Decorate your front door DIY-style, with a burlap and ribbon wreath that’s perfect for summer or any season! Our free photo-tutorial will show you how.
You’re here to learn how to make your own adorable, rustic burlap and ribbon wreath, right? I’ll get to the tutorial in just a second… but first of all, my beloved You Should Craft readers, I’m so sorry I disappeared!
If you read YSC regularly, you probably guessed that the moving preparation, actual moving, and unpacking/organizing got the better of me. If so, you’re right. It’s hard to craft when your apartment is in boxes. Anyway, I have a lot planned for the end of summer, before I start my new job! I hope to make a tufted headboard for our bed, update my dining room table, and who knows what little crafts and crochet projects I have in store for y’all!
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Today’s project is actually something I made for the first time back around Christmas, but never got around to taking pictures and putting together the tutorial. I made a burlap wreath woven with Christmas-colored yarn and jingle bells for myself, and a winter-themed wreath for my madre. I know Christmas in July is a thing (sorta?), but it’s not something I personally celebrate… so my Christmas wreath is in the closet for now.
For my new front door, I wanted something that was cute and summer-y, but could be easily updated to take me through to winter. Enter the color navy! Seriously. Throw some red on this wreath and I can represent ‘merica for 4th of July, or some snowflakes and I’ll be ready for snowy December. Actually, I bought the ribbon I used on clearance after Christmas last year. Teehehehe. The brand is “Simply Winter.”
Okay, enough chit chat. Let’s get down to the business of making wreaths for your home! This burlap and ribbon wreath is an excellent, way to update your entryway with a little country-chic charm — plus it takes like an hour!
Heads up: if you use glitter ribbon, it will look amazing but you will have glitter all over yourself, your floors, and your husband.
18 inch wire wreath frame (from Amazon or JoAnn Fabrics)
2 types of 2.5″ wire ribbon (15+ feet each)
~2 yards of 50″ burlap fabric (You could skip a step and buy ~15-20 yards of burlap ribbon, but I had leftover burlap from my wedding. Plus it’s cheaper.)
Note: I used exactly 15 feet of the denim ribbon with white lace, and around 20 feet of the striped, sparkly ribbon (because I also used it to make a bow).
You’ll begin by cutting long strips of burlap, which will later be woven through your wreath frame. The burlap I had was cut on a terrible angle, so I had to clean up the edge first. Before you cut, gently pull out a strand of burlap that goes all the way from one side to the other.
If you purchased burlap ribbon, you can skip the burlap cutting steps. I find that burlap by-the-yard is cheaper than the ribbon (about $3.99/yd regular price at JoAnn Fabrics), plus I had some left over from making table runners for my wedding.
This will leave a gap about 1/2 inch wide, that you can follow as you cut the burlap. This helps to ensure the sides of your DIY burlap ribbons don’t fray too much, and will guide you toward a straighter cut.
Do you see how uneven the part I cut off was? It was 1/2 inch on one end and like twelve inches on the other side. Hooray for scissors!
Okay, once you’ve trimmed whatever weird-shaped edge piece you had, use a ruler to measure 5 inches and repeat the process. Gently pull a strand all the way out to leave your guiding path in the burlap.
Carefully cut out your 5 inch wide strip of burlap. I cut along the 50″ edge, so each strip was 5″ wide and 50″ long. I used 12 strips of 50 inch long burlap, which gave me a total of almost 17 yards of homemade burlap ribbon. You may need more or less, depending on how tightly you weave your wreath.
Once you have your fat stack of hand cut burlap ribbons, you’re good to go! Head over to Part 2 for a full tutorial on putting together your burlap and ribbon wreath. If you’d like to come back later, pin this post!