This post has to begin with a disclaimer: We went on Pinterest. We pinned at least 5 different tutorials on how to make a burlap wreath. We watched at least 3 videos on YouTube. But we still couldn’t get it. So we decided that when we did, we would make it so clear that anybody could understand it- whether you’re a visual learner or learn by reading (or both) this tutorial is for you. We set out to write the easiest, fastest “how-to” that’s out there. Hopefully, we succeeded in doing just that. We took pictures of every little step along the way. So, let’s start off with what you’re going to need (you can pick these things up at just about any craft store).
For the wreath:
A wire wreath frame (the size is up to you)- we used an 18″ frame
Burlap fabric (about 5″ wide and we ended up having to use around 60 yards in length)
A vacuum (for the little burlap fuzzies that end up EVERYWHERE)
For the decor: (this is optional, but these are the items we used)
Cardboard letters (we actually tried it with two sizes- one set about 6″ tall and one set about 4″ tall, we liked the 4″ ones better, but that’s just a personal preference). The tutorial we wrote on how to make these in under 30 minutes can be found here.
Part A: Buy the stuff. The frame that we used has 4 wires, so it has three openings. There are a million types of wreath frames, but if you follow this tutorial, you should succeed in creating a beautiful wreath no matter which one you choose.
Part B: Affix the end of the burlap onto the wire frame. I tried one method some Pinterest mom suggested, a no-tie method, before deciding life is too short to get frustrated every time it slips out and destroys your progress. Nope, not my method. Instead, I decided to be a total rebel- I cut a line halfway through the burlap fabric (GASP- it wasn’t even straight).
I then tied it with a good old-fashioned knot, and pulled it TIGHT so that it has no chance of coming undone. You can even use hot glue to make extra sure.
Part C: Okay- here’s the magic part. I’ve illustrated below what it looks like. Every number is where you pull a loop of fabric through.
Here you can see, illustrated in red, the path that the burlap follows. Each of those little loops is where you feed the burlap up through the frame, then back down. Or, alternatively, you can just pull the burlap through (which will save you the trouble of re-feeding it back through. The loops (the Us) are the ONLY thing that comes through the front. Everything else goes on in the back of the wreath. This is the pattern you’ll use for the whole wreath, except depending on how fluffy you want your wreath, you’ll probably want to squish as many loops as you can close together so it’s very full.
I started my wreath before taking these pictures (because I had to figure out what I was doing). So here’s the deal. You’ve got to work with about 3 or 4 20-yard spools of burlap. So, I just let mine lay underneath my work space. If there’s a more ‘neat’ way to do it, I couldn’t find it. But this is basically what it would look like straight out of the gate from the very first knot. Twist the burlap (I think either way would work but I did it to the right).
Feed the burlap up through the first open space. You’ll see, below, how I poked it up through the bottom, and am pinching it to pull the fabric through from there.
Here it is, even closer, so you can see what I mean about pinching the fabric up. Tip: Do it gently, so you don’t take any of the height off of your previous loops (once you have previous loops to work with you’ll know what I mean).
Here’s what it looked like (below) when I pulled the loop all the way through. You can see that the burlap was twisted throughout the whole loop- and I then pulled it up until it reached my desired height (which was about 3-4 inches). The remaining burlap is still toward the back of the wreath. The only time your burlap will ever come to the front of the frame is in a loop, people.
Now from loop number one, I twisted the burlap again, and fed it up to the second loop location (the number 2 on the post-it diagram). Aka the opening closest to the center of the wreath. Feed the twisted burlap up with your pinches (just like in loop #1).
Once that loop is finished, we’re going to twist the burlap again (in case you haven’t caught on, we want it twisted at all times).
We’re then going to feed the burlap through to loop number 3, in the middle open space.
Part D: Once you’ve gone through your first spool of burlap, cut the end of the spool and the beginning of the next spool. Tie them together in a simple knot- again, pulled tight. Feel free to cut off what’s hanging off (just make sure you don’t cut off too much- your knot needs to stay!).
As you can see above and below, the knot doesn’t have to be around the little section separator. Put it wherever you feel like putting it. Then, you guessed it- twist the burlap again!
Continue until your wreath is full of loops and covered in burlap!
The Finishing Touches
You’ll probably have a lot of loose ends from your burlap. Cut them off without pulling them, or you’ll just keep unraveling the wreath.
I chose to leave a little bit of empty space at the top of my wreath where I want my bow to be. I did this so that the bow wouldn’t stick out from the rest of the wreath, but a lot of people prefer it that way- up to you.
If you recall, we made those cute little letters (tutorial here). I like to plan everything out before I glue it down, then you can use floral wire to put things on if you want to be able to switch them out for each season, or you can simply hot glue your decorations onto the wreath (as long as they aren’t too heavy).