ruffle wreath {a tutorial}

I spent yesterday with my friend Rae while our husbands were doing important things like putting out fires and rescuing kittens from trees {by the way, do you know that fire fighters don’t really do that? Ryan gets slightly annoyed at the mention of it}. Anyway, we let the seven children of ours run wild while we did a little bit of Autumn crafting.  She needed a new fall wreath for her front door and so we created this little beauty:

ruffle wreath

How about a tutorial?

Here’s what you’ll need:


:: styrofoam wreath

:: burlap

:: scissors

:: needle & thread

:: straight pins {not shown – oops}

:: hot glue gun {also not shown, but definitely necessary}

STEP ONE: cut three long strips of burlap {4″ x 70″}



STEP TWO: wrap the wreath with one burlap strip



secure the start and end with straight pins


STEP THREE: gather the burlap strips into ruffles


Because of the loose weave, tie your thread to the fabric to hold in place. Then start stitching.



Now pull your thread to gather the burlap


STEP FOUR: attach the ruffle to the wreath


attach the first ruffle to the back of the wreath, pinning in to hold with straight pins.


then add hot glue to secure.


Flip over and this is your first layer.


STEP FIVE: attach second ruffle


Starting from the inside of the wreath, pin down the second layer.


And you’ll have this:


We added some seasonal embellishments {a bunched up fabric flower, a satin flower, some feathers, a glitter bird and tag}


Love it!


Here is her front door before {wearing a spring wreath}:


And now:




Perfectly Autumn-ish.

90 Responses to ruffle wreath {a tutorial}

  1. Peggy November 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Just stopping by to let you know, I featured this project on my fall wreath post here- http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/50-yes-fifty-fall-wreath-ideas-and-inspiration.html. Please grab a featured button from my side bar to use on you blog, if you’d like. :)

  2. Mariah September 24, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Funny story…my husband has actually rescued a kitten from a tree on shift before! He gets slightly annoyed when I mention it too, but only because it really happened, haha.
    I just found your site, love it, and love this wreath!

  3. Megan Hawthorne August 28, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    I just stumbled across your blog from an amazing pin on Pinterest and am literally sitting in my studio surrounded by said burlap and a styrofoam wreath just waiting for loveliness! I think I’ve found my inspiration, in more ways than 1 actually- I just started my own blog @Pinhappydiy.blogspot and I am greener than green, but looking for blogs that capture the same feel and provide the kind of well formed ” how to” that yours obviously does. So, thank you for the shot of inspiration- I can only hope to create half of what you have going on here one day!

    Wish I could stick around and browse in awe a bit more, but I have a wreath to make! I will be posting my own experiences and finished pictures and will be sure to credit your original idea. (Not that it gets much traffic, but maybe one day! :)

    • emily August 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks Megan! I’m excited to see what you create.

  4. Nicole December 8, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    What did you use as a hanger? How did you attach it?

    Thanks for the tutorial…I’m creating a couple for a Silent Auction for our school. I bought mine big, so I had to double some fabric to get the look. I’ll post pictures as soon as I take them.

  5. J House Tawk December 1, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I LOVE THIS! I can’t wait to make my own!! Thanks for sharing your creation :)

  6. Susan November 12, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    So BEAUTIFUL! This is exactly what I’d been looking for! Thank you for the amazingly clear tutorial.

    Here are mine if you’d like to see how they turned out: http://sosimplysusan.com/2011/11/12/

    I do think I lost some of the effect by going with larger (18″) wreath forms, but I am still very happy with how they turned out.

    Thanks again!!!

  7. Aimee Steckowski October 23, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    i LOVE following Rae at ARMOMMY… found your tute on pinterest and couldn’t resist checking it out. i am falling in love with burlap and this is one more reason too! thanks for the amazing tute!!

  8. Los Johnsons October 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Thank you for this tutorial. I made one tonight.


    Mine did not turn out as awesome as yours (I think my wreath form was too big and my stitches were too far apart) but I am still happy with it.

  9. Vanessa September 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Love your wreath. Thank you for sharing.


  10. Elena @ La Petite Vie September 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    So in LOVE with this wreath!!! I have been searching for all kinds of inspiration for a fall wreath for our black front door, this is just perfect! Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial!

  11. Mickey September 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm #


  12. Madison September 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    I just wanted to let you know how beautiful I think this wreath is! Thanks for taking the time to share with us how to make it! I’ll be featuring your project on my blog in a fall roundup this week if you’d like to stop by and check it out! Thanks again for the wonderful idea! :)

  13. Larissa April 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Coming over from Dear Lillie. Great post! I had to comment too because my husband says the same thing about rescuing cats! Apparently people call all the time asking them to rescue cats!

  14. Jessica H April 19, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    AWESOME! I can’t wait to try it out…looks amazing {and simple} Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  15. Amber daSilva March 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Hi Emily, I have become a great fan of your blog, you have beautiful taste. Thank you for sharing your tutorials, I am working my way through them! Made this wreath, turned out lovely, and would love to add bunched up flower, can you share how to make it?
    Thanks again.

