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Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath

What is one of your favorite pieces of decor you just love to decorate your home with…inside or out? Mine is wreaths! I think they are not only fun to make, but they add a warm and cheery welcome to all of your family and friends who come to attend your holiday festivities or simply come to say hello. Mary from Little Mama Bowtique is sharing a very welcoming and gorgeous burlap wreath that is perfect for this season and upcoming holidays. Welcome all to your home with a beautiful burlap wreath that is easy to make and look incredible hanging on your front door! Enjoy!

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Hi all, Mary here from Little Mama Bowtique! Thank you all for joining me, this time for something a little different than my usual bows! I was really excited to make a wreath, we just moved into a new home and I am beyond excited to decorate it! We are hosting Thanksgiving this year which means we need something festive on the door to greet everyone. I have SO very much to be thankful for in my life so that was the theme of this project.

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Materials you will need:

Scissors
Glue Gun
Lighter
Needle and Thread
Wreath Frame (you can find these at Joann’s or I’m guessing pretty much any other craft store)
Rolls of 6 inch burlap or, if buying by the yard, approximately 3 yards
2 1/2 inch Wired Ribbon (W-Anisha from TRR, tons of colors to choose from!)
Alphabet Tiles
2 Tulle Roses
2 inch Foam Balls (3 needed)
Twine
Small (or considered jumbo in stores) Ric Rac in Orange and Brown
Mix of Jumbo and Mega Ric Rac

Brown Jumbo Orange Ric Rac Brown Ric Rac Butter Jumbo Chocolate Wired Alphabet Tiles Beige Tulle Rose
Wreath Button
So let me just start off by saying I’m as stubborn as they come and I had 2 yards of burlap already so instead of buying the rolls, I cut my yardage into 6 inch strips. I actually had to make a trip back to the fabric store to get more, so I think I used about 3 yards total. I highly recommend buying the rolls because you will save yourself a lot of time. But if you are stubborn like me it can be done with yardage, it’s simply just more work.

Start with tying a knot in the back of your middle section. Bring loops of the burlap up into a section at a time, making them approximately the same size. Twist each loop sideways as you make it. Continue until the whole wreath is nice and fluffy!

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Next take your 2 1/2 inch wired ribbon, measure it across the section of wreath where you want to place it and cut a little extra to allow room to make knots. Knot each end and leave a little tail, quickly heat seal each end with a lighter. Take your alphabet tiles and space them out how you like on the ribbon. Lift each tile up and secure with your hot glue gun. Side note, be careful and I suggest placing a piece of cardboard underneath your tiles and ribbon while they are drying. Take a needle and thread and sew each knot onto the burlap. The tiles are pretty heavy so I also glued right in the middle as well.

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Take your tulle roses and attach one over each knot.

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Take your 2 inch Styrofoam balls and wrap with your orange “jumbo” ric rac. I didn’t really have a method for this other than to just keep rotating and trying to keep it evenly round as you cover, gluing every so often. Take a small section of brown, twist it together, glue ends and then finally glue to the top of ball for the stem.

Take a small piece of your jumbo chartreuse ric rac and roll it for a leaf, attach to the top, next to stem. Repeat this with two more, so you have a total of 3 pumpkins. Set aside for now we will attach at the end.

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
On to the ric rac flowers! I have to say I have never seen such cool ric rac as the jumbo and mega ric rac, it was perfect for these flowers! I used the colors butter, chartreuse, ivory and brown. You will need at least 2 yards of each to make a larger flower for your wreath (like I did).

Cut your strands in half, and heat seal the ends. Line the ends up and pin, braid a few waves of the ric rac, weaving it over and under the other strand. Take it to your sewing machine and sew straight down the middle. I stopped and braided a few waves, and then sewed, continuing until I reached the end.

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Roll your sewn strip into a ball, gluing at the bottom (beneath 2nd half of stitches) every so often. You can unfold as many “petals” as you like to open your flower or leave it rolled closed, totally up to you!

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Cover each bottom of your ric rac flower in glue and press into wreath until it is secured. You can place them however you like, I grouped mine together.

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
If you aren’t a flower person another idea is to print leaf templates onto cardstock, cut them out, color them (so no white shows through) with a crayon and cover them in buttons. The Ribbon Retreat has such a fun variety of buttons to do this with!

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Measure another strip of your 2 1/2 inch ribbon across the bottom left of your wreath. Take your alphabet tiles and spell out what you like, I did our family name, The Conways. Repeat same process as you did with the top banner to secure.

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now all we have to do is hang our pumpkins inside the wreath! I cut a hole in the back of the burlap and knotted my twine to it a couple times, then glued the twine to the pumpkin behind the stem with a little piece of felt.

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
This wreath was so much fun to assemble and added so much character to my front door! Thank you all so much for reading along and hope you all have a lovely holiday season with your loved ones!

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath - The Ribbon Retreat Blog


Thank you so much Mary! Isn’t she so talented and so fun! I love this wreath so much…the burlap is lovely, the flowers are gorgeous and those pumpkins….SO, SO CUTE! I can’t wait to make this fun wreath and welcome all of our holiday guests when they come to visit and help us eat some delicious turkey and yummy mashed potatoes!

For more wonderful projects and brilliant bows by this talented lady, make sure to visit her Facebook page
Little Mama Bowtique.

Wreaths are such a fun way to welcome family, friends, holidays, seasons and special events to your home! I LOOOOVE wreaths and think they are such a fun way to show your visitors that you are so happy to see them! Here are few more fabulous wreaths perfect for your holiday festivities, special event or for everyday decorating…

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Do you decorate with wreaths? What is your favorite type of wreath to decorate with? Burlap, ribbon, twigs, flowers?

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9 Comments

  1. Posted October 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh! I love this. I love burlap and I love using scrabble tiles. This is a perfect way to use both. The pumpkins are too cute as well!

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      Posted October 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shambray! Wow…thank you so much! You are so sweet, and I am so glad you like this fun wreath! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted October 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Such a cute wreath! I love the rick rack flowers! Pinning!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty

  3. Posted November 2, 2014 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This looks so great! Love the little pumpkins they are so cute!

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      Posted November 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi Summer! Thank you! This is such a fun wreath and those pumpkins are my favorite part! I am so glad you like this wreath! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted November 3, 2014 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Love the ric rac pumpkins!

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      Posted November 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much! Aren’t those pumpkins so darn cute?!? I love them too and am so glad you do too! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! Michelle 🙂

  5. Posted November 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your burlap wreath at The Pin Junkie. Your project was featured in a fall & Thanksgiving craft roundup at http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/11/easy-fall-thanksgiving-crafts.html

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      Posted November 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Bonnie! Awesome! Thank you so much for featuring this fun project! Have a great day, and I am so glad you like our wreath! Michelle 🙂

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