Welcome back to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas!
Any fun ideas or projects you are loving from all of the bloggers? I know I have a few favorites already.
Yesterday I showed you my dining room display with those fabulous burlap trees.
Today, as promised, I’m going to teach you how to make them!
Here’s what you’ll need:
burlap – in varying colors (about 2.5 yards per tree or wreath)
12-inch Styrofoam wreath form or 12-inch tall Styrofoam cone form
straight pins (200 – 300)
Let’s start by creating a tree:
Cut a small piece of burlap large enough to cover a Styrofoam cone. Apply glue to the burlap and wrap it around the form.
Use straight pins to help secure the burlap while the glue dries. Trim offany excess burlap, including the top and bottom. Using more pins, secure the burlap to the top and bottom and cover all surfaces.
Next, you will need to cut burlap circles to create the tree. First, make templates by drawing two circles on cardstock. One should be three inches in diameter, the other two and a half inches.
Using your circle templates, cut circles from the burlap. I found it easiest to first cut strips of burlap and then cut the strips into squares. You can easily cut through three or four layers of burlap when cutting out circles.
Once all circles are cut, it’s time to apply them to your burlap covered cone. (I’m using an uncovered cone for demonstration purposes.)
Beginning with your three-inch circles, fold the circles in half twice to form quarter circles. Insert a pin near the bottom corner, about 1/8 inch from the point.
Attach the quarter circles to the cone,starting from the bottom. Keep the open ends of the quarter to the right and work clockwise around the cone.
Once one row is complete, start the next row about a half inch higher than the previous. Position the first quarter circle of the new row in between two from the previous row. This will give you a more variegated look.
Continue working up the cone until about 75 percent of it is covered.
At this point you’ll want to switch to smaller circles. This will create less volume toward the top. Continue adding rows.
Before placing the last row on your tree, you’ll want to create the top point. To do this, simply fold one three-inch circle in half and roll it into a cone shape. With the point facing upwards, pin the opening to the top of the tree.
For the final row of the tree, you’ll want to hide the top of the pin. To do this, you’ll insert your pin under the first layer of burlap in your quarter circle.
Once secure, place a small amount of tacky glue under the top layer.
Then, place another straight pin through the top layer securing it temporarily until the glue is set. Once dry, carefully remove the straight pin.
That’s it! Now find the perfect spot in your home and display the tree with pride.
Now, let’s create a wreath to go with your new tree.
As with the tree, the process begins by cutting circles from burlap. See the instructions above. You will just need three-inch circles this time.
Once all of the circles are cut, it’s time to apply them to your wreath form. Fold the circles in half twice to form quarter circles.
Insert a pin near the bottom corner, about 1/8 inch from the point, then attach to your wreath form. Continue adding folded circles in a random pattern.
They should be pinned close enough so that no Styrofoam can be seen. The tightness, or lack thereof, will create different looks for your wreath. Adjust until you are satisfied with the look.
Feel free to get creative by adding stripes or other patterns to your wreath. When adding stripes, I found it easiest to work in a straight line and then fill in as needed.
This process will take some time, but continue adding circles until you’ve completely filled the wreath. When finished, you can pin a piece of twine or ribbon to the back of the wreath to create a hanger.
That’s it! Your wreath is ready for hanging.
As I said yesterday, the burlap trees (and wreath) are pretty time consuming, but really easy to put together. I know you are going to love them!
Have fun playing with different patterns and colors. I can’t wait to see your creations!
And remember, there is another giveaway today! Click on over to the other blogs to see who’s giving away a special gift.
Michael of Inspired by Charm
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