a spring wreath

A few weeks ago I spent some time with two of my oldest friends {not old as in age, but old as in I’ve known them for a long, long time}.  Both mentioned that they had their burlap wreaths up and that they wanted something a little springier for their front doors.

So Lindsay & Erin, this one is for you :


Here is what you’ll need:


:: wreath form {mine is 10 inches, but you could definitely go larger}

:: linen for the ruffles {about 12” x 72”}

:: embellishments: eggs, nest, sheet moss, glitter, glue, white fabric, green felt

:: scissors, sewing machine, glue gun

STEP ONE: cut four strips of fabric {approximately 2.5” x 72”}


I find it helpful to fold fabric to cut down on cutting distance.


STEP TWO: wrap wreath form with one strip



Using hot glue to adhere the end.



STEP THREE: stitch the remaining three strips of fabric together to create one long strip.



STEP FOUR: stitch the ruffle


With the machine set to the longest stitch, sew along one side of of the strip {about 1/8” in}.


STEP FIVE: ruffle, ruffle, ruffle


{pull one thread to gather the fabric}


STEP FIVE: attach the ruffle to the wreath


with a bead of hot glue, adhere one end of the ruffle


STEP SIX: wrap the ruffle


Add a dab of hot glue under each ruffle edge to hold in place.

To finish, cut off remaining ruffle and glue down to hold.




So pretty on its own!

. . . to embellish . . .

STEP ONE: glitter the eggs {fun + messy craft to do with kids}



STEP TWO: add moss to wreath


cut moss to just larger than nest and attach to wreath with hot glue.


STEP THREE: add the nest


STEP FOUR: add mini flowers {tutorial here} and twigs


STEP FIVE: glue eggs in the nest


and you have a sweet spring wreath.










happy spring

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98 Responses to a spring wreath

  1. Dawn March 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Super cute!! Just like everything else you do!!

  2. Hollie Eastman March 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    love it!!

  3. C.R.A.F.T. March 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    WOW! This is lovely :) come on over and link up to MMM!!

  4. stephanie March 22, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    so pretty! you are so creative!!

  5. amy~ the gypsy chick March 22, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    LoVe! ok so i just stumbled on your blog from Holly Mathis & i am in LoVe with your blog! I totally adore your decorating style!
    Hope that you have a beautiful day!
    amy boland

  6. Alima March 22, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Where did you use the green felt? Maybe I missed it, but I scrolled through twice and didn’t see where you used it. Also, what type of glue? Could I use spray glue that I already have or will it not be sticky enough to hold the glitter?
    Thanks Emily!

  7. catherine thoms March 22, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    oh i LOVE it!!!! just made your book page wreath a couple weeks ago…i’ll definitely be making this one next!!! thanks for sharing your creative ideas!!!

  8. kelly March 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    really beautiful!

  9. Stephanie Pouliot March 23, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

  10. Lauren March 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Emily, I love it! And I though just adding a pale blue flower (made with your lining material flower tut) to my coffee filter wreath was spring-y. I love ruffles and really love this! Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. Michelle @ Sweet Something Design March 24, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I love that you used linen, great job on the wreath!
    Off subject….can I ask where the plate that you used for the glittering step came from? I should be looking at the project, but that plate caught my eye! :)

  12. Sarah Fink March 24, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    We are having a wreath-making party here in IL with chocolate, wine and hot glue. Thanks for being inspiring!

  13. Corinne March 25, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    When I saw your darling wreath I knew I had to make it. Using linen is a great idea and the ruffles, oh my. I just finished making the wreath and it’s up on my front door. L.U.R.V.E. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and for your generosity. Cheers from sunny cold Toronto.

  14. Sarah @ a drop of golden sun March 27, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this! Our monthly craft club craft for April is “wreaths” & we were instructed to “find our own inspiration” and bring it for craft night. I am SO doing this one! Love it; thank you!

  15. Layla March 29, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    One of the most beautiful wreaths I’ve ever seen. Seriously. It’s AMAAAAAAAZING!!!!

  16. andi March 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    absolutely love this sooo much! can’t wait to make one of my own. Thanks!

