Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY! It seems that they are all over the place but scanning through pins on Pinterest, I found an idea for a burlap wreath which was very clever. On Hometalk, Trace Stagg of Sea Trace Creations made a burlap wreath for four seasons using removable decorations. Using her idea for the wreath base and burlap, I’ve created a patriotic 4th of July wreath!
The wreath form is made from a pool noodle. You know those cheap ones from the dollar store? Burlap is needed to cover the noodle. You’ve seen the ones where people tie the burlap or fabric around them but this one had a twist. Trace made a sleeve of the burlap and slipped it around the pool noodle! This takes less than a yard of burlap. The edges were left to fray. I love this!
How To Make The Burlap Wreath Base
- pool noodle
- wire for a hanger
- stick from the yard
- Duck tape
- hot glue
First, cut the noodle diagonally on one end. I used a serrated knife. Pull the other end up and mark where to cut to match the diagonal of the first cut. Cut the second end.
Find a stick about the size of the hole through the pool noodle. The stick we used was about 5″ long. This will be used to connect the two ends.
Lay the burlap out and wrap around the pool noodle to decide how wide the burlap needs to be cut to cover the noodle and be sure to allow extra fabric for overhang. If you want 1-inch overhang, add 2-inches, one for each side. The ones cut for this project were cut 8-1/4″ wide. You need to measure the one you have. There are different sizes of the pool noodles. Remember you will have to slide the noodle through the sleeve. You don’t want it too tight so it will be easy to do this.
Mark the fabric and cut 2 lengths of the fabric from the selvage edges to the fold. You can cut additional lengths depending on how gathered you want your wreath to be. (This wreath has 2 lengths sewn together, end to end.)
The burlap lengths can be glued together like Trace did or they can be stitched by hand or machine. I decided to stitch these end to end with a sewing machine using a basting stitch.
Next, I stitched each loose seam allowance to the burlap so they would lay flat.
Then, with the seam allowances to the inside, the burlap was folded in half, long edges together. Using straight pins, the long sides were pinned together, marking where the seam should be sewn. (I used the pins as a guide for the seam.)
After stitching the entire length and creating a sleeve, the pool noodle was slipped into the sleeve, gathering as it was pulled onto the noodle. I used the seam as a guide to keep each side even. The seam was lined up with the middle of the noodle. I didn’t measure. The noodle was just pulled together to make the circle and the middle of the bottom edge was marked with a straight pin.
Both ends of the sleeve were rolled back to reveal the ends of the pool noodle to be glued. Hot glue was applied to one-half of the stick and inserted into the hole of one end of the pool noodle. More hot glue was applied to the remainder of the stick and the cut surface of the pool noodle on both ends. The ends were brought together firmly and held for a minute.
Using Duck tape or duct tape, the seam was wrapped and secured where the two ends come together. Roll the ends back over the tape and bring together to completely cover the tape. A wire wreath hanger can be fashioned from florist wire. Additional threads can be removed from the outside edges and frayed more if desired.
At this point, the wreath base is complete. Isn’t this so clever?
From here, the sky is the limit. Add flowers, flags, ribbons, bows, and whatever speaks to you. Trace made her decorations removable so she could change it for each of the seasons.
As you can see in the picture, I added a flag, a red burlap bow, some silk hydrangea, and some silk leaves. Believe it or not, this wreath was made with items and fabric I already had except for the ribbon. That was purchased for 50% off at the fabric store!
Can you believe how simple this Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY really is?