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A Winter Wreath and A Blog Hop




Textured Burlap and Pom Pom Wreath - The Learner ObserverI have tackled wreaths before.  First there was the door wreath which has since collected a few spider webs and yes, still hangs on my front door.  Then there was the book page wreath, which is now hanging on my kitchen hutch and I love it.  Last year I didn’t make a Christmas wreath – I bought a massive pine wreath from Costco, threw some battery-operated lights on it and called it a day.  I’ll make a Christmas one this year… possibly.  If not, I have made a Winter wreath that I can think will be able to stay around past December 25th.

I’ve been feeling all the natural Christmas decor over the last few years, and burlap has made a huge splash on the decor scene, but it’s not a bandwagon  had jumped on quite yet.  No time like the present, right?  So when May Arts said they’d provide some ribbon, I just knew that their wired burlap was beyond perfection!  I used a 4″ ribbon in Light Natural.  Can I just say how thrilled I was that they had 4″ burlap wired ribbon?  Amazeballs! 

Thrifted wreath with wired burlap ribbon - The Learner ObserverSo there’s how the burlap part went.  I originally did want the ribbon to reach around the entire wreath, but I didn’t want it all stretched out – the chunky/gathered look is much nicer!  Oh, and that $2.99 wreath?  It’s been sitting in our pantry for MONTHS!  Though I had NO plans for it when I bought it, I couldn’t pass it up strictly based on its size.  It’s 17 inches wide, which seems weird because who makes anything 17 inches, but I measured it and everything.  It’s 17 inches.  Anyway, that’s a great size, and sometimes these wreaths can cost a pretty penny at craft stores.


So what did I do to “fill in the blank”?


They were sooooooo easy to make and each took literally about 2 minutes, and that was with my crazy dog around trying to chase my yarn like a kitten.  Silly Luther.

Ho to make pom poms in 2 minutes - The Learner ObserverAll of the yarn I used came from the Dollar Store, and I only used 2 skeins.  I made five large pom poms and about 9 small ones.  See how I left those long strings in the picture up there?  That was DEFINITELY intentional… not like the gap with the burlap intentional…like actually intentional.  Wanna know why?


The making of a winter wreath - The Learner ObserverTaa-daa!!!  I definitely didn’t want to ruin my new favourite ribbon in case this project turned out to be a total bust, so I planned on keeping all the pom pom strings long so I could just tie them around the wreath, and tucking in the burlap was just so much easier than bothering with any kind of glue.  This is where the magic of the wired ribbon happens… it’s so easy to manipulate!

In the end, I love that this wreath is monochromatic and totally textured! 

Pom Pom Winter Wreath - The Learner ObserverOh and there was one more ribbon I used, which ties in the lighter-coloured pom poms as well.  It’s a satin and grosgrain mix – again, I was going for texture here – and I used it to hang the wreath like so.

Textured Monochromatic Wreath - The Learner ObserverI do realize it’s basically impossible to actually see the texture… I apologize.  This was, believe it or not, the best angle to see the shiny satin and the lines of the grosgrain.

Ok here’s a better look…

Monochromatic Winter Wreath - The Learner ObserverI’m a big fan, but that’s obviously my biased opinion!

Oh and get this… there are FOURTEEN MORE amazing wreaths for you to be inspired by thanks to these lovely ladies!

Canadian Blogger Collage 2013(from left to right, they are):

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life In The Suburbs
Thalita from The Learner Observer – hey that’s me!
Angie from Echoes of Laughter
Virginia from Fynes Designs
Tara from Suburble
Shauna from Satori Design for Living
Kelly from A Swell Place to Dwell
Stephanie from Garden Therapy
Becky from Sketchy Styles
Christine from The DIY Dreamer
Alex from Northstory
Shannon from AKA Design
Ingrid from Now At Home Mom
Gemma from The Sweetest Digs
Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs

You’re bound to be inspired! Believe me, there is a whole lot of Canadian talent up there!

I hope you enjoy this first Canadian Wreath Hop!


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  • Reply now at home mom

    your burlap wreath is so pretty, I love burlap very much too and love decorating with it! :-) & those pom poms are adorable like Lauren’s
    & I agree, you will be able to keep this lovely wreath all winter and re-use your burlap ribbon for another project :-)

    November 25, 2013 at 7:54 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much Ingrid!! The pom poms are a favourite of mine, and this was my first project making them, so it was so much fun!!!!

