Burlap “Woodlands” Wreath for Winter

Hi Y’all,

It is that time of the year when I start gearing up to make a few things to add to my Christmas decor and since we’ve only lived in this new house for a couple of years, I’m still gathering, creating, and building up choices with which to decorate for the Holidays.  I headed to my happy place Hobby Lobby today to gather materials to make a wreath for the inside of my front door to be used with my Christmas decorations.

As I was searching–really wandering around aimlessly– I came across these platinum gold’ish’ flowers that looked kind of like poinsettias, the same color beads, and a pick with leaves and sparkly beads. Every single thing that I bought was 40% off today…

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Then I found these really cute resin owls in the same color scheme:

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I fell in love with all of that stuff so my entire plan for that wreath changed.   Instead of me making an ‘in your face’ Christmas wreath (using that pretty country green that I use as an accent color in that part of the house), it turned into kind of a “Woodlands” wintery wreath which I think will pair beautifully with all of my Christmas decor.  I can always incorporate some of the green color later if I want to do so, but for now, I’m completely pleased with how it turned out. 🙂

Here is how I made this wreath:

I used a 24″ wreath form with the pipe cleaners already attached:

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You’ll need 2 skeins of Burlap ‘runner’ for this sized wreath form…

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I hot glued pipe cleaners on the back of both owls so that I could ‘tie’ them onto the wreath–I knew that they’d be too heavy to glue into place…

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The first thing I did was to attach the burlap, I unrolled most of the skein, gathered the end and started placing it into one of the pipe cleaners on the outside of the wreath form. I then made a large loop (probably at least 10″ long) and caught it into the next pipe cleaner on the outer ring of the wreath form.  I continued making loops around the entire outer ring of the wreath form; I used an entire skein for this row…

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I then opened the other skein and started working in the same manner around the inner ring…

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I used most of the 2nd skein on the inner row; you can see in the picture below how much I had left over…IMG_2118

This size wreath form makes a huge wreath, it literally is almost as wide as my front door and it measures 30″ around…

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I then made a bow out of this chevron burlap ribbon…Here is a link to my “How to make a bow tutorial” video…

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And then I proceeded to catch the remaining chevron ribbon in pipe cleaners.  I caught it in every other twist tie moving from the outer ring to the inner ring then back out to the outer ring’s pipe cleaners working my way around the entire wreath.

After I was finished adding in the chevron ribbon, I placed my bow where I wanted it on the wreath, then I tied the owls on, and started placing the flowers.  There is no rhyme or reason or pattern to this part of the wreath making process, you just need to let your creative juices flow and place the flowers where you think they look pretty.  I then hot-glued everything in place for security (sometimes I won’t do that, but those poinsettias were rather heavy and I didn’t want them to fall out)…

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After I was finished tweaking it–took me a few minutes to get it exactly how I wanted it, I hung it up on my foyer door.  I’m completely happy with how it turned out and I will probably leave it up there through Christmas and the Winter months.

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It just goes to show you that even my best laid plans can turn into something completely different.  I’m happy that I let myself step out of my original thought process regarding this wreath.  Go me! 😉

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

Cousins Craft Weekend – Part 1 – Deco Mesh Ruffle Halloween Wreath with Guest Blogger (my) Cousin Stacey

Hi Everyone!

I just returned home from my cousin Stacey’s house, she lives 1-1/2 hours away from me and during our visit we had a wonderful time laughing, crying through laughter, hugging, chatting, and crafting with another one of our cousins Donita.  Here is a picture of the three of us, left to right: Donita, me (Arlynn), and Stacey (I adore these two ladies!!):

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We’ve dubbed our fun time together as “Cousins Craft Weekend” and I will be posting three separate Blog entries to showcase what we created during our time together.  Stacey will be contributing to two of the entries, this one (Part One) where she will describe a ruffle deco mesh Halloween wreath, and another one showcasing a matching deco mesh garland.  Both things turned out fabulously well, and have now adorned her front porch with a splash of Halloween fun!  Stacey is an amazing mother/wife/daughter/cousin/friend AND crafter! I love her dearly and I know that you will enjoy her sense of humor as you read through her entry as she describes the process that she used to create her finished product. 🙂

Here goes:

“Hello!!  My name is Stacey and my fabulous crafty cousin has graciously allowed me to hijack her blog for an entry! (I hope she doesn’t regret that!)  I, like Arlynn, love my family more than my own life and enjoy making my house a home using crafts.  I love to paint, build, design, create and repurpose just about anything to accomplish that task! Maybe, in the future, I’ll share some of my other creations here as well.

