PAPER WREATH TUTORIAL

The inspiration for this paper wreath tutorial came from a 4th of July post by Lora at My Blessed Life.  I included in my 4th of July Decorations to Make a post and liked the idea so much that I wanted to make one of my own!

TO MAKE A PAPER WREATH LIKE THIS ONE YOU WILL NEED:

      • a piece of cardboard
      • coordinating scrapbook paper
      • double-sided tape
      • glue dots
      • a small piece of ribbon
      • stapler
      • scissors or paper cutter
      • sticker or printable for the center of the wreath

First I traced an 8-inch plate onto a piece of cardboard from the side of a box for the base of the wreath.

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Next, I used my paper cutter to cut the scrapbook paper into 6 inches by 5-inch rectangles.  Lora at My Blessed Life needed only 12 cones for her wreath and my daughter used ** on hers, but I needed 21 to fill out my wreath.  Each 12″ by 12″ piece of scrapbook paper will yield 4 rectangles.

I think it just depends on exactly how you roll the paper and how tightly you roll it. I really spent some time getting the rolling technique down.  I started at the short end and rolled until got to the other end.  It took me several tries to get it down so that the cones looked uniform and there weren’t too many seams on top.  Once I had a cone looking the way I wanted, I put a glue dot on the seam to keep it together.

I continued making cones until I had what I thought would be enough.  I arranged them on my cardboard circle, then made more until it was nice and full.  I covered the cardboard circle with a piece of green scrapbook paper in case you could see it through the cones. Once I had enough cones, I arranged them on the cardboard circle and then carefully taped them down one at a time using double-sided tape.

Once all of the cones are attached, it is time to add your printable, sticker or embellishment that you chose for the center.  I picked up a sticker pack made by My Big Ideas because the “Home Sweet Home” sticker coordinated with my paper and it was a good size.  I stuck the sticker to a piece of white cardstock and then traced that 8-inch plate again and cut it out.

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I attempted to use double-sided tape to attach the card stock and sticker, but that didn’t work, so I used glue dots and that did work. The last thing to do is to add a ribbon to the back.  Choose a piece of ribbon, open up the stapler and staple it to the back!

RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH TUTORIAL

I have enjoyed bringing you collections of 4th of July Printables and 4th of July Wearables Tutorials from lots of talented bloggers and crafters so far this week!  You can also check out Ten 4th of July Decorations to Make {with tutorials}.

PATRIOTIC WEEK CONTINUES TODAY WITH A RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH TUTORIAL

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I made this wreath to hang on the inside of the back door in my kitchen for the 4th of July this year.  I hope you enjoy it!

{On a total side note…  My son is in a Silly Science summer camp at the library this week, so that’s where I am working on this post.  I just looked down and saw strings of hot glue from my glue gun on my skirt. Sometimes I’m out and look at my hands and realize there’s black paint under my nails.  Yep…I’m that lady}

Now on to the tutorial!

TO MAKE THIS SPARKLY RED WHITE & BLUE STAR WREATH, YOU WILL NEED:

      • a wire wreath form (I used a 10″ one because I have an oddly small door leading out to my deck)
      • 1-2 rolls of 15-foot red burlap ribbon, depending on how full you want it (I used just over one roll)
      • glittery foam stars or other patriotic embellishments
      • hot glue
      • ribbon for hanging

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First, unravel the spool of red burlap.

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You are going to cover the wire wreath form with the burlap by going over and under the rings in a weaving pattern.

Start by inserting the burlap under the first wire ring from the center of the wreath.  Weave it over the next ring, then under the next.  Pull it through until you come almost to the other end of the burlap.  Leave a little extra there (about 3 inches) so that it doesn’t get pulled back into the wreath form when you fluff the burlap.

Now that you have woven the burlap over and under the rings of the wreath frame, pull the burlap so that it is loose, making loops or puffs.  Adjust them until they are about as big as you’d like.

