Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath

 

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I probably should have bought stock in burlap because just my consumption of it alone is ridiculous. I just love burlap. The texture, the possibilities, and even the smell (I know, I know, I’m weird. My mom loathes it, but I like it).

But, I digress.

This here wreath is impossibly easy. Seriously. If I had to create a scale of difficulty, I’m talking a bunny slope craft.

A Burlap Bubble Wreath is all over Pinterest. Read about them here, here, and here. Here’s my Easy Bubble Burlap Wreath.

 

What you’ll need to make an Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath:

-          Glue Gun (or if you can tie a knot that works, too)

-          Roll of Burlap (I used 1.5 rolls with an 18” wreath form)—Find rolls of burlap in the wreath making aisles at JoAnn’s— there are several shades of burlap from which to choose!Easy Burlap Wreath

-          Wire Wreath Frame (Most tutorials use a 12” frame, but I like a bigger wreath, so I used an 18” puppy)

-          Some Wire Ribbon (Optional for a bow)

-          Seasonal Sprigs (optional)

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What you will do to make an Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath…

Start with an end of the burlap and either tie a knot or hot glue a loop on the outer rung of the wreath frame.

Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial

Then you will do the following for the entire wreath. You will pinch a section of burlap and push it through the wire. You can twist it slightly, but I found it bubbled on its own. You will go through the outer, middle, and inner ring with your burlap bubbles, and then work back out the outer ring.

Helpful tip: Don’t over think it! And… you are feeding the burlap from the backside of the wreath– this isn’t a weave, you are just pinching a piece of the burlap through the rung, and then moving onto the next rung..Are you a visual learner? Look at the pictures and labels below!

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You will continue this pattern of working in, and then working out. I occasionally fluffed as I went.

When you come to the end of your first roll (if you are making a 16” or larger wreath), repeat the steps from the beginning by securing the burlap with hot glue or a knot.

Once your wreath is full, just tuck the tail of the burlap into a ring.

Because I was updating this wreath for Valentine’s day, I used some heart picks from The Dollar Tree and a sprig of glittery birds from JoAnn’s.Burlap Bubble Wreath

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As for the bow, here are my sources…

Source One, Martha!!

This little lady is ready to hang! Bonus: This is a wreath that can be updated and changed per season or month!
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Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

Seeing a pretty wreath hanging on my front door always put a smile on my face. Who doesn’t? Ok, maybe it’s just me (Confession: I am pretty obsessed about wreaths. I like to take pictures of pretty ones whenever/wherever I see one. Not creepy at all, I know). Personally I think accessorizing your front door is important. It makes the house looks more homie, welcoming and polished. It’s also a great conversation starter. “Oh! I love your wreath! Where did you get it?” In my head everyone does this.

After I took down the Christmas wreath, my front door was looking kind of sad and cold. A Valentine’s Day wreath was in order. I was inspired by some beautiful wreaths (here, here, here, and here).

My original thought was to create a heart shaped wreath using non-traditional Valentine’s Day colors like gray, wintry white and neutral. My front door is a not so appealing maroon-ish brick red with a dark brown under tone (ew, I know). It came with the house. I wasn’t sure how red would look against this background. But when I organized my Christmas décor, I found a lot of left over pink and red felt from various projects. I really wanted to use what I had on hand. So I decided to use traditional Valentine’s Day colors and a square shape. And the result looked like this…

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I actually don’t mind the red against the maroon door. When I started the project, the plan was to make enough flowers to cover the entire the wreath. Half way through, I carefully thought about my design AKA I got tired of making felt flowers so I decided to only cover the bottom half. I made a tiny banner to balance out the top. The most time consuming part was making the flowers, but you can save time by using pre-made fabric flowers (cute ones at bridal section of any craft store) or silk flowers. It’s simple to make and versatile enough that you can change the colors for spring or Easter.

Here is what you will need:

  • square wire wreath (got mine from Joann’s floral department)
  • 2” ribbon (I cut strips from my left over polka dot fabric)
  • felt:1/4 yard of each color would be plenty (I used red, light pink and magenta)
  • hot glue (your BFF for this craft)
  • scissors  (I also used pinking sheers)
  • yarn , string or baker’s twine
  • pins
  • brown paper bag

Here is what you will do:

1. You can skip this step if you are using ribbon. Cut your fabric into 2” strips. This doesn’t have to be exact since you’ll be overlapping as you wrap around anyway. I used pinking sheers to create a more finished edge and prevent fraying.

2. Wrap your ribbon or fabric around the wire wreath. I used hot glue to secure the fabric to the wreath and each other. The corners can be a bit tricky. I went over each one a couple of times making sure no wire was showing.

3. Make some felt flowers. I found some helpful tutorials here, here and here.  Some of these suggested to sew but after I formed the flowers I secured them with pins, then used hot glue to adhere instead. I also got “creative” with my pinking sheers and cut out some small strips and hearts then tszuj-ed (zhuzh-ed?) them into flowers.

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4. Hot glue the flowers onto the ribbon wrapped wreath. I didn’t arrange the flowers in any particular pattern. I just went with what looked good to me and filled in the holes with smaller ones.

5. To make the tiny banner, cut 4 small rectangles from the brown paper bag (the size should be proportional to your wreath, my rectangles were 2″x3″).  Gently fold in half, try not to make a harsh crease. Trim the bottom like you would with the ends of a ribbon. Fold a tiny bit of the top edge then glue or tape it to a piece of baker’s twine. Lastly tie your mini banner to the sides of the wreath. Et voila!

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I hope you love wreaths as much as we do because there will be many more tutorials about them. Have you created anything to dress up your front door lately?

Party’s Heeeeeeeeeeere

For years, Rona, Lisa, and I (Grace) have sat in the planning room in school (while grading copious papers and planning stellar lessons, obviously) brainstorming extracurricular ventures for ourselves.

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When Lisa started making fabulous monthly cupcakes for teacher lunches, we came up with a bakery called “Hold the Milk.” When I started the unbelievably frustrating childcare search for my second little guy, we began thinking of innovative daycare ideas. Lisa was on her way from transitioning to becoming a Media Specialist (read: Librarian) and Rona and I were working on engaging lessons, and we thought, “Maybe we could do this for really little people.” How cute. How fun. Just like “Hold the Milk,” that idea stayed on the proverbial brainstorming board.

And then… almost three years ago… we started a monthly craft night. Then came the updates after the weekend where we would share with each other what we managed to change, transform, create, and beautify.  Often seeking each other’s ideas, opinions, and advice on projects, we discovered our newest and most promising adventure: a blog.

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