Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Wreath!


I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was working on a couple of DIY's. It was just my puppy and I a few days this week, so I crafted away. By the way, I find crafting is always better with wine! This particular DIY does take some serious concentration; it took me a bit longer than I thought. But I am so proud of the final product. What's so great about this DIY is everyone's can be a little bit different! It is also a bit sentimental to me - the burlap and the "M" were used at our wedding, and now I can see them everyday!


Things you will need:

-Burlap ribbon (pictured below)
-Chevron wired burlap ribbon (pictured below)
-hot glue gun
-wreath base (pictured below)
-initial (optional; you can use flowers, little pumpkins, or leave it plain!)
Burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby

Chevron ribbon from Hobby Lobby. I used white, but you can use any colors.

 This is what I used for my wreath base, based on research I did on pinterest. After actually having made one, I don't think this particular base is absolutely necessary. You could use floral foam, styrofoam, or anything else round and big enough to glue to. Your size will depend on how big you want it.

I started by weaving the burlap over, under, over, under these wires on the base. It looks a bit like this. Keep in mind there is no right or wrong way to do this! If you use a foam base, you will just create each ruffle and glue it right to the foam. (Don't use a huge amount of glue or you will melt too much of the foam away.)

After you weave a row, then bunch it up to make it look ruffley (is that even a word?!). On the tutorials I read, others did not glue their ruffles into place. But in my experience, there is no way mine would have stayed the way I wanted so I used hot glue to secure it. My pattern was weave, scrunch, glue, let dry. Weave, scrunch, glue, let dry. Over and over and over. The glue gun was so helpful because if one loop was too big or too sideways, I just glued it in a position that I did like it in. Here are some pictures of it along the way.

After all the wire was covered, I tied a bow out of the chevron ribbon to glue to the top of the wreath. I glued it to (in my opinion) the worst looking part to hide it! I then used more of the chevron ribbon to secure the "M". I doubled it up, glued it to the back of the M, and then glued it to the underside of the wreath. 

The "M" swung forward a bit, because of the natural shape of the letter. So I took a small piece of floral wire, and glued it on the backside of the "M" and across the back of the chevron ribbon to keep it from falling over. You can see this in the first picture that I posted. I was so excited to try it out on our front door!

Overall I am so pleased with how this turned out. I may even make a second one that is more of a Christmas theme!

Happy crafting!

43 comments:

  1. Oh wow it's so beautiful <3 I'd never think to have a fall/Autumn wreath but it's really quite lovely xx

    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  2. Im so happy you posted this!! I've wanted to make a wreath but lack the crafty gene so kept pushing it back. Yours looks so great and easy! I'm going to make one this week! Yay can't wait!

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  3. This is so pretty and creative, love it!

    www.makeupmonster.ie

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  4. I love it not seen a wreath like this before. I love you blog and the DIY projects Ive been creating this for my new beauty/sewing room this weekend and you cant beet the feeling when it all comes together at the end.

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  5. This is super cute–it would be perfect for the front door of my apartment, I'm going to have to tag team it with my roommates this weekend!

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  6. This looks awesome!! I would love to make something like this. It looks pretty easy. Your post was very detailed! I pinned it so that I can come back to it when I have time to make it!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad the directions turned out well!

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  7. I love this! It has a great fall feel to it, I never would have thought to use burlap!

    FYI I nominated you for the Versatile Award! You can check out the details on my blog!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. You are so sweet! I will check it out on your blog! Thank you!

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  8. It looks so awesome . Wreaths are harder to me (I know) . Great job girl!
    I wanted to reply your sweet comment on my blog but you were a no-reply blogger . Fix it ;)

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    1. Haha I will see what I did wrong :) loved your blog!

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  9. This is a very cute DIY! I should make it for my office with my initial!

    -Vogue&Heels
    www.vogueandheels.com

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  10. WOW I love this and you make it look so simple! I am moving into a new house in the next 2 weeks and can't wait to make some adorable wreaths!

    cantbuymelovvve.blogspot.com

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  11. You should! I'll check out your blog!

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  12. That looks so fun! I love this kind of DIY and I would definitely love to make something like this for my house! :)

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is so cute! Thank you for sharing this. I actually would have never thought of it but it looks easy to do so maybe I should give it a try. Love the look of it!
    xo
    Marija

    www.rosehorseshoe.com

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  14. How creative!!! I need to make this! Thanks for sharing. :)

    xo,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

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    1. No problem! I'm sure yours would look great!

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  15. You are so crafty! I have tried to be... but it's not my strongest attribute. :)

    Sequins&Stilettos

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  16. I love how your wreath turned out! What a great DIY!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  17. looks so cute, girlie!!! love love love burlap. you can't go wrong with it!!! and of course i am loving the initial on it too!!! so presh!

    xx
    elise

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    1. I agree - I would burlap everything if I could!

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  18. This is great! I'm making similar wreath for the holiday season. I made the wreath that I posted about today!

    champagneandsuburbs.blogspot.com

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  19. You always have the best DIYs! This is such a great idea for the winter holidays! Thanks for sharing!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  20. Ooooo this is a good idea :) I'm not crafty at all but this doesn't seem overly complicated! :) Also sorry it took me forever to check out your blog! I've been so busy :/ But I love it! :)

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    AJ | TheAJMinute
    @TheAJMinute

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    1. It's not too hard! And thanks for the link I will check it out!

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  21. Oh my gosh! Obsessing over the wreath that you made! I can't wait until I have my own place so I can make things like this for my home! xoxo

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    1. It wasn't too difficult :) I just love your blog!

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  22. I bought all the stuff to make this but I have one question...did you cut the burlap after each weave? And then start again or was it continuous til the roll ran out?

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