Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? You can get started now and make this Loopy Burlap Flowers Wreath for your Valentine’s Day decorating!
Materials and Supplies
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- Grapevine Wreath – 15″ to 18″
- 1 roll of 5″ x 15′ red burlap (This will make 10 flowers) — If you did not pick these up in the after-Christmas sales, you can always buy them on Amazon
- Tacky Glue — for making the loopy burlap flowers
- Hot Glue — for attaching things to the wreath
- Red and/or White embellishments – I found red and white beads/berries on stems after Christmas. When looking in the craft stores today, I saw all sorts of red and white items that would look quite lovely in a Valentine’s wreath. I almost bought white feathers! Pick something you would enjoy.
- “Love” sign
- You can cut your own from chipboard if you have the Cricut Maker or a fine saw. The pattern is in my Resource Library. I cut mine on my Cricut Maker from 2mm chipboard.
- You can buy these pre-made around Valentine’s Day made from wood such as:
- White craft acrylic paint & a paintbrush
- Optional: Ribbon or lace
The “Love” Sign
I already had the chipboard on hand from a chipboard project I made for Christmas so I opened up my drawing program and created the word Love as an SVG file. I widened the letters in their thin spots and pushed the letters together to give the whole word a little more strength, then converted it to a single object to cut on the Cricut Maker.
The font I used is called Dulcelin and is the same font that I use in my logo.
I am happy with the result. The Cricut Maker cut the Cricuit brand 2mm chipboard without creating any debris.
Finding a pre-made sign in your local craft store at this time of year would be fast and easy — assuming the local crafters have not snatched them all up by now. And, of course, there is always shopping online for such signs.
Making the Loopy Burlap Flowers
The flowers in this project are larger than the flowers I have made in previous projects. Because I used the roll of burlap, I made them the width of that roll. The roll is 5-inches wide and 15-feet in length. This makes 10 flowers from 5″x18″ rectangles of burlap.
As you work with the burlap on a roll, you will notice that the edge of the burlap is serged, which means you can work a little closer to the edge (as you will see in my video below). Working closer to the edge allows the flowers to lie closer to the wreath instead of having the bulky base.
I have made loopy burlap flowers for a few projects on my blog. You can go back and read through those posts to learn more about how to make them…
…or watch this short video to get a quick refresher on how to make the flowers.
Note: The flowers for this project are larger than the ones I have made for previous posts. Pulling the first couple of strands of fiber out of the cloth takes a little more effort but it is just as easy after that.
Assembling the Valentine’s Wreath
The first thing I positioned was the word “Love” that I had cut on the Cricut and painted with white craft acrylic paint. I used hot glue at each end of the word and in the middle to hold it in place. The chipboard is very lightweight so it didn’t need much to keep it secured to the wreath.
How you assemble the flowers onto the wreath is up to you and your personal style. I tried evenly spacing them around the wreath and I tried grouping the flowers together and preferred them grouped together.
Try a few arrangements using just a dab of hot glue to hold the flowers in place until you find an arrangement that suits you.
Tip for rearranging the flowers: If you don’t like where you positioned a flower, hold the flower securely by its base and twist to remove it from the wreath. It will come off easier if you twist it than if you try to pull straight off the wreath.
When you have the flowers laid out the way you like, use more hot glue to hold the flowers in place.
If you have something to add to the center of the flowers, you can glue those in place at any time. I used some of the white “berries” as the centers of my flowers.
Add a Bow to Your Wreath
After all but two of the loopy burlap flowers were in place, I made a big bow. To make the bow, I started with 4 strips of 24″ ribbon. The ribbon I used is wired ribbon that is 3″ wide.
Step 1: Make the Loops
Take each of those 24-inch strips and glue the ends to each other to make four loops.
Making sure the overlapped/glued edge is in the center, flatten each loop and stack them into a pile.
Cut a shorter piece of ribbon that is four to six inches in length and remove the wires.
Fold this lengthwise into a tube and secure the overlap with glue. This will be the center piece that ties the loops together.
Step 2: Gather the Loops
Take the stack of flattened loops and pinch them in the middle. Wrap that tube-shaped piece around the middle of the pinch and glue it in the back. You may have leftover ribbon from that wrap piece. You can cut off and discard the extra.
Step 3: Poof!
When the glue has hardened, turn the bow over and start fanning out the loops so they are no longer stacked on top of each other then un-flatten them. Poof them out.
Step 4: Ribbon Streamers
Cut two more pieces of ribbon around 15 inches in length each. Clip one end of each to give it a fan-tail. At the opposite end of each, gather up in a pinch and secure to the back of the bow with some hot glue.
Step 5: Attach the Bow
Glue the bow to the wreath and use the last two loopy burlap flowers to fill in where they look best to you. I tucked my last two flowers up against the bow.
I then took my red and white berry embellishments and tucked those into the wreath around the flowers and the bow. They fit into the grapevine quite snugly so I did not need to glue those in place.
Now the wreath is ready to decorate your home for Valentine’s Day!
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I love this wreath and used your bow tutorial to make my own spring/summer wreath today
Tracy Lynn DeGarmo
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