Friday, January 16, 2015

Burlap Monogram Wreath


I am one of those people who has to have a wreath hanging on the
door at all times. It just doesn't feel right to have a naked door. So
when the Christmas wreath came down, I had the next one in hand.
This one is nice because you can basically leave it up year round
if you are not a holiday person--or um, if you are just not quite ready
for the next holiday to get here like the stores are.




There are a million and one tutorials out there for making this type of ruffled/bubble
wreath, but I do have a few tips to pass on to you. I studied the tutes long and 
hard and experimented a lot before I was satisfied with the finished look.

This is an 18" wire wreath that you can purchase at any craft store. The burlap I
used was one 10 yd. roll. You have to be careful or this will not be enough to go
around without looking skimpy. Having the monogram helped because the
coverage underneath it did not have to be as full. Don't waste what is used on the
backside--pull that part tightly.

Start by attaching the end of the burlap to one of the inner wires of the frame with
a twist tie like most of the tutorials say. Keep the tail to the back side. From this
point on, you are not working with the end of the burlap roll. You are not stringing 
all 10 yds. of it in and out of the wires as some of the tutorials allude to. Instead, 
make a pouf in the burlap and push that under the wire and up on the other 
side of it, thus making your first ruffle or pouf--whatever you want to call it.
Continue in this manner, over and under the wires of  the frame, always working
with the burlap by making these poufs and using up the roll. 

It is easiest if you sit on the floor with the frame and roll of burlap in your lap--
I think. If you start by going to the inside of the frame, then next you are alternating
and going up to the outside of the frame, If you find the burlap slipping, give it one 
twist to hold it in place, but you cannot do this every time because it uses up too 
much burlap. Try to keep the burlap on the back taut. You don't want bubbles on 
the back side. You want it as flat as possible.


Keep pushing the ruffles together as you go around and adjust the size of them. If 
you are not happy with the coverage, you always add another roll. 

The letter is a wooden one I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I painted the back and 
sides black, sprayed it with adhesive, and set it face down on the back side of a 
piece of designer paper. I cut it out with an exacto knife and filed the edges for a 
smooth, finished look. I drilled eye screws onto the back and attached it to the 
wire frame with jute. If you look closely, you can see that I added some burlap 
and jute flowers above and below the letter for added interest.and to fill in some
gaps.



I find that wire shower hooks are very handy to hang these wire wreaths. Just
remember to attach them to the inside wire of the frame so they are not seen 
from the front when the wreath is hung.


   And there you have it..
I hope this makes some sense.
Remember, the first one is always the hardest.




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