Jute Wrapped Monogram Wreath

When I came across this pretty jute monogram wreathI knew I had to make one for our friends who are getting married soon.

ere’s what you’ll need to make your monogram wreath:
12″ paper mache letter ($2.50 from JoAnn with 40% off coupon)
1 roll of jute twine (~$2.60 each from JoAnn Fabric)
felt ($.44 each from JoAnn)

This is a great “TV project” because you’re constantly wrapping the jute around the letter.  It took me a little over 2 hours from start to finish.

I started by securing the jute on the backside of the letter with my glue gun.
Then, I started to vertically wrap it around that section of the N.

After wrapping one side, I moved on to the other side.

Next, I glued pieces of jute on to the four sides of the angled section.  I did this so when I wrap it horizontally the jute has something to hold on to.

Then, I started wrapping the N horizontally.




Ok, so I hope that made sense.  Obviously you won’t wrap yours exactly like mine unless your initial is an N.  My advice: just keep wrapping!

Once I was done wrapping my letter, I made 3 felt rosettes (there are tons of tutorials on how to make these).  I also made two bows with my ribbon.  One bow was small and used with the rosettes.  I made the other bow with longer “legs”.  I used my glue gun to secure the knot of the bow (sticking my glue gun in the knot and shooting in some glue).  I used my glue gun to attach the ribbon on the backside of the N.

I liked the wreath so much I made one for our house too.  What do you think?
GREAT handmade gift idea!



  1. says

    So cute! And I’ll admit, I like yours even better than the original! I’d want to make one if the thought of wrapping all the curves of a capital B didn’t reduce me to tears.

  2. says

    That looks awesome! I definitely wouldn’t have the patience for that project! I was so excited to change my last name because I hated my maiden name. In general, it wasn’t too bad. Changing your social security card and driver’s license are the biggest, but both of those were pretty easy. The hardest part was trying to figure out everything I had to change over- but the only major ones you need to do are DL and Social Security card. My debit card is still in my maiden name, but pretty much everything else was changed over quickly and easily. I’d have to cancel my debit card to wait for the new one, and I didn’t want to be w/o it for several weeks, so I’m waiting until it expires (2012). BTW- what do you use to watermark your photos?

  3. says

    I don’t know about the rest of Latin America, but in Guatemala, when you get married, you automatically take your husband’s last name. You don’t lose yours though! A married woman becomes name (usually 2) + last names (here goes father’s last name first, and then mother’s last name) + husband’s last name preceded by “de” ( = “of” in English). Say I was married (far from happening!) I would be: Claudia Maria Samayoa Monroy DE xxxx. No other option around this area when it comes to adopting a new last name.
    anyways…my two cents. Great door hanging letter!!

  4. says

    LOVE your version, great job!

    I hyphenated my last name. I was 29 when we got married, I wasn’t going to take his name at all at first, but I did want to share a last name with my future kids. Giving up the identity in your name is a tough thing. Do what makes you most comfortable.

  5. says

    Great job. I’m so happy your last (new) last name starts with N too. I NEVER would’ve figured out how to wrap that on my own! I wonder if you could make the flowers removable so they’d be changeable for the seasons or holidays…. Love your blog!

  6. says

    This turned out really cute! I’ve seen these a few times… I want to come up with some word & make it… hopefully just like a 4 letter word HA! Maybe NOEL or something for my mantle at xmas??

  7. says

    Love this ! I want to do the first letterf of mine and my hubby’s names and hang next to our moss “M”. It was the first project I made with my new married name initial and I won’t lie, it took some time for me to adjust! haha

  8. says

    so fun! i took my husband’s name right away. but i was starting grad school so i didn’t have a full time job, and had time to do all the paperwork and waiting. i still use my maiden name for a few things (grad school email…too much of a pain to change it) so i still feel connected. :)

  9. says

    I agree with a previous comment. I am also glad your last name begins with N b/c I want to make this and mine does also. I wouldn’t have attempted it on my own. I already have a large letter N although I will probably wish it was a small letter N when I finish. How tall is yours? Thanks for sharing!

