I don’t think we will ever tire of using burlap in our home furnishings line – it works with any color scheme and adds so much texture to a room.
That said, we end up with a lot of small pieces left over from larger projects. I recently put those scraps to use in a burlap wreath. I love how it turned out and it was fairly easy (albeit time consuming!) to make.
I found a tutorial for making it at Made in a Day. I made a few changes to the process as follows:
For my wreath, I used a 14″ straw wreath, burlap scraps and lots of hot glue. Kim at Made in a Day used burlap ribbon for her wreath but since we have tons of burlap scraps, I used them instead.
Step 1: Cut the burlap into 4 inch squares. A rotary cutter and cutting mat work great for this. I used a total of 150 squares for my wreath.
Step 2: Shape the squares into a cone shape like this ( a picture truly is worth a 1,000 words!) and secure into place with glue:
Step 3: Glue the first layer of cones to the back side of the wreath. I used 29 cones.
Step 4: For the second layer, glue them to the back, positioning them in between the other cones and a little closer to the outside edge. Here again, 29 cones.
Step 5: For the third layer, fold the bottom inch of the cone back and glue to the outside edge of the wreath. You may need a little extra glue on the back side of these cones (securing them to the previous layer) so they lay flat. 29 cones.
Step 6: For the fourth layer, cut about 1 inch off the tip of the cone and glue from the front. 25 cones.
Step 7: For, the fifth layer continue to use the shorter cones, positioning them closer to the center of the wreath. 22 cones.
Step 8: For the 6th and final layer, glue the shorter cones to the inside edge of the wreath, covering all of the exposed straw base. 16 cones.
Step 9: Once you have all your layers, it may be necessary to go back and fill in any empty spots with more cones.
Step 10: Trim off all the burlap strings, glue a simple twine hangar to the back (or use ribbon) and step back and admire.
This is a great basic wreath that you can easily embellish seasonally or use ribbon to coordinate with your color scheme.