gallamore west: 4th of July Burlap Wreath tutorial

Friday, June 17, 2011

4th of July Burlap Wreath tutorial

I dressed up my plain burlap wreath for Jake's Vintage Red Scooter Party {I'm still in shock that his party was featured on Hostess with the Mostess AND Kara's Party Ideas... wahoo!!} I love how this wreath turned out, in fact it's still on the front door even though Jake's party was over a month ago.  Here I am spending a fun Friday night on a date with Pinterest and I just saw my wreath pinned under July 4th decorating ideas... what a great idea!  I'm just going to switch up the "welcome" and put "Happy 4th" and I get to leave it up!

Here's the original post with a tutorial on how to make your own burlap wreath {I just pinned on the red and blue ribbon later and used stamps and cardstock strung on jute for the mini pennant across it}...

I've had my eye on gorgeous burlap wreaths for weeks now and now I have one too!  Here's how I made mine...

I used a 12 inch straw wreath.  I wasn't sure if I would use the green floral kind or straw until I saw the prices.  Green one was $7.99, straw one was $2.49.  So, cut some loooooong pieces of burlap {a yard long or so} and it doesn't matter if they're pretty, straight pieces.  Then grab your straw wreath {with the plastic ON}, some sewing pins and start wrapping the burlap tightly around the wreath.  Pin as needed to make it nice and tight.

Once you have strips of burlap tightly pinned on all the way around the wreath, cut squares of burlap.  Lots and lots of little squares {about 2 x2 inches or so}... and again they do NOT have to be perfect.  Wow, this is my kind of project!
I had no idea how many squares I'd need so I cut about 30 or so at a time, pinned them on, then stopped to cut more squares as I went so I wouldn't waste any burlap.  So, just cut a little pile of squares to get you going, grab one and twist it in the center a little like this:
Then start pinning!  I used one sewing pin per square and just started filling in the wreath.
And then just keep going and going...


Once you're about halfway, it's time to stop and take pictures of your adorable kids running around in their underwear...


Now back to this burlap beauty... and before you know it, you'll be done!

When it's done, boys say, "Wow, that's cool Mom!  Looks like a lion..."

So they'll take turn wearing the new "lion" wreath...

Then tie a big pretty ribbon on it {I used brown grosgrain because I wanted a blank "slate"... I'll be dressing it up in red and blue for Jake's birthday soon!}  

Then just hang, admire, and love your burlap wreath!  And the fact that it only took about 45 minutes tops... and that included the times I stopped to attend to my three little "lions" hanging around!

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20 comments:

jen marrs said...

This is so cute and looks totally easy!! My kind of project! Thanks for sharing!

Lorie said...

It;s beautiful! And it can double as a lion's mane for a Halloween costume! ;D

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

you are so talented! love everything on your blog which is why I am awarding you the versatile blogger award. hopefully you haven't had it before. info is on my blog. congrats!
kathryn
www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

Paula said...

I love how you made the base of your wreath and the way you dressed it up for the 4th is too cute!

Jaimee said...

What a great wreath! I love it : )
Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

Jenni said...

I love it! I am totally odsessed with burlap right now! I love the addition of the ribbon! And I completely understand buying the straw wreath (plus who will ever know the difference). Those craft styrofoam shapes are so expensive.
Jenni
kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh! I just love this so much :) You should link it to my Front Porch Party! Going on now until Friday. http://www.elephantstrunkllb.com/2011/06/summer-safari-front-porch-fun.html

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I LOVE it! I'm a sucker for all things burlap! and the splash of red & blue ribbon, PERFECT! {visiting from the Summer Safari}

Laura@Corner House said...

Very cute! I featured it on my blog today.

Staci J said...

This is beautiful!! I love your pops of color from the ribbon! I made a burlap wreath this week too! I just saw yours on Friday Flair...
http://justsewsassy.com/2011/06/20/tuesday-tutorial-patriotic-pinwheel-burlap-wreath/

Kelsey @ Tattered and Inked said...

I adore this wreath! Gorgeous :)

Johanson Family said...

I love this wreath!! Very cute!! I made one with felt and a heart shaped wreath back at Valentine's Day but this one looks so summery and fitting for the 4th!! Esp with the lil' flags banner across it! Cute!!

Antonella said...

This is such a great wreath... I love it... I have some time to try to make one before my son's birthday! I've linked over from the WhipperBerry Friday Flair where I've linked up too, I'd love it if you'd pop on over.
Hugs, antonella :-)
http://quilling.blogspot.com/2011/06/wondrous-wednesday-patriotic-printable.html

clutterhome said...

I love how it turned out, and really love the brown ribbon you chose to hang it with! Thanks for sharing!

Visiting from Whipperberry's Friday Flair!

Jenn said...

So cute! I love how you can change it up so easily for different holidays! It is my first time visiting so I am off to check out some of your other posts. Great blog design! :)
Jenn

Colleen said...

did you just pin in every fabric square as you went?

Michelle Paige said...

You'll have to come and see my Easter wreath post today! Another blogger copied your wreath for Easter. So beautiful! http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/03/easter-wreaths.html

Teresa said...

Cute idea, and you could change the colors for all the holidays and move it around your house. tfs Have a Great Day.

Anonymous said...

About how much burlap did you use to make the entire wreath?

Doxie C said...

Love your beautiful wreath!
You mentioned that you saw a tutorial on another blog but for some reason I cannot find the link in your post. Am I just overlooking it, or am I missing it by not looking in the right place?
Thank you so much for your help.
~Donna

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