Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rosette Initial Wreath {tutorial}

This was what we used on the front of door of the church for Marcus and Lydia's wedding.
It turned out lovely and has been requested by many.

The project itself is not expensive at all.
But it is very time consuming.
***Don't wait until the week of the wedding or event to start on the rosettes!

You will need:
  • Fabric 
  • Particle Board Initial (we found ours at Hobby Lobby for $1.99)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Lots and lots and lots of glue sticks 
  • A grapevine wreath 
  • Whatever embellishments you want for around the wreath (We used burlap and fresh baby's breath)

You can use what ever color fabric you like. I chose two different types of fabric that were the same color to give it texture and dimension.  I'm not sure of the exact amount I used but I don't think it was more than a yard of each. (I know... lame tutorial already!  Forgive me...I'm so new to the tutorial stuff!)
I used a cotton and a chiffon.  You will need to cut these in strips of different widths and lengths in order to create different size rosettes.  I didn't want all of the rosettes the same.  But hey....this will be your project so you can do it how you like it.  That' the bueaty of it.
There are so many tutorials on how to make the rosettes...but just in case you have never made a rosette, you can find out how here or here  just to name a couple.

It pretty much took me all day to make all the rosettes needed to cover the two letters. As I made them, I would place them on the letter without gluing them down.  After I had made quite a few I began the gluing process.  The trick to making this look right is to glue them on tight! You want them all squished together for the right look.

I had this part finished months before the wedding.
I just tucked them away in a rubbermaid tote and waited for the big day and the rest of the project...

Our original vision was to completely cover the entire wreath in baby's breath.  But being that we used baby's breath in almost everything at the wedding, we realized about halfway in that we were not gonna have enough.   So me and  my sis-on-law brainstormed together and played around until we came up with the half burlap and half baby's breath idea.
I absolutely LOVED it!
And was  kinda glad we ran out!

 (here is my sis in action...)

It was the perfect way to welcome our guest.
and boy did we have a lot of guest!
(if any of you reading this  attended the wedding and had to stand up , please accept my apologies! We were overwhelmed and blessed beyond our imagination by the huge crowd!)

The beauty of this wreath is that the possibilities are endless! 
You can wrap some cute fabric from a vintage sheet or pillow case,  or some lace for an elegant look or use fabric that will match a baby's nursery.
This would also be great to hang on the door at the hospital when a baby is born!
Just paint a little 5x7 canvas cute to match with all of birth info and hang with a ribbon.  

Lydia has hers hanging on her front door now.
..The "L" one for Linton of course.

Stephanie :)


  1. Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I think these wreaths are so lovely.

  2. i think i need to make one my current wreath has been hanging on my front door for over a year. thanks for sharing cause sharing IS caring!

  3. Oh my gosh! Those are SO pretty. I absolutely love them.


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