I don’t know why it is, but I had much more fun creating this wreath than I have with any of the others. It is also the least expensive one that I’ve made so far (less than $6 total because I had most of the stuff on hand, if you can believe it)…I wonder if there is a connection? The best part about this wreath is that I was able to do a before and after because I found the form second-hand at a thrift shop for one dollar. It really was not much to look at before, but with a bit of work, some burlap, dye, felt, and a ridiculous amount of hot glue (and a blister or two), I was able to transform it into something that I love! My goal in showing you all this wreath is to inspire you to to create and to do so inexpensively. You don’t need to spend much to make something beautiful. I hope to learn to make my own grape-vine wreath forms someday to save even more money, but for now finding them second-hand is the best I can do.
Like I had said before, I found this at a thrift store for one dollar. Thankfully, all it took was about one minute of removing the ribbon and I was ready to start. Hobby Lobby or Joann’s should have heart-shaped forms around Valentine’s Day. They may even clearance them out soon, so you could possibly buy one for cheap to use for next year (update 01/17/17, there is now a tutorial video at the bottom of this post that shows you how to make your own heart shaped wreath form) .
I’m not giving you a full tutorial this time, just a little instruction and some links to the tutorials that I watched in order to make it.
I started out with some pink and red burlap that I had previously dyed in preparation for this post. If you’d like to read how to do that, go here. I also had bought two pieces of felt in both pink and red. The felt provided the backing for the rosettes. I would have only needed one piece of each color, but I’m special and can’t cut out a decent circle to save my life ;). There was also a little over three feet of standard colored burlap left over from a previous project that I was able to use to create the bow.
These are the tools, all laid out, that I used for this project. *Remember that needle-nosed pliers are your best friend when working with hot glue and burlap. It’s much easier to get the glue off of the pliers than it is off of your burned skin* I suggest buying a cheap pair (hey have them at Dollar Tree, Harbor Freight, or any local craft store) just to use for hot glue projects.
The felt “circles” that I cut out. I found that the best size for them was a circle with about a 2.5 to 3″ diameter. The rosette’s were created with 1.5″X 9″ strips of burlap for the smaller ones, and 2″ X 12″ for the larger ones. I didn’t realize that I forgot to get a picture of the strips until I was already editing photos…sorry. There are about a million tutorials out there that teach you how to make rosettes, so I’m not going to show you, but if you would like to see how, this is the tutorial that I used when creating mine. This was my first experience making rosettes and I must say…it is tedious!
As I was making the rosette’s I placed them side-by-side just to see about how many I would need to make.
This was before I trimmed down the excess felt on the bottoms.
A comparison to how they looked before I trimmed down the felt, to after.
Before I started gluing on the rosette’s I made a basic burlap bow with some 5.5″ burlap ribbon. Then attached it with both crafting wire and hot glue.
Next, I used a generous/ridiculous amount of hot glue and attached the rosette’s.
Then it was finished and I couldn’t be more happy with it. The only thing that I’m sad about is that it took me so long to get around to making it, that we only get to enjoy it for about a week this year.
My girls were so funny making ooh’s and aw’s when it was done and telling me how pretty it was. Hopefully I can get a wreath storage system worked out soon so that it still looks nice for next year(later on I did get the wreath storage figured out and you can find that here). I also hope that I’ve left you inspired to get creating! Let me know what you think! ~Sarah
*Update 01/17/17, I found this awesome Youtube video that shows you how to make your own heart shaped wreath form out of grape vines. So now you can totally DIY the whole thing if you want to. Watch it here.