Fall is here, and all I want to do is
roll around in pumpkin spice deck the porch with autumn everything. No, this isn’t another story about Ryan’s baller pumpkin carving skills. I’m here to tell you about my first. wreath. ever. I’m refraining from making squeaky squealy girl noises, but you should know I’m really excited. Not only is it my first to own as an independent adult, but it’s the first wreath I’ve made myself.
I’m really happy with the way our burlap wreath with natural elements tuned out. I love DIY and crafting, I find it to be so incredibly satisfying and therapeutic. (You can take this as foreshadowing of many more wreaths to come.) Here’s how I made an 18” wreath for $20 moolahs.
18” wire wreath frame ($3.99)
10 yd burlap ($6.99)
3 yd alternative color burlap ($4.99)
Tan pipe cleaners ($.99)
Small wood letter ($2.99)
*Note- if you are using a 12” wreath the 10 yd will wrap the entire frame
Step one: Attach the burlap
To start your wreath, attach the end of the large burlap roll to the second bar on the wire frame. I did this by using a piece of pipe cleaner to conceal its appearance, but a twisty tie could work too.
Step two: start looping the burlap
With the burlap attached to the frame you can start creating the loops. If you look at the wreath frame, you’ll see that it has three sections. A bottom section (the open space on the inside of the frame), the middle section, and the top section (the opening on the outer edge of the frame). Pull the burlap through the bottom section of the frame until you have desired height of your loop. To give it a fuller look, I folded the burlap in half as I made the loops. Later, I was able to pull and fluff the burlap to adjust where needed.
Step three: make the second loop
To start your second loop, take the end of burlap (still attached to the big burlap roll) and pull it up from below through the middle section of the frame. Continue to pull the burlap through until you again have the desired size loop.
Step four: make the third loop
Repeat the same process with the third loop. Pull the burlap through the top section to create the third loop. Don’t worry about making it perfect the first time. You can adjust it once you finish looping the burlap around the entire wreath.
Step five: repeat repeat repeat
For the rest of the wreath, continue to repeat the entire process again and again by pulling the loose end of the burlap back to the bottom section of the frame and making all three loops again.I did this all the way around the wreath until I ran out of the 10 yards of burlap. It ended up being three rows of three loops in each defined section of the wreath frame. This left one section of the frame open to add color with the alternative burlap. I started it the same as I did when starting the wreath and attached the loose end to the form with a piece of pipe cleaner. Using the entire roll, loops were made in the same way until the small empty section was full.
Step six: add some seasonal interest
To jazz up our burlap wreath and personalize it, Ryan and I scoped our surrounding landscape for plants we could attach to our wreath to add even more of a fall feel. We ended up with a collection of wild flowers and natives: goldenrod, aster, and evergreen anise leaves. We cleaned the flower stems of any distressed leaves to give the wreath an overall more polished look. This little step allows the flowers to center stage.
We used tan pipe cleaners to discreetly tie the stems to the frame. Since I had doubled the burlap when weaving it to make loops, I was able to fluff and fill any spaces that looked homely.
I liked the feel of the soft tones together, but we decided it needed something more to really pop. That’s when Ryan started playing with a variety of evergreen leaves, ultimately deciding on using the leaves from our Florida Anise. Seeing him
glue each leaf in place work any kind of floral arrangement always throws me back to when he was working at a local nursery in Knoxville where he helped with all kinds of seasonal arrangements.
Once the letter was attached with hot glue, I was more than ready to get this guy proudly hanging. The funny part is that not many people will be seeing it unless they enter our screened-in porch. We, however, get to enjoy it everyday.