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DIY: Burlap Wreath for Fall

The hottest fall fad this season seems to be burlap wreaths. While you could purchase yours premade at a craft fair, festival or furniture store, there doesn’t seem to be too much fun, individuality or excitement in that! It can also be outrageously priced when you have someone else do the work.A DIY burlap wreath also allows you the chance to personalize your adornment and make it into something that matches your unique personality.

What you need for the Project

DIY projects such as a built-in shelf, new fixtures and crafts can be a fun way to decorate and liven up your living space. They can also be inspiring when you do the work with your own two hands instead of hiring out a contractor. In order to do the job correctly, you need the right materials and instructions. If you’re looking to make a DIY burlap wreath, you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Medium wreath base (you can also use a wire hanger);
  • 2 rolls of burlap ribbon, 15 feet each;
  • 1 roll of accent color ribbon;
  • Pipe cleaner cut in two pieces (choose a pipe cleaner that matches the accent ribbon);
  • Fall decorations to adorn the wreath, such as fake fall flowers, colorful leaves and other festive adornments for the wreath.

wreath bases

Getting Started

The best part about a DIY project is that you get to personalize it for your home. Whether your home is decorated with antiques, modern decor or items from the Victorian era, you can add simple touches that showcase your personality and interests. If you’re putting together something seasonal, you can also add items such as flowers, leaves, pumpkins, Indian corn, candies and other decorations that will help you bring out the holiday or season.

The first step in the burlap fall wreath making process is to go to your local craft store and purchase everything that you’ll need for the project. Burlap is an inexpensive material, but it holds its shape well.

After you’ve made your purchase, it’s time to cut the burlap into 8 inch strips. You will also need a wire wreath base. This can also be found at your local craft store.

Travel Underneath

Burlap wreath making is a little different than mesh wreaths, as you typically begin working at the top of the rack. However, you want to pull the burlap pieces from underneath instead, making sure to secure the burlap to the pipe cleaners as you go.

It’s Time for Pretty Poufs

The easiest and most fun part of the burlap wreath making process is making the decorative poofs. Simply pull approximately 6 inches of burlap from under the wreath and bring through the slots of the base. You can choose to do this as many times through the various sections as you feel necessary. Working left to right and top to bottom is the norm. Depending on the size of the wreath, you may make about 6 or more poufs with the burlap.

Tying Up Loose Ends

When you’ve reached the end of your wreath, you want to secure the burlap to the original pipe cleaner that you started with. Use this as your starting point.

Add Some Accent Ribbon

You’re now ready to incorporate some of your accent ribbon to the wreath. In order to do this, you want to choose a starting point. You can secure the ribbon to the form of the wreath using pipe cleaners. The ribbon should be spaced evenly throughout when you’re making more poofs. If you’re using golds, burnt oranges, fiery reds, browns and yellows, you can choose pipe cleaners to match any of those colors. This makes the pipe cleaner less noticeable when your wreath is adorning your home.

Let’s Embellish

Depending on the season, you’ll want to add embellishments to your decorative wreath. If you’re making something for the fall season, you can use flowers, colorful bows, plastic pumpkins, tiny scarecrows and leaves. When you’re done, it’s time to find the perfect spot to hang your new fall wreath. Without taking into account the time that it takes to purchase your materials, the wreath making process takes approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. It also should cost under $20.00, depending on the amount of materials that you select.

When it comes to an outdoor wreath, you have so many creative options!

When it comes to an outdoor wreath, you have so many creative options!

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