I love this wreath!
My girlfriend made this one for me.
Isn’t it beautiful? She’s an incredible friend; one I know would drop everything and come to me in need, although she lives across the state from me. I’m so lucky to have a friend in her.
A couple months after she sent the beautiful wreath to me, I watched a video on how to make these petal wreaths. The funny thing is that I had a hard time seeing past the buffalo plaid. As usual, I’m behind the times. While buffalo plaid has been trending for about two-years, I’ve been hating it for two years. ha ha ha
It just looked, to me, that it only belonged in a hunter’s cabin.
But then I saw it mixed with red and fell in love with it — at least for this year. Obviously, my tastes have changed. Between the buffalo plaid and the MacKenzie Childs checkered look — well, I just can’t get enough. As usual I’m a day late and a dollar short.
The video I watched is from Julie’s Wreath Boutique and it’s a great video for learning how to make these. I’ve included the link at the end of this post. I ordered three roles of the buffalo plaid burlap from Hobby Lobby. Her example is made on a 10-inch wire form, but I didn’t want one that big. So, I made my own adjustments to her instructions and made mine using an 8-inch wire form. Needless to say, I ended up with way too much of the plaid and have enough left-over to make another wreath.
Although I have the link to her easy-to-follow video listed below, I’m also including my still-shot instructions for your perusal.
Let’s get started.
I used an 8-inch wire wreath form purchased at Dollar Tree, 1 1/2 roles of the buffalo plaid burlap, about 4-5 yards of 3-inch wide ribbon, some straight pins, half of a 2-inch styrofoam ball, small cable ties, clear spray acrylic, and a piece of #5 plastic mesh.
Lay the wire wreath form over the plastic mesh and cut a circle just a bit larger than the size of the inside of the wire form. Attach the circle of plastic mesh to the wire wreath form using the small cable ties, cutting off the excess.
Please watch the video for these next set of instructions, as it’s much clearer. But you will be cutting the burlap in 10-inch long lengths, but with a 2-inch angle at each end.
Each of these pieces will then be “scrunched” up from short end to short end (or as shown in this photo, from left to right).
You will then fold each of these pieces in half to the middle so that two petal sides touch in the middle, and attach it to the wire wreath form using a cable tie. No matter which size wreath form you are using, the outside ring is not used. You will begin with the first ring that is inside from the outside ring. The first petals are attached at the crossbars of the wire wreath form. For an 8-inch ring, there are three, but for a 10-inch ring, there are four. And then I put three more petals in-between the crossbars for a total of 12 petals on my first ring.
Because my ring is smaller than the example on the video, I skipped the last ring (the inside ring) and began attaching rows of petals to the mesh.
Once all of the petals are attached, then you move on to making the center. In the video example, she uses 3-inch burlap, but I used 3-inch ribbon. Either way, unless you already know how to make these roses, this is the most difficult part of the project and the most difficult to follow on the video. Well worth the finished product, but I’ll most likely find something ready made to use on my next one, or come up with some other technique — like wrapping cord around the foam.
Again, I’m going to refer you to the video for attaching the center, but in a nutshell: you attach a long wire to the back of the rose, put the ends through the mesh that is at the center of the wreath, pull it tight in the back and twist the wire.
Then to finish off the back of the wreath, you can glue on a circle of felt that will hide all the imperfections of the back.
Next, you will spray the finish wreath with clear acrylic. This stiffens the burlap, but most importantly, it helps to keep it from fraying.
I hope you’ll make a petal wreath and share your pics with me.