Learn how to make a teacher appreciation burlap wreath using this easy video tutorial. While it makes a great teacher gift, it’s also a wonderful present for librarians and book lovers too.
A little over six years ago, I walked into my first daytime Bible study group carrying my fairly new four month old son. I was a bit of an emotional wreck in those first few months of motherhood. Like all new mothers, I was sleep deprived and exhausted. Prior to having my son, I worked in a fulfilling career as a Program Director helping churches across the United States and Canada send and receive young people on short term mission trips. I traveled extensively in that role and chose to leave it when my son was born. But in those first few months of new motherhood, I felt lost and alone, searching for meaning, purpose and connection.
So I nervously entered that first Bible study feeling uncertain about leaving my son for the first time in the nursery, wondering if I’d made the right choice. Yet knowing I needed a little time to do something focused more on me and less on the never ending stream of stinky diapers and spit up. Across from me at the table was this super tall beautiful woman cradling a newborn boy, her second child. She had a friendly smile and a confidence about her that made this motherhood stuff look easy. We quickly became good friends. As our sons grew, the boys became friends too. Over birthday parties, countless cups of coffee, play dates and our weekly Bible study we shared our hopes and dreams for our families and our future careers once the kids were in school full-time.
Becoming Mrs. B.
Over the years that followed, my friend eventually became the faithful leader of our weekly Bible study group, pouring much of her free time into keeping us organized and focused. She’s the type of friend who goes out of her way to text you to see how your appointment went or what she can do to help when you’re under the weather. After years of friendship and seeing her nearly every week, the time had come that I’d been secretly dreading. Her youngest child was starting kindergarten full-time, all day every day, which meant she’d start looking for a job.
I wasn’t surprised at all that a gem like her was able to quickly find employment — and a dream job, no less! She was offered a position as a part-time media specialist or librarian at her daughter’s school. With this new job, she would now get to pour her time into building up the confidence and literacy of young kids AND have snow days, holidays and summer break off to be home with her own children. It was PERFECT for her!
Although I was sad I’d no longer be able to see her every week, I wanted to create a special gift to celebrate her new job and this big transition in her life. Her sister-in-law has the same last name and actually teaches at the same school. They were a little worried the students would get them confused. “Since my last name starts with B, I’m just going to let the kids call me, Mrs. B,” she excitedly joked when she told me her big news. “B for BOOK!” she chuckled.
To celebrate my friend’s new job, I wanted to make her a gift. I love making burlap wreaths and decided to create a special one that “Mrs. B” could hang up in the library. I used accent ribbons in her favorite color, blue and added a pink flower to give it a little feminine touch.
The real eye candy of this burlap wreath though is the banner of books I made to go across the top of it. I chose ones that I know are favorites with kids these days. Although she’s working in a public school, I also threw in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis as a subtle faith reference to remind her of our time together in Bible study.
While this wreath was made for a librarian, I think it would also be a great gift to thank a special teacher who’s gone above and beyond in your child’s classroom.
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How to Make a Teacher Appreciation Burlap Wreath
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Making a craft like this Teacher Appreciation Burlap Wreath is one of those mindless activities you can do while watching a romantic comedy or catching up on your must-watch TV shows. I think that’s why burlap wreaths are one of my favorite crafts to make. By the time your movie or binge watching session is over, you’ve got something gorgeous ready to hang on your wall or to give as a gift. If this is the first time you’ve made a burlap wreath you may want to look through the full tutorial for how to make a burlap wreath that I shared on Kenarry awhile back for step by step instructions.
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. Plus sign up to be a Kenarry Idea Insider and get 25% off your total purchase for a limited time.
- 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 2.5″ wide blue and white polka dot wired ribbon (6 yards)
- 1 – 18 foot spool of 2.5″ wide blue and white chevron wired ribbon (6 yards)
- Unfinished MDF letters (This one is similar for the large letter. I couldn’t find small curly-q letters online, but I found the ones you see for “Mrs” at Hobby Lobby.)
