a summer wreath {tutorial}

Changing out the wreath on our front door is one of the easiest ways to celebrate each season. I’ve done a fall wreath {burlap ruffles}, a winter wreath {the nonna wreath} and a spring wreath {linen ruffles} and so it seemed about time to try a summer wreath.

summer wreath

I’ve been in the beachy mood and jute twine feels rather nautical, so it became the inspiration for this project. Once your wreath is covered with twine, feel free to embellish however you like.

Here’s what you’ll need:


:: styrofoam wreath form

:: jute rope {purchased from the craft or hardware store}

:: hot glue gun, glue stick, scissors

STEP ONE: glue end of rope and begin wrapping


keep wrapping twine

STEP TWO: as you wrap, add dots of glue to hold rope into place


STEP THREE: glue end of rope to finish


As you wrap, try to keep the rope tight and close together. You may have some spaces at the end {as I did}, so you can just cut a small piece of rope and fill in with glue, tucking the ends in to hide.

spaces left over

fill in

And it is finished.


Now you can play around with embellishing.

flower on the wreath

A simple silk flower looks cheerful

pinwheels on wreath

And a whimsical bouquet of pinwheels is playful {see the pinwheel tutorial here}

I added a striped bunched flower, some dotty garland and the starfish to the wreath in the july giveaway.


A large monogram would be great, or an assortment of sea shells. Really, just have fun with it and you can create your own version of the summer wreath.

And just for a little more inspiration, look at these great projects using jute rope:

ampersand jute bracelet

jute pears vases

drawer pulls jute chandelier

{click on image for source}

So fun {and cheap!} to recreate.

27 Responses to a summer wreath {tutorial}

  1. Sondra January 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Very Nice and can be adapted for any season.

  2. Sarah July 11, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I made this wreath Saturday night & I LOVE it!!! It was so simple & it looks so pretty on my front door :) My 4 yr. old son helped me make this & was so excited when it was done. Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas…keep em’ coming! I really like the “&” sign you did too!

  3. Jami nato July 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Pinwheels on a wreath = brilliant !

  4. Michele July 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Love this! I also love the simple blue and gold flower, how did you make that?!

  5. Amber July 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Hello!! Love the wreath, right up my alley :) I was sad not to see you at the Summer Snapshots Linky Party this week – hope you’ll come back next week! xoxo

  6. rachel July 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Your wreath is so lovely!! No sewing!! I think I will have to try. I also love those beautiful vases.

  7. Mia July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi Emily! You can’t imagine my excitement when I scrolled through your latest post and saw my anthro knock off dresser! I am huge fan and continue to be enamored by your creativity. Thank you.


  8. Abbie(Five days...5 ways) July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I love, love, love that chandelier, and the ampersand is pretty darn cute too. Now, I need to go find something to swathe in jute binding. : )

  9. Amoreena July 7, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    Love it! So simple yet so cute.

  10. Deb July 7, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    I would love to buy the “Make a Splash” art print also..it would look fantastic in my kids’ bathroom! This weekend I am making the wreath for my front door, can’t wait!

  11. Kimber-Leigh July 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    i am loving the pinwheel idea!

  12. Lemonade Makin' Mama July 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Well isn’t that adorable?!!!

  13. Kim July 6, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Love the wreath idea, but PLEASE tell me you are using that gorgeous fabric for something besides a table cover for crafts!!!! That is my current..favorite…gotta have it….can’t afford it fabric!!! Love your blog!

  14. Robyn @ Imperfect Nest July 6, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I love your tutorials! This wreath would be fun to make with my daughter.

    What fabric is that in the background?

    • emily July 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      Oh, that fabric. I love it. I saw it first at Holly Mathis’s house {in her dining room} and fell in love. I bought a yard and am not sure what to do with it … it currently sits on my dining room table. It is called Waggaman by Braemore Textiles.

  15. Meggan July 6, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Love that fabric – where did you find it?

  16. Lauren York July 6, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    In LOVE! Any chance you will do a tutorial for the whale pillow? That would go perfect in my son’s room… that is if I dont win it in the July giveaway! :)

    • emily July 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      the whale pillow was such an experiment that actually turned out! I’ll try to put one together.

  17. Shannon July 6, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    I’ve seen some things wrapped in yarn, but wrapping in jute is so perfect. I can just see this wreath at a beach house in the Hamptons. Beautiful!

  18. cailan July 6, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    All your wreaths have been so much fun through the year – thank you much!

  19. Nicole July 6, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Fantastic!! Emily, will you be putting the “Make a Splash” art print that’s from the July give away up for sale in the shop? I am dying for it, I love it so much!!

    • emily July 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      I just put it in the shop … for a discounted price!

  20. holly July 6, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    hey i recognize that backdrop floral fabric!;;;;

  21. Andrea July 6, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    I love your embellishing ideas. The blue flower is gorgeous. Thanks for another great tutorial!

  22. Jennifer S July 6, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    I love all your ideas! I feel like I need to start using pinterest, everyone loves it!

  23. Dianne July 6, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    beautiful wreath!


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