Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tutorial: C-U-T-E (And Easy) Autumn Wreath

Autumn is officially here! Bring on the cooler temps.

My mom and I recently made a fun little trip "into town" and wandered purposefully shopped through the craft store for about an hour.

When do I get to do that?! It was awesome!

Having recently seen this at Craftaholics Anonymous, we were inspired to create our own burlap tie wreaths for autumn.

Here's what I came up with:

I love, love, love how it turned out!

Want to make your own?

You'll need:
  • a wire wreath form
  • 1-1/3 yards of burlap in various fall colors. (I bought 1/3 yard in 5 colors, but ended up with a lot left over. I recommend doing 1/3 yard in 4 colors.)
  • a wooden letter or word (My mom used a pre-cut WELCOME sign and it looked precious.)
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge and a paintbrush
  • an exacto knife or scissors

Trace your letter and cut it out. 

Then paint the Mod Podge on your wooden letter and carefully place the paper cut-out on top, lining up the edges.

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top and set aside to dry.

Cut the burlap into strips that are about 2" wide and about 12-15" long. Please don't stress about making these perfect. The messier, the better.

Start tying. Try to tie the left side over the right and the right side over the left to add poof.

Tightly pull the knot and twist the strips into different directions so they look random.

Tie on your adorable little letter.

Leopard print, I love you and I want you in my life more. Like on some shoes.

And there you have it. My door never looked so good. (This is actually my mom's door, but you know what I mean.)

Make this over the weekend. It's quick and fun. You'll be so glad you did.


  1. It is a glue-like product found at craft stores. It is great for decoupage.

  2. What a great idea! I love the colors, and the zebra C gives it a great punch. Nicely done!

  3. Don't you just love Mod Podge? This wreath is awesome. I love burlap, and I really love colored burlap. The monogram is a really clever idea. Love it!

  4. Erin,
    Love your version! Turned out very cute and fallish.
    happy crafting!
    PS like your blog name! :)

  5. It looks great!!! Don't you just love burlap...well, except for the mess...;)

  6. Do I need to use a stiff fabric like burlap or will others work too. I want to make a Christmas version to give to our nephew and his wife for Christmas, but wasn't sure if any of the Christmas themed fabrics I have seen were stiff enough.

  7. Love the wreath (and the door!). I hate tracing and cutting. I made a banner with those wood letters once and used spray adhesive and stuck the letters to the paper and then used an exacto knife to cut the paper around the letters and rubbed the edges with a sanding block to give a distressed effect and wear off any overhang.
    I haven't taken down my Christmas wreaths yet because an empty door is just too sad. I think I'll make a shaggy burlap Valentine's wreath! Do they make pink burlap??


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