Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DIY : Yarn and Rosette Holiday Wreath

After perusing my new addiction, Pinterest, I was inspired to make my own wreath this holiday season. A couple of friends and I got together on a Saturday afternoon for a wreath making extravaganza. I decided on a yarn wreath with colorful flower rosettes and holly, because if you have not noticed yet, I prefer the simple projects. To add the final splash of that holiday cheer, I found some pretty green ribbon for the bow.



To make this wreath you will need:
  • Foam wreath, found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels
  • One ball of yarn
  • Atleast 5-6 sheets of felt, based on size of rosettes and colors
  • Accent decorations, such as holly or jingle bells
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Step one: Wrap the foam wreath with your yarn. Here are a few tips from when I was doing this. I had a white wreath and white yarn, which helped if there was a slight gap inbetween rounds. I would recommend wrapping the wreath twice if you have a different color or some of the foam showing thru. Also, it can be rather tedious wrapping the yarn, and using the entire ball when wrapping was a bit awkward, so I cut my yarn into chunks, and used a little hot glue when I needed to start another string. I found this to be the longest part of the wreath making experience. So if you feel like your arm is going to fall off, or you are never going to finish wrapping the wreath - dont worry and keep going!

Step two: Making the felt flowers. I found cutting out squares of felt first, in different sizes helped to guide me when cutting out my rosettes. I would also recommend using a sharpie marker to outline so your width stays the same. To make a rosette, simple cut a circle path to the center, as mentioned keeping your width the same. You will then wrap the fabric in a tight circle, twisting the center to make it tighter and shaping it into a flower. There are many different ways to make rosette flowers, but I found this to be the easiest using felt - and I think they look pretty. To complete the flowers, add a drop of hot glue on the outside flap.


Step three: Glue the flowers onto the wreath. I planned out the sizes and colors - trying different locations on the wreath, prior to making the commitment of glue. Then I secured the flowers onto the wreath with hot glue. I also laid the holly onto the wreath to help visualize the final look, prior to gluing those into place.

Step four: Tie the ribbon and smile. For the final touch, add a pretty ribbon to help hang it. I also would recommend using a wreath holder if hanging on a door, and adding the ribbon on the front of that. And then step back and smile, you are done!

Let me know if you make one. I would love to see other versions. I did see a few on pinterest with rosettes on a branch wreath, that you can also grab at Hobby Lobby.

Happy Holidays!
Jamie

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