Fall Wreath Tutorial- Burlap, Gourds and Feathers

I’ve accepted the fact that Fall is here in spirit, no matter what the calendar says.  What better way to celebrate than with a little wreath making??  I looked for inspiration last week in this post and I definitely pulled a lot of elements from what I found.

Fall Wreath - Burlap, Gourds and Feathers 3

Isn’t she a beauty?  I love the feathers.  (Note to all birds in my area, please start dropping pretty feathers so that I don’t have to spend $7 on 4 of them at the store).

Here’s how I did it and what you need to make one, too!


Materials for Fall Wreath

1 Wreath Form – I reused a straw one I used at Easter

Glue Gun

10 yard roll of Burlap – 5in wide

Gourds or other fall decoration of your choosing

Feathers, flowers or something else with some height that you love

Step 1:

Cut  most  of the burlap into about 4″ pieces.  You will need some uncut burlap at the end to cover the back of the wreath. I cut about 10 pieces at a time.

Step 2:

Fold the burlap as shown.  This doesn’t have to be perfect.  It took me a few tries to get a shape I liked and I can’t really tell the difference between the first technique and the one I finally landed on.

Fall Wreath Technique

I put a dab of hot glue at the bottom, where my fingers are holding the burlap to help keep this shape.

Step 3:

Attach the piece of burlap to the wreath with hot glue.  (I am not responsible for the hot glue burns you will most definitely get!)

Fall Wreath Technique 2

Continue attaching burlap pieces around the wreath until complete

Step 4:

Using the leftover burlap, cover the back side of the wreath.  I used the remaining uncut burlap and hot glued and pinned it with floral pins just to cover the straw.

Step 5:

Hot glue your decorative items to the wreath.  I like to use the “thriller, spiller, filler” theory on wreaths (like with potted plants!).  The feathers in this case are the tall “thrillers”, the gourds are the “spillers” and the burlap is the “filler”.  As for location of the decorative items, it’s a personal choice. Play around with it and see what you like.

This took me a little longer than the first wreath I tried.  About an hour in total.  If you need to buy the wreath form, this should cost less than $25 dollars.  Get a coupon and you could knock a few bucks off of that.  And take a peek at the prices of a ready made wreath.  You will have no problem plunking down $25 for something that looks as good AND gives you the “Yeah, I did that!” feeling.

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