Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yarn wreath tutorial

I have a thing for wreaths.  When we bought our first house, I couldn't wait to buy our first Christmas wreath.  Way back then I didn't realize how easy or fun they are to make.  I've since been converted.  This one is a burlap wreath on our front door {it's only on the microwave for the picture}.

This is a wreath made out of a hymnal from my granddad's house.  Naturally, it's by my piano.

These are wreaths I made at Christmas for the french doors.  They are so cute, I made them for my sister and my mom for Christmas.  They are made out of a curtain panel I found at Goodwill for $2.

Wreaths are often the first thing people see when they come to your house, so they set the tone.  Kind of like a wedding invitation indicates the style of the wedding before you go.  They say something about who lives there.  Best of all, because you change them out with the seasons, you don't tire of them. 

A couple of weeks ago, while Handsome Hero was out of town, I needed a project.  This is what I made.

This wreath is a great base for any decoration.  I'll show you how I did it so that you can make your own.  All three of you. Minus Lydia, who has already made one.  So all two of you.

What you will need for the basic wreath:
Wreath form
Glue gun {straight pins or tape would work, also}
Straight pins

What you will need for the decorations:

So, as you can see from the picture above, just wrap.  No, not r-a-p, w-r-a-p!  Although, now that you mention it, I do have a good rappin' rhythm in my head....

Yo, yo, yo!
My name is Beth
and I like to make stuff
like this wreath made from yarn
or a pillow made from fluff!

I totally missed my calling {sigh}.  Okay, back to the wreath.  My recommendation is to do this in front of a really good movie, because this takes awhile.  At least it did for me, because I wanted it to be pretty smooth.  I also did two layers of yarn so there was no white showing through.  After you wrap it, glue the end down.

Now flip the wreath to the backside and make a loop with your ribbon.  Attach it to the wreath with straight pins.  Now you have a hanger.

Now for the fun part.  Embellish with absolutely anything you want!  I decided to make some flowers from satin and put them on with pretty thumbtacks.

I like it, but I'm not married to it.  This would look great with brooches that you already have, or silk flowers, or Easter eggs.  It would look awesome with one hugely oversized flower!  I might try that one.  I think I'll glitter some styrofoam eggs and add them for an Easter wreath.  Hmm.  Oh, the possibilities.

I like simple and streamlined wreaths.  This fits the bill.  It also fits the Bill.  He likes it. 

1 comment:

  1. Love the bright green color! It cracks me up how we think alike sometimes. I made a second one of these and did just what you did, used some of the felt flowers we made together (the enormous bright yellow one)! Way to go, it looks awesome!