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There’s Burlap in my lap!

So I took my munchkins and my coupons to JoAnn’s yesterday and picked up a yard of burlap that was on sale $1.99/yd and an 18″ metal wreath frame for $2.99 ($1.80 after my 40% off coupon) with the intention of recreating a rustic burlap wreath. In hindsight I should have grabbed a smaller wreath form but I managed to make that yard of burlap cover the entire 18″ diameter frame and I’m pretty happy with the results.

Here’s what I did

First, I gathered my supplies:

Burlap Wreath Supplies

  • 1 yard Burlap, any color you like
  • Metal wreath form, I used an 18″ one but I think a 12″ one would look just as awesome and fuller
  • A Ruler
  • Basic Household Scissors, don’t ruin your fabric scissors or anything on this project.
Next I determined the dimensions of the strips of burlap I wanted to use. I started with 6″ x 1½” pieces but later adjusted to 6″ by ¾” pieces, the narrower pieces made the wreath look fuller and were easier to tie.
I started measuring and marking my predetermined dimensions in my burlap by making small slits along the edges. These slits opened up the sealed weave on the finished ends that came off the bolt from the store.
I identified the thread that marked the dimensions I was going to be cutting and gave that a tug.
pull out one thread of your burlap
This started to make my burlap pucker. I “walked” that pucker to the opposite end of my fabric and snipped it on that end which released the tension put on that strand. I then pulled this strand all the way out leaving a gap in the fabric, marking where I would make my cut. This really helps you keep straight lines since burlap can be a fickle mistress and shift on you otherwise.
puckered burlap

Once I had done that to the entire yard of burlap I ended up with something looking like this. My yard was ready to be cut into my pre-measured dimensions. I suggest taking the time to do this step because otherwise, you’ll probably end up with lots of pieces that are frayed beyond repair and you might want to give up.

burlap measured and ready to be cut

This is where it gets fun, and messy. I began cutting out my sections using my basic household scissors and put them in a pile. Along with that came a lot of burlap dust and fibers that made me look like my legs could use a good shave! Don’t worry, it all vacuums up nicely, but it will get all over you during this project.

With my strips cut, I grabbed my wreath form and started tieing them on. This material is so rugged that you only need to do a simple knot and it won’t slip or come undone. It might fall apart if you try to untie it however, so make sure you’re happy with how full your sections are before you try to thin it out.

I began working section to section from the inside out, just for ease of getting into those tight spaces and this also helped me gauge whether I had enough material to cover the whole frame (I only cut ½ of my material before hand to see if by the time I was half way through with the wreath, I’d have enough).

tie one on

Despite my sore fingers, I continued the process until I ran out of my material and I ended up with this:

on the wall

giving the fleur de lis some love

Not too bad for a decoration that only cost me $3.90 including tax! Don’t get me wrong, I love and support the wonderful people on Etsy, but I wouldn’t pay $40 for this when I could make it for 1/10 of the cost.

I do have aspirations for a removable embellishment idea that I hope to share with you soon, so stay tuned for that. Otherwise, what do you think?


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