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Decking the Halls With Burlap

December 23, 2012

Burlap is crazy popular right now. In every home store, there are wide assortments of burlap accessories for decor and utility use. Since we have some awesome colored burlap in stock, I thought I'd give my hand a try a creating a burlap wreath.

To start with, I cut 80 4-inch squares, and two strips of burlap about 2.5 inches wide, using the entire width of my fabric. I didn't even measure any of this -- just eyeballed it. While I was cutting, my glue gun was heating up.

1-burlap-wreath.jpgTo start, I glued the end of one of my long strips to my foam wreath form, and stared wrapping it with the strip, securing here and there with daubs of glue.

2-burlap-wreath.jpgEventually, the entire wreath form was covered in burlap. I trimmed the most aggressive little shreds away, but I wasn't too worried about fraying.

3-burlap-wreath.jpgTo start making foliage pieces, I first folded one of my squares diagonally, so the two opposite points would meet.

4-burlap-wreath.jpgNext, I folded down the right corner to the bottom of my folded piece, securing it with a spot of hot glue.

5-burlap-wreath.jpgLastly, I flipped it over to and repeated the same process of folding down from the right, and securing with a little glue.

I repeated the steps above for all of my squares, creating a pile of little folded pieces.

Next, I started attaching my folded pieces to my wreath base. I ran glue all along the raw edge of the folded pieces, and then secured them to the wreath form. It took three folded pieces, with outside points overlapping slightly, to encircle the wreath. My wreath is 5 5/8 inches thick and 37 1/2 inches around the outermost edge of the circle.


Once my first ring of pieces was in place, I then started layering my folded pieces on top of the preceding ones, ring after ring, working my way around the wreath. Periodically, I looked for any loose areas or spots where raw edges were sticking out, and dotted glue anywhere that would secure those areas.

As I got to the end of the ring and needed to nestle pieces in to complete my circle, I found it easier to trim the lower raw edge point off of my pieces, reapply glue if needed to keep things in the right shape, and then gently settle them into the tiny remaining gap.


Here is the wreath with all folded foliage pieces in position:

12-burlap-wreath.jpgAt this point, you could decorate it any way your heart desires! I decided to make some fabric poinsettias.

Using a wide brush, I applied a generous layer of Mod Podge Sparkle to my fabrics to add a little shimmer and prevent fraying.

13-burlap-wreath.jpgOnce the Mod Podge was dry, I cut leaves for my poinsettias freehand. I then glued them together in pairs at the points that would be at the interior of the flowers.

I used three sets of paired leaves to create each 6-pointed poinsettia.I also found two brass buttons in my stash to use for the centers of the flowers.

Once my flowers were assembled, I tacked them to my wreath with glue, and it's ready to celebrate!

I find myself thinking it would be handy to keep a wreath like this unadorned so I could switch out the decor throughout the year. I also think it would be fun to try this folded, layered foliage technique out of a fabric like dupioni to create an elegant bit of decor. So many possibilities, so little time!

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