I love using burlap and wanted to try something different for a Valentine's Day wreath. My sister gave me the great idea to do this one. I've attempted to make similar wreaths using crepe paper but I didn't have the patience for them. This wreath was time consuming, but burlap is SO much easier to use and I really like how it turned out so it was worth it.
What I used: 10 inch Styrofoam wreath8ish yards of red burlap
Glue gun and lots of glue sticks
A vacuum cleaner many times during this project...burlap is MESSY!
Take my advice and cut the burlap strips outside.
Step One: Cut out a lot of burlap! I made small and large roses. For the smaller roses I cut out strips of burlap that were 13 inches long and 1 & 1/2 inches wide (the width doesn't have to be exact, but it's better to make the strips wider than thinner). The larger roses were made out of strips that were 26 inches long and 1 & 1/2 inches wide.
How to Cut Burlap in a Straight Line
Measure the width you want to cut out and use a safety pin to pull out a bit of string at that width.
Pull the string out slowly so it doesn't break. If it does, no worries, just find the string and keep going.
Now you've got a nice straight line to cut. :)
Step Two: Make lots and lots of burlap roses. I stopped counting at about 120. This is definitely a project to do in front of a TV or with friends.
How to Make Burlap Roses
Roll the burlap three or four times to make the center of the rose.
Glue at the bottom of the petal that is beginning to form. Make sure you glue low so the dried glue isn't seen. Nobody likes looking at a sloppy rose....or 100 sloppy roses for that matter.
As you hold the base with your left hand (if you're right-handed), continue to wrap the burlap around the center of the rose with your right hand while twisting it towards you. This will give it a full look and keep it together.
Continue to glue the burlap after every few wraps and twists of your wrist.
At the end of the strip, put a generous amount of glue on the remaining flap and press it down with scissor sheers until it is dry.
Now repeat 100+ times. :) The smaller ones took me about 2 minutes each and the large ones about 5 minutes. It's time consuming, but a great de-stresser.
Step Three: Glue the roses onto your Styrofoam wreath. I used hot glue and it was pretty fast. There will be a "stem" at the end of the roses that you can trim down to help the roses fit into place better on the wreath.
I placed the large roses in and then placed the smaller ones to fill in holes. There were still some white spots showing through so I cut dime sized pieces of burlap and glued them in the gaps so it looked really clean.
There's the finished product. I think it definitely helps make the world a cuter place. :)
One More Wreath
I had some extra roses left over and an extra burlap wreath from my last post. I added them together and this is what I came up with.