Friday, May 10, 2013

Burlap Initial Wreath

 I made this for my pal Sarah's new house.  She said for house warming gifts she wanted things with initials on them.  On the side she told me she had a big glass window and wanted something to cover up the gap so peeping salesmen couldn't see in without a struggle.  So....say hello to the wreath for 'the other seasons.'  I went with brown and burgundy per my instructions.  I've made a lot of wreaths.  I've used a lot of burlap making wreaths but I'd never made one of these bubble wreath's before.  I know you can do it with a coat hanger, but I went ahead and bought a frame at a craft store along with a yard and half of burlap (they sell ribbon you can use with finished edges, but it's cheaper to buy it by the yard).  The only other thing to make the bubble wreath needed is some wire.  I snagged an R and some pray and some other materials for flowers...
I sprayed the R with brown spray paint and then rubbed the edges and top with sand paper to make it look a little worn...just a personal preference....I like to make new things look old so I don't feel so lonely in this world.  
 ...random picture I took during the creative process because she is so helpful.
I cut the burlap into 6 inch strips, then thread 8 inches of wire through the burlap (weaving back and forth)....
I tied it to the wire wreath and then pinch the other side and tied it to the wreath as well making a 'bubble'.  
 See....
 I went back and forth across the 4 wires to create a bunch of little loops in all directions.  Here is the back....
Halfway there.  I later went and filled in any gaps with random loops.  I just kept adding when I ran out of my strips until the whole thing was covered.  

I'm traditionally the fan of a bow, but I found this wreath sort of makes it's own fluffy statement....so I bought a few burgundy flowers, then made a few out of felt and fabric.  
 To make the rolled flower I tied one end of a 1 inch wide strip I cut down the length of the fabric....
 Then I twisted, rolled, and glued.
 I glued the initial and flowers to the wreath....
The top two flowers.  
 You could add pins to the back of the flowers and change them up for each holiday with the burlap as the backdrop....but I think I'll just leave this here.

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