Love Wreath: How to Make Wrapped Burlap Ribbon Look Better

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! (Well, less than two weeks. So that's "almost," right?!)

I love Valentine’s Day! And not just because chocolate consumption is implied. Although, that doesn’t hurt.

I love that there’s a sea of pink and red all over stores.

And in my home.

Not sure my husband is as excited about it as I am, but he hasn’t complained so I’m not slowin’ down ‘til he does.

When I hauled out my Valentine’s Day storage bin I realized how sad and faded my door hanger had become. It was the excuse I needed to come up with my own version of a heart wreath. They’re taking over Pinterest right now and I can’t get enough of them!

Here’s what I came up with:

 

And here’s a full list of the supplies and tools I used:

 

You might be wondering where I found a wreath form for $1?

Dollar Tree.

And where I got the pink burlap ribbon?

Amazon *Edit: looks like this company is out of pink burlap ribbon but they’ve still got red…)*

This wreath is a bit different than most of what you see on Pinterest because it’s not wrapped continuously (which is why I think the wrapped burlap looks better) and it’s not made with a Styrofoam wreath form; it’s a wire wreath form.

I really dig the shape this wreath takes on when the ribbon is wrapped around it. A nice, subtle outward dimension.

Just a little different, still super simple to make.

The very concise directions are just below in The Short and Sweet section. if you are in a hurry. For explicit instructions with helpful tips, read on to the All the Details section.

The Short and Sweet

  1. Wrap one half of the wreath form with ribbon, stopping at the bottom center. Then start up at the top and wrap the other half.
  2. Glue on some wood letters.
  3. Attach some twine.
  4. Hand it up and love it!

All the Details

Wrap the Wreath Form

1. First things first; plug in that hot glue gun. I turned mine to high because I was sitting in a cold, drafty area, but you should be able to get away with low if your house is warm.

 

2. Lay your wreath form face down. That means the middle metal piece that juts outward is touching your work surface and the two outer metal pieces that are parallel to each other are facing upward.

 

3. Pull one end of your ribbon underneath the top of the wreath, slightly off center and at an angle.

 

4. Fold it up halfway up the wreath form.

 

5. And secure with hot glue.Be careful not to press down directly on top of the glue line because burlap ribbon is pourous and you will burn your finners.

 

6. Bring that corner that’s sticking into the center of the wreath and hold it close to the wreath form...

 

7. And pull the ribbon roll down tightly over it.

 

8. Bring the ribbon underneath the wreath form and tightly pull upwards.

 

9. Now pull the ribbon down again.

 

10. Keep wrapping, checking to make each ribbon end is spaced evenly apart as you go.

 

11. You might want to hold the ribbon in place and turn it over to have a look at the front side, just to make sure everything is looking right from the front, too.

 

12. Keep going until the ribbon hits the inside bottom point of the wreath. Add some glue to the bottom outer metal piece (where the pink arrow is indicating).

 

13. Now pull the ribbon over the glue, at an angle, and let it cool for a second or two.

 

14. Keeping the ribbon pulled taut, fold the left side of the ribbon over, almost in a twisting motion…

 

15. And push the ribbon under the wreath.

 

16. Bring it down and around the bottom of the wreath. Add a little glue to that bottom wire, too.

 

17. And pull the ribbon up over it, letting it cool slightly before the next step.

 

18. My roll happened to be almost out at this point so I just folded it to the left and glued it in place. If your ribbon roll has more than this left over, cut off the excess before continuing.

 

19. Here’s where the symmetrical (aka: better) look comes in: Instead of wrapping all the way around the wreath in one continuous motion from where the end of our last roll left off, we’re going to start back up at the top again. So take your other roll of ribbon and pull it underneath the top of the wreath, slightly off center and evenly space across from the first vertical edge of the ribbon that’s already wrapped up there.

 

20. From the front, it creates the look of a center piece of ribbon underneath two ribbon edges.

 

21. Wrap the ribbon in the same manner as you did with the first side. I you have any sort of craft or sewing mat with measurement lines, or even a ruler, use that to try and keep the edges of the ribbon evenly spaced on this side. That’ll make it look nice and neat.

 

22. Keep going until you get to the bottom of the wreath…

 

23. And make sure that final wrap is as evenly spaced as possible because the bottom center of the wreath is not covered and usually close to eye level, so mistakes will be more obvious there.

 

24. Add some glue to the bottom of the wreath before pull that ribbon around the bottom the final time.

 

25. Fold that ribbon back over itself (making almost a triangle shape), lay it flat, cut the excess off, and glue it down in place.

 

Make the Hanger

26. Time to give this heart something for it to hang from. If you’re like me and you like your wreath to hang at a certain height, you might want to do some test measurements on your door before you commit to a cut.

 Or you could just go with my length and cut a piece of twine about 26”.

 

27. Keeping the two ends of the twine together, tie a knot about an inch from the end. Pull tight.

 

28. If you have any burlap ribbon left over, cut it to a size that will fit horizontally across the top of you wreath, about 7”. Lay the knot in the center of it. (If you don’t have any left over, just glue twine directly to the back of the wreath.)

 

29. Roll the bottom edge of the ribbon up and over the twine…

 

30. And glue the top edge of the ribbon onto it, making a roll/ casing for the twine.

 

31. Now glue that roll right to the backside of the wreath, making sure that the wreath is visible on all sides of it so you know you won’t be able to see it from the front.

 

32. Push to secure, adding an extra line of hot glue if needed.

Valentine's Day Burlap Heart Wreath _MIY with Melissa

 

Add the Letters

33. Wohoo! This is where the the magic happens! Start by test placing the letters. I tried to make sure the letters were barrrrrely touching each other and that each letter was placed the same space downwards, making the tops of the letters form a nice diagonal line.

 

34. Carefully pick each letter up and add glue to the back side where it touches the burlap. For the “L” that’s marked with the pink line.

 

35. Gently push down to secure. Try to use the grid lines to make sure the letters are straight up and down.

 

36. Keep going, one letter at a time.

 

37. Try to make sure that they are laying on the wreath at the same angle. (Look at it from the side to check for this.)

 

38. When you’re done you might want to check for stray hot glue strings. Gently hold the letters in place while you remove excess glue.

 

 

And there ya have it; a festive “love”ly wreath (Sorry, I couldn’t stop myself) in less than 30 minutes!

 

Here’s about what it’ll cost ya to make one for your door:

Admittedly, that is more than I like to spend on a project. I blame the that beautiful pink burlap ribbon. But I just couldn't live without it...

What are you crafting for Valentine’s Day this year?

 

 

Happy ribbon wrapping and hot glueing, friends! And whatever you make, make it yours!

 

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