  10. says

    I love this – My initial is “S”…but I prefer the style of yours. I’ve been married twice…and the first time, I had a lot of trouble adapting to the change. I had a very unique maiden name, and went to a more common married name…but I felt like Erin H. no longer existed and now I was almost a new person…Erin L….and I had no idea who Erin L. was. I don’t know if that makes any sense. I thought the 2nd time would be easier, but I again went through a phase of feeling like I’d lost a part of me. After hearing it for a while, you’ll get used to it. Thanks again!

  11. says

    That looks really good.

    I have a different problem now that I’ve split from my husband. Do I keep his last name to be the same as the kids or revert to my maiden name. At the moment I’m happy to keep his name.

    I think I’ll make my first initial to hang in my bedroom.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. says

    I had no problems with changing my name when I got married, because I didn’t do it, ha! Lots of people told me how hard it would be when I had kids, but it’s been no big deal at all, even with some of them in school.

    I love the letter, it looks great!

  13. says

    SO NICE!!! I love this more than wreaths on the door :) Here’s a thought, you could make the flowers interchangable w/velcro backs so you could use it year round & just switch up the colors for the seasons!
    I had a hard time changing my last name too. My married name is harder to pronounce & no one ever says it right. My maiden name was so simple & since I had it for 24 years of my life, yeah, I didn’t really want to change it! But of course I DID :)

  14. says

    I read a lot of blogs that tell me about all sorts of inspiring crafts, but this one looks seriously do-able and I might have to try it this weekend. Love it!

    I moved my maiden name to my middle name, it seemed senseless just to abandon it. I thought about not changing it at all, but with kids I wanted us all to be on the same “team.” No rush on doing it though, you’re still married either way.

    I’m a Hoosier too…where are you from?

    Visiting from Amanda’s Weekend Bloggy Reading Link Party!

  15. says

    This is lovely! I love this trend of monogram wreaths (and monograms in general), But our last name starts with O, so if I made a monogrammed wreath it would just be a circle :( I’m jealous of people with better initials…LOL! Happy Fall!

  16. says

    I absolutely love this-it is definitely on my “must do” list!
    I took my husband’s last name and the transition wasn’t hard for me. That was almost 22 years ago.

  17. says

    This is beautiful! I changed my name soon after I got married. I felt a little sad about it because my grandparents had no grandsons to carry on the name. :( But my husband’s last name is a lot easier to pronounce than my maiden name was, and I couldn’t wait for my name to officially reflect that I was married to him!

  18. says

    Very cute!! Love it! I will have to do this for my front door.

    I didn’t have too much trouble with transition to my new last name, but I went from Barfield to Pool. And Pool is a cool last name!!

  19. says

    Just found your fun blog through Craft-O-Maniac :) Love the Jute Letter! I can’t wait to try it. Also, you’re definitely not alone on the name thing! I had a very hard time transitioning to my married name! My maiden name was fun and unique, and very…me. So getting used to my married name is a slow transition. I’ve been married 2 years and just barely legally changed it (and yes, the paperwork is a huge pain in the butt!)

  20. says

    This is so stinkin cute! I am absolutely in love with it. Great job!

    I’ve been married for 4 years and I just now got to where I don’t have to stop and think about my last name when I sign something. You are not alone girl!

  21. says

    Love the “N” it applies for me too! And changing my name was very hard ..emotionally and the stinkin’ paperwork too. I made my middle name my maiden name and always sign that too when I sign my name 8)

  22. says

    You did a great job on your “N”! I’ve pinned it. I’m a new follower who just came across your blog & love it so far!
    Andrea @ justdownthehall.blogspot.com

  23. says

    this is fabulous! and my last name initial should be pretty simple..”A”! I think it’ll work.
    Also, kuddos on the way you display the link parties that you participate in. I have a subscription to InLinkz, do I just create a widget for the blog post I will be sharing? I’ve had the vision just didn’t know how to do it.
    please share your tips!