  16. Diane February 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Okay…I just came back for a refresher….hopefully tomorrow I’ll get around to the wreath. But….I did create a very large burlap flower thanks to your inspiration. And I wish I’d read and remembered to tie my thread to the burlap….oh that is such a significant tip!

  17. Becky February 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    I LOVE this!!! So adorable.
    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  18. Jennie Larsen February 16, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your fab. blog. My SIL sent me this link because she was going to make this wreath. I loved it so much I had to make one too. Mine still isn’t 100% like yours but I did my own twist on it. I love it still. Just wanted you to know that I linked you and thank you for this great tutorial and blog. winks- jen

  19. Chessa January 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    SUPER CUTE! I think I might have to make this now (January) for the Fall otherwise I’ll forget! How did you make the flowers?

  20. Diane January 4, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    What an inspiring tutorial! My mind started swirling with all the possibilities. I even liked the wreath before ‘step 5’!!! Christmas is over. I really don’t want to keep my very Christmasy looking wreath up. Now I have inspiration to create something new and fresh yet appropriate for my snowy north east location. Blessings to you!

  21. Melissa December 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Thanks so much for the tutorial and idea! I made one and decorated it for Christmas! :)


  22. Gabby November 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    My sis in law made one of these for me and I love love love it! You have a very fun lil blog :) It is feeding my addiction. Happy Holidays to you! Oh, I also cracked up at the firefighter comment as I too am married to a FF who does not rescue many kittens. Ha ha ha!

  23. Merripie November 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    I love it! I had to make one! thank you for the great tutorial!

  24. Laura October 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    I LOVE this wreath! I first saw my friend’s… she posted the link to your site. I am no crafty girl, but your tutorials are so simple to follow… used two of your flowers too! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=566435&id=856885485&l=4756ab2e5a

  25. Allie October 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    Oh My Word! This is fabulous! I do hope you will come link this up on my Making It With Allie Thursday! It is really beautiful!

  26. Tonya Hurter October 11, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Oh my gosh! I love this. Going to do it. I almost bought a storemade Walmart wreath yesterday but decided to hold off. I’m so glad!! I can do this and it’s 10,000 times better!

  27. Rebekah October 11, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    I really did make one of these the very same day you posted this tutorial! I love it. Thanks for sharing the how-to. http://bekwalesblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/sackcloth-and-stitches.html

  28. Joanna Kay October 3, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    I did this wreath and I LOVE IT!!
    Thank you so so much for the step-by-step pictures and tutorial. I’m so glad I went for it and tried it. Sooo cute!

  29. Heather October 2, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    so cute! what size floral wreath did you use?

  30. Megan September 28, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Thank you for the tutorial – so cute! I made my own version and made sure to link back to you! I was lazy and just pinned mine, instead of heating up the glue gun! Thanks for sharing your always great ideas! Happy Fall!

  31. Ginnie September 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I just love this wreath and my husband is a firefighter (in OKC) also! It’s funny how people ask about cats in the trees! OR that they have a dalmation and a pole :) Thanks so much for all you wonderful ideas! Blessings!

  32. kimberlyrenee September 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    this is amazing! I just finished making it and i LOVE it! :) thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

  33. Anissa September 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Emily

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I linked it to my last post, I hope you don’t mind? I have been using a lot of your ideas lately so thank you for all the inspiration!

  34. Anissa September 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Hi Emily

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I linked it to my last post, I hope you don’t mind? I have been using a lot of your ideas lately so thank you for all the inspiration!

  35. Sue Christianson September 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Hey Emily,

    What size wreath did you use. I think I got a styrofoam wreath that may be too big. Mine isn’t turning out quite as ruffly.

    Thanks! :)

    • emily September 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

      My wreath was pretty small – I think 10 inches.

  36. susan September 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm #


  37. Lori September 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    Love, love, love it!

  38. krista September 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    I can’t wait to make one of these! What size was your wreath???


  39. House Mouse September 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I just made the wreath and it is gorgeous, but I have one little tip: Do not make this wreath while wearing your nightie and then snuggle up in bed…the burlap fibers are not comfy.

  40. Joy Peiss September 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Emily, I love this! I will try it as soon as the wedding hoopla is all done and faded away…it has been fun escaping for a few moments while reading the how-to!

  41. Kristi September 21, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Love this wreath! Do you have a tutorial on the fabric flower that you made? (The black & white one?) Thanks!

  42. fancythis September 21, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    ohmylanta! this is stunning! I love it and can’t wait to make one! Maybe with feathers!

  43. Amanda September 21, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    I love this!! I made your page wreath a while back and have had so many people do the same…they all loved it as much as me! This is calling my name, too! I must have a love of wreaths I never knew about. :)

  44. Karri Webster September 21, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    So cute! My lists of projects just keeps growing :)

  45. Lynne September 21, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    So Fall 2010 Chic!!!! I have a entry way redo project planned…this wreath will be the finish touch…Thanks Emily!

  46. Priscilla September 21, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    oh, oh, oh! Love it! I’m adding it to my “to do craft” list. I’m so jealous you had a craft night! Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial.

