Earlier this month, I made a simple burlap wreath with the intention of changing added decorations each month to embellish it for holidays, seasons, etc. Burlap is such a versatile material that it really lends itself well to anything. So, it is the perfect backdrop for a project like this.
In January, I made this
wreath to celebrate the New Year. For February, I added a few pieces to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I made a festive Cupid’s Bow and Arrow and added a simple “XOXO” sign to complete the wreath. I was able to find all the materials at Michael’s but I’m sure you could find them at any craft store. The steps are incredibly easy and for the most part come together quickly. The bulk of time is spent wrapping yarn, which isn’t hard, just time consuming. But, I think it was worth it because I love how simple this wreath turned out.
Here’s how I made this simple and elegant Burlap Valentine’s wreath.
Burlap Wreath – see how to make one here
Piece of cardboard – I just cut a lid flap off of a box
Small glittery foam heart
4 Red glittery heart stickers
Wooden dowel – I painted mine white
4 White glittery heart stickers
Red glitter alphabet stickers
Hot Glue Gun
Using scissors, I carefully cut the wooden dowel to about 14 inches long.
Using the tip of my scissors, I carefully poked a small hole in the center of the top of the red glittery foam heart.
Then I placed a small dot of hot glue on the tip of the dowel and inserted the dowel into the hole I made in the foam heart.
I wanted to incorporate more hearts into this decoration. So, I decided to use heart stickers instead of feathers for the bottom of the arrow. To make them, I trimmed a small piece (about 1 cm) off the bottom of the red glittery heart stickers at a 45 degree angle. If this decoration was visible from all angles, I would have added another two hearts. But, the back will be pressed into the wreath, so there was no need to waste additional stickers.
I spread a thin line of hot glue along the area I trimmed on the stickers and attached them to the bottom of the wooden dowel. I didn’t want them laying flat, so I stood the the second row up a bit and attached them that way.
Next, I worked on the X’s and O’s. I simply attached the alphabet stickers onto the white glittery heart stickers, pressing down hard to made sure they stuck. You could really write anything though.
So far, everything had been quick and easy. But, the arrow is where most of the work came in. I started by drawing a freehand bow onto the card board. I just looked up images of bows online and did my best to sketch one. I made my bow about the same size as my arrow.
Then I cut the bow shape out using scissors.
Next, I added the bow string. I simply placed a dot of glue towards the bottom of the bow and tied my white yarn into a knot, making sure the knot was nestled into the glue. This will ensure my yarn won’t move.
Then I did the same on the other side and trimmed the extra yarn to create the completed bow string.
Next, I glued a row of yarn around the edge of the card board. I wanted to be sure the edges of the cardboard wouldn’t be exposed.
Then I began the most time consuming part of the project, wrapping the red yarn around the bow. I started by spreading a small amount of hot glue on the card board so that the yarn would adhere and not move too much.
Then wrapped the yarn around and around and around and around….
I realized too late that I wouldn’t be able to fit the ream of yarn between the bow string and the bow itself. So, I cut a few long but manageable lengths of yarn and fed that through. Then, I just kept wrapping and wrapping while thinking “Just keep wrapping…” (in my best Dori voice).
When I’d run out of yarn, I would lay a dot of glue down and push the end into it to secure it. I would use the same dot of glue to attach a new length of yarn.
It took forever to wrap this little bow! Ok, so it really only took about 10 minutes but it felt like forever. Anyway, I finally finished wrapping which meant all the components for my wreath were done!
I put the wreath together, by taking a short length of red yarn and wrapping it around the bow, inside the bow string, a few times. Then I simply fed the lose ends of yarn through the burlap to the wire wreath frame and tied a knot. I did this on both the top and bottom of the bow to hold it in place the way I wanted. Then, I fed the arrow over the bow string and under the bow to hold it in place. Finally, I added my XOXO heart stickers by sticking them directly on the burlap.
Voila! Cute and simple Valentine’s wreath is done!
I think it looks pretty cute. 🙂 Now to start thinking about what to do in March!
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