I have to be honest. I’ve never really loved or gotten into the “burlap craze.” When I was planning our wedding last year, it seemed liked the fad for the year was rustic weddings with burlap EVERYWHERE. While it is cute, it really just isn’t my style.  I have to admit, it has grown on me. Still, after seeing many different burlap wreath examples and tutorials, I felt as though I had to put a modern twist on it. Check out this simple tutorial for a modern square burlap wreath. It’s about a 90 minute project, and costs just about 15 dollars per wreath. Can’t beat that!  Remember Katie, from our old blog…Thursday Night Threads?  She and I made this together, and had a blast doing it! 🙂

Modern Square Burlap Wreath Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

  • 14 ” Square Floral Wire Wreath (got it at Michael’s for about $3 with my 25% off coupon)
  • Floral Wire – you don’t need a lot.  (under 5 feet)
  • Twine (about 4 feet)
  • Pins with the pearlized heads
  • 1/4 yard of purple burlap (or another color of your choice)
  • 1/4 yard of teal burlap (or another color of your choice)
  • 1/4 yard of white burlap (or another color of your choice)
  • A few scraps of felt (to glue the burlap on to make the flowers)
  • 2 rolls of 5″ wide burlap “ribbon” (about 15 meters per wreath is needed.  The needed amount depends on how loose or tight you want your burlap loops)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

1. Attach Wire to Burlap “Ribbon”

Square Burlap wreath attach with wire

Weave the floral wire on the end of the burlap “ribbon” to have a method to attach the burlap to the metal floral wreath for the first time.


2. Attach the End of the Burlap to the Floral Wire Wreath

Attaching Burlap to Wire WreathI wove the wire around one of the crossbars on the wire wreath.  You want to make sure you secure this tightly so that it stays attached as this is really the only way your burlap is going to stay attached to the wreath while you are weaving the loops of burlap through the wreath frame.


3. Start your First Loop

Square Burlap Wreath burlap loopOkay, ask Katie…this part was FILLED with frustration.  Starting this wreath is frustrating for us perfectionists.  You just have to trust me when I say, start a few “rows” of loops and it will all turn out.  I got hung up on the first few loops for awhile, until I decided to move on and trust that it will turn out, even if the first couple of loops aren’t perfect.  When you thread your loop between the wire bars, twist it afterwards to ensure that it stays in place.


4.  Feed the Burlap Under the Wire Bar to Make Your Next Loop

Looping burlap on Square Burlap wreathOnce you loop it through the bars, be sure to twist your second loop so that it stays in place.  I kind of lightly held the loops as I progressed along.  I will be honest, it is really hard to show this in pictures.  The one thing that seems kind of weird as you start is that you’re not actually covering up the wires.  Trust me as long as you push the loops close together, they will “fill out” the space and cover all of the wire completely.


5.  Repeat the Looping Process Until Your Wreath is Complete


unnamed (2)Completed Square Burlap Wreath


6.  Start Making the Burlap Flowers for the Wreath

I made 9 flowers for the wreath (3 of each color of burlap), but it’s really up to you how many you want to make (or have the patience to make! 🙂 ).  I cut strips of burlap 1.5″ wide and of varying lengths.  I wanted to create different sized flowers, which is why I did all different lengths.  I cut strips anywhere from 12″ long for the small flowers, to 30″ long for the larger flowers.

Start of burlap flower
Fold the burlap strip in half for the center of the flower.
Roll the burlap a few times around
Center of Burlap Flower
Once you get the center of the flower how you want it, take the remaining burlap (unfolded now) and twist it around the center of the flower. There is no right or wrong to this
Burlap Wreath Flower
This is how the flower looks as you twist the burlap around the center.
Attaching the burlap flower to felt
Here is a finished flower glued to felt for stability.
Back of burlap flower for Square burlap wreath
Cut off the excess felt
Finished Flower for Burlap Wreath
Completed burlap flower


7. Make the Bow for the Wreath

I cut a strip of purple burlap out 3.5″ x 21″ for the bow.  You can really make it however big or small you would like it.

Top of Bow for Wreath
Glue the ends of the strip together to make the bow.
Bow for square burlap wreath
Gather the center of the bow
Tying the bow for the square burlap wreath
Tie the gathered center together with twine


8.  Make the “Ends” of the Bow

I cut out 2 strips about 10″ long and 3.5″ wide for each ribbon end.  I cut a “V” out at the end of each to dress up the ends.


9.  Glue on the Bow and Flowers

I used hot glue and some of the floral wire to attach the ribbon to the top left hand corner of the wreath.  I hot glued the flowers in a random pattern at the bottom right hand corner of the wreath.  This is where you can get creative and arrange things however you would like!  Once you have the flowers in place, put the pearlized pins in the center of the flowers to give them some added “sparkle” and character.

That’s it!!  You have made your very own Modern Square Burlap Wreath! 🙂  We hope you have fun making your own!

Jess & Katie


Modern Square Burlap Wreath Tutorial

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