burlap and felt autumn wreath {a tutorial}

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Good morning, Burlap+Blue readers! Carrie here, from Dream Green DIY, back to show you my favorite way to celebrate the fall season. I think I can speak for the majority of us when I say that boots, pumpkins, scarves and pumpkin spice lattes have us all leaping for joy over the beginning of fall. It didn’t take my husband and I long to jump head first into the season by revamping our front door with a new wreath fit for the colors and rustic feeling of fall.

Straw wreath form in whatever size you’d like
Burlap cut into long, thin strips (amount will vary based on the size of your wreath form)
Staple gun, staples
Permanent marker
Three squares of felt in your favorite fall hues

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Start by wrapping the end of your first burlap strip around to the back of your wreath form and staple in place. Then continue to wrap the burlap around the wreath, using staples every now and then, until you’ve covered the entire wreath.

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Next, lay out your felt and choose your first color. I wanted to make leaf-like shapes, so I went with a simple curved template. I cut the smallest leaves first and then laid one of the forms on top of the second sheet of felt, tracing a replica shape in a slightly larger size. After cutting this second, slightly larger set out, I laid one piece on the last piece of felt and did the same thing – Tracing another slightly larger size, and then cut the final set out.

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Once all three sizes and colors were cut out, I sandwiched them all together to create colorful felt leaves. To attach them to the wreath, I used my staple gun to put a single staple in the center of each three-layered leaf. Why staples? Our front door happens to be in direct sunlight most of the day so, even on a chilly day, anything hot glued is quick to melt and fall apart. If this isn’t an issue for you, by all means, break out the hot glue gun! A set of pretty pearl-topped pins could also do the trick for adhering the felt leaves to the straw wreath.

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This oh-so-simple method has become a mainstay in our home, ever since crafting together a flowery version for the spring and summer. An added bonus is the naturally sweet smell of straw and burlap welcoming us through the front door every time we come home.

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What are YOUR favorite ways to decorate for the fall season?

Carrie Waller is a freelance writer and designer living in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her DIY blogging features for Burlap+Blue are available the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. For a real-time rehash of her home renovation projects and other DIY how-to’s, visit her blog at DreamGreenDIY.com.

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instagram photo display {a tutorial}

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I’m always (always!) looking for new wall art for around the home. This Instagram photo display was the perfect afternoon craft project, and, best yet, used things I already had around my craft room (plus, I got to play with watercolors-always a good thing).

instagram photos
11×14 canvas
watercolors + paper (you could also use scrapbook paper)
Mod Podge

Step 1: Gather your photos. I used Photoshop to crop my photos to 2×2. I also watercolored paper and cut those to 2×2 as well. I used 27 full 2×2 squares for my 11×14 project (plus a few scraps for the sides).

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Step 2: Layout your squares on your canvas, alternating images with watercolor paper. Don’t watercolor? No problem. Scrapbook or wrapping paper would work well here. The idea is just to add some color and pattern to your canvas.

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Step 3: Take your trusty Mod Podge and start adhering your squares to your canvas. This step is much easier if you use thinner paper for your photos and watercolor squares. The corners of thicker paper may take a moment or two of pressing down to adhere to the canvas. Once done, apply 2-3 thin coats of Mod Podge to your entire canvas. Let dry completely between coats.

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I love the fun, whimsical nature of this piece, and the colors and patterns of the watercolors add so much life and personality to this piece!

Thanks for reading!

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kids’ mod podged treasure box {a tutorial}

I don’t know about your kids, but mine? Mine are constantly finding and bringing home “treasures” that they just can’t seem to part with. The question is then how to store these little gems so that they’re both accessible and contained at the same time. Enter this DIY Kids’ Treasure Box, not only does it do the hard job of storing all the things your kids cannot do without, but it’s also a great craft project to complete together.

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Mod Podge
paper mache box (ours is from Hobby Lobby, and comes in lots of different sizes)
foam brush
squares of scrapbook paper (tissue paper would work, too)

Step 1: The first step is to gather some craft paint and a paintbrush (we used a foam brush), and paint your box. Let dry.

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Step 2: Once your box is dry, it’s time for the real fun to begin. I used a paper cutter to cut scrapbook paper into 1″ squares, and my 5 year old had a blast painting Mod Podge onto the box and gluing down the squares (Ok, I’ll admit it-I had a blast doing it as well!) After squares are Mod Podged down, let dry. If you want to overlap your squares, you’ll probably want to go back and repeat the process. If not, let dry completely and seal with one or more coats.

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Step 3: And because a craft project isn’t truly complete until we’ve made an absolute mess, it’s time to add some glitter! Brush on a light coat of Mod Podge, and sprinkle glitter onto the top and sides of your box (we used gold and red glitter for this step).

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And that’s it! This was such a fun and easy project to complete, and having a “crafting partner” was a lot of fun, too!

Have a great day!

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