I know, I failed this week--I didn't post a Totally Obsessed Tuesday. BUT. I have a really good reason! I was working on a project yesterday, and now I can bring you a lovely tutorial on how to make your own burlap rag wreath.
Last week, I did a whole song and dance about fall decor. Well, Jessica, friendboss Courtney's roommate (who I don't talk about very often, but I should, because she's just as awesome as Courtney), saw the burlap wreath, and decided she wanted to make one. So off I went to the Happiest Place On Earth (Hobby Lobby, for those of you who don't know me well enough) to pick up some supplies.
To decorate our wreaths, I also picked up some wooden letters, some fake leaves (which actually came from the dollar store, as did the ribbon), some scrapbook paper, and some paint. You'll see all these in a minute.
The most annoying part by far was cutting the burlap into ribbons. THIS IS A MESSY PROCESS. You WILL be covered in burlap fuzz. It itches. Wear long pants and be prepared to clean up after. Also, see in the photo how the burlap is woven? Some of the little strings will start coming off, and you'll think it's the end of the world. It's not. It looks fine once it's done. It's kind of messy. But they call that shabby-chic, or something, right? Messy is in.
Okay. So, gather up all you stuff, and then cut the burlap into ribbons. Mine were probably an inch wide, and however tall the burlap ribbon is. (Yep, I should have measured. Oops.) I suggest doing all the cutting at once, because you sort of get on a roll with the tying.
You'll need to kind of squish the burlap together after you finish each row, or it comes out looking too sparse. It probably took me around two hours total to get all the burlap tied on. I did it mostly while Gavin was napping.
Then it's time to get on to decorating. I picked up a nice wooden letter "R," some brown paint, and some cute paisley scrapbook paper for mine. First, I painted the R (top and sides) in the brown paint and let it dry.
Then I traced the R onto the scrapbook paper and cut it out. (This took two tries, because the first time I was dumb and did it backwards. This is what happens when you improvise. Trial and error). Then it was time to use some of my favorite-ever products.
Yes, it's a recurring fantasy I have when I'm cleaning.
Back to business. Make sure the poly is WATER based. They have an oil base as well, and I think it's cheaper, but that has sort of a yellowish tint to it and doesn't look as nice. I did a coat of poly to protect my letter from the elements since it'll be hanging on the front door. Also, it makes a nice hard surface over the paper so it won't fade or get rubbed off over time. (I made coasters out of scrapbook paper months ago using this same poly, and my coffee is sitting on one of them as I write this. This shit is durable.)
Ta-da! A pretty letter. To put it on the wreath, I just used hot glue. For a while, I debated ways to get it on there so it would still be removable, so I could change the theme of the wreath with the seasons. Then Jessica and I decided to just repeat our crafting day three more times and make different wreaths for each season, since we kept finding more adorable ones on Pinterest. So hot glue it is.
Hope you liked the tutorial. If you were inspired to make a wreath of your own, send us pictures! I'd love to see.
Now I have to go wash off more burlap fuzz. In the meantime, while you wait with baited breath for my next post, go like my Facebook page. I finally bit the bullet and created one, so go give us a thumbs up!