Rustic Christmas decor is super popular, and with good reason, it’s beautiful! And one element of rustic that I love to hate (or hate to love) is burlap! Today I’m showing y’all how to make an adorable burlap snowman wreath with a rustic feel.
When it comes to Christmas decor there is no shortage of themes and styles. One of my favorites is the rustic style. People who love farmhouse decor tend to agree with me here. I’m showing you step-by-step how to take burlap mesh, gorgeous ribbon, and an adorable snowman to make a rustic holiday wreath that will fit in perfectly with your farmhouse decor!
Burlap Snowman Wreath
For this wreath I use a 10 inch wreath which is much smaller than what I usually use. But here’s the thing y’all, once you add your burlap mesh and your ribbons, it actually turns out to be a 22 inch wreath. And that’s no small wreath, no slacking here!
There are a couple of benefits to using one of these baby wreaths. You will use fewer supplies which keeps costs down and enables you to sell these wreaths at a lower price point. That’s a win for you and your customers! Fewer supplies also means you will have leftovers and be able to easily make multiples. That’s a huge win when you sell your wreaths! If you want to learn more about creating multiples of your wreath designs, I have a whole blog post about that. You may also be able to ship these wreaths in a smaller box which will save on shipping costs. Who doesn’t love to save on shipping!?
In the video, I was asked how I decide how long to make my ribbon tails. Y’all know I love to share tips whenever I can so I want to make sure you catch this one! If I am using the poof method for a deco mesh wreath all I do is take the poof size plus 4 inches. So, if my poof is 8 inches, I add 4 and make my ribbon tails 12 inches long. If I am using the ruffle method (like I do in this video) I make 10 inch ruffles so I cut my ribbon tails 14 inches long. Easy-peasy calculations y’all, just add 4 to get the perfect ribbon tail length!
I have another pro-tip for y’all too. Making wreath frames can be tedious work, I know. I really don’t like making them so I just purchase them because I’m at a point in my business where I can afford to do that. If you aren’t there yet, however, making your own wreath frames can save you some money! Just sit down in front of your favorite show and bust a whole bunch out. To learn how to make your own wreath frames, check out my blog post on that.
- Grab your Pro Bow and move the pegs to row B or C depending on how large you want your finished bow to be.
- Cut 2 wires 24" each.
- Take all three of your 1.5" ribbons and stack them together.
- Fold one piece of wire in half. Take the ends of your ribbon and pinch them together. Wrap the center point of your wire around the pinch.
- Wrap your ribbons around the the first peg left of center, then back to your center peg. Pinch it around the peg and tie it off with the wire. Wrap one side of the wire around the peg and the other around the nail. Tuck the end that is around the nail under your Pro Bow to keep it out of the way.
- Take the second wire and fold it in half. Slide it under the ribbon so it is vertical and twist the center around your center peg a few times. Put one wire up and out of the way and the second wire down and out of the way.
- Pinch your ribbons right behind the center peg and twist, then wrap them around the peg just right of center, then back to the center. Pinch and twist, then repeat the wrapping process around two more pegs on each side, alternating sides.
- Now use the second wire you attached to twist the center of the bow in its place.
- Trim your ribbons off their spools leaving a tail, and dove tail the ends.
- Now take your 2.5" ribbon and dove tail the end. Measure from your center peg all the way to the outside peg and pinch. Add the pinch right on top of where you just twisted the bow in place.
- Next, wrap the ribbon around the next available peg on the right side, bring back to the center and repeat on the next available peg on the left side. Bring the ribbon back to center then pinch, twist, and tie off with the wire. Trim the ribbon from the spool and dove tail the end.
- Repeat this method on the last two pegs.
- Remove the wires from top and bottom and twist them all together at the center of the bow.
- Fluff on the fluff box.
Burlap Snowman Wreath
- Take your burlap mesh and cut 12 30" strips.
- Take one of your strips, curl side down, and scrunch it up the center to make a ruffle. Attach the center to one of the twist ties on your wreath frame.
- Repeat until entire wreath frame is full.
- Take your 2.5" ribbon and cut 12 ribbon tails, 14 inches each. Using a ribbon tail board will make this easier. Next, dove tail trim the ribbon tails at both ends.
- Repeat this process with the 1.5" ribbon.
- Place one 1.5" ribbon tail on top of a 2.5" one. Fold them in half and pinch at the center point. Attach at anchor point of the wreath form. Repeat at all anchor points of the wreath form.
- Now it's time to attach the snow man! Staple four pipe cleaners to the back of the snowman. Use the pipe cleaners to attach the snowman to the right side of the wreath, feeding the pipe cleaners through the rails on the wreath frame.
- Attach your Damon bows at the top left and bottom left corners of the snowman.
So that’s the burlap snowman wreath y’all! Super cute, super rustic, and super simple. Like I said, your farmhouse loving friends will love this style. But so will many others. This will also be a good fit for those of your customers or loved ones with a more vintage look to their Christmas decor. And who doesn’t love snowmen y’all?!
If you need any help with centerpiece-making, bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths.
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