University of South Carolina Burlap Wreath

Months ago {like nine} my best friend Kristen asked for a University of South Carolina burlap wreath and I put it off like the plague because the last wreath I was interested in doing was a Gamecock one. But Kristen is one of my best friends and what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t make her one?

Since I  hosted her bridal shower back in June, I thought the wreath would be a perfect gift plus it gave me a deadline to get it done by. I do have to say that this was the hardest wreath to buy supplies for. My Clemson brain just wouldn’t wrap around the USC colors I needed to order {which was part of the reason it took me so long to get it done}.

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Even though I had a hard time making this wreath, I really loved the way it turned out. No, garnet and black aren’t my favorite colors but it’s definitely not an ugly wreath {not to toot my own horn or anything}. The most important part? Kristen loved it!

Since her shower, I’ve actually made a second University of South Carolina burlap wreath {what was I thinking???} for my cousin Justin and his wife Ali and it may or may not have made it in their wedding photos :) Oh, the things we do for friends and family!

Burlap Bridal Shower

A few weeks ago {I’m a little behind} I helped host a bridal shower for my cousin Justin and his fiance wife, Ali. I’m so far behind they’re actually married now. #smh

For this burlap bridal shower, I was in charge of the decorations and so thankful that’s all I had to do. It was the same weekend as our Stuck on the Roof fundraiser and the other hostesses were so understanding.  They were so willing to help with a few last minute things I needed and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to get to know them all through the approximately 972 group text between us. I think we throw one heck of a bridal shower, if I say so myself.

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Is this spread not awesome??? Ali’s aunt put it all together and I do believe she could be a professional!

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Captured this sweet embrace between Ali’s friends.

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That face, y’all. I die!

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Loved this idea…it was cash in a glass frame that said “Break { the hammer} for Emergency”. So clever!

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Ali and Justin had a great turn out for the shower and got so much good stuff for their new house!

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My Mom aka the baby whisperer. I don’t know how she does it!

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I’m so thankful that Ali’s family welcomed us in and let us help with the shower. They are seriously the sweetest, y’all and I’d gladly throw another shower with every single one of ’em!

Rustic Bridal Shower

Happy Monday, y’all! We’re home from the SC Ride4Life a little more tired than before but our hearts are so full. There is something so telling about men and women riding 300 miles for life because “one is too many.” I will share more about the ride tomorrow but today I’m finally getting around to share the rustic bridal shower I threw for one of my oldest friends, Kristen, last weekend. Burlap, chalkboards, & old lanterns- can it get any more rustic?

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The beautiful bride-to-be!

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 Thanks to the hubs for this awesome chalkboard!

UPDATE: A full tutorial on the DIY chalkboards can be found here.

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 First time getting flowers from Trader Joe’s and they rock!

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 Kristen’s face, y’all!

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 The bridesmaids minus Crystal.

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I’m so blessed to have a friend like Kristen in my life and was privileged to get to throw her a wedding shower before her big day.

DIY Witch Wreath


A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a picture of a wreath and asked if I could make it. The Burlap Witch Wreath looked fairly simple and let me tell you…

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IT WAS!

The hardest part about this DIY Witch Wreath was finding the supplies which wasn’t very difficult since I order all my wreath supplies online.  There are two websites that I order from, Trendy Tree and Mardi Gras Outlet, they are both great websites and ship very quickly. Between the two sites, they had everything I needed.

Supplies needed to make your Burlap Witch Wreath:

  • 1 Roll of Poly Burlap Mesh (21″ x 10 yards)
  • 24″ Work Wreath in Burlap Color
  • Witch Hat
  • Witch Legs
  • Broom Stick
  • Ribbon (for the bow)
  • Floral Wire
  • Pro Bow- The Hand Bowmaker (optional)

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How to make the base of the Burlap Witch Wreath

Begin by opening up the tinsel ties and making sure they are all standing up straight. Unwrap the mesh roll and pull about 6 inches of mesh off the roll and gather. Starting on the inner ring, place the gathered mesh in the center of a tie and secure it tightly. You can tuck the extra under the wreath frame.

I like to pull about 12-13 inches between each tie and I use a ruler to make sure the puffs are close to the same size. You can do smaller puffs if you don’t want your wreath as fluffy.

Bunch and fluff your puff before securing it to the next tie. After a few puffs, this is what it will look like.
DIY Burlap Witch WreathContinue this all the way around the inner ring. When the inner ring is complete, you will move to the outer ring.

To move to the outer ring, pull the mesh tight and secure it to the closest tie on the outer ring. Once on the outer ring, you can continue to measure, gather, bunch, fluff and secure.

After the outer ring is complete, your wreath should look something like this, leaving about a six inch tail. {Minus the fuzzy in the bottom left!}

DIY Burlap Witch WreathFlip the wreath over and secure the tail to the metal ring with a zip tie. Once the zip tie is securing the tail, the base of the wreath is finished.

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Finishing your Burlap Witch Wreath

This is the first witch wreath I’ve done so I don’t have any pictures of attaching the hat. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it and was just trying a few different ways. I was home by myself and didn’t have enough hands to attach the hat and take pictures.

My bad.

The witches hat was a very thin nylon so I was able to poke floral wire through it. I started on the bottom of the hat, poked the wire through and than poked it back down from the top of the hat. Since the wire was green, I took a little black craft paint and covered the part you could see on top.

DIY Burlap Witch WreathI did this on the left and right side of the hat and attached the other end of the floral wire to the wreath frame.

The witch legs had little metal hooks on them and I was able to hang them to the bottom ring of my wreath. If you don’t want them to slide around, you can use zip ties to secure them.
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You can see that the hat appears to be sitting right on top but it’s secured to the frame. I also took the mesh puffs around the top and shoved them up inside of the hat to get it stand up straight.

Can I be honest for a second? I’m not very good at making bows and most of the time I end up frustrated and saying some not so nice words at who ever is in the room Cory. I bought the Pro-Bow The Hand (bowmaker) thinking it would transform my bow making abilities and I would be able to make all kinds of bows for Christmas last year. Ha!

I tried once, got so mad at it that I gave up and put it back in the box and haven’t touched it until this past week. The Hand does make it much easier but my brain and hands just can’t seem to get it right. Hence why none of my wreaths have bows.

I was dreading the bow on this wreath and after a few failed attempts, some tears, ugly words and mexican for dinner, I got it somewhat right. Heck, it was good enough for me.

No bow is worth the complete meltdown I had.

Ahem.

I digress. Back to the tutorial…

I used a 2.5 inch wired ribbon and my bowmaker to make the bow. Here is the tutorial video for the bow I made. Once I got the bow made, I hot glued it to the front of the witches hat. Make sure not to burn your fingers when pressing the bow onto the hat. The hat was so thin, I used a pot holder to keep my fingers protected.

The broom stick was a little long so I trimmed it down {regular scissors cut it just fine} and located where I wanted the end of it to stick out at. I had to hold the mesh out of the way to allow the broom stick to slide in between the wreath frame and the mesh. Once you have it where you want it, secure it to the frame with zip ties.

And viola! You have a Burlap Witch Wreath.

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Hope you enjoyed by Burlap Witch Wreath tutorial. It was super easy to make and I loved how cute it turned out! If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up! Have a good day, y’all!

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