      November 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Shauna @ Satori Design for Living

    Gorgeous! Love the simplicity of the white and the texture of the pom poms. I think it will be a while before you grow tired of this one!

    November 25, 2013 at 9:12 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks Shauna! I almost missed your comment – it went to spam! Glad I caught it :)

      December 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Beautiful! I have got to get on making poms poms already. I swear it’s been on my to try craft list and it’s not doing so well. Something about a million other Christmas crafts getting in the way. Love the wreath!

    November 25, 2013 at 9:25 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, girl! Once you start with the pom poms, it’s hard to stop. I came up with at least 6 other projects I could use them for while making these!!! You have cooler things to play with, like wood veneer!!

      November 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply fynesdesigns

    Oh wow! I love your idea, the pom- poms are fab!

    November 25, 2013 at 9:55 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much Virginia! I’m kind of obsessed with pom poms after this project. Uh oh!

      November 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Jo-Anna

    So pretty! I love the soft tones…they are great for any time of the year! Love it!

    November 25, 2013 at 10:42 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks Jo-Anna! You’re right, I guess I could keep this one around all year round!

      November 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    It’s really cute. the pom poms add the perfect little touch of fluffiness.

    November 25, 2013 at 10:49 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Hi Kelly! Thanks for the comment! I loved the juxtaposition of the rougher burlap and the pom poms… they’re so fun I just want to touch them all the time!

      November 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    So pretty ! first time visiting you, but not the last…love meeting new Canadian friends…xo

    November 25, 2013 at 11:06 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Lucy, that is so awesome!!!! Thanks so much. Oh my gosh… just saw your indoor snowballs. OBSESSED!!!!

      November 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Tara @ Suburble

    This is gorgeous! I love pom-poms (and burlap!) and this is a really gorgeous and neutral wreath that could add to any decor!

    Pinning, lady!

    November 25, 2013 at 11:16 am
    • Reply Thalita

      You’re the BEST! Thanks, Tara!!!

      November 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Okay, you KNOW I love the neutrals and burlap and pom poms in this wreath! The muted tones and wintry vibe are really working for me (not that it matters, lol) – – yes, this will most definitely be a wreath for the entire winter season! (And maybe then some.) Well done, my friend! (And I love that you dog had a cat like moment there with the yarn…our little kitty, Mangey, that we take care of has so many dog-like moments…maybe she and Luther would be buddies?)

    Love this Canadian wreath blog hop with so many sweet familiar faces. Off to visit Alex next!

    November 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Krista @thehappyhousie

    So pretty Thalita- love the burlap and pom poms!!

    November 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you, Krista!! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love them too ;)

      November 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm
  • Reply sketchystylesky

    This wreath is so homey and comforting. Exactly how you want your home to feel around the holidays. I call that a successful job well done my friend!

    Plus it’s pretty and matches your house. Double bonus!

    November 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Homey and comforting – best words used to describe this wreath yet! Thanks, Becky! Not gonna lie, this comment put a big ol’ smile on my face! :)

      November 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    I used the burlap ribbon too! I love the pom poms – so cute!

    November 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I know!!! And I loved yours!! Thanks for the comment love!

      November 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Christine

    I totally LOVE the wreath!!! The pompoms are sooo cute!!

    November 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Christine! Pom poms are always a good idea. Like Paris, only less glamorous!

      November 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Shannon Acheson

    So fun! Love the tut for the pom poms!

    November 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you, Shannon! I did that on a whim, but figured it was a good idea :)

      November 27, 2013 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Time With Thea

    Love it! As I mentioned before I so love your creativity! Pinned and tweeted! So worth sharing! ~Thea

    November 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thea, you are oh so sweet!!!

      November 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Britt @ My Daily Randomness

    So pretty! I love the texture of the burlap against the softness of the pompoms!

    November 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Britt! It’s hard not to play with the pom poms all the time – I have no idea why they’re so much fun!

      December 2, 2013 at 11:59 am
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  • Reply carolynshomework

    Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a great weekend.

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    December 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      So late in replying, but thanks so much for the feature, Carolyn!

      December 13, 2013 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

    Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. Have a great week.
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    December 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm
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