How-To: Burlap Wreath

With a quick ribbon change, this burlap wreath can hang all year round!

The best part of working with burlap is the beauty comes from the imperfection, so no need to stress over the little details! Scroll through the images above as you follow the steps below.


  • 14″ styrofoam wreath
  • 2 yards of burlap
  • 1/2 yard of accent fabric of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 small scrap piece of ribbon


  1. To start, cut your burlap into 4″x4″ squares. Don’t worry if they aren’t exact! Feel free to eyeball the measurements. Remember, this wreath embraces imperfection.
  2. Cut your accent fabric into 2″ to 3″ strips. Wind one around your wreath and secure with hot glue. This is your placeholder for your bow, which you’ll add at the end.
  3. Take a burlap square and bunch the corners together.
  4. Apply a dot of hot glue to the center of the square.
  5. Then place the square onto the wreath, holding it for just a few seconds to allow the hot glue time to cool. Continue this all the way around the wreath in several rows, then fill in the holes until your wreath is as full as you’d like it to.
  6. Once it’s nice and full, take another strip of fabric and tie it in a big bow around your wreath over the placeholder fabric. I frayed the edges of my red chevron fabric to give it a rustic, imperfect look that goes well with the burlap.
  7. To hang, hot glue a scrap piece of ribbon in a loop to the back of the wreath.

And there you have it! You now know how to make a burlap wreath!

Tutorial by Jill Krause. Read her tips on wreath making here!

Sarah is editor-in-chief of Emma Magazine, a quarterly for the modern domestic, and hosts a lifestyle web series for Ulive. Featured by West Elm and Design Sponge for her interior styling, she makes regular appearances on a variety of morning shows sharing culinary and design expertise. Born and raised in Arizona, she received her degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State just before moving to Hollywood as the goody-goody roommate on the 20th season of MTV’s The Real World. She has since dabbled in culinary school and enjoys nesting and baking with her husband and toddler son.


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