I love the holidays and I don’t mind that they start before Halloween. I know it drives other people crazy, but I was never one for dressing up in a costume. So when it turns November 1st, my holiday cheer turns on.
Perhaps I’m may be dating myself here, but do you remember when the Christmas catalogs from JC Penny’s and Sears would come out. When I was a kid, I’d devour them. My mom was not a lover of the holidays and my Dad thought they were just a way to take his money. Still, I celebrated them. I’d imagine my family was a family that would get totally immersed in the holidays just like on TV. It always worked out in my imagination.
When I became a parent, Christmas morning was always the most magical time of the holiday. It was my special time to spend with my husband and my kids. Then I had the chore of making the meal for my mother and brothers. That’s when the magic faded. Not because they were horrible to be around, but because I hate to cook. Then came the cleanup and before I knew it the holiday was over.
And my mom and brothers weren’t into it. At all. So it took the glow right out of the holidays.
Things have changed.
But now that my parents are gone, I seemed to have found the kid in me again. Of course my husband isn’t a Scourge but he’s never been one to decorate, or even help me put up the tree. But that’s okay, because I’m a bit of a perfectionist anyways. And he’s fine with me decorating our house for the seasons and holidays. He’s a real trooper.
So this year I decided to make my first wreath. I normally don’t put up wreaths but I’ve been seeing them in the Facebook groups and on Pinterest and there are some really talented people out there. My wreath doesn’t do them justice, but it’s a start. I always say, you can never get better until you at least take the first step.
So I purchased my supplies and watched a couple of YouTube videos and gave it a whirl. As you can see at the top of the page it didn’t turn out too bad. Especially for my first try. And I made it my own.
The supplies are all purchased from Walmart and Dollar Tree so that if it was an epic fail, I wouldn’t feel like I wasted my money. I like to start out the cheapest I can and then go from there.
This is an inexpensive project you can try but make sure you make it to fit you. And never let yourself get discouraged if it doesn’t turn out right the first time.
Fall Burlap Wreath
The wreath starts out with a wire circle. I found this at Dollar Tree.
I purchased three different colors of loose burlap in green, yellow, and orange for a colorful fall wreath. The burlap came from Walmart. They were only $3.47 a piece. They are each 5.5 inches wide and the burlap is 15 feet long. I ended up using almost all of the burlap so anything less will probably run you short.
I bought some floral wire at Walmart to use to attach the burlap to the circle wire.
At first I layered the three of the burlap on top of one another and folded it over in half. Then I pushed the wire through all three of the burlap like I was sewing a stitch in fabric. It was a struggle and didn’t go through very easily. I found it easier by pushing it through one burlap at a time. Once the stitch was made I attached it to the circle wire by tying it in a knot. Once attached, I started off pulling the three layers of burlap through the first slot in the middle of the circle wire.
However, I found it too thick to pull through, so I changed it and pulled the green burlap through first, then the orange, and then the yellow. Then at the next section, I did it again until I had the circle completed. At the end I tied the burlap to the circle wire again.
Then to add a bit more flare, I used some poly mesh at Walmart. (Yes Walmart is my go to store for this project.) This mesh is 10.5 inches and 30 feet long. I have quite a bit left so I will be able to use it for a different project. This was also $3.47.
I took the mesh and pulled it through in the same way I did the burlap, doing it in random areas.
Lastly I added some embellishments I picked up at the Dollar Tree. I used all the acorns but have the Maple leaves and foam pumpkin and leaves left. I think those will go good in a memory box.
I attached the embellishments using a hot glue gun. I placed them randomly all over the wreath like I did the mesh.
- 3 loose burlap (In 3 different colors): $3.47 x 3 = $10.41
- 1 Poly mesh: $3.47
- 1 Wire Wreath: $1.00
- 1 Floral Wire: $4. 75
- 1 bag acorn decoration, 12 count: $1.00
- 1 bag Maple leaves, 50 count: $1.00
- 1 bag foam scatter, 20 count: $1.00
The whole cost is $22.63 but the Maple leaves, foam scatter, floral wire, and Poly mesh can all be used for a second project and more.
The wreath turned out very well for my living room wall. I will definitely be doing more of these for each season and holidays. In fact I bought a candy cane wire wreath and a few different ribbons for Christmas. I’m excited to give that one a try.
Will you give this wreath a try? Or maybe you’ve already have? Leave a comment below to let me know how it turned out for you. Be sure and share this post for those who are looking for an easy, inexpensive wreath to make for their home.