I’ve been hoarding a package of sisal rope for months now. I bought it with all good intentions to make a sisal rope basket but, seeing as I don’t really need another basket, never got around to the project. Since fall is here it’s time to put that rope to work by making a sisal rope wreath! The project started with a wreath round from Michaels. (On a side note, I had not been to the Michaels store near us until now and woweee… I think it’s pretty cool in that dorky, crafty, I feel the need to glue or paint things, sort of way.)
I then secured the end of the sisal rope with a little hot glue to start. Be careful though, because as I learned, the hot glue gun will easily melt the wreath round if you touch it with the hot glue gun.
The next step seems pretty intuitive, right? I thought I could just wrap the sisal around the wreath but, I quickly learned that the rope was going to end up at a funny angle because the outside perimeter of the wreath round is longer than the inside perimeter.
I realized that I needed to allow some spacing on the outside of the wreath which meant that the green would should through unless I found something to cover the wreath round. With no desire to head back to Michaels for the pack of burlap I put back on the shelf wrongly thinking I didn’t need it, I had to come up with a plan. And the plan involved cutting up Howard’s landscaping khakis. These pants were last seen during our mulch project here.
With the khaki fabric as a backing, I wrapped the sisal around the wreath leaving a little spacing on the outside so the sisal would remain perpendicular to the wreath round. I applied a little hot glue every six inches or so to keep things in place and allow me put down the project. Otherwise I risked getting to end and having the whole thing unravel.
At the end of the wreath I cut the rope at an angle and applied a generous amount of hot glue to secure the ends.
Next came the fun part – decorating! I had plans to use the fall flowers that didn’t work out earlier here and my new Halloween ribbon from Michaels.
But the color combination got negative reviews from my family when I asked for their opinions. I liked the contrast between the black and white bow and colorful flowers myself but agreed to go with the majority after a 3 to 1 vote against me.
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