Fall officially starts next Saturday. But I start celebrating early since I'm a firm believer in Christmas decorations making a debut before Thanksgiving. Judge me if you must. To celebrate my favorite season, we spent last weekend watching football, wearing sweatshirts, and drinking pumpkin coffee. And as if that wasn't enough, I had a few hours Saturday morning to craft. Over the last few weeks I've stocked up on supplies to try my hand at those Pinterest-popular burlap wreaths, so it was any easy choice for my first fall crafty!
The final product!!!
Disclaimer: it's not as easy as all those other bloggers make it seem. Definitely not impossible, but as a perfectionist this about killed me. Because my fingers just barely fit in all those little holes and if you look at the completed wreath - you can still see glimpses of the frame. And my eye for detail hates that. But burlap wreath making was a practice in accepting imperfection. And boy don't I need a lesson or two in that!
- Wire wreath frame - I used an 18-inch (to fill out my front door) but 12 or 16 inch would work
- Burlap ribbon - 15 yards if you use the larger frame
- Decorations of choice
Starting was the trickiest part for me since you can't really knot the burlap to the frame. I held the first bit of burlap to the frame and pulled the first loop through. Continue to pull loops through around the rest of the frame. I alternated the loops between the outer two rings of the frame (my frame had 4 rings). I didn't pull them through the middle layer since I planned to fluff the wreath after I was done - plus I was afraid I would end up with the loops being too tight to make the wreath still look loose & easy.
Forget that I spent an hour pushing & pulling in elusive pursuit of perfection. You can always add more loops later - but you may have to undo some of your work because of the vertical braces in the frame (speaking from finger-numbing experience). I planned to place my decorations where the burlap started and ended, so I just tried to tuck the ends where they would stay tight at the end. If this sounds mystical - it totally is. You just have to play with it until it looks right to you.
Be sure you don't leave any loose ends on the back of the frame. That burlap isn't cheap (unless you have a 50% off coupon of course!), so use it wisely!
I'm so excited that I can use the same wreath and rotate the embellishments with the seasons. I bought a wood letter at Michael's that unfortunately was black. And I was too lazy to drive all over town looking for an unfinished version. Which meant extra work as in four coats of orange paint. If I was smart I would have spray painted that sucker. Infer what you will. I also had some paintable styrofoam pumpkins gifted to me for my birthday gift, which were a perfect addition. I thought the white would help the pumpkins pop against the burlap.
I used thin floral wire to poke through the pumpkins vertically. Twist the two wires together a few times tight to the surface of the pumpkin. I then separated the wires and wrapped them around the wreath frame.
After I painted our initial, I used twine to tie it tightly to the frame. I did this while I still had it on the table. But when I hung it on the door, the 'K' was off-balance and I hadn't tied it tightly enough. Oh the inhumanity of it all. Andy's hands became an essential part of this task of balancing the wreath vertically, while I re-tied the letter all the while crouching with my head between it and the door. In non-matching PJs. At noon. WIth the door wide open. Neighbors you are so welcome for the mid-morning show we put on. I had a hard time wiring the floral decorations to the frame, so they are just bent and tucked in there. Here's to hoping there aren't any wind storms coming our way!
I have a personal aversion to over-the-door wreath hangers. Instead, I usually opt for ribbon which I knot to an upside down 3M hanger on the inside of the door. It works like a charm and makes for a clean looking final product. I used a bit of burlap as my "ribbon" to be consistent. One quick knot on the frame hidden by the loops, and another inside around the 3M hook. And presto. You have envious neighbors, sore fingers, and a beautiful front door.
As much as I love the final version, I can't wait to switch it out for Christmas. But now I'll thankfully embrace the fall and chilly mornings.