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2017 Wood Veneer Bunny Head Wreath Tutorial

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This is a new tutorial for 2017 using a Burton & Burton Wood Veneer Bunny Head. It’s not actually made of wood, it just resembles wood. It’s more like a paper mache’ and foam type product. It is lightweight and has a burlap string hanger. The head measures about 19″H X 11″W X 1 1/2″D and the wreath was made on a 24″ Work Wreath.

We will have a few kits will all the products we used. You will have a choice of a pink hat bunny or a blue hat bunny. Once the kits have sold out, we will still leave the tutorial up since you can choose other products and still follow the basic directions.

Click here to purchase supply kit: 2017 Wood Veneer Bunny Head Wreath Kit – Sorry, kits are now sold out.

 

Supplies:

9727186 Burton & Burton Bunny Head (will be available in kit only, it is not listed on the website)

XX750439 24″ Cream Pencil Wreath (other colors can be used)

XB970-15  21″ Dark Frayed Burlap Mesh (other colors can be used)

RG848611 2.5″ Burlap Pink White Stripe Ribbon

RG146804 1.5″ Ivory Brown Plants Ribbon

RG121111 1.5″ Hot Pink Ribbon

RG1358JH 2.5″ Turquoise Quatrefoil Ribbon

 

First step to making the wreath is to attach the 21″ mesh using the pouf technique.

Use a 24″ wreath (can be pencil wreath or work wreath). Our 24″ wreaths measure 15″ across the largest metal ring and have about 18 twist ties. Once products (mesh, ribbons, etc) are added, your finished wreath measures 24″ in width or greater.

Grasp the mesh about 3-4 inches from the end and secure in a twist. We started on the outer ring, but it doesn’t matter where you start. Secure the mesh with just a couple of turns since we’ll be adding more product to these twist later.

Once the mesh is attached, measure about 14″ down the length of the mesh, grasp in your hand and secure the mesh in the next twist.

Measuring about 14″ will leave you will a couple of yards on the roll which isn’t much to do anything else with, but we have tried making the poufs a little larger so as not to have any mesh left over, and the poufs were to big and floppy to us, so we use the 14″ measurement.

Continue securing and measuring around the wreath until you have gone around the wreath. When you get to the last pouf, open the first twist where you started (make sure your starting end doesn’t pop out) and secure your last pouf. Close the twist again with a couple of turns.

Pull the mesh up snug and move up to the inner close. Choose the closest tie and secure the mesh in the twist with a couple of turns.

Continue measuring and securing around the inner ring. When you get back to the last pouf, again open up your twist and secure the last pouf. At this point you are ready to cut your mesh loose from the roll.

Cut the mesh off leaving about 6″ tail. Tuck the tail to the inside of the wreath. You should be close to your starting point. Take both the raw ends and wrap around the work wreath metal ring. You can secure with a zip tie to keep the raw ends from popping out.  You can also use a chenille stem, but a zip tie is neater)))

Your basic pouf wreath is finished. You can hang it on the wall to check. If any poufs seem to large or too small you can make adjustments.

Next you’re ready to add ribbon. It’s always a good idea to measure one ribbon strip before you start cutting your ribbon. We chose four different ribbons for this project, two 2.5″ and two 1.5″ width ribbons.

You can add ribbon stripes several different ways, but one of the easiest and most uniform is to cut individual strips. We cut 18 pieces from each roll and did a chevron cut (or fish mouth) cut to the ends.

(Fold the ribbon in half, fold again lengthwise, and cut on the folded edge away from you.)

Ribbons were picked up in a random selection and pinched in the center to make a ribbon cluster. You can gather the ribbons and hold them side to side to make them splay out more versus just stacking on top of each other.

Pinch them in the center, open up a twist (make sure your pouf stays in place) and lay the ribbon cluster down, secure the twist now with 3-4 turns. We placed a ribbon cluster in each twist around the wreath.

Here’s the wreath once the ribbon clusters were secured. You can also make loops, small bows, or just a couple of big bows with the ribbon, just whatever your preference is. Using the ribbon strip method, you do have some ribbon left over for sure.

Next we added the bunny head. The burlap strip on the bunny head was tied up snug to the work wreath frame from the back side. You can push the poufs out toward the front, by pushing them out of the center from the back side. Nestle the bunny head down in the center of the wreath.

If you feel it needs more securing, you can slip a jute string under the hat portion and secure that to the work wreath frame. Adjust your poufs or ribbons to fill in any gaps. Or you might want to position the head differently. Just hang it on the wall and experiment with the placement until you get it where you want it.

The final step is to check the back of your wreath for any sharp edges so you won’t scratch  your wall or anything and fluff out your ribbons.

The ears on the bunny head are wired, so you can shape them if you like. This wreath would need to be placed in an area away from moisture since the bunny head is not waterproof. It should be fine on a protected doorway, just doesn’t need to be placed where it could get pelted with rain.

The overall wreath measured about 26″ in width. Here’s the wreath with the blue hat bunny head.

Happy Easter!!

 

 

 

 

 

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