This spring I am seeing burlap just about everywhere. It is easy enough to buy burlap, but I knew I had some I could upcycle in my fabric pile. I made this burlap rosette wreath out of an old printed peanut sack. To add to my recycled theme, I also repurposed an old wreath base that was once a nautical themed wreath.
- Burlap – Recycled, like the peanut sack I used, or new
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Gun Helper
I cut up my burlap bag into pieces. First I cut several 2”by 6” strips to wrap the wreath.
I also cut ten 6”by 6”squares that would eventually become my rosettes. You will need to use good large sewing scissors or a very sharp pair of kitchen scissors to cut the burlap easily. Don’t worry about strings that my pull off, that adds to the shabby chic value of the project.
Using my hot glue gun and lots (like this much) of hot glue, I started wrapping the wreath and hot gluing as I went. This particular burlap was a wide weave, so the glue sunk through a little. I used the dual temp gun on cool, but it wouldn’t hurt to use some of the finger caps in the Plaid Glue Gun Helper set, too.
Taking my 6 x 6 inch squares, I used my sewing scissors to round off the edges and then cut each one into a spiral, keeping the width of the spiral consistent, about 1 ½ inches wide.
Once you have all of your spirals cut, it is time to roll the rosettes. Starting with the outermost piece of the circle, roll the fabric around itself until you have rolled the entire spiral, making sure to keep the bottom edge aligned. You might want to try a couple times before you glue to figure out how tight you want to roll. I would say I used a medium tension, not too tight or too loose.
When you get to the inside of the spiral, you will have a small circle piece left and that will glue onto the bottom to create a base for the rosette. You will want to use a heavy hand to apply plenty of hot glue to this piece (it will hold the rose together) and then glue it to the wreath base. Some roses might have a hole in the center. If it is too big, just take a scrap of your burlap and roll it and glue it into the center.
Note: you might notice some red on my rosettes, since my burlap sack was printed. I liked what this added, but you can use plain burlap it you don’t. If you really like this effect, you can always stamp your burlap before you get started!
Continue this step until you have made all of your rosettes. I used a 10 inch wreath base and it held nine rosettes perfectly.
Use your leftover burlap pieces to form a hanger on the back. I used more hot glue to attach this.
It matches my red door perfectly!
More Project Ideas
Anne is the Director of ConsumerCrafts and considers herself extremely fortunate to have a job that she loves so much. She has been doing crafts her whole life in some form or another, whether it be slip covering a chair, building a toy box, making handcrafted invitations or laminating homemade placemats with her kids. She loves to try new crafts, as well, and finds nothing so satisfying as answering a compliment of her work with “Thanks, I made that.”