Ever wondered how to freshen up your home? A burlap wreath can be great craft therapy and compliment many styles of decor.
By Lisa Copen
So what is a crafty tutorial doing on the Rest Ministries web site? Well, I have been redecorating my home since the new year, hitting the thrift stores, “shopping my house” and re-purposing items in a new way. I went through a month of being a Pinterest addict, now would describe myself more as a loyal fan. I have gotten pretty creative in the things I have used to make new things (coming soon in another post) and I have become a frequent thrifter. For example, I now know when Salvation Army has their 50% off days.
I have always had a home that I tried to decorate in “cottage” style with a lot of nautical theme, but I decided I needed a calmer home and so have moved out a lot of the red and replaced it with creams, whites, blues, greens, and teal. Basically, I want to feel like I am sitting on the coast surrounded by sea glass that is washing up on the shore. I have been decreasing the clutter, and trying to decrease the volume on my son’s video games. Haven’t figured out that second one yet.
But we all can use a little craftiness in our life occasionally, and as the saying goes, well, it’s cheaper than therapy. Sometimes I just have to spray paint something or hot glue gun something and I feel much better.
There will soon be a “crafters” group starting over in the Sunroom by one of our volunteers and I promised I would share a few tutorials of my recent projects.
So here is what I recently created…
A coastal wreath made out of burlap
I used 2 rolls of burlap garland ($5 each at Michael’s), 10 yards for each roll. I had about 2 1 yard left at the end. And I used a package of floral wire, 18 gage, pack of 20 pieces (minutes 4 or 5 we tried to roast hot dogs on last summer).
Next, I folded the burlap over half, lengthwise, and just weaved the wire through it, like I was stitching it. I couldn’t hold both the burlap and the camera, so no photos. Sorry. But in the end I had about 6 feet of ruffled up burlap. This just took time and with my sore hands, I put it away for a month. (Tip: If you have a cat, s/he will likely love the fact that you are getting natural fibers out and be determined to play with this new toy you are making her. The burlap also sheds all over you, so don’t do it right up until you have to leave the house for an appointment. Live and learn, right?)
I doubled it over and connected the two rows with rafia. I know. I should have used wire, but I needed the last few pieces for the next step and I was too impatient to go to the store again. But I was able to scrunch it up nice and tight so in the end the who wreath had two levels of ruffled and looked pretty good.
I needed a backing for it to make it sturdy. I decided just to use cardboard. I made two layers of cardboard (hot glued them together) and then covered them in shipping tape. Next, I used the rest of the wire to attach it to the cardboard. (Very hard step on my hands!)
I flipped it over and a tiny bit of the cardboard showed in a few places, so I covered the inside of the cardboard with burlap using my glue gun. You can see it around the inside edge of the wreath in the photo above.
Next, I made the bow, and then randomly tied some additional bows in raffia to keep the “natural” look going.
And then I attached the shells with the glue gun. I had a few flat marbles that I attached for a bit of sparkle. (I can’t help it, I do love sparkle)
I hung in on the inside of our door in this image above, but I actually plan to spruce up the front entryway outside a bit and add this as part of my welcoming design in the next couple of weeks.
Total cost breakdown:
- Burlap – $10
- Wire – I had this, but about $2
- Shells – I had bought a big bag for decor at Home Goods. I used just a few – $10
- Glue – ?
So for under $15 I made this beautiful wreath that is sold online for over $40. And it fits my coastal cottage look perfectly.
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso