A burlap bow + buttons + fabric flowers = one dynamite wreath.
The beauty of this project is that its personality is dependent upon the fabric that you choose for your flowers. Ours – with green & red blooms – celebrates the fall/winter holiday season.
- 18” Stryofoam wreath
- 1yd 48” burlap
- 1-1/4 fabric
- Floral pins
- 28 decorative buttons
- 2 packages Steam-a-Seam2®
- 28 1” brads (scrapbooking aisle)
- 28 small rubber bands
- Omnigrid® rotary cutter & mat
- Ruler and scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Sewing machine
- Tack hammer
- Household iron
Gettining started: first you’ll cover your wreath base with burlap. Cut the burlap into 2-1/2” x 1 yard strips. The number of strips needed will be determined by how much you overlap them. For an 18” wreath, we used 13 strips, overlapping approximately ½”. When they’re cut, zig zag their edges on your sewing machine to prevent unraveling. Then wrap the Styrofoam wreath with the strips, gluing as you go.
Now it’s flower making time! We were inspired by some paper flowers we came across from Pink Paislee. Ours are made of fabric and lined with interfacing, but the general flower construction is similar. Check out their website if you are a paper crafter – they have beautiful papers & ideas!
Cut two 6” x 6” fabric squares for each flower. Our wreath has 28 flowers and we used 6 different fabric prints. This means we cut: 28 flowers x 2pcs (for front & back) to equal a total of 56 6” x6” squares.
Following the instructions on the Steam-a-Seam2 package, sandwich a layer of the fusible web between 2 pieces of fabric, with the right sides of the fabric facing out. Press with an iron; this will make fabric stiff enough to hold its shape.
Fold each fabric square in half 3 times as shown. Cut off the corners to create the petal edges.
Flatten out each flower, and place the brad face down in the center.
Fold the petals up around the brad, and wrap with a rubber band. Then you’ll push the petals back down, and press the brad prongs apart as far as they will go.
Now you’re ready to glue your buttons or other embellishments on tops of your flowers. (This is the flat surface on the front of each flower created by the brad that’s underneath.) Note: an alternative method is to attach the flowers to the wreath, and then add embellishments.
You’ll use floral pins to attach your flowers to your wreath. We placed our floral pins near the center of the flowers, just under our button embellishments. Tap the floral pins with a hammer, and then push the rest of the way in by hand. Leave about 6” of space at the top of the wreath if you’ll be adding a bow.
The finishing touch on our wreath is an awesome burlap bow. A ready-made ribbon or velvet bow would also make an easy addition. You can also skip the bow altogether and put flowers all the way around – it’s up to you!
For a printable guide that’s easy to reference as you craft, download the PDF for this project below. The PDF file also includes details on how to make the burlap bow if you choose to go that route.
Now … go add some pop to your front door and get the neighbors talkin’! It’s time to celebrate the season!
Save or download a PDF project tutorial here.