Next I laid out the wreath onto two layers of fabric burlap, this is "not" low grade, utility burlap. I had a 4 or 5 inch extra allowance on the outside edges but I was short in places so 6" should be your aimed measurement. The two squares should be no less than 30", but again it depends on the size of the frame you are going to use. I'm thinking this one was about 18".
Burlap Pool Noodle Wreath- New Design
I just have to confess...I get bored easily and I therefore try to not make the same things over and over. I had a square wreath frame that I wanted to use but not in the same old way using deco mesh. I just wanted to simply cover the frame in burlap and use that as a backdrop to add my florals onto.
To create some fullness within the frame I sliced a pool noodle in half length wise and began to fit it inside the frame. Heavy duty scissors worked fine to make the cuts, corners were mitred cuts on 45 degree angles. No need to worry about perfect cuts because all of the pool noodle will be covered.
The rounded, pool noodle will be the top and the frame will be the stabilizing base to this wreath. Next I flipped it over, centered it onto the burlap and marked along the inside edge of the frame. I then removed the frame and cut pie shape sections within the line, do not cut tight to the line! You'll see as you begin to fold and wrap that you may need to make an extra snip here and there but it's easier to cut at that point then cover up a cut made too deep in the beginning.
These sections then were pulled up and around the perimeter of the frame, I hot glued them in place.
I was smart enough to remember to add my hanger before I sealed all of the frame shut! I want this frame to hang diagonal so I added the tie on the corner but you may wish to add it to the center of the side to hang it square. I wrapped it through the frame and made a hole in the burlap to feed it out through.
Next comes the final wrapping, those outside flaps get pulled taut and sealed in place with hot glue. Leave your corners for the absolute last, opposing sides first! I folded the raw edge under before I glued it down to give it a neater look but the finished edge shown below, there's no need because it won't fray.
Be sure to pull and glue tight the areas shown with the arrows on the back view, this will ensure nice edges on your outside corners. The final flap of the corners does reach around to be seen from the front view but it's not noticeable once the accents are added on.
Now comes the fun part, adding all of the eye candy! Assorted Fall leaves, accent colored florals, pine cones, wheat grass stems and so on. I cut the stems short, punctured them down through the burlap on an angle, that way the florals rest flat against the frame. I added a dab of hot glue at the point where the wire pierced the burlap, the stem inside also anchors it too.
Tip: The 9 o'clock point was my center so the stems on either side of this mark get glued in the direction of stems pointing towards the center mark. That way the florals all fan out from that point accenting the frames shape.
To accent the other blank side I chose a silk upholstery cord to wrap around the burlap to give it some interest. It was secured in place with hot glue at points along the back of each wrap I made and secured well at both ends underneath those corner folds I made, you'd swear I planned it! I didn't measure my cord because I had loads of it but I'd say 2 yards would be plenty.
I continued adding the florals in and keeping check on the overall even look of my placements, not to make it repetitive but just to give it balance on both sides. Sometimes I'll hang it up on my wall and stand back from it to see how it looks. I look for bare spots, areas of too much of the same color in one spot, leaves not falling the way I want, etc. Make adjustments as you see it and glue on more, take away, bend a leaf and glue it the way you want..it's all in your own hands at this point!
Once you are comfortable with the look it's ready to display on your door! I added here and there afterwards some single leaves that I bought in an assortment package from the Dollarstore. You'll see those few pops of red maple leaves and others here and there in the wreath, little things can make a big difference!
It has all the perfect shades of Fall, I love all of those warm colors! I'm hoping this has inspired you to try to make something unique and pretty for your front door! Good luck, I'm here if you need me!