Friday, July 27, 2012

DIY Burlap Wreath

You may be visiting today to check out the next section in my Home Management Binder as promised here, but I'm still working on my checklist and forms. I plan on having it up and ready on Monday because I need a few more days to tweak my list.  

This week I decided to stop pinning wonderful inspiration on my down time and actually do a project that I've been wanting to complete since the beginning of the summer. Yeah, I'm slow.

I've been loving all of the burlap wreath's I've seen through the blog world and Pinterest. As soon as I laid eyes on a burlap wreath months back I knew I wanted one. Let's look at some of my inspiration:

My first inspiration came from a wreath wrapped in burlap, I love this wreath made by Karen at Pocket Full of Pink:

I knew I wanted to add a small cluster of flowers but I wanted something simple to make. I ran across this great tutorial on rolled felt flowers by Sarah at Crafting and Creativity:


I also knew I wanted a monogram on the wreath somehow, also something simple and not to busy. A quick search led me to Gina at East Coast Mommy:


I started by gathering all of my supplies, which I forgot to take a picture of. But, to complete this project I needed a wreath, glue gun, glue sticks, felt, yarn and a wood letter B for our last name.

I started with this wreath, my mother in law made me earlier this year for Easter - if you're wondering, yes I just took it off the front door to complete this project. I'm a little behind on updating our seasonal decor.

I removed all of the flowers and ribbon she glued on to get to the skinny naked wreath below. At this point, I realized I probably would want a new wreath because this one is really skinny. But, I really didn't want to buy a wreath when I had a free one.

I started by making the felt flowers, which were extremely easy. In this picture, off on the table, you can see I cut the felt in strips about an inch and a half wide, give or take some. I didn't measure it, I just let the scissors do what they do. Then I placed a thin line of glue on one edge and folded it over to the other edge. Still with me?

Then I cut small snips along the folded edge, it wasn't science just moved down the edge until I got to the end.

Then I just started rolling until I got to very end where I placed a small dab of glue. I was going to add a felt circle to the bottom, but I rolled them pretty tight so I didn't think I needed it.

Love the finished product, I proceeded to make six of these. Two of each color of felt I had, gray, blue and yellow - shocker I know!

After I finished all of the flowers, which took me give or take 30 minutes while watching TV, I moved on to the wood letter. This was the longest part of the project. I decided to use white yarn because I had it one hand and I wanted to add a different color to the mix.

Once everything was done, I arranged all the flowers and the monogram on the wreath and hot glued it all down. Of course I had already wrapped the wreath in burlap, I just forgot to take a picture.

I'm not a huge fan of our current door holder, but until I find a better solution here is my new creation hanging proud on our front door.

I absolutely love it! In the pictures the dark gray looks almost black but in person it's clearly gray. Next time I make a wreath I will buy a thicker wreath base. It doesn't look bad but it's a little skinny, what can I say, I like a man wreath with some muscles. I had all of the supplies on hand except the burlap, I bought a yard at Joann's a few weeks back for $3.99 a yard. I didn't need an entire yard for this project but I am sure I will use it in the future. 

Now, I can't wait to get started on my next Pinterest inspired project. Have you completed a project inspired by the addicting Pinterest lately? If so, I would love to check it! Don't forget to check back on Monday for the next section in my Home Management Binder!

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