Welcome! Today is our monthly Creative Craft Hop, so if you’re coming over from Modern on Monticello, I’m so glad you wondered over here! Weren’t Donna’s garden signs adorable?! This is a blog hop hosted by Sara over at Birdz of a Feather. Stick around after the post to check out all of the fantastic posts shared by many other talented bloggers, including Patina and Paint’s adorable easy Easter basket tags which is next on the hp! As my contribution to the hop, I will be sharing a tutorial on how to make a beautiful burlap cross wreath. With Easter coming up, this is the perfect wreath to adorn or door or wall. I plan to leave mine up after Easter and change the flower and bow to fit the season and/or holiday. Let’s get started!
Supplies for Burlap Cross Wreath:
- wire cross wreath form- I got mine from Dollar Tree.
- burlap- I used a little over 1 roll of 20ft.
- ribbon for bow- I used 1.5″ wired white ribbon.
- floral wire or pipe cleaner for bow
- faux floral or greenery
Fill the First & Second Section from the Bottom
The wire wreath form has three vertical slots throughout the length with sections created by crossbars. Slide a “bubble” of burlap through one of the outside slots at the bottom. It should stick up from the form about 4-5″. I didn’t tie my burlap to any of the wires because I can hold them in until it’s tight enough to hold itself in. If you have issues with that, you can place a line of hot glue on a wire or tie the burlap to one of the wires.
Slide another bubble through the middle slot.
Finally, complete this row by pushing another bubble through the last slot.
Push that row of bubbles down to make room for more rows and to form a true “bubble.”
Now, begin a second row. Hold the first row in place with a few fingers and use your other hand to slide a bubble above the one you just placed in the last slot.
Continue adding rows of burlap in rows of three. Push the burlap down when you begin a new row. I fit 3 rows in between each cross bar in the first and second sections.
Begin Filling the Third Section
Fill the third section of the cross wreath just as you did with the others. Add burlap, pushing down the bubbles when you begin a new row. This section I filled with about 7 rows before I reached the cross branching off to the sides. Cut the burlap about 5″ from the back of the wreath form. I didn’t tie this piece off, I just tucked it in the back of the wreath.
Fill the Left Cross Section of the Wreath
Start on the left side of the cross section and begin filling the slots just as you’ve been doing. However, instead of stacking them from side to side, you’ll place the bubbles in from bottom to top, then top to bottom on the next row. Place a “bubble” in the bottom slot, then the middle, finally the top.
Push that section to the left and continue adding rows until you reach the middle. Do not continue going to the right side. Stop at the middle.
Continue to the Top of the Cross Wreath Form
Now begin your trek to the top. Add burlap bubbles to the middle slot and the outer left slot. Then push them down before adding another row.
Continue adding bubbles to the outer left and middle slots all the way to the top of the form. I ran out of burlap right about here. When you do, just begin a new roll just like you did at the beginning. Tuck the ends into the back. Again, if you have a hard time holding on to the bubbles, you can tie it on to the form.
Head Back Down to the Cross Section
Finally, fill the outer right slot, heading down instead of up. Push a bubble through the right slot at the very top of the form.
Add bubbles, pushing them up against each other as you add the next one. Once you get back to the horizontal cross section, begin adding burlap vertically just as you did on the left side. Add a bubble in the top slot, the middle, followed by the bottom.
Push them together and add more rows until you reach the edge of the wreath form. I think I fit about 5 rows from the middle to the edge on the left horizontal side as well as this right side. Cut off the excess burlap and tuck the end into the back of the burlap cross wreath.
Embellish the Cross Wreath
I made a simple two loop bow with 6″ tails on it. I made the loops too wide at first (which you will see in these first few pictures), but I eventually made them a little smaller. Secure the center of your bow with floral wire or a pipe cleaner. Keep the wire long so that you can use it to secure the bow to the wreath. I first used a piece of thin rope to hide my wire, but I replaced it with white and gold 1/8″ ribbon when I remade it.
Use the wire to attach the bow to your wreath form. I placed mine in the middle of the wreath.
Here is what you’ll have with just the bow on the wreath.
Finally, add your flowers and/or greenery above the bow on the burlap cross wreath. At first I used one piece I removed from a tulip bunch which had three flowers connected to one stem. I tucked it above the bow held in place with the bow’s wire.
I wanted something a little different, so decided to use two of those pieces from the tulip bunch on the sides of the bow. One was tucked on the left side and one on the right side. I love the way they kind of frame the bow.
That’s it! Now you can hang your gorgeous burlap cross wreath!
I ended up taking out my tulips, replacing them with the same flowers that I used in my spring floral hoop wreath. They will both hang in my living room, so I wanted them to match. Here are a few photos of the different ways I dressed it up.
Here it is with my purple/pink flower hanging on my gallery wall. By the way, you can get the spring wall art surrounding it for free! This is one of two sets of free printables available in my free spring printables post.
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On to the Creative Craft Hop!
Next up on the blog hop is Tammy from Patina and Paint! She’s sharing a tutorial for creating an easy Easter basket tag. Spring is only a month away, so that’s a post you don’t want to miss. After visiting her, make sure to check out the posts from these amazing ladies! (Their main blog is linked to their name with their project linked to its name, which is always the way I set up my blog hops links.)
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