So last year I decided to adopt the American custom of always hanging a wreath on my door!
I could have just whipped out the spring wreath I made last year, but it is definitely not spring yet and I wanted to have a go at making a burlap wreath (I’ve seen lots of gorgeous ones on Pinterest!).
Here is my burlap wreath tutorial! It is very easy to make. It doesn’t require a special wreath form or a hot glue gun, just a wire coat hanger, some burlap ribbon, some other ribbon to make a bow and some wire. You could use florists’ wire. I used a couple of paper clips! The finished wreath measures about 23 cm across.
How to Make a Burlap Wreath
You will need: a wire coat hanger (or some thick, plastic coated wire), 6 m burlap ribbon, 3 m of ribbon ( I used about 1.5 m of green chevron ribbon and about 1 m of the grey), florists’ wire or 2 paper clips, a needle and thread.
2. If your burlap ribbon has raw edges, you might want to finish them using an overlocking stitch on the sewing machine. This step is optional though! I have no problem with frayed edges usually, I just didn’t want bits coming off which result in having to sweep the path or hoover the kitchen again!
3. To attach the burlap to the coat hanger, I basically used the coat hanger like a giant needle and threaded it through the burlap as though I was doing a giant running stitch.
The only thing that makes it not quite like running stitch is that I twisted the burlap before threading the wire through.
Twisting it gives it a more interesting look than just threading it straight on and pushing it round to the side means that your twists all go in the same direction.
4. Once the ribbon is all on the wire, you will need to join the ends of the coat hanger back together. I tried twisting the ends together but it was too hard. So instead I made 2 loops and linked them together. Don’t worry about this looking messy, you’ll be making a pretty bow to cover it up!
6. Fold in half to find the middle. Overlap the ends so that they are in the middle. Using a needle and thread, sew a few stitches through the middle to hold it all in place. Repeat for all your bits of ribbon.
A Summer Wreath using a willow wreath form and silk flowers
A Christmas Wreath using natural materials.