Since Halloween is almost upon us, I’ve decided to show y’all how to make a ruffle deco mesh wreath and garland to spookify your front porch!  The hardest part of this entire craft is deciding on a theme. This is really important.  Stick with your theme.  If you try to add too many different ideas into one craft, you will end up with a disjointed and confused product.  We want FABULOUS not WTF? (What the Flip)

I decided to go with Monster Eye Balls! I don’t really do ghouls, witches and anything especially dark and/or scary.  You may choose whatever makes your little holiday heart go pitter patter!

Once I decided on my theme, I took myself to our local craft stores and purchased all the goodies I needed! And even some I didn’t! LOL!!

For the wreath I bought a 16” pre made wreath form, three 10” rolls of Deco Mesh, Halloween ribbon, eyeball ornaments, assorted picks and black pipe cleaners.  The 10” deco mesh can sometimes be tricky to find. I found mine at JoAnn’s Fabric but there are lots of great online stores that sell all colors and even patterns of this particular size.

To make the garland, I recycled some old pre lit Christmas garland I had languishing in the basement.  I bought two rolls of 12” deco mesh and one roll of 5.5” deco mesh.  I purchased some foam balls and painted them to look like eyeballs.  (More on that in the garland post.)

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I began my project with the wreath.  I decided instead of the traditional deco mesh wreath, I would make a ruffle mesh wreath! Let me tell you, it was WAY easier and super fast!

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I also loved using the pre-made wreath form! What a time saver! These forms already have the pipe cleaners attached and spaced.
I started by laying out a tape measure and taping it to my workspace.  I then rolled out my deco mesh and cut 20” lengths of mesh.  One thing you must know about me before I go on. I am incredibly lazy and impatient!! So, with that in mind, you will see that I stacked all three rolls of mesh on top of each other, cut them all at the same time and made 17 rolls. (the number of pipe cleaner attachment spots).

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Once I had all my rolls cut, I scrunched them up and attached the bunch at each pipe cleaner.  *Remember my laziness? Well, I didn’t even separate the colors! I just left them all stacked and bunched them all at the same time!! YEA Laziness!!
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After all the spots had been filled in, I started work on my ribbon accents.  I began the same way as before.  Rolling the ribbon along the tape measure and cutting 12” lengths of ribbon.  *Note to self. If you decide to use glitter ribbon, be prepared to look like Tinker Bell exploded all over your skin, counter, floor, dog etc!! That stuff is harder to get rid of than grey hair!!

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I had all my ribbon lengths cut. To finish the ends I just cut pretty little tails on them. To do that, fold your ribbon lengthwise and cut at an angle. 12025444_10206380300220176_1242147290_n

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OK!! At this point, you have all your deco mesh attached, and all your ribbons cut!! TIME TO FLUFF AND DECORATE!! Fluff and separate your mesh to add the fullness and ruffle effect.  Then, use your creativity to add ribbons, eyeballs or whatever makes your Halloween Wreath strike fear into all Trick or Treaters!!

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The last thing I added was a “Boo Y’all” sign! How cute does that look?!!

Oh now look at that!! What a beauty!!   Guess what?!?!  Yours will be AWESOME too!”

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***Arlynn here again…Wasn’t that wonderful?  Stacey is as sweet and funny in person as she sounds in this entry. 🙂  Stay tuned for Part 2! I can’t wait to share with you the wreath that I made for Donita and Stacey will be sharing the deco mesh garland that she made to match this awesome wreath!***

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

Front Door Burlap Wreaths

Good Afternoon!

