I’ve been reworking some of my old wreaths and when I came across this burlap squares wreath, I thought it would be perfect to use for the March Craft Challenge that challenges crafters to make something using an old pair of jeans. The rosettes and the the little bird are made from old, worn out jeans.
The wreath is made using a styrofoam wreath form as a base. I cut squares from two different shades of burlap. To make this, fold the square in half and then in half again. Pinch the bottom and hot glue it to the wreath form. I did the outer ring first with the light burlap and followed that with the darker shade. Prepare for a lot of shedding!
I made a simple bow from burlap ribbon and hot glued it in place. This wreath had some felt flowers on it and was looking fallish. I wanted to change that up so I removed those flowers and added blue accents.
The rosettes are made from old jeans. I made some of them by cutting a circle and then cutting a spiral from the circle. I used the twist and roll method for making these.
The smaller one is made by cutting the the seam of the pants leg and using the thick, doubled fabric to twist and roll. I added a pearl head pin the center of them all.
I added one burlap rosette and then used two squares of denim beneath that.
I added the denim rosettes on top of and beneath the squares.
I also added a rosette to the bow at the top of the wreath.
Now, I could have stopped there and called it done, but I had a couple more ideas of how to make this wreath spring worthy.
I cut part of a empty wrapping paper roll to size and hot glued a piece of burlap around it. I painted wood letters to spell out “welcome spring” and glued “spring” to the roll. I decided not to use the welcome word on the wreath. It just didn’t fit right.
I glued this into the center of the wreath.
I wasn’t quite finished. There was one more item that I wanted to make using the old denim.
I cut a template that resembled a bird from card stock and used that to cut the denim. I cut both a back and front for the bird. I cut the back pockets from the jeans and used that for the wings.
I added cocktail skewers for the legs. They are glued between the front and back of the body.
I cut a small beak from yellow felt and used a button for the eye. Then I hot glued it all together and glued it to the wreath.
I had fun coming up with a way to meet the denim challenge and I’m pretty happy with how my spring wreath turned out.
- Styrofoam Wreath Form
- Hot Glue
- Burlap Ribbon for bow
- Old Pair of Jeans
- Cocktail Skewers
- Wood Letters
- Craft Paint
- Wrapping Paper Roll
- Pearl Head Pins
Isn’t it fun to take something old and unused and turn it into something you love?
Spring time is really trying to break through here. Now I have a fun wreath on the door to welcome its arrival.