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Thanksgiving Wreath…with Burlap Bunting

Maybe you thought I was squeezing Thanksgiving right out of the holiday schedule…….but nope!  I have a few Harvest/Gratitude/Thanksgiving things that I’ve been wanting to make.  And then share.  So, yeah, I may have decorated a Christmas tree….but I stopped there.  For now.  (Because I may or may not have a few more Christmas things to share next week, which is STILL before Thanksgiving!  I can’t help it!)



But first up……I needed a little declaration for our little family to remember all that we DO have.  And to show gratitude daily.


And this little wreath does just that.





The burlap bunting goes together quickly (with no sewing involved) and is super non-fussy……..but shouts a bold statement.





The simple bunting is tied right onto a grapevine wreath, with some jute string…..and the loose ends hang down on both sides.





However, I can’t decide if I like it better atop a little shelf leading into the dining room……





Or hanging from the front door……





I guess I’ll have to swap it out every other day—- Or, hmmmmm, maybe make another wreath.  It was simple enough, I may just have to make another one but with a slightly different message.



Hey, now that I’m thinking about it………maybe I’ll sprinkle them all around the house, with different gratitude messages. 


Now, that’s a great idea…..because a reminder to be grateful is truly good for the soul. :)




Would you like to make your own Thankful Wreath?


Okay, let’s hop on this one…



  • Grapevine Wreath (mine is 19 inches)
  • Burlap
  • Freezer Paper
  • Black Acrylic paint
  • Sponge Brush
  • Hot Glue
  • Jute String


Start by deciding how large you’d like your letters to be.  Mine are about 1 1/8 inches tall and vary in width, depending on the letter. 


Then, fold your burlap in half and cut some rectangles on the fold, so that when they are opened up, you have a long diamond.  Just be sure that each triangle you you cut is plenty big enough for your letters.  (My triangles are about 3 inches wide and 2 3/4 inches long.)



Then, create your letter stencils from freezer paper.  (Want to know more about Freezer Paper?)

I cut mine out with my Silhouette (just like I did here) but I have also traced letters onto the paper and cut out with a utility knife (like here).  Both work.


With your triangles still folded in half, center each of your letters onto each triangle and iron the freezer paper onto the burlap.



Then, sponge on some black paint right onto the burlap within the stencil.  You don’t need a ton…….just enough to paint the very top layer of burlap.



After the paint dries, peel back the freezer paper.



Then, cut a long piece of jute string and begin arranging your letters on the string.  Open up the triangle and add a line of glue right along the fold, place jute along the glue, then fold the triangle closed again and press flat.



Open up the tip of the triangle again and add a bit of glue to the end and then press closed.



Continue arranging the G. I. V. E. along your jute string and then repeat with T. H. A. N. K. S. on your second string.  I left a 1/4 inch space between each triangle of the bunting….but the spacing depends on how long you’d like your overall string of words to extend.


Then, hold your two strings of words together in your left and right hands.  Hold them up to your wreath, to decide how you’d like your bunting to hang.  Wrap the two string ends in your left hand around your wreath, tie and knot, and let the loose ends hang.  Repeat with the right side.



Then hang your wreath….




And enjoy your special reminder to be grateful!



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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. sundas says:

    hey…i want to mak easiy pilllows lease give a idea

  2. Kimberly says:

    That’s so sweet – I love burlap! Question: where did you get the wonderful smaller ‘wreath hanger’ that you have the wreath hanging from – the black one? The one in the picture where the wreath is on top of the books, which is on top of the IKEA shoe shelves? I want to get one too – that’s a wonderful decorative accent!

    1. Ashley says:

      I got it on amazon. Just do a search on the Amazon website, “wreath stand”, and there are a few to choose from.

  3. Judy says:

    Thanks Ashley! I made this with stuff I had in my craft room. I had to make a few tweaks, but I am so happy with the result-I posted a photo of it on your Flickr page.

  4. Mea says:

    Where did you get that super cute Wreath stand? Love it!

  5. Shelly says:

    My girlfriend has sent me some of her favorite craft and food blogs. I’m recuperating from knee surgery and am off my feet. Her favorites include yours and also one called “Cooking With Mr. C.” I just Liked him on Facebook so I can get daily recipes. Your blog looks sensational. I look forward to your posts. Shelly

  6. Chel says:

    That is so cute. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia but I think it is a wonderful celebration and we have so much to be thankful for in both our countries. I wonder if your ‘burlap’ is the same as our ‘hessian’? It does look the same in the photos.

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, Chel, hessian is the same as burlap! I had to look it up to be sure, ha ha. It is called ‘burlap’ here in the US and Canada and I guess elsewhere it is ‘hessian’.

  7. Kim says:

    I went to Hobby Lobby today and got all the supplies. My letters are painted and I’m waiting for the kids to go to sleep so I can assemble it. :) I found this tutorial for a wreath stand, I got the supplies for this as well.

  8. Britney says:

    I love this idea, and I already have all the supplies! Thanks for the tutorial! Now I just need to find a stand like the one in the pic to hang it. Thanks, Ashley.

  9. Annette says:

    Easy Peasy! This one is definitely a “must make”! So adorable!

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