RAFFIA WREATH TUTORIAL

This fall StoneGable’s front door got a new color and face lift. To see the original post and more wreath photos, click HERE
This disheveled unkempt wreath captures the colors and  texture of late fall. It is big and fluffy and fills up the door so nicely!

The wreath is easy to make, a little messy and very fun! It has that WOW factor I love while being very economical (under $15.00)!
Hope you will give it a try!
STONEGABLE’S RAFFIA WREATH

1 large bag of natural raffia
60 U pins (about 3 boxes)
1 straw wreath wrapped in plastic
scissors
hot glue gun
Put straw wreath on a work surface.  Do not take the plastic wrap off of the wreath.
Pull out several stands of raffia from the bag and gather it like the picture below pinching in the middle. You may have to adjust the size of your gathered raffia as you go along. It is not rocket science! So if you are not happy with the raffia  just redo it!
Slide the U Pin over the pinched center of the raffia. Add a little hot glue to each prong of the U Pin.  Center on wreath. Pin one raffia cluster with the pin horizontally to the wreath.
Push the U Pin in the wreath with the handle of your scissors and hold just a minute until the U Pin is well secured.
 Cut the loops of the raffia. Don’t worry that the raffia is not all the same length. You actually don’t want it to be all the same. Messy is good!
Continue the procedure above, but pin the U Pin vertically into the wreath this time. Cut loop ends.

Continue all around the wreath, alternating pinning the raffia horizontally then vertically.

When your wreath is completed, give it a haircut here and there as needed. Also pull out some strands of raffia so they are longer and straggly than others . Fluff and fuss with the raffia until you are happy with the wreath.
I added bleached oak leaves using a wired pick.
Hang on a door.
You will get lots of compliments!
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Comments

  1. says

    Well….its off to HL to gather supplies to make this wreath. Its a fantastic look on your front door Yvonne. Your tutorial and list of supplies is something anyone can handle. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. says

    I bet you get lots of compliments – here’s another one – it is beautiful, love it. It does sound fun and messy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    So beautiful and creative! I am going to attempt a felt wreath for Christmas – maybe with an owl on it! Or a fox …. or bells!

    I’m having a giveaway my blog – trying to give back to my lovely readers!

  4. says

    Your wreath is beautiful. I’m not familiar with bleached oak leaves. Can you purchase them as is, or do you bleach them yourself?
    I’m always happy to see your latest posts. They’re such an inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing so much on your blog. IT’s appreciated.

  5. says

    Yvonne, This is such a great wreath. I just bought a straw wreath and was ready to make another wreath, but now think I will give this a try.
    Thanks for the Tutorial.

  6. says

    Beautiful “almost” black door and wreath. After trying to convince her for years, my mom finally gave in and let me paint her front door black last year…and it made such a statement…kind of like the proverbial “little black dress” that is classic and looks great dressed up or down with accessories. Your rustic wreath looks amazing here and I can imagine that we will see many more of your beautiful handmade creations changing the mood up as time goes on. I don’t blame you a bit for not wanting to give up that brass plaque…it’s the perfect piece of “jewelery” for your door!

    Jermaine

  7. says

    I love it…I always have to do one more thing for Thanksgiving…and you provided the idea…thanx…definitely unique…

    Donna
    Tinglelaneprimitives.blogspot.com

  8. says

    That is a fabulous wreath, Yvonne!
    Your tutorial was fun to read too!
    Wishing you the very best of autumn and a lovely week in preparation for Thanksgiving!
    Can you believe it’s just a week away!?
    ~Maria

  9. says

    Yvonne, thanks for the tutorial. Knowing me, I’ll never get one of these done, but I sure do like the look. Who knows, perhaps I’ll surprise myself. LOL
    Always a treat to visit Stone Gable! ~ Sarah

  10. says

    This is what I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to try it out – oh, and I already have a straw wreath to start with (now if I can just find it.)
    Thank you for the instructions.

  11. says

    Hi, Yvonne!
    I love your wreath and am going to try to make one! Where did you get the “bleached oak leaves” which you added? Is that something you purchased, or did you somehow make them yourself from nature’s bounty? I have an elm leaf soaking in bleach, but it is not lightening it at all.

    Pat
    PersonallyByPat.com

  12. says

    How beautiful and what a great idea. I have a store asking me to make some things for them and this looks like a quickie and easy project.
    Just wanted to say that I noticed a few words missing in your post. I noticed last night that a few of my pictures from past posts had disappeared. Do you know if something is going on with blogger?
    Cindy

  13. Anonymous says

    I am looking to make this in possible a dusty rose raffia color. I am having trouble finding large bags of raffia.I am finding the small 8oz packages. How do I know how many ounces I need to make this.

  14. says

    This is stunning, Yvonne! I usually shy away from raffia because it can be a bit of a pain. Your wreath is gorgeous though. I love how it has so much texture, captures Fall, but doesn’t require the traditional colors. Love!

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