Friday, August 26, 2016

Easy Monogrammed Burlap Fall Wreath Tutorial

Fall is only 27 days away!


But who's counting? As soon as I saw the Halloween decorations pop up in stores, I knew it was time to get started on my fall crafts! To start, I decided to make a monogrammed fall wreath. In this post, you'll find a full tutorial, complete with pictures, so that you can follow along and create your own!


* This post may contain affiliate links. The burlap mentioned in this review was received in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

This wreath is inexpensive and super easy to make. I kind of chose the design on a whim, which you'll see in the tutorial.

Before I started this project, I picked up some rustic burlap from Amazon. Burlap is a favorite material of mine for fall crafts. For those of you who are unfamiliar (with the popularity of Pinterest, I'm sure most of us know what burlap is), burlap is a coarse canvas material, typically made with jute or hemp. You know what potato sacks are made out of? That's essentially what burlap is.


The burlap that I used is made with jute fiber and is a 6 inch by 10 yard roll. I chose the "no-fray" edges because I've found that it's difficult to work with burlap if it's unwinding. The edges on this burlap have been sewn, to keep it from fraying.



The RichCraft Premium Burlap is super inexpensive and high-quality. It's 100% natural, eco-friendly, and durable. The price (as of 8/26) is $10.94 on Amazon with free Prime shipping.


Here's what you'll need for your wreath:


  • Premade stick wreath (or make your own—tutorial coming soon!)
  • Burlap (I like RusticCraft Burlap)
  • Bobby pins
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Fake flowers
  • Scrap fabric
  • Wooden letter
  • Paint



I picked up my stick wreath at Walmart for around $5. I liked that it was already rustic-looking and most of the work was already done for me.


To start, unroll about four to five feet of burlap (depending on the size of your wreath) and cut with scissors.


Fold your burlap, accordion style, and use something to secure it in place (you can place books on top, clip it, or use a large sewing needle like I did). This just ensures that the folds will be visible when you begin attaching it to the wreath.


Unfold the burlap, being sure that you can still see where it was folded, and begin to "scrunch" it along the outer folds. 


Once it looks "scrunchy" enough for you, go ahead and secure the burlap in place with hot glue along each scrunched fold.


Now, after gluing down the burlap, I thought it looked a little funny. The edges weren't lying down properly, as you can see in the below image.


So, what did I do? I secured it with bobby pins. Yep. Because I'm so innovative.


Now that the burlap was cooperating, I decided to add some pretty fall colors to the wreath. I picked up these fake flowers from Dollar Tree. I plucked them right off of their fake stems...



...and glued them directly to the wreath on each side of the burlap.


So, this is what I had so far. It definitely needed a lot more work.


This cute little number is something that I picked up for a buck at my local Dollar General. I'm super random and pick up the weirdest things when I'm shopping, but they always come in handy later when I'm in one of my Pinterest moods.


Anyway, I just slapped this bad boy directly onto the bottom of the wreath near the flower and secured it in place with hot glue.



The little gourd addition made my wreath look ten times better, but it was still missing that bright, golden yellow that reminds me so much of fall. I mean, fall isn't fall without that rich, yellow color. Luckily, I found some yellow flowers at Dollar General and glued them next to the orange flowers for an extra pop of color.



The wreath was actually starting to look pretty good!


But I still didn't feel that it had enough yellow...

So I found this scrap fabric.


I cut it into a long strip and wrapped it around the burlap. I didn't want it to be too noticeable—just enough so that there was a little "peek-a-boo" of yellow.


Much better!

Finally, I had this giant wooden "M" lying around (I think I paid around $2 for this at Walmart), I decided to use it, as it is the first letter of our family's last name.


The color that it was just wasn't going to do. It was too blah. I decided the wreath needed some rich dark red, so I mixed red and brown acrylic paint and used a sponge brush to apply it to the "M."


I only did one coat because I liked the way it looked "grainy." I felt that it made it more rustic.


I attached the "M" by sticking it under some of the branches on the wreath for extra security...


...and then adding hot glue just to be sure it wasn't going anywhere.


And once it dried, I hung it up on my front door! It was seriously that easy.


If you liked this project, would you mind sharing it on Pinterest? Simply hover over the image and click "Save" to pin it to your home decor board!



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