Monday, December 30, 2013

DIY Burlap 4 Seasons Wreath


Happy New Year!
It's always sad when Christmas is over and all the pretty decorations come down and everything looks a little blah. So, this year I created a beautiful, yet simple wreath that can stand alone, or with a few seasonal fillers can be used to celebrate all 4 seasons!

Here are the supplies you will need:
(2). Burlap
(3). Floral picks 
(4). Paint 
(5). Scissors
(6). Hot Glue Gun
Begin by creating a leaf pattern on a piece of cardboard or something stiff. trace the pattern onto the burlap fabric.
Before you cut out the leaves, take your hot glue gun and run a bead of glue around the inside edge of each leaf. This will ensure that the burlap wont unravel after you cut them.
Cut, cut, cut. Cut out all the burlap leaves with a scissors.
Next comes the fun part because you can get as creative as you want with the colors of your leaves when painting. A firm "stencil" brush works great when painting burlap by hand. Lay the leaves on a sheet of wax paper and paint away.
Here are the craft paints that I used to create my wreath. All are from Apple Barrel.
 
                      20755-Vineyard Green        20756-English Ivy Green         20526-Country Gray

Let the leaves dry on the sheet of wax paper.
For some of the darker colors I used Rust-Oleum's Hammered Spray paint. If you want to add some sparkle to a few of the leaves, a top coat of Spray Glitter works great.
 
If you use a combination of natural colors it is easy to adapt it to any season when adding filler later on.
Next, I broke my floral picks into thirds (about the size of a toothpick), and placed one end at the base of a dried leaf. Place a drop of glue at the base of the leaf and fold over the floral pick. Once the glue is dry, insert it into the wreath base. Repeat until the wreath reaches the desired fullness.
Here are three different wreathes all using the green leaves as a base and adding the bronze, grey, brown and silver leaves in different amounts. 


This wreath can be used throughout the year simply by adding seasonal filler.
Here are a few "filler" ideas for the 4 seasons.
SPRING
Light colored ribbon

SUMMER
Large colorful flowers
Large white Flowers
Sunflowers

FALL
Colorful leaves
Rust colored berries
Orange ribbon

WINTER
Red Holly Berries
Silver ribbon
Red Bows


Hope you are blessed in this New Year!
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18 comments:

  1. This has got to be one of best wreath projects I've seen in long time. Love this, could make as many as you like quite easily. Great tutorial. Looks like I'll be making at least one of these, have to see how much burlap I have.
    I found you thru Rain on tin roof's Give me the goods linky party. Love this idea, would be good project to get me going for the new year. Can always use a versatile wreath. Happy New Year

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  2. Sarah, what an outstanding idea for 4 seasons, etc. The wreaths look beautiful and I can't wait to see the items you add to them throughout the new year.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Helen

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  3. This is wonderful! I have a small grapevine wreath that is crying for this treatment. Reminds me of the fancy Pottery Barn Magnolia wreaths but with a rustic touch that is so nice. Happy New Year!

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  4. I love burlap and wreaths,this is an awesome idea!! What great ideas for each season :-)
    Cathy
    www.threekidsandafish.com

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  5. YES! This is absolutely wonderful. I love burlap and it has a wonderful rustic look like boxwood that adds a happy spring flavor. What a wonderful way to beat the winter blahs. Found you at Ginger Snap Crafts.

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  6. This is so cute! I love the idea. Thank you for sharing your method.
    I would love it if you would share your post for Fresh-Cut Friday!
    ~Liz

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  7. Love all burlap crafts!! this is very pretty and love the colors ;-) hopping over thru Freedom Friday party.

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  8. I am a burlap freak, and this is adorable! thanks for all the great tips, using the glue gun is brilliant!
    Jenna

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  9. What a creative idea for making burlap leaves and your wreaths are so versatile. Found you at Diana's linky party and am now a new follower!

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  10. this is brilliant!!! I love these wreaths. Thank you for sharing and joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. I am leaving some hugs on your sweet blog

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  11. Theses are sooo cute! I'm completely addicted to burlap right now! Thanks for the great tutorial. You were featured at the Create Link Inspire party today! Thanks for linking up with us! http://www.marvelousmommy.com/2014/01/5-diy-projects-create-link-inspire/

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  12. Hi, I saw this wreath over at Maria Elenas blog. I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. It's about sharing the things that make you happy. I would love if you shared some time. I am now following you.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  13. I love this adorable wreath and I can't wait to make my own.
    Thanks for sharing
    Traci

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  14. Featured your wreath today on Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life!

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  15. your tip about adding glue before cutting... genius. i must try this thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party.

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  16. Wow! Your wreath is really pretty and creative. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two. I will be featuring your wreath tomorrow at the party :)
    Happy New Year!

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  17. Love the burlap and how real the leaves look - super cute!

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