I have to admit, some years it’s pretty hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m not really sure why it is, but I’m not one of those people who can’t wait to turn on the all-Christmas-music-all-day radio stations the day after Thanksgiving. Maybe because I don’t really like how commercialized Christmas is, but probably mostly because I have such a hard time figuring out who to buy gifts or and what to get them. Sometimes being mildly OCD means I spend forever trying to find or pick out the perfect gift for someone to the point where I end up finding nothing good at all. This year I’m gonna work on it. D and I put up our Christmas tree two days after Thanksgiving, and I’ve been busy decorating the house and building up my holiday spirit. But I think most importantly this year, I’m going to really focus on the true meaning of Christmas (wikipedia even has an article about it, haha). More time with family, less time shopping online; More Christmas songs and hymns, less worrying about finding that one perfect gift. I’ve even volunteered to narrate the Christmas Cantata at church this year. If that doesn’t get me into the Christmas spirit, I’m not sure what will!
So, as part of Kim’s Christmas Spirit Project, I bring you an easy DIY burlap wreath. Ruffled and pretty and festive. I see burlap, I think cold weather and Christmas. That’s just how it is. Add a big red bow or some faux foliage like I did, and you’ve got yourself a lovely xmas decoration.
You will need:
- 2 yrds Burlap (I didn’t do a great job keeping track of how much I used but it was about 2 yards)
- 1 Round Foam Wreath Form
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Cut 6″ diameter circles out of the burlap. To create each “flower” or ruffle, take one burlap circle and fold it into a half circle, then fold the half circle in half again (lengthwise). Place a dot of glue on the inside of the fold, towards the bottom, to hold the shape together.
Use your glue gun to glue the flowers onto the wreath. I tended to place them about a 1/2 inch apart from each other. Once you’ve glued several of them, the shape of the wreath will begin to fill out.
In the end, it’s up to you how loosely or tightly you want to arrange your flowers, you just want to make sure there’s no white foam showing through once you’ve got them all on there.
If you want to get rid of any of those whispies that hot glue tends to leave behind, just run some warm air from a hair dryer over the wreath and poof! they’re gone.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY wreath tutorial (and can you tell I used two different cameras for this post? ha). I have a few more DIY Christmas ideas that I’m really excited to share over the next few weeks!