burlap and felt autumn wreath {a tutorial}

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.

Supplies:
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
Scissors
Permanent marker
Three squares of felt in your favorite fall hues

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

diy floral monogram {a tutorial}

floral monogram

 

I love the idea of taking a plain jane crafting item, in this case, simple paper mache letters, and turning it into something awesome. And, yes, these letters are easily improved by pulling out the good ole Mod Podge, but I wanted to do something a bit more….

diy floral monogram

 

Materials:
paper mache letter
floral foam
fake florals
hot glue

floral monogram diy

Step 1: Gather your materials. Using a sharp knife (and keeping your fingers out of the way!), carefully and slowly slice off the top layer of your letter. I used a bread knife, and it took about a minute or so. And, again, be careful! I don’t want to be responsible for any crafting-related ER visits:)

diy easy floral monogram

Step 2: Using a butter knife (what is it with me and my use of knives in this project?), slice off pieces of your floral foam to insert into your letter. Hot glue these pieces firmly in place.

floral initial diy

Step 3: Take your fake florals and snip off the flowers, leaving about an inch or so of stem. Start placing them into your foam. As you can see, I started with the larger daisies, and then filled in with the smaller flowers.

diy floral monogram

Cute, right? This is going to go over Eleanor’s crib in an off-white oval frame. I can’t wait to get it up!

floral monogram tutorial

Thanks for reading!

DIY brushstrokes painted pillow {a tutorial}

painted pillow tutorial 1

Happy Monday! I apologize for my blog being quiet last week–Summer has, so far, been quite busy (all in a good way, but still). Today, though, I have a DIY painted pillow tutorial for you all! Hope it makes up for my silence:) You may remember my painted pillow tutorial from a couple of months ago…while I liked the concept, I wanted something a little less colorful, with a little more white space to better blend in my my living room’s decor. I made two of these, in about an hour, and I love them! Here’s the how to….

For these pillows, I used white Ikea pillow covers, and a selection of craft paint (navy, turquoise, kelly, gray, white and yellow).

painted pillow

 

painted pillow how to

 

Using a paintbrush (I used the end of a foam brush, one per color), dip it into your paint, and make simple brushstrokes randomly across your pillow covers. I started with my darker colors, and let them dry before applying my lighter colors to avoid excessive bleeding and blending of colors. I varied the length and direction of my strokes, aiming for a random, whimsical pattern. Here they are about halfway through!

diy painted pillow

 

Add paint until you are happy with your pillow covers, let dry, and insert pillow forms. Easy as pie.

 

diy painted pillow

diy painted pillows

Is there any easier, more impactful way to update a room than with new pillows? I think not. I love the color, texture and pattern that these beauties add to the space!

Happy day, Lovelies!

linking to:
the diy dreamer