UPDATE: Make sure to check out our 2016 cozy and neutral fall home tour to see this wreath and the other fun touches I added to give our house some autumn spirit!
This is our first year in an actual house (you can check out the tour of our home here!) and I’m so excited to start creating some decorations that we can hopefully use in our home for years to come. The decorations my mom used to put up for each holiday are such a big part of my childhood memories of those holidays and I want to create some of those same traditions for our kiddos (even if the first one is still in my belly and unable to appreciate our awesome fall decorations quite yet).
I made my first burlap bubble wreath last year and I love how simple and pretty this kid of wreath is. I love wreaths and think they make a home so much cozier, but I’m not a big fan of super big, sparkly ones with a million things going on. I like wreaths relatively simple with a pop of color and lots of pretty texture! This particular wreath is super easy to make and you could add any sort of little “garnish” you like. This is very similar to the patriotic burlap wreath tutorial I shared a while back, but is actually even easier because it only involves one color of burlap.
- Approximately 3 rolls of burlap (depends on how big of wreath frame you choose)
- Wire wreath frame (choose whatever size you want!)
- Ribbon, leaves, or whatever you want to use to add a pop of color
- Pipe cleaners
How To Make A Rustic Fall Burlap Bubble Wreath
1. Tie the burlap to the wreath frame.
Tie the burlap in a knot around one of the outer rings. The knot should face toward the back of the wreath so you can pull the burlap through the front.
2. Pull the burlap out of the wreath frame to create a “bubble” or “loop.”
Flip the wreath frame over so the knot is on the back and you’re looking at the front. Reach your fingers through the wires to pull through one small loop of burlap. Tug and pull at the burlap until it forms a pretty little loop (how big you want it is up to you!). I usually let each loop come about 1-2 inches off the frame to give it some depth and texture. After you pull the loop through, twist the fabric below it once or twice before making another loop through the next wire gap. This twisting is what helps keep the loops in place so don’t skip this step!
Once you’ve done the three loops (one in each opening in the wreath frame), you’ll do the same process back across the frame starting at the opposite side (see picture). Basically, you will just keep making your way across the frame back and forth, pulling a loop through, twisting, and doing the next loop. It reminds me of doing a french braid: you have to use every finger to keep all the loops in place but after a few minutes you’ll start to get into a rhythm and it’ll go quick!
3. Repeat this process over and over, refining and tugging on the loops as you go to get a shape and texture you like.
As you’re working your way around the frame, hold the wreath out in front of you every couple inches or so to make sure you like how it’s looking. You can pull on the loops to adjust them and get a better overall texture. When you finish one roll of burlap, tuck the extra piece into the back of the wreath where no one will see it (or use a pipe cleaner to twist it around the frame in the back), then tie another piece of burlap to the frame and continue with the process. I had to do this three times for this wreath.
4. Cut off or tie up any loose ends using pipe cleaners.
Notice how messy the back of the wreath looks. If you’re like me, something like this can send you into a perfectionist-crafting-panic-spiral (this is an official psychological term, y’all). Just know that nobody sees this part and tie it up with excessive pipe cleaners! Nobody will be the wiser, I promise.
When you get to the very end, tie the remaining burlap in a knot on the back of the wreath and cut off any extra. Look at the wreath overall and do any other necessary adjustments to make the loops look full and even!
5. Add some sort of bow or garnish to finish it off.
Now it’s the fun (or if you’re me, semi-stressful part – like I’ve said before, I can be an insecure crafter sometimes). You can add any sort of extra decoration to finish it off. I loved the simplicity and pop of color of these little burlap leaves from World Market, so I did the highly technical crafting process of hot gluing them together and then threaded pipe cleaners through the stems and tied them to the back of the wreath.
6. Enjoy the finished product!
Hang it on your door and (not so) secretly smile to yourself every time you walk through the door! P.S. I save all sorts of fun fall projects, decor inspiration, and recipes over on my fall Pinterest board. Are you following me there yet?