  47. Mallory Dyer September 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    I am totally in love with this wreath. I have some weird obsession with wreaths and mom thinks I’m weird. I have some left over burlap and I am definitely going to make this soon!

  48. Desiree September 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    I love everything you do, can’t wait to try this!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  49. Sarah September 20, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    I made mine and wrote about it on my blog! Lots of links to your site, of course!

  50. emily September 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    so cute! i made the book page wreath…it turned out so pretty, thank you for your fabulous tutorial! now i’ll try this one, i love it.

  51. MeganDVD September 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    UBER CUTE!!! How I adore burlap and thrilled to have found this most scrumptious tutorial. Thank you ever so much my dear.


  52. Julie Brazelton September 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Dear Emily,

    Oh my gosh! I’m in love with this tutorial! Where can I purchase burlap? Do you a have tutorial on the flower? Going to try it this week:) So excited. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this with everyone!

    God Bless, Julie Brazelton

  53. Lisa B September 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    Ohhhh, love this! The almost instant gratification of having it done in no time is a bonus too. I am adding this to my project list.
    Thanks for ANOTHER great idea!

  54. Christene from WhipperBerry.com September 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    This is a lovely wreath and the perfect use for burlap. It turned out rustic and yet soft and pretty too. LOVE it!

  55. Rebekah September 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    I did actually make one today, and I’m so pleased! It’s so full and pretty. I didn’t have any cute flowers on hand so I just tied on a big bow using some sparkly pumpkin ribbon I’ve had for years. I love it so much I may wind up keeping it up all year long, changing out the add-ons to go with the seasons! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  56. Amy September 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    Emily – just found your blog and love it – you are so talented! Hurry up and invite me over to tour your darling house.
    Amy (your neighbor across the street)

  57. Heather {WhipperBerry} September 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Gotta say, loving the burlap this year. Great tutorial!!

    Kisses from the WhipperChicks

  58. Kimber-Leigh September 20, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    this is JUST what i was looking for. of course, i already went to hobby lobby today. dare i take the kiddos back??? super cute. thanks for sharing!

  59. Becky September 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    This is adorable.So cute.I will just try this out.It is autumnish lol.

  60. chasity September 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm #


  61. Pamela September 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Too cute! A definite must do project! Thanx for sharing!

  62. Linda September 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Absolutely adorable! Living in AZ where it’s still 110 degrees, I need all the Fall visuals I can get. Tiny ones would make great napkin rings also.

  63. Erin September 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Very cute wreath! I will be making one as a gift for my friend!

    I got my at Walmart in the fabric section.

  64. Amoreena September 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Another super cute and creative project! Where does one buy burlap?

  65. Tiffany September 20, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    I love Burlap! What a great wreath!

  66. ItsLily September 20, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Okay, I love the wreath, really I do, but I’m so darned distracted by her fabulous black door. Would you mind asking her the name of the color? I know it’s black, but really, there are so many names of black. Please? Then I promise to run right out and make a wreath to go with it. Thanks.

  67. Nancy Hood September 20, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Love this idea and gave you a shout out this morning!! Your site rocks, by the way :D

  68. Brandy September 20, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Super Cute! Where do you get all the glittery little birds?

    • emily September 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

      I will check with Rae on the birds …

  69. Sarah September 20, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    so great! I’m going to try this, with my own unique spin on it! thanks emily!!

  70. Darlene Weir September 20, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    love this! thanks for another great tutorial!

  71. dorylyn September 20, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Love this wreath! Making it today!! Thank you so much!

  72. rae September 20, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    i had so much fun yesterday em + love my new wreath. way more appropriate then cherry blossoms! hehe.



  73. Marissa September 20, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    I love it! The combo of rustic texture and femininity is perfect.

  74. Jennifer September 20, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    This is way cuter and way less expensive than the other fall wreaths I’ve seen. Definitely going to attempt this over the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  75. Amanda M. September 20, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Oooooh, guess what I am making today? Emily, you are the inspiration queen. Thanks SO much! :)

  76. Emily, Timeless Paper September 20, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    I love the ruffle fall wreath! You’re so clever. Thanks for stopping by my home tour this weekend to see the updated living room!

  77. jen@homeinthecountry September 20, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    I love this idea – it’s probably the cutest burlap wreath I’ve seen! Thanks for sharing.

  78. Robyn Hollas September 20, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    I’m totally “stealing” this for my front door! Thanks for the tutorial.

  79. Meg September 20, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    That looks so cute…but I can’t tell how you made the black and white bunched flower. Instructions???

  80. Rebekah September 20, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    I am making one of these TODAY! So cute.

  81. Melissa Howard September 20, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    This is maybe my favorite burlap wreath that I have seen so far!!

  82. Kathie Chipman September 20, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    That is too cute! And it seems simple :) Thanks!

  83. denise sabia September 20, 2010 at 5:31 am #

    Lovely, love a classic black door too. -denise

  84. Lauren Leonard September 20, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    Hello Emily. You always come up with great ideas. I love this wreath. Can’t wait to try it!! I recently made one of your ruffle pillows for my daughter’s room and it turned out so cute…and it was easy (which I definately like!) Thanks so much. Happy Monday!


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