Thursday, February 21, 2013

DIY: Burlap and Burns -- Saw It. Pinned It. Did It.

Well here it is, 10:17 p.m. on Wednesday night, and I'm writing this post. Nothing like a little last minute posty for you girls, right?! Right!

First things first -- can I just tell you how giddy this made me?
I know, I isn't anything huge, I'm not a 3000 follower blog,
but hey...considering my posting schedule isn't made me smile! :)

Now, back to how it's pretty late the night before the SPD Linkup....oh yeah,
I definitely have burns from the hot glue gun all over my fingers. Owie!

You will need:
-Styrofoam wreath form
-1 roll of burlap (depending on how full you want your wreath)
-Hot glue gun
-Wooden letter
-Acrylic paint
 (this may have been a pic I texted my mom...ha)

I got my original idea from none other than Miss Katie herself:

Sadly, I started this wreath almost 3 weeks ago. Following directions from Katie, I cut many, many pieces of burlap appx. 8 inches long. I started pulling an end string from the middle of the strip, creating "gathers" in the burlap. It required pulling several of the strings to get the burlap strips scrunched up quite how I liked them.
Now, unfortunately, I failed to read Katie's directions thoroughly on the next step, when I started gluing on my bunches of burlap. She glued on two rings, one somewhat closer to the center and layering another around it. I overlooked that step (oops) and started off just gluing my bunches to the face of the wreath.
(Evidently I am tired. I just typed "glying" for gluing, and "reach" for wreath)

Even with just one ring of burlap, it still looked pretty decent. 
 And it was at this point that I cleaned off my table and walked away from the wreath for nearly three weeks. Oopsie.
Tonight I came back to it, so I'd have something to post tomorrow.  Yeah I said it.
I cut some more burlap strips, created the bunches, and started gluing them closer to the outer edge. I had to put them close to the existing burlap because, as I said, I failed to read instructions and do it right the first time.
 You'll notice I cut many of the loose strings from the burlap, though I think Katie left some of hers. I chose not to do this, because my wreath will be outside (we don't have a glass storm door), and there's a bird that likes to build a nest on my porch. I figured a bunch of loose burlap strings would encourage her to pull them loose for her nest!

After this, I glued on my painted letter. It's a light turquoise/aqua blue color, nice for spring?
There weren't a ton of font choices, so I decided to go with this...
(In looking at these pictures, I can't decide if my wreath is fuller on the right side, or if
my letter is just a bit catty-wompus...)
This wreath is super easy and fast. Fast, assuming you don't leave it half-finished for 3 weeks ;)

Go forth my crafty bloggies! Make something fun,
and don't forget to link up with Stephanie and Katie!


  1. impressive :-)....get it girl. you know i love me some burlap. i think my house smelled like burlap leading up to the wedding ha!

  2. Cuuuute! And I really love that you used the phrase catty wompus...I didn't think anyone else in the world did!

  3. Love love love!! I'm impressed that you came back and finished it after putting it aside for 3 weeks...I think I would have trashed it at that point lol. I really need to get with it and make one of these already.

    Thank you, sweet girl, for linking up with us again! I can always count on you :) xoxo

  4. Oh! And obviously CONGRATS on the big 200!!! That's a great accomplishment! You deserve to be proud!

  5. Oh em gee... love your wreath. I did a burlap wreath for SPD this week too!!!
    check it out.

    P.S. Newest follower!!!

  6. so cute. Congrats on your followers! trying to get there myself!
    Love the color of the letter.

  7. I made one that was similar and LOVED it after it was done. Making it however made me half crazy.. And the smell?? ugh, don't get me started!

  8. Congrats on 200!!

    And omg, i love this! it turned out so good!

  9. YAY! Yours looks SO good Jill! I love the color you chose and I like how you didn't "follow" all directions hahaha I sometimes push projects to the side too. it's the worst.

    Congrats on 200 as well <3


  10. That wreath is pretty!!! I wish I had a front door to do that to! lol - we're in an apartment so it doesn't have the same street appeal....sigh ;)

  11. That came out great! I hear you on the burning your fingers on the glue gun, been there. Big Owies.

  12. Oh, I love it with a big letter in the middle!!

  13. I love easy DIYs that look expensive - this is awesome! I may need to use this for my Easter wreath this year :)

    Pearls & Paws

  14. Lovely post + pictures! Great blog you have here. I'm your newest follower :) Would you mind checking out our blog & following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Looking forward to your next post! xx

  15. ohhh I love how it turned out

  16. how cute is this wreath!! i love anything burlap and it makes me wish i had seen your post before i went to hobby lobby today so i can make one myself. now i have to wait until monday to go to hobby lobby...

  17. I've really been wanting to try a similar wreath on pinterest. I love how yours turned out!

  18. i love love love it!

    xo brie

  19. Wow that wreath is the cutest! I think I know what I'm doing this weekend :)

    Found you through Brooke over at Tales of my Fairytale and following you now. My boyfriend is also from Richmond, KY and we visit often!

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  20. I love it! This one turned out way cuter than mine did! & you used a foam wreath, interesting. Clearly, we are both wreath lovers. Haha. (:


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