I’ve been in the middle of a DIY kitchen makeover for the past 10 days, but took some time out today to make this burlap and tulle wreath.
I have had this roll of burlap ribbon sitting on my desk for the last several weeks, taunting me. I got it in the last Pick Your Plum grab box. For weeks, I kept staring at that burlap wondering “what can I make with you?”. I tried wrapping it around a wreath form, but I wanted something different and more dimensional. Then finally an idea came to me last night, or I should say this morning at 2:00 am. No, it wasn’t keeping me up. I’ve been working second shift (3:30 pm to midnight) and was painting kitchen cabinets. I hope to show them to you soon. Back to the wreath. I made these burlap flowers and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. I’ll show you how I made them.
- burlap ribbon
Cut a length of burlap ribbon to about 18″. Pull out and cut off two vertical burlap threads from each end. This will leave the ends fringy.
Now grab the third horizontal burlap string from the top and start gathering the ribbon along this thread. Gather until you reach the middle of the length of ribon. Do the same on the other end. It will look like the second photo below:
Tie the two ends together and cut off the excess strings.
Now you have burlap flowers. Fast and easy, right?
Now onto the wreath:
I pinned the burlap flowers onto my foam wreath form – the one I used for Valentine’s Day. Since I used pearl head pins to make my wreaths, it was easy to remove the paper rosettes and attach the burlap ones. The form was already covered in ivory ribbon which works great with this project and saved time since I didn’t have to cover the form.
Next I made some rolled rosettes from leftover wedding tulle. I tried making the tulle rosettes the same I do for any other fabric: twist, roll, glue – you know the one. Well, that doesn’t work so great with tulle. Unless you don’t mind burning off the top layer of skin of your fingers. So here’s what I came up with and it works great!
Rolled Tulle Rosettes on a Skewer
- bamboo skewers
- glue gun
- tulle (My tulle is the 9″ wide on spool kind from AC Moore)
- Cut or break off a 2-3″ section of the pointy end of the skewer
- Tie one end of the tulle to your now mini skewer – make sure it’s tight. (I didn’t measure and cut off a length of tulle because I didn’t know how much I’d need)
- Start wrapping the bunched up tulle around and around the center knot, twisting along the way and adding tiny amounts of hot glue to secure.
- Once your rosette is the desired size, cut the tulle and glue down the end.
Since the rosette is secured to a mini skewer, all you have to do is push that pointy end into the foam wreath! I hot-glued a pearl to the tip of the skewer that was showing.
Finished and on the door.
To me, it’s a transitional wreath. Since it’s neutral, I can add more embellishments to match whatever season or holiday I want. For now, I think I’ll leave it as is. I really like the combination of burlap and tulle. How about you? Would you add color or bling? Or leave it as is?
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shabby chic life-silvia says
Love it, very nice.
Consie @ Atop Serenity Hill says
Definitely leave it as it is! I love the natural colors and the pearl is your bling!
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Thanks Consie! I’ll take your advice!
I love these burlap flowers. I have some green burlap ribbon that has been starring at me, maybe it will become your burlap flowers.
The wreath is fine just like it is – love the natural colors. It looks clean and fresh to me.
Have a nice week,
Thanks Bev! Ooo, green burlap – that would make some pretty and spring-like flowers!
So pretty! I just love burlap and lace together.
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Thanks for stopping by Megin!
Kelly @ View Along the Way says
Beautiful! Loving the little tulle flowers. Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Funday!
Thank you Kelly!
Adorable wreath!!! I love the tulle flowers!
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Thank you T’onna!
LOVE it!!! So perfect for spring, but like you said.. embellishments could make this wreath go for other holidays too. I host a Tuesday link party that I would love for you to join! http://www.nap-timecreations.com
Thank you Emily! I’ll go link up!
HI Jeanie! I have a thing for wreaths and your caught my eye. I like the rosettes in wrapped burlap. I pinned it to my wreath board. I would love to have you share it at my party the Rock ‘N Share going on now.
So cute! I love it! You are being featured at this weeks tasteful tuesday party! Would love for you to put my featured button on this post! It will open 8:30 PM monday night. see you there! http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/03/tasteful-tuesday.html
Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life says
Hi Jeanie. I thought I left you a comment when I saw your wreath last week. It is so lovely. A little bit rustic blended with a feminine touch. Today I saw it featured on the Naptime Creations link party. Congrats.
I totally agree with you that this wreath can be used all year round as it is a very versatile design. I love that you shared how to make it and going to pin it for later as I have lots of burlap at home but no tulle. I thought about buying some but then didn’t know what I would make with it. have you thought to make a how-to video for this?