- Faux flower(s)
- White ribbon
- A computer and printer
- White card stock
- Spray adhesive
- Cotton twine
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
1. Weave the Burlap Ribbon on to the Wire Frame
First, tie the burlap ribbon to the wreath frame along with the two blue polka dot and chevron wired ribbons. One by one, you’ll twist and weave the ribbons pushing them as loops through the back of the wreath frame. You’ll alternate the accent ribbons after every 2-3 burlap ribbon loops. It is really easier than it sounds. You can read our full tutorial for how to make a burlap wreath to see complete step-by-step photos of this process or watch our video tutorial:
Whenever you end one of the ribbons, tie your ends to the wire wreath frame to secure them in place.
Continue weaving the burlap ribbon and accent ribbons around the wire wreath frame until it’s full.
2. Paint and Attach the Letters
I used black enamel spray paint to paint both sides of the unfinished letters for “Mrs. B”. The ones I chose for this burlap wreath were curvy so it took a few coats to make sure every nook and cranny of the letters was painted.
I used hot glue to attach the big “B” to the lower right side of the wreath directly on the burlap ribbon. While I still had the hot glue gun out, I attached the back of the “m”, “r” and “s” letters to twine. I then strung the “mrs” banner across the center of the wreath and tied each end of the string to the wire wreath frame to hold it in place.
3. Add a Flower and Ribbon to the Teacher Appreciation Burlap Wreath
I used wire cutters to snip the big pink flower and faux leaves off the stem. When I initially placed them on the burlap wreath to see how they looked, I felt like they didn’t stand out as much as I wanted. I was out of the blue polka dot and chevron ribbons so I grabbed some white ribbon I had left over from another project.
Using scissors, I cut the white ribbon into several long strips and tied them together in the center. Next I trimmed the ends of each ribbon into a “V” to give them a more finished appearance and to help prevent fraying. Then I hot glued the ribbon, flower and leaves to the lower left of the burlap wreath.
4. Create a Book Banner
Since my friend was going to be the school librarian or media specialist, I thought it would be fun to add something about books to her burlap wreath. To create a little book banner to string across the top of the wreath, I found photos of some of her favorite books online and saved them to my computer. I imported the book covers into Adobe Illustrator, but you could even just use Microsoft Word or Google Docs for this step. The books are aligned at the top and spaced apart on the page to allow plenty of space around each one.
I then printed the book covers on heavy white card stock. Next I folded the card stock along the top of the book covers and cut around the books with scissors. Each one should almost look like a mini greeting card now with a fold at the top of the book.
To make them into a banner, I put a piece of twine into the fold of each mini card, spacing them an equal distance apart. I just eye balled it! Then I lightly sprayed craft adhesive on the inside of the mini cards and pressed them together. Now the mini card should be wrapped around the twine, with the twine at the top of the card.
I made two separate book banners for this wreath. One had three book covers and the other had five. Once the spray adhesive was dry, I stretched the book banners across the top of the burlap wreath. I then tied the ends of the twine tightly to the wire wreath frame between loops of burlap ribbon.
5. Enjoy Giving Away Your Teacher Appreciation Burlap Wreath
I wrapped the burlap wreath in tissue paper and placed it in a large gift bag to bring it to my friend. It was such a fun way to congratulate her and celebrate her new job. She was delighted to get a personalized and trendy wreath she could hang in the library to give her new work space a little rustic, homey touch.
I’m not sure which my friend liked more — that it was made with her favorite colors or that the book banner was perfect for her new role as “Mrs. B”, the dedicated school librarian. I’ve missed her so much over these past few months, but hopefully seeing the wreath in the library reminds her that I’m thinking of her often.
Now I’m counting down the days until “Mrs. B” is on summer break so we can get together to catch up over coffee like we used to do.
While you’re here, be sure to check out other teacher appreciation gift ideas on Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. You might really like this printable “Thanks a Latte” card or this printable poem designed to go with chocolates. If you enjoyed this Teacher Appreciation Burlap Wreath, please share it with your friends or pin it for later:
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