You might want to sit down.
An alien has not taken over my body but I did make a DIY grapevine and burlap wreath for my front door. Yep. All by myself and no one died. I know….crazy, right?
For the last few years, I have been using a swag I made at Christmas in November on my front door. It looked pretty good if you squinted but it wasn’t really my style. This year, the rustic Christmas decor has really spoken to me. I wanted a wreath that reflected that style. Thankfully, it was really, really easy.
Here’s what you will need:
One 24″ grapevine wreath
One roll of burlap (mine was 10 yds and I used about half)
One small roll of red burlap (mine was 9 ft and I used about 1/3)
Hot glue gun and glue
Directions for the wreath:
First, decide which side of the wreath you like for the front. With that side down, glue the end of the burlap ribbon to the grapevine wreath with hot glue. Do not be shy with the hot glue because you are gluing two non smooth surfaces together. Be careful, though, because the hot glue will squish through the burlap and burn your finger (guess how I know?).
Continue to wrap the burlap around the wreath ensuring there is enough space between the wraps that you can see the grapevine between. When you get back to where you started the wrapping, flip the wreath over, fold under the end of the burlap and hot glue to the back of the wreath. Set aside to dry.
Directions for the Double Bow:
Determine how wide you want your bow to be. Make a loop that width with the ends on the bottom slightly overlapping. Next make another, slightly smaller loop of the red burlap.
To make the bow, pinch pleat the middle of your loop with the overlapping ends on the bottom. Tie bow wire around the middle and knot in the back leaving a bit of length at the ends. Repeat this process for the red burlap.
Put the red bow on top of the burlap bow. Using the tails left on the bow wire, tie the two bows together. Figure out how you want your bow tails to be. Cut a segment of burlap the length of both tails plus about 4 inches (you can always cut off excess). Hold the length in the middle. Fold in thirds lengthwise so that you have a narrow band of burlap with no outside edges showing. Drape over the middle of the two bows. Flip the whole thing over and tie in the back. Adjust the bows, the middle part and the tails before you tighten the tie. Add a piece of bow wire so you can tie your bow to your wreath.
Fold the tails in half lengthwise on an angle to get a double point tail.
Tie to the wreath and hang.
I made this wreath as part of the #CDNHandmadeHoliday. It was supposed to be under $25 but I went over by $2. However, I have enough burlap and bow wire left to make another wreath if I buy an additional wreath so I think that dosen’t really count (since I didn’t use it all).
What do you think? I kind of love it.