  17. Jodie March 30, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    What a fantastic wreath! Beautiful!

    Warm Wishes,

  18. Tami Hozempa March 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I absolutely adore this…especially the birds nest…unique and beautiful!!! Wowza

  19. Heather April 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I love your wreath – so much so that I copied it!!! I used a thrifted linen skirt which cost about $1 and a straw wreath form that I had on hand! So much fun to re-purpose! Thank you for the step by step – it was simple and fast and I am so happy with the results!

  20. janlynn April 7, 2011 at 4:20 am #

    Just wanted you to know that your tutorial inspired me to make a wreath. Mine is burlap instead of linen. It is nowhere near as nice as yours but I am happy with it. Thanks!

  21. Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails April 11, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    I dont know how I missed this(as Im a subscriber) but thankfully Meg(Whatever) linked to it and Im so glad I found it! Im going to make this this week for hubbys grandmother. She loves birds and springtime. This will be perfect! Im loving those ruffles and glitter…divine!

  22. Stefanie @ The Bakke Family April 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    I was told about your website by a friend of mine, and after seeing this tutorial, decided to try my hand at it. I did a slight variation, and am thrilled with how it turned out! I hung it on my door today, and my neighbor came over this afternoon and was commenting on how she liked it and asking how it was done. Thanks so much for sharing!

  23. Denise :) May 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    This is such a cute, cute idea. My daughter actually recommended I take a look — when she was explaining why she finally wanted my old sewing machine! Well done!! :)

  24. Mary May 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Another adorable wreath! I made your harvest wreath and I’m just going to have to make this one. Thanks! Keep sharing.

  25. anne May 24, 2011 at 8:20 am #


  26. Catrin Strigl June 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I love this wreath…it is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Paige Atkins July 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I love this! I can’t find a nest anywhere. Could someone give me an idea?

    And, to answer the question about green felt, because I was wondering myself….it is used for the leaves behind the flowers she made with the white fabric.”

  28. Kristie @ Lee Design Co. August 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiration for this wreath! I just made my own using vintage inspired fabrics, and can I say, I love the look of it!! Your creativity inspires me!



  29. Ashlee August 20, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    Very creative and fun!! Looks adorable and festive!

  30. Jackie September 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    This is stunning simplicity at it’s best. LOVE this spring wreath!

  31. Erin September 21, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    I think you are my soul mate! I just discovered your website and I must say I am smitten…I want to be you when I grow up

  32. Sarah October 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I made a wreath very similar to yours (and used yours as my inspiration!) and am posting about it later on this week. I linked back to you, hope you don’t mind! Also, I am in LOVE with the cabinet color behind your wreath, any chance you know the color? Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Erin Spain February 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Love it! I featured this on my blog yesterday.


  34. Virginia March 10, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Saw your wreath at The Cottage Market and LOVE it!!! Pinned it. Thanks for the tutorial!

  35. Kellie March 21, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I LOVE this wreath! It’s awesome. Many thanks for sharing :) I pinned this!

  36. marilyn March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Lovely!! What a great spring gift this will make for my daughters.

  37. Jennine Lupo March 27, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Almost done with mine. I’m a beginner in the sewing machine world so the ruffle is giving me a hard time but I’ll figure it out. Everything else was super easy thanks to your detailed tutorial. Can’t wait for my Easter guests to see it. I can hear the “ooohhhss” and “ahhhsss” already ;)

  38. MoeskieJo June 12, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    I love these designs! Now, to choose some for my new home! Oh yes, sorry bout this, but on your next tutorial, don’t let a manicure be something you overlook lol Sorry!

  39. Jamie July 15, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I tried making this but found it very difficult to gather the fabric. After looking it up on google, you can’t ruffle the whole thing. It needs to be done in smaller sections. Wish I would have known this before trying it and wasting a lot of material.

    • emily July 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      I think it depends on the weave of your fabric and your thread strength. I did my whole piece of linen in one go, but perhaps my thread was a little stronger? Sorry you had trouble with it.

  40. Meghan Weyerbacher October 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I love this! The nest is just the perfect touch.
    If I had time I would make everything ~ I am into jewelry right now though and have no time for wreaths – but if anyone makes these and wants to do wholesale let me know!


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