Saturday, November 14, 2015

This and That,,,About A Holiday Wreath!

Burlap Holiday Wreath

Thanksgiving is almost here dear readers! And soon after that....Christmas! I'm all excited today about sharing a burlap holiday wreath that I fashioned myself. It's easy to make (I am not a crafty person) and versatile enough to see me through several holidays. I came home from the craft shop and literally made this in about 20 minutes! And, the materials were not expensive. The styrofoam wreath was under $5 and the burlap wrap was about $6. So for about $10 I have a pretty wreath. Here's how I did it.

I first assembled my materials: one styrofoam wreath, a roll of burlap, scissors and straight pins. Burlap is so popular right now and the roll of burlap made this project super easy. 

I cut a fairly long length of the burlap and secured it to the styrofoam wreath with a couple of straight pins. I then simply began wrapping the wreath, making sure to overlap a little on each edge as I brought the burlap through for each wrap. I didn't measure the length and I did have to cut a little extra length to make it around the whole wreath. I simply used more straight pins to secure ends and continued wrapping until the whole wreath was covered. 

Then, it was time to make the bow. I did this by taking a length of burlap and I fashioned one loop to the size loop I wanted and then while holding that loop tight in my left hand, I twisted the burlap and created another loop with my right hand. I grabbed that loop with my left hand and continued to make loops making sure to twist the burlap each time. I will admit I had to start my loops about 3 times before I got the size I wanted on the loops and before the bow started to look "bow" like. 

When the bow was the size I wanted, I had a long "tail" of burlap left. So I cut up the middle of that long burlap tail and wrapped one end of the burlap tail around the middle of the bow a couple of times and then tied the ends to hold the bow together. I know some people are adept at using wire for this, but I just used the burlap. I have to tell you, I'm kind of proud of how that bow turned out! (For a non-crafty person like me!!!)

I then used the left over length of those two tails to tie the bow to the wreath, knotting the tails in the back of the wreath so they don't show on the front. You can see how I did this in the above picture. 

And, voila! I have a pretty burlap wreath to hang on my front door! Remember I said this wreath was versatile? Right now it is plain burlap, which I think looks nice for Fall. However, the way I tied the bow allows me to remove it if I decided to put on a red ribbon for Christmas...or, I may keep the burlap bow but tuck some Christmasy flowers or ornaments on to make the wreath more Christmas like. 

So, that's it for my easy Burlap Wreath. If I can do it, so can you!! Thanks for visiting my blog today and let me know what things you are doing to prepare for the upcoming holidays. I'd love to hear from you!!

Until then,

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