I’m so excited to share this how-to today!! I came up with the idea earlier this summer when my Americana Wreath came out and I was getting asked about other seasons. Now can I say we’re not only addicted to wreaths, but burlap wreaths!! Check out our Scrap Burlap Wreath and Texas Wreath! If you’re interested in purchasing this wreath visit our Etsy shop here.
- 18″ Wire Wreath Form
- 3 Rolls of Orange Burlap
- 1 Roll of Green Burlap
- Flat Burlap
- Floral wire
- Green Floral Twine
- Green Paint
- Modge Podge
- Chalkboard paper
- Ornament Hooks
- Tree Branch
There are 9 sections on the wire wreath. I used 8 for the orange burlap and 1 for the green burlap. After I finished, I realized the green could be a little bit bigger so I added a set of ruffles on both sides of the green section. I started out by turning the wreath form over and tying the end of the orange burlap into a knot (be sure to tie the knot to the interior bars so it is easier to cover up when you start creating ruffles.)
For the ruffles, take the burlap and push the strand through the bars one at a time, eventually you’ll have three ruffles. I made the ruffle the height I wanted and made sure to repeat this same size throughout the wreath. Each bar to bar section has three rows of ruffles – so nine ruffles in each section. If you run out of burlap just grab a new roll, tie and continue with the ruffles. Cassie has great step-by-step pictures on her Texas Wreath post. Here’s a picture of the back.
For the leaves, I googled an image of pumpkin leaves on my iPad and then simply placed a piece of white paper on top of my iPad and traced the leaf.
Next, I modge podged the flat burlap that I had left over from another craft because I didn’t want my leaves to fray (honestly I would modge podge the burlap before you start on the wreath so you can get the drying process started earlier). I hung the burlap from my shower curtain rod overnight for it to dry out and harden.
Once it dried, I traced the shape of the pumpkin leaf onto the burlap, folded it over and cut them both at the same time. After I cut them, I painted veins onto the leaves to add a pop of color.
I grabbed a branch from one of the trees in my backward fro the stem. I twisted floral wire around it and poked it through the middle of the green section with a bar in between so that I could twist the wire tight so the stem wouldn’t come loose.
I found green twine wire and shaped it into two leaves. I used the entire length of wire to make the vine twirl with a marker and then make the first leaf outline and then make the second leaf outline and finish off with another twirl (hopefully the photo makes more sense than my description)
Then I glued the burlap leaves onto the wire form leaves. and simply hung the leaves over the tree branch and this is your completed fall wreath!
Rachel came up with the brilliant idea to make the wreath a Jack-o-Lantern with ornament hooks! To make the Jack-o-Lantern pieces, I actually found triangle shaped chalkboard pieces in Michaels on a side cap that already had holes punched into them (the only thing I didn’t love was the placement of the hole and I did’t have scissors that could cut neatly through the cardboard. So it made me hang the triangles upside down, it doesn’t look like a traditional jack-o-lantern, but I still love it.) I hung them with ornament hooks I got from Ikea ages ago, I think I would have preferred silver hooks, but you can’t really notice the green.
Then I had scrapbook chalkboard paper that I bought on clearance months ago (I cannot say no to a deal, Cassie will tell you I always seem to find them!) I hand drew the mouth and cut it out. I would suggest drawing it on plain paper first and figuring out what size you want the mouth, or you’ll have to redo it and cut out more like I did. I punched holes on each side of the mouth and hung that. I moved everything around until I found the placement that I liked and stood back to admire my work.
I love how this turned out, and I can’t wait to see the pictures from other people making their own!!