  24. says

    Cute! I want to make a series of these for my little guys room. :) Thank you for the cost breakdown too! I always appreciate that.

    PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog this week. Come by when you get a chance! :)

  25. says

    Chelsea I really love this!! Initials are so cool and this one is perfect with the felt rosettes!

    I have hooked up with Julia’s Party as well!


    Art by Karena

  26. says

    that is so funny, the first thing I thought when I clicked this post was “I wish I could make an E instead of a J!” I did have a hard time changing my name, it’s been four years and sometimes I still wish I hadn’t, or had at least hyphenated.

  27. says

    p.s. to answer your question, yes, I had a hard time losing my maiden name. It threw me for a loop because I didn’t expect to have a hard time with it. I kinda “mourned” the loss of my maiden name…it was the name I had had my entire life! I felt like I had lost some part of my identity. It probably doesn’t make any sense :-) Some women don’t mind it, but I really had to adjust to it.

  28. says

    First I would like to tell you how talented and crafty I think you are!!! Secondly I LOVE this idea. Soo I went to Joanns website and they show me 3 different sizes 1 is 23.5″ and the 2nd is 12″ which size did you use???

  29. says

    Question! About how much total jute did you need for one letter? I know you used two rolls at once, but surely you didn’t both of the two rolls completely?!
    How man yards/feet/etc. is one of your rolls? And how much of a total roll did you use?
    I’m going to make these for gifts for some gals that are hosting me a baby shower. I was trying to calculate how much jute I will need. Can you email me?

  30. says

    I am in the same boat as amandamsherman. My letter is G and the curves just aren’t working in the wrapping. Any suggestions? HELP!!! I am SO excited to get it done! :)

  31. says

    This is so cute. I would love to make one of these for my aunt for Christmas. Can you advise how you attached the ribbon and rossettes. Is it safe to hang this on a front door as long as it is semi protected?

  32. says

    I would love to make this but how would you hang it if it is an L. I was just thinking it would be lopsided. I would love to make it for my fiance and I.

    Don’t worry about not taking his name right away, all of that paperwork will keep me from doing it right away as well!

  33. Courtney Madden says

    Love it! Can’t wait to make one. I’ve always hated my last name and my husband’s is pretty great, but I did have a hard time transitioning because I “killed” my family name. There will never be a Garmhaus ever again – it’s just my dad and my grandma (my mom kept her maiden name Guitar when they got married – obviously because Guitar is awesome!). So I kept Garmhaus as my middle name – at least it’s still part of me, :)

  34. says

    Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this
    post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  35. says

    So very cute! I would love to make one with the letter “L”, but have no idea how I would attach the ribbon. Maybe just on the top of the letter? It would be little…wonder if it would hold up. Love this idea!

  36. vicky l lambert says

    LOVE this! I’m going to try this for both of my daughters, 25 and 28. They will love it! Also love your fabric bulletin board. Going to attempt that, as well. Thank you!

  37. Stacey says

    Love it! Going to make one this weekend.
    Any ideas for the letter L? Will the ribbon attached to the top make it hang lop sided?

  38. Shannon says

    I love this and am using it as inspiration for my first ever craft day party I’m hosting tomorrow. My question is: how much jute did you end up using? There going to be 8 of us and I have just under 4 rolls of jute. Do you think that’s enough or should I go get some more? I’m worried we’ll run out before we’ve all finished our letters.

  39. Michelle Turner says

    I love this idea and am working on one right now. I have a question. As you wrap the jute around the letter, are you hot gluing it down at the same time?

    • says

      No, you don’t need to. I hot glue the initial starting point, wrap (and wrap and wrap and wrap) and then glue again. Unless it’s an angled area. Then I glue as I go in order to keep the jute in place.

  40. Roseanne says

    I’d love to do that with the letter “L” but how would I hang it (straight) since there will only be one place on top for a ribbon?? Ty

  41. Stacey says

    Cute project! Can you tell me a little more about the jute twine you used – thickness of jute (inches/mm), and total length of roll (feet)? It’s hard to tell from the picture. Thanks!

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