At this stage of our fall burlap wreath tutorial, your craft project should now look something like this:
3. Tie the Accent Bow
Once I got to this spot in our fall burlap wreath tutorial, I wanted to dress up the project a bit more. I had a few pieces of thick brown ribbon in my craft stash. I used one of the brown pieces to tie a bow around the end of the accent ribbon where the branches come out. I tied the other end at the top of the wreath as an option for hanging it on the wall.
4. Layer the Scrapbook Paper and Tags
Use scissors or a paper cutter to trim two different fall colored scrapbook papers to fit on the brown craft tags. I used one paper that was a metallic copper color and another that was a matte cream colored paper with gold polka dots for our fall burlap wreath.
Use spray adhesive in a well ventilated area to attach one paper layer to another. Make sure you put a drop cloth or cardboard under the tags to protect your work surface from overspray.
I found it easiest to attach my layers from the top down. So first, I attached the cream colored paper to the metallic copper paper. Then I attached those two to the craft paper tags.
One of the benefits to using spray adhesive is that you don’t have a gloppy glue mess that bleeds through your paper layers. A second benefit is that you have a few minutes to realign your layers if you didn’t get it right the first time. Just make sure you move the tags to a new surface immediately after you’ve sprayed the layers so they don’t stick permanently to your drop cloth or cardboard.
5. Glue the Letters to the Tags
Use your hot glue gun to put a small line of glue on the back of each of the letters. Try not to be too sloppy. You don’t want the glue to ooze out the sides when you attach the letter to the paper tags. If you accidentally put too much glue on, just let it dry for a few minutes and you should be able to peel the hot glue right off the back of the letter.
If you use metal letters like I did, you’ll want to hold the letter firmly in place on the tag for a minute or two so the letter adheres well.
6. Attach the Fall Banner
Next for this fall burlap wreath tutorial, I removed the small loops of twine that came on each of the craft paper tags. I wanted the FALL tags to stay facing forward. Furthermore I didn’t want all of the letters to slide together when I draped the banner across the fall burlap wreath. To accomplish this, I ran one end from the spool of twine through the hole in the first tag. I looped the twine around the top of the tag and tied a small knot to hold the letter in place. I then repeated the same process with the remaining three letters, spacing them evenly apart as I went.
When I created the banner, I made sure to leave enough extra twine on each end of the banner so I could tie it firmly around the fall burlap wreath.
I chose to hang the fall banner at a slight diagonal on the upper left of the wreath. This makes the wreath appear more balanced since we already have the bow and fall branches on the lower right.
7. Hang the Wreath and Enjoy
Find a nail in your wall and hang your new fall burlap wreath wherever you’d like in your home. I have a spot just inside my front door where I display our boys’ school photos above a wall-mounted coat rack where guests can hang their coats. I intentionally left a big spot between the picture frames where I could hang a wreath.
I like to change my wreath out seasonally along with my mantel decor. For example this fall burlap wreath will hang in that spot on the wall in September, October and November. Then after Thanksgiving, I’ll replace this fall burlap wreath with my Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath made from old pajama pants.
What do you do to change your home with the seasons? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas. Also if you use our fall burlap wreath tutorial to make one for your home, we’d love for you to tag us @kenarryideas and share it on Facebook or Instagram so we can see how it turned out!
While you’re here, be sure to check out other wreath ideas on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, like these three fall wreath ideas or this tutorial for a Fall Mason Jar Ring Wreath. If you enjoyed this Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial please share it with your friends or pin it for later:
Carrie is the chief writer, crafter and cook here at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. She’s an optimist by nature and enjoys sharing recipes, trying new craft ideas, planning for parties and events as well as organizing and decorating. When she’s not blogging, preparing meals or picking up around the house, you’re bound to find her hidden away in a castle under the stairs reading to her two young boys. Whether you’re cooking, crafting or creating for your family, follow Carrie on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram to get inspiring ideas for your home.