Now weave the burlap back through the wire circles on the wreath form, this time coming from the outside to the inside.  After you arrive at the center, pull the burlap loose and fluff it up.

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Repeat this process to finish attaching the burlap to the wreath, fluffing as you go.  The pattern is like a basket weave, so if you went over a wire when working toward the outside of the wreath, you will go to that wire when working your way back to the center and vice versa.

I would recommend going out or back 4 times in each section of the wreath for small and more times for a larger wreath form for a nice full wreath.

If one side of your wreath looks less full than the other, glue your embellishments on the side that is less full to fill it in.  That is what I was going to do with my wreath and was even thinking about including that tip in this post as I was working, but I guess I was just so darn excited about getting those sparkly little stars on that I glued them on the full side.  Doh!  Not that big of a deal, but it did make for another trip to the craft store for a second roll of burlap to fill it out.  {In reality, I was in a rush trying to get all the stars glued on before heading out for Silly Science Summer camp…so is the life of a crafting mama…}

Once your wreath is at a fullness you like, secure the end of the burlap by tucking it underneath one of the wires on the back of the wreath.  If you have extra burlap and need to cut it, you can glue it down on the back using a line of hot glue so it doesn’t unravel.

And then it’s time for my favorite part!  Add your sparkly red, white and blue stars.  I used hot glue which worked fine for these stars because they are very light.  If your embellishments are light, hot glue will work fine, but if they are heavier, like larger wood stars for example, you can attach them to clips and then clip them to the wreath or use twine or string to tie them on (if you don’t mind seeing the string), or even glue string to the back of the embellishment and then tie it around the back.  Hot glue alone will not hold heavy embellishments on your wreath for long… (ask me how I know)

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I was thinking that the stars looked like little starfish (I know, I know “sea stars”) floating in a net when I was attaching mine.

Lay out the stars in a pattern you like on your wreath and then lift and glue them one at a time to preserve the pattern you chose.

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Lastly, you can add a hanger to your wreath.  Because of the open wire of the wreath form, you can hang this wreath using a nail or you can use an over the door wreath holder as well.

I chose a coordinating ribbon and glued it into a loop around the wreath form on the back.  I used a flat tack to secure it to the top of the door.

And there you have it!

YOUR VERY OWN STAR SPANGLED WREATH!

You might also like the Blue Burlap Monogram Wreath or this natural colored Burlap Wreath!

BLUE BURLAP MONOGRAM WREATH

THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID ABOUT THE BOND CREATED BETWEEN TWO FRIENDS WHO ARE PREGNANT FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE SAME TIME.

The friend to which I am referring and I met when we were doing some extra schooling to become certified elementary school teachers.  We were both living far from our hometowns and we became fast friends, but I believe it is the bond we share from experiencing pregnancy for the first time together and supporting each other every step of the way that has made us lifelong friends.

We spent a few years in the same area until I moved with my family to another state about five hours away.  A couple of years later she moved to another state…on the other side of the country.  But to me, she is like family and we never miss a beat.  We talk all of the time (thank goodness for unlimited long distance!) but we just don’t get to see each other in person so much anymore.

SO THAT IS WHY I AM BEYOND EXCITED AND OVERJOYED THAT I AM GOING TO VISIT HER AND HER FAMILY FOR FIVE DAYS!

And wait…it gets even better…

She just had a baby!  I am so excited and honored and overjoyed that I get to share in this time with her and her family!

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SO SINCE I LAST VISITED HER, SHE AND HER FAMILY MOVED INTO A NEW HOME AND WELCOMED BABY #4 INTO THEIR FAMILY… SO I THINK THAT HOUSEWARMING AND BABY GIFTS ARE IN ORDER!

