DIY Craft Tutorial: Wrapped & Woven Twine Wreath
This charming wreath features a unique, woven twine texture that is perfect for farmhouse or cottage decorating. Easy to make, this wreath only requires a few materials and can be decorated in many ways and for various seasons. This tutorial includes step-by-step instructions with photographs for making your own twine wreath. This wreath can be used outdoors but is best for a covered space that is protected from rain and bad weather.
- Wire wreath frame - these frames are available at most craft and floral stores and come in many sizes.
- Thick cord or twine - thick twine can be found in the floral or jewelry section of most craft stores. If you want a more finished cord, you can find drapery cording in fabric stores. Be sure your twine or cord will fit through the rings of your wreath frame.
- Materials for decorating your finished wreath - these items can include ribbon, artificial flowers, beading, seashells and other items for various seasons and holidays.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Sharp scissors
Instructions for Making Woven Twine Wreath
1. Steps 1 and 2 or this tutorial are optional, but will add some height to the surface of your wreath. Using hot glue, glue your twine to the inner center ring of your wreath form (If your wreath form has an odd number of rings, skip to Step 2). Start and stop at one of your wreath form's short supports that run across the rings. Work slowly and apply hot glue to only a couple inches at a time to glue your twine down.
Note: Be sure to firmly glue down the start and end of your twine.
2. (Also optional) Use more hot glue to adhere your twine to the outer center ring of your wreath form. Start and end at one of your wreath's short supports. Leave a long tail (about 8 feet) of twine at the end (see photo above).
Begin Weaving Your Wreath
3. Take the long tail of twine or cord and loop it over the outer ring of your wreath form. Then bring your twine or cord under the outer ring and up to the front of your wreath (see photo above). You should be working to the left but snug against one of the cross supports.
4. Bring your twine across the center ring(s) and tuck under your inner wreath ring (see photo above).
5. Now take your twine and bring it over the inner ring, under your center ring(s), and over the outer ring (see photo above).
6. Repeat Steps 3 through 5 to weave your wreath form. It may take several passes for the texture to become visible. Every couple of weaves, pull on all of your loops to keep them tight. Push your loops snug against each other as you work.
The end of your twine may start to unravel. You can trim it if you need to. If your twine has natural elements that are rough or unsightly, you can pull them off as you work.
7. As you come up to one of your wreath supports, try to fit as many passes of the weaving pattern in as possible before moving past the support. Your wraps might get tight on the inner side of your wreath, but use a tool like a screwdriver to squeeze your twine through to continue weaving if you can. The loops need to be tight and snug to cover any areas where to frame might show.
When you can't fit your twine through on one side of the wreath support, simply move on to the other side.
8. When you come to the end of your piece of twine, pull it to the back of your frame (it is best if you are about to pass your twine under your center ring(s) anyway). Put down a generous string of hot glue and glue down the end of your twine, pulling it tight against your loops. Make sure that a least an inch of twine is glued firmly in place. Trim any remainder of your twine end.
9. Cut a new 8 foot length of cord or twine. Using a generous amount of hot glue, stick one end to the back side of your wreath frame (see photo above). Then bring your twine to the front of your wreath frame and continue weaving where you left off in the pattern.
Finish Your Weaving
10. When you get to the end of weaving your wreath frame, make sure all your loops are tight and snug. You may need to make some weaving passes just between the outer ring and the center ring(s) to fill your frame completely. Try to do this as neatly as possible, but you can always cover your end point with ribbon and decorations if it is messy.
11. When all your wraps are tight and your wreath form is full, bring the end of your twine to the back of your wreath and glue it in place. Trim any remainder at the end of your twine. You can also clean up and trim any loose twine hairs around your wreath.
Add a Hanger to Your Wreath
12. You can add a simple hanger to your wreath by making a loop of ribbon, thinner twine. or fishing line. Turn your wreath frame over. Pull this loop of ribbon through at least 2 loops on the back of your frame (see photo above).
13. Put the knotted end of your ribbon over the rounded end, and pull on the rounded end to create a hanger.
14. Check the front of your wreath to make sure this attachment does not create any gaps in your weaving on the front.
Add Decoration to Your Wreath
You can decorate your wreath in many ways for different seasons or holidays. In the sample above, I used hot glue to adhere a string of beads around my wreath. Then I used more glue to add artificial flowers and a ribbon band to the side.
For my starfish wreath, I used a couple of methods for attaching decorations.
15. For my artificial flowers, I put down some hot glue just where I was going to place my batch of connected stems. This method of attaching flowers will work as long as you are overlapping your decorations.
16. For thinner stems, I just put a drop of hot glue on the end of my stem, then carefully tucked it between the wraps on my wreath. I used these thinner stems to hid the attachments points for my other flowers.
17. To attach my starfish, I put down a large circle of hot glue for each item and held them in place while they dried. If you are working with seashells, choose shells that have a flat area on the back where you can attach them firmly.
This woven twine wreath is the perfect summer decoration to welcome friends into your home.
© 2020 Donna Herron