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The Fluffy Burlap Wreath Tutorial

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[gallery ids="900,901,902,903" type="square" columns="2"] As promised, here is the fluffy burlap wreath tutorial to recreate your own burlap wreath! Supplies & tools you will need:
  • 18" 4-wire wreath frame (smaller or larger or 3-wire is also fine. This size frame will leave a big opening in the center so if you are going for a more closed center look, opt for a smaller frame)
  • 20-30 yards of 6-inch jute burlap ribbon (you can use a narrower width but your fluff will not be as full)
  • Floral wire & wire cutters although the wire I use is thin enough to use scissors
  • Wood initial or phrase cutout (optional). I had mine custom cut by a local Etsy seller Start@Home but you can also pick one up in a local craft store or order online
  • Natural twine & needle large enough to thread twine for attaching cutouts or signs (optional, you can use the floral wire but I found this to be easier and blend in better)
  • Paint & paint brushes
  • Stem florals of your choice
  • Embellishments of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
If you are using a wood cutout for your wreath, start with painting/prepping this first.  That way it can be drying while you work on the burlap.  I use a nail file to "sand" the raw edges of the IMG_3506cutout for a more smooth finish.  In this example I'm using Dress Blues by Fairy Chalk Mother's.  If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you know that I love this paint.  It goes on so smooth and covers so well not only on big furniture projects but small craft projects too!  You may need more than one coat especially with a lighter color and after 1 coat begins to dry you will see the areas that absorbed more paint and need more attention.   Really try to avoid coating the paint too thickly.  Not only will you damage your MDF cutout, it will take a long time to dry, and you will have drips and globs of paint inside curves and crevices.  You can paint the back of the cutout if you want to but paint one side first, then flip over and paint the other side.  If you paint both sides all at once you will have nowhere that is dry to set down while dries and it will be stuck to the paper you have it on.  Get your first very sparingly applied coat of paint on! With that done and set aside, grab your wire wreath frame, a roll of burlap & the floral wire.  Cut a piece of floral wire about 3 inches long.  This is going to secure the end of the burlap to the frame.  Now take the end of the roll of burlap and fold it in half and then half again. IMG_3509With the back of the wire frame facing toward you, pull the burlap ribbon through the center of the wire frame and push the folded ends of the burlap between the inner wire ring and the 2nd wire ring through from the back of the wire frame to the front and then back through from the front to the IMG_3510back making a loop around one of the section dividers.  Thread the floral wire through the folded burlap ends and through the remaining burlap ribbon at the base where it is pushed between the wire rings.  Now twist tie this off and trim the ends. We're finally ready to build the fluff!  This is the most time-consuming part of this project.  I find it easier for me to work if I have a long length of burlap unrolled while twisting and pushing it between the wreath wires.  Start from the bottom and work your way to the top and beginning at the bottom again.  It doesn't really matter if you twist the burlap toward you or away from you and you can alternate both.  You can twist it as loosely or tightly as you want to, but keep in mind that if it is twisted too tightly it will be really difficult to fluff it out once you are finished.  If that is the look you are going for and you don't want to fluff it out then that's totally fine.  Also consider how far out you want the loops you are shoving through to puff out the front and try to keep it mostly even as you work.  It's okay for it to not be perfect because when you go back and fluff out you will adjust and fluff any areas that are not even until they blend together. [gallery ids="950,951,952,953,954,955" type="rectangular"] As you come to the end of each roll you can either loop the end around the wire and secure it to itself like you did to start, or, and what I prefer to do, you can overlap the end of one roll with the start of the next one folding each end in half twice and then secure together with floral wire.  Continue working as if it is one continuous ribbon being careful not to pull that section through to the front. [gallery ids="956,957" type="rectangular"] When you have filled the wire wreath with twisted loops of burlap goodness, cut and secure the end of the burlap the same way you did to begin and lay it down on the back so you can start fluffing up those loops. [gallery ids="960,961" type="rectangular"] This process is really preference based.  If you like really full bubbly loops then spread the twists out more.  If not, then only separate them a little.  Once finished with this, go back to your cutout and check for any areas that need touching up. IMG_3525

Fluffing up the twisted loops.  Pull the twists apart with your fingers until the loop is as puffy as you want it.

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Halfway there!  You can see how much of a difference fluffing can make.

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All fluffed and ready to decorate!

Plug in your hot glue gun.  It's time to start arranging your florals & cutout!  I used some plastic purple orchids and paper rosettes (tutorial to make the rosettes here) on this wreath.  If you haven't done so, remove the stems and leaves with wire cutters and start placing (without gluing) the florals around your wreath. IMG_3543 When you have them where you want them, start picking them up, covering the back with hot glue and pressing them back onto the burlap.  Make sure the glue on the back is getting melded into the burlap.  Once all of the florals are glued down, attach the wood cutout.  You can do this using floral wire or twine but if you use twine you will need a large needle to pull it through the burlap.  The needle I used is one I bought for sewing buttons into tufting on a chair. IMG_3544 Glue on any gems or other embellishments you want to the wood cutout prior to attaching & for good measure, spray it with some polycrylic for protection against the outdoor elements.  Place the cutout where you want it on the burlap and starting from the back, push the wire or needle through back to front and then back through front to back making a loop around part of the wood cutout to hold it into place.  Cut the end and repeat as needed and where possible to really secure it into place. [gallery ids="1021,1023" type="rectangular"] When you are finished, flip the wreath over and tie the ends of the twine or twist the ends of the wire and trim. IMG_3546 Flip it back over to the front and if all looks great to you then go hang that thing on your door or wreath porch post!  Of course if you find the above to be way too much work, these are available for purchase in my online store by clicking here. Happy Crafting! ~R IMG_3548  


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