As a (late) housewarming gift, I will be giving them the blue burlap monogram wreath pictured above. To make this wreath, you will need:

  • a wreath form
  • 15 feet of burlap ribbon
  • a wood or metal letter
  • burlap flowers or other items to decorate the wreath
  • a hot glue gun

To cover the wreath, simply wrap the burlap around the wreath form, keeping it (mostly) smooth as you go.  Use a small amount of hot glue to glue the start of the burlap ribbon to the wreath form.  Then just start wrapping, trying not to overlap the burlap too much or you won’t have enough to go over the form twice. It is best to wrap the burlap around twice so that you don’t see the wreath form through the burlap.  If you come up a little short, just glue the decorations on over that part.

Once you come to the end of the burlap, simply hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.  If your burlap doesn’t end at the back of the wreath, glue it down and then cut off any extra so that it looks nice and neat. After your wreath is covered, arrange your letter and decorations on the wreath until you find a layout that you like.  When you do, go with it and glue those puppies down!

Add a ribbon or wreath hook for hanging. And that’s it!  Now give your creation to someone special or hang it on your own door!  This one is a gift, but I have the supplies to make a similar wreath in yellow and gray and that baby will be hanging on my front door!

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Check out a different style of burlap wreath here and a whole Pinterest board of burlap wreath inspiration here!

BURLAP WREATH

I love getting ideas and inspiration from there for everything from home decor to recipes to crafts.  Today’s post is going to cover this burlap wreath I made to hang on the back door leading to my deck.

A couple of years ago, I made a larger burlap wreath for my front door.  I used the smaller 10″ wire form for this one because I have an oddly narrow door in between two windows that lead out to my deck.  The larger wreath was just too big for that space.

For this project, you will need a wire wreath form, a spool of 4-inch burlap, some ribbon for hanging and some embellishments.

I bought some different accessories so that I can change the theme of the wreath throughout the year. Although I have changed it a couple of times, I usually leave it with the white burlap flowers.  They should have everything you need at your local craft store. I got most of the supplies at Michaels this time, but have also gotten similar items at Joann Fabric and Craft Store and Hobby Lobbying the past.

Don’t forget to use a coupon!  If you have a smartphone, all three stores have apps that give you coupons right on your phone! You can usually use the coupon on your phone in addition to a regular coupon.  Double score!!

To get started, I unrolled the burlap and started weaving it in and out of the wire rings on the wreath form similar to the way it is done in this tutorial.  You just kind of go in and out, smoosh it together and fluff.  Really, that’s pretty much all there is to it, but if you’d like more detailed instructions, she does a good job of explaining how to do it step-by-step here.

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Here is what it should look like as you start to get around the wire form. If you have extra burlap left over when you come to the end, just cut it off.  I secured the end by weaving it in and out of the wire a few times. Now it’s time to embellish and add your ribbon for hanging.

I got lucky and found these adorable white burlap flowers at Michaels and they already had clips on the back.  That was perfect for this project because that makes it easy to switch out the embellishments for the seasons or holidays. So I just clipped them on where I thought they looked good!  Easy!

You can also secure embellishments by tying with jute or twine or you can also hot glue them on.  It just depends if you are going to want to switch out your embellishments.  I have done it all three ways and they all work out just fine.

Now it’s time to attach a hanger.  I chose some wide ribbon that I already had and tied it onto the wire wreath form on the back like this:

I could not hang this wreath with a plastic or metal over the door wreath hanger because there is not enough room between the door and door frame on this particular door, so I stuck two tacks into the top of the ribbon and stuck them into the top of my door.

This secured the wreath well.  It’s still hanging and that door gets a lot of action. So there you have it!  A quick, easy, inexpensive, cute and versatile project…my favorite kind! You should be able to complete this project in about an hour. Here is another wreath that I made for a hostess gift to help get your creative juices flowing…

One last tip: Just be aware that hanging the burlap in direct sunlight (on a front door, for example) will discolor the burlap.  It turns kind of yellow.  It is fine if you don’t mind that, but if you’d like to preserve the brown color of the burlap, I would recommend hanging it out of direct sunlight.

Also, if you are making a wreath using the larger wire wreath form, you will need a second spool of burlap. I hope you are inspired to give a burlap wreath a try for yourself!  If you do, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know how it turned out!

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