Have you wanted to try your hand at making a burlap wreath for awhile but haven’t worked up the nerves yet? Or maybe you’ve conquered the burlap wreath and want to give it a new twist? No worries!
Today I’m sharing with you an in-depth tutorial to help you make your own burlap sunflower wreath. This is a long post with a lot of pictures but I know it can help you make this cute variation of a burlap wreath that will light up your house and make it sunny on even the rainiest of days.
What you’ll need to make a sunflower burlap wreath:
To make the sunflower burlap wreath shown in this tutorial you’ll need a small wire wreath form. This one was about 10″ across and was purchased at Hobby Lobby. 10″ seems small but you will have petals coming out from it so when it’s finished it doubles in size. You can use a slightly larger size if you like but you will need to add more petals than I do on this 10″ frame.
Gather all of your supplies.
- 10″ wire wreath form
- yellow pipe cleaners
- 2 yards of yellow burlap
- 1/2 yard of green burlap
- 1/4 yard brown burlap
- Needle and brown thread
Start by cutting your yellow and green burlap into squares that are a minimum of 11″ across each side. The burlap that I purchased was 48″ wide. It was easier for me to keep the burlap folded across the middle and just cut strips that were 12″ wide from the folded half and then cut them in half and finally cut apart the folded edge. You can play around with the sizes to make it fit what you need. At 2 yards, you should have a few pieces left if you cut them 12″ like I did.
I used about 20 squares on the 10″ wreath frame. You may use more or less. It’s ok as long as you like how it looks in the end.
I’m not the perfect crafter so I my squares weren’t all perfectly measured. Don’t hurt yourself trying to make the perfect burlap squares!
You will need three green squares for the leaves. Lay you first piece out flat on the table. Bring the two corners together as shown in the picture above.
Now fold the edges one more time until they meet in the middle.
Pinch the burlap in the middle. Fold the burlap up where the two sides by your thumb meet together. This is how you will tie it onto the wreath form.
Tie your three burlap leaves onto the wreath form as shown above. I tied them onto the two outer wires for stability.
Now it’s time to start on the yellow burlap!
You’re going to repeat the same folding process as the green burlap pieces and tie it onto the wreath form. The only difference is that you’re going to tie it onto the two wires in the middle of the form.
Once you have all the yellow petals on the wreath form you won’t see the outside wire that only has the three leaves on it.
Tie 2-3 yellow pieces onto the wreath with the pipe cleaners. I used two yellow pieces between each set of green leaves but then went back and filled in an empty spot with one more.
Now you need one more row of yellow petals on the inside two rows of the wire wreath frame.
Place the yellow petals between the middle row’s petals. I used more closer spaced together on this row. Place them until they look right to you.
When your petals are all filled in, you’ll have a lot of pipe cleans pointed into the center of the flower.
There’s a lot of different suggestions online about how to make the middle of the sunflower. Some people have suggested using half of a styrofoam ball and others use plastic forms. However I’m cheap and didn’t want to buy anything else. Plus it’s so hot in Houston that hot glue melts outside and wreaths fall apart.
So to make this wreath, I used what I had and sewed it in place.
Use those pipe cleaners and twist them together to make a spider web base. I simply used a pipe cleaner from one side and then grabbed the pipe cleaner on the opposite side and twisted them together. Once I could no longer find pieces to reac across, I started twist tying them onto whatever piece I could reach. It doesn’t look pretty but it worked!
Next I took the 1/4th yard of brown burlap and pushed it down into a circular shape that fit perfectly into the middle of the wreath.
That’s how it looked with the brown burlap just kinda smushed into place. (That is a very technical term – smushed into place).
But if you picked it up and waved it around like a crazy person it wouldn’t stay so we need to change that!
Use a needle and brown thread to tact the brown burlap into place. I tied the burlap directly onto the pipe cleaners using the needle and thread. If you look closely at the picture, you’ll see that I also tied the outside edges of the brown fabric onto the wire frame. It’s really hard to mess up. Just remember to keep the front side nice and neat but let the back of the wreath be a disaster, it’s ok.
If your door has a glass insert where you can see the back of the wreath or you plan on selling these, cover the back of the wreath with one of your extra burlap squares. Sew it onto the outside edge of the wreath form to make it look nice and neat.
Then when you’re done you’ll have this cute burlap sunflower wreath to make even the gloomiest days nice and shiny.
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