Did you enjoy the long, holiday weekend? Are you now ready for summer? How about a new summer wreath for your front door? Patty Schaffer, who blogs at Capture the Details, has shared a very pretty summertime wreath with us. Bright fabric flowers, burlap, a little twine and even a butterfly make this summertime wreath sing. Follow along as Patty shows you how to make this sweet summer wreath (and because it’s summertime, I included a few shortcuts for you, too).
To make a Summertime Burlap, Twine & Butterfly Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, flat back, 12” wreaths; OR one 12” x 2” wreath
- Burlap, oatmeal colored
- Ribbon, about a 25” length
- Flowers, three coordinating colors, 1/8 yd each
- Flower centers, three coordinating colors, 1/16 yd each
- Leaves, 1/8 yard
- Buttons, three
- Jute twine
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools: Scissors; beading pins; sewing machine (optional)
To make a Summertime Burlap, Twine & Butterfly Wreath:
1. If using two, flat back wreaths, glue them together and let glue dry.
2. Cut 2 ½” wide strips from the burlap, across the width of the piece of burlap. The amount of strips you’ll need will vary depending on how closely you the wreath.
3. Pin and glue a burlap strip to the back of the wreath and wrap the strip around the wreath, wrapping as evenly as possible. End the strip on the backside of the wreath, trimming if needed. Pin and glue the end in place.
4. Repeat Step 3, and continue wrapping till wreath is covered.
5. Tie the end of the twine from the ball of jute twine around the wreath, knotting it in the back. Wrap the twine around and around, keeping the passes even, until the whole wreath is wrapped with jute twine. Tie off in the back and snip.
7. Each flower is made from three – four layers. Cut the largest flower from a 4” fabric square, and then cut two – three more, slightly smaller flowers. Stack together layers for each flower, staggering the petals.
8. Make a fabric yo-yo for the center of each flower and finish with a button, stitching the button in place. (Or, you can substitute a small circle for the yo-yo.)
9. Cut out five pairs of assorted-size leaves. Machine stitch each pair together with right sides facing out; stitch a vein down the center of each leaf. (The stitching is optional; if you prefer, you can just use a single leaves.)
10. Glue the flowers and leaves to the wreath.
11. Glue the butterfly to the wreath.
12. Tie the ribbon around the top of the wreath and knot it to make the hanger.
Thank you, Patty, for helping us kick off summer! I’ve collected several other summer wreaths that will bring sunshine to your door, and I’ll share them with you on Friday.