As is typical of me, I woke up one morning with the idea in my head that I wanted to make something. What I chose to do on that particular day was to make my aunt a burlap wreath for her front door.  The only problem with that was that I had never tried to make a burlap wreath and I had no idea where to start.  So, I took to google search (one of my best friends…lol) and I started reading and watching tutorials; this gave me the basic idea of how to, at the very least, *start* to make my wreath.  I will admit that I spent a bit too much time searching “how-to” blogs and videos and not enough time trusting my own abilities to accomplish my goal on my own.  So, I put my computer down, got in my car, and headed to my local go-to craft store Hobby Lobby.  We also have a Michaels and an AC Moore here in our town, but I am usually successful at finding exactly what I need to bring a project to fruition at Hobby Lobby.  So, anyway, I started walking through the store collecting my needed supplies.  When all was said and done, I was successful at making my aunt a wreath and then I made my cousin one too; I gave them to them for Christmas last year.  But, I wasn’t exactly satisfied with those two wreaths even though my aunt and cousin loved them and were so sweet with their compliments regarding just how much they loved them. Here are pictures of those two wreaths:

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I decided I would try again (I am nothing if not determined to try and try again until I’m satisfied with the end result) and so I set myself to the task of making a burlap wreath for our front door, I wanted it to be quite large because our home sits pretty far back from the road and I wanted to be able to see the wreath on the front door from our cul-de-sac. So off to Hobby Lobby I went yet again and I began to gather my supplies.  The first thing I picked up was a 24″ metal wreath form with the twist ties already attached. I then collected all of the other things that I thought I might need to make my wreath.  I will try my best to put into bulleted form how I constructed not one but 2 burlap wreaths for my front door…yes, I said 2…lol…I made one for the inside of the door too. We found a wreath hanger that we could manipulate over the door that provided a hook on either side of the door.  I was very happy with what I ended up with and I have made many other burlap wreaths since, so many that my hubby has made me a wreath hanging station in our basement.  In another blog, I will post a bunch of pictures of the burlap wreaths that I’ve made, some for my own use, a few for gifts, and one or two for friends who sweetly asked me to create one for them.

The two specific wreaths featured in this blog are wreaths that hang on my front door at times of the year when we are not celebrating a Holiday or for times when I am not using a specific seasonal decor…in other words, these are my “everyday” wreaths. I switch out the outside front door wreath A LOT… 🙂 Here are pictures of the finished wreaths:

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Here is how I put all online tutorials out of my head and created my own version of a burlap wreath:

*Supplies needed for a very large burlap wreath: 24″ wreath form with the twist ties or pipe cleaners already attached, or you can attach your own pipe cleaners at regular intervals around the form–not hard, 2 rolls of burlap–for these extra large wreaths, I used burlap “runner” rolls, a coordinating colored burlap or ribbon, any accents that you might like to add such as pip berries, silk or dry flowers, wooden words, wooden or metal ‘pictures’, wooden or metal initials, seasonal decor, and so on…Let your imagination run wild

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*Find a large surface with which to work and lay out all of your supplies

*Plug in your hot glue gun–I try not to use too much glue on these types of wreaths, but I do glue pipe cleaners to the backs of pictures and/or other accents (wooden initials, pictures, etc…) so that I can tie them onto the wreath frame. And when necessary, I do glue certain things into place if they just won’t stay by attaching them with the pipe cleaners

*Work your way around the wreath form starting on the outside ring gathering and  catching burlap into each pipe cleaner and then moving to the inside ring and doing the same thing. I’ve seen some people online who measure the length of burlap that they put between each pipe cleaner, I do not do that, I just eyeball it and go for it. So once you have your outer and inner rows of burlap attached to the form, add your coordinating colored burlap or ribbon catching it into one of the outside pipe cleaners (by untwisting the pipe cleaner and adding it to the burlap that you already caught) and working to the next inside pipe cleaner, then back to the outside and so on all the way around the wreath.

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*Take a moment to glue pipe cleaners to the back of anything you might want to attach to the wreath form as you see me doing in the picture below.

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Instead of gluing, I just threaded a pipe cleaner through the metal clasp on the back of the picture

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*Then start attaching anything else that you’d like to put on your wreath either via the pipe cleaners that you attached, or directly into some of the pipe cleaners (you’ll see what I mean in the pictures below–SO hard to explain).  I chose slightly different things for each wreath, I chose to put our last name initial on both wreaths as well as a bow (that I made…I’ll need to do another blog about how to make a bow huh?) on both. Then I chose other specific items for each wreath consisting of pip berries, gerber daisies for the outdoor wreath to match our red door and the coordinating ribbon, other silk flowers and a wooden framed picture for the indoor wreath to match my room decor.

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Here is a link for the  Wreath Hanger that we used

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So there you go, I was finally successful at making burlap wreaths that met with my own approval…haha. Give a burlap wreath a try! Nothing is perfect in the crafting world, that’s what makes it so much fun and unique to just you! 🙂

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**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**