I added the hanger on the back with the string in through the frame before I went any further.
Four Season Burlap Wreath- Winter
This is the beginning of another versatile all season wreath that I wanted to create because the first one I posted has been so popular, the Frugal Four Season Burlap Wreath. This one will be similar but I've added a few twists to it! Shall we start?
I sliced a pool noodle in half lengthwise for another wreath and had pieces leftover so I used them to fill in the hollow of an 18" wire wreath form. I secured it first with floral wire but tape was chosen in the end as the better option.
Next I cut my burlap fabric into strips that were glued end to end to give me the overall length I needed.
The next part involves using jute string in the place of thread to sew the burlap around the wreath, using a large darn needle to thread the string through. The video below should clarify the process.
*As a tip I had to add a teensy bit of hot glue to the tip and flatten between my fingers. I then cut it to a point to easily feed it through the needle, don't worry once it's done....it's done! Pull jute through needle and cut the glued tip off because it will hinder you stitching through the burlap.
Here's the start of the process feeding the string through with a simple running stitch.
I gathered the fabric onto the form as I stitched because the length is double the wreath circumference. Below is a video to show you how I ended off the stitching.
Here is a side by side comparison to the old way that I made my first burlap pool noodle wreath. The new version using a frame gives it structure and strength plus it's a bigger size!
I know it was tedious but I much prefer the look that the jute string stitching along the edge gives and the longer fringes longer as well.
Remember I said I was going to add a twist to this new wreath, I did! I went around the width of my four fingers and twisted the fringe inward, the next equal spacing the fringe stayed outward, the next increment it was twisted inward until I completed the full circle.
Below you see how I am forming the pattern of twist, remain, twist again working my way around.
Now comes the fun part, the icing on the cake....decorating the wreath! Since its almost Winter I'm going with that theme for now and I think a snowman would be fun. I had old and new Styrofoam balls of different sizes that I first sliced in half.
I used the white paint to cover just the recycled one which had hints of color left behind on it.
The recycled one was chipped from removing glued items off it so that sparked the idea that all snowmen aren't perfectly smooth anyhow. I went with that sentiment and began to carefully chip away at the other snowballs
I notched out the base where each ball would rest to have the balls sit snugly as they would with a real one.
Now this next part hurt me as much as it's going to hurt you...turn away if you have a weak stomach.😄 Inserting a skewer stick up through the bottom, breaking through all 3 of the snowballs.
A little glue was added to the snowball joins to keep them in place onto the Skewer.
Actually since they were snowballs, he was frozen....didn't feel a thing! See the patient is doing quite well in recovery!
I glued on buttons by indenting them a little into the Styrofoam and using a little hot glue. I had blue plastic sheets that I cut out his mittens with, eyes of coal are black buttons, mouth is just dots made with the red Sharpie marker. His carrot nose is a wooden skewer painted orange.
The orange cloth is a microfiber towel that I made his scarf and hat out of. I ended up afterwards using an orange plastic sheet to cut out matching mittens for our man, taped on to more skewer sticks and pushed into the styrofoam.
I think we need a sign, so I whipped up a banner with burlap ribbon and acrylic paints in turquoise and white shades to create an ombre effect. The first one I outlined with black and I didn't care for it so I started on the next one. .
I gave it a white outline first, in my own handwriting using the paintbrush.
I had a folded paper towel underneath to catch any paint that seeped through the burlap.
I blended the colors to go from the dark to light and finally white, it reminded me of frosty, icy colors.
To make this wreath a four season one, all parts will be easily interchangeable. The banner is attached with safety pins at the back.
The snowman is pierced down into the pool noodle by means of his skewer stick. I added a tiny bit of snow covered faux greenery to camouflage it.
Lastly, I added a touch of shimmer with these plastic snowflakes just hooked into the burlap with floral wire.
Ready to see the finished look? Isn't he cute?
Remember this is part one of a four season wreath so I'll link the next three seasonal looks to this post, you won't want to miss them!