Fall is the perfect time for DIY Burlap home decor projects. This quick tutorial will teach you how to make a burlap wreath with sunflowers that is perfect for decorating any room for fall!
My husband once told me that it was so nice to have a home that was nicely decorated since he had not had that in years. Yes, he’s a man but even though they won’t often mention they’ve noticed things; they will definitely notice when their home both looks and feels like a home.
Burlap is one of those decor ingredients – does DIY home decor have ingredients? Well it does now – that instantly adds warmth to a home. Sunflowers are perfect fall colors and blend so well with burlap that they make an amazing fall wreath idea. It was for that reason that learning how to make a burlap wreath with sunflowers was one of the very first crafts I ever did.
How to Make a Burlap Wreath with Sunflowers
I love decorating my home on a budget, but I am especially fond of wreaths. They’re so easy to make – usually – and most of the time can be easily customized to fit any decor style and season.
The burlap wreath with sunflowers in this post is 24″ in size, but since it is your home and your decor, feel free to make it in a smaller or larger size based on your needs. You can also change our the silk sunflowers (Amazon) and other accents if you want to.
Doing so makes it easily used for other seasons as well.
How to Make a Fall Burlap Wreath
For my own front door, this burlap sunflower wreath graces my door during the fall months.
Yes, Texas has fall ya’ll. It’s just warmer than fall up north.
Since this burlap wreath is made with a wire frame and burlap, it is strong enough to handle any winds that may come with fall and lower temperatures.
And somewhere in the fields of West Texas, someone yelled “God bless Texas” at the thought of cooler temperatures.
My Favorite Spring Wreath
Once fall and winter are over, I love to change my wreath decor to another of my favorite wreaths. THIS simply spring wreath with tissue paper flowers (Six Dollar Family) is so easy to make and looks so pretty on your front door.
Honestly. It’s a great way to welcome spring to your home.
Supplies You will need:
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks HERE (Amazon)
- Small nails HERE (Amazon)
- Medium floral wire HERE (Walmart)
- Wire Cutters HERE (Amazon)
- Scissors HERE (Walmart)
- 3″ wide burlap roll HERE (Amazon)
- 11-15 silk flowers HERE (Amazon)
- Silk Butterfly Accent HERE (Amazon) OR
- Silk Bird Accent HERE (Amazon)
- Styrofoam Wreath Form HERE (Walmart)
- Green Moss HERE (Amazon)
- Curvy grapevine HERE (Walmart)
Burlap Sunflower Wreath
Before we get to the nitty gritty of how to make a burlap sunflower wreath, I want to make sure you know how to make a grapevine birds nest. You will need one to continue with making your burlap sunflower wreath.
It’s an important accent for your burlap wreath!
How to Make a Grapevine Birds Nest
Before I started working on the actual burlap wreath, I made a “bird’s nest” out of grapevine from another wreath to attach to the larger wreath.
Making a grapevine bird’s nest is super simple to do. Simply take a few long pieces out of a dismantled grapevine wreath and form them into a small circle shape.
Then, use some wrapped wire to keep it tightened in three or four places around the wreath.
You can add these birds nests to different crafts or a flower pot for a nice addition!
How to Arrange Flowers on a Wreath
When you arrange flowers on a wreath, you always want an odd number in any arranged section. Doing so will provide a better balance for the eye where an even number will keep the eye bouncing back and forth.
You will also want to place darker colors in the deeper center parts of floral arrangements to draw the eye in and then balance a few between the other colors that you have. Keep smaller bud type pieces with lighter colors on the ends.
How to Make a Burlap Wreath with Sunflowers
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Small Nails
- Wire Cutters
- Heat glue gun. Trim lower leaves from flowers. Set trimmed leaves aside for later.
- Make grape vine bird's nest according to the instructions above.
- Begin to wrap Styrofoam wreath form with burlap. Make sure the burlap is pulled tightly at an upward angle. Use pins to help keep it in place if needed. Add a few drops of hot glue to the end to help permanently keep it in place.
- Continue wrapping the burlap until the wreath form is fully covered. Pin and glue the end piece to keep it in place. Be sure to pin the burlap on whichever side you will be using as the back of your wreath so it is not visible. Trim the excess burlap setting it aside for use as a swag later.
- Using floral wire bent into a "U" shape, secure the grape vine birds nest onto a lower corner of your wreath form. Use a few dabs of hot glue where it is touching the main form to keep it in place. Don't stress getting it flush against the wreath. We will fill in any gaps later.
- Begin to lay out the flowers to figure out how you will arrange them. Aim for an odd number of flowers on each arranged section with darker, larger flowers in the center and smaller, lighter colors and buds on the outer edges. Doing so will give your wreath better balance.
- After you have figured out the arrangements, begin placing them – stem first – through the burlap and into the wreath foam. It may take some work to get the stems through the burlap. You may need to trim stems a bit. Do so now but try to have them at different heights to mimic nature. After each one is placed, add a drop of hot glue where the stem meets the burlap. As you're near the birds nest, place a few stems of grape vine near the nest to help fill it out and secure it a bit more.
- Use the leaves you set aside earlier to fill in any gaps between flowers. Then, add a drop or two of hot glue to the underside of the moss and place it into the nest. If you are using a bird, place it into the nest – partially sticking out and secure with glue. For a butterfly, secure it to the edge of the birds nest.
- Set the wreath aside and allow it to fully dry. If you wish, you can use the excess burlap from earlier to create a burlap swag. Once the wreath is fully dry, check each piece and add more glue to any pieces that may need to be secured more. Use a wreath hanger to hang.