How to Make a Yarn Wreath with Felt Flowers

I have confessed to you guys before that I am not a particularly Christmas-y person. I like the holiday, I like seeing family, but I’m not going to deck the halls just to have to take it all down again a month later. I haven’t even had a Christmas tree in years! But for some reason, both the Craft and Christmas bug bit me at the same time.

{This craft served a dual purpose. At the time I was trying to avoid a particular man I liked and didn’t want to be “too available” to him, according to all the dating advice I’ve read and have been told. You know what you can’t do with a hot glue gun in your hand? Text men you shouldn’t be texting.}

CREDITS:

After scouring Pinterest for hours, I settled on my DIY risk: A yarn wreath. What I liked about it was that if I enjoyed the process, and started feeling in the spirit of future holidays, I would simply need to pick up different colored supplies. I found several awesome sources on how to make a Yarn Wreath and compiled the tips into one.

The first tutorial I read was a great one from Home Stories A to Z. Then, when I wasn’t super clear on the size of felt for the flowers, I found this awesome tutorial on how to make five different kinds of flowers at Paper n Stitch. The video on Home Stories A to Z is golden and I watched it at least four times while I was making the wreath.  Then I found this tutorial from Mom Advice on how to make the fabric flowers.

I’ve never done anything like this before, so if you’re not a professional DIY-er I promise you can still create a fabulous yarn wreath.

STEP ONE:

20130106-214806.jpg First, I found the next episode of West Wing I hadn’t seen on Amazon Prime, and settled the computer at what I thought was a comfortable height. I also got a glass of wine.

STEP TWO:

20130106-214837.jpg I began circling the yarn around the foam. I  bought this foam at Michaels for about $9.00. Then I went to Joann’s because I couldn’t find yarn or fabric at Michael’s, and they were only $6.00 and came in white.  Or you can google 10″ styrofoam wreaths if you’re not in a rush. Your preference :).

I chose a pretty inexpensive type of yarn.  All the tutorials said to get “one ball” of yarn. I did not know what that meant, and grabbed a package. Apparently that’s the same thing? I don’t know, but I had an incredible amount left over. Later I realized I wanted some argyle type stripes so I went back and bought a smaller package of red. I’d recommend buying them at the same time. I believe I paid $4.00 for white and $3.50 for red, not including the coupons I found by downloading the Joann’s iPhone app.

I learned that was not a comfortable height and put my computer on the floor.

STEP THREE:

20130106-214822.jpg I laid out pages from the latest issue of Elle to keep from getting any hot glue on my apartment floors. I’m overly cautious when it comes to messy supplies. It probably was not entirely necessary to take out 10 pages.

I found it was easiest if you hold onto the ball of yarn (see how I did that, used the lingo?) and circle around.  I tried pulling out a bunch of yarn at once and wrapping that, but it would get tangled and pulled too taut.  Also, don’t be like me and try to match the yarn on the inside of the wreath.  A refresher course in high school math would have reminded me that the interior of a circle is smaller than the exterior. Wrap that yarn around while trying to keep the outside close together.

I saw tutorials that wrapped ribbon around the wrath form. I went around twice with the yarn and you could not see green. I’m not sure ribbon is necessary unless you want it to show through for some reason.

STEP FOUR: 

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I made a lot of flowers. On the day I went back to get red yarn, I bought more felt in different colors. I found that one sheet of felt will make about 5 or 6 flowers. I was shocked! I still have a lot of half cut up felt sheets at home, too. I don’t have pictures of me making the fabric flowers, but again, check out Mom Advice and she has a great video on how to do it. If you have a form to cut even circles it will save you a lot of time. I cut out a piece of cardboard free hand and tried to cut the fabric like that. It’s very forgiving so don’t worry about being perfect. No one will know :).

STEP FIVE: 

20130106-214918.jpg I went around the wreath another time to make sure there was not anything showing. The second time around was a lot easier and faster since your focus is filling in the gaps and creating a somewhat fluffy appearance, not covering up a wreath foam.

STEP SIX & SEVEN:

Afterwards, I took the red yarn and made a criss cross pattern, starting with a spot of glue and not gluing again until the end after I tied it off. Then I laid out the flowers until I was pleased with the pattern, and started gluing my heart out. I tried to be creative by making leaves with some extra green felt. I don’t know how successful it was. haha

20130106-214932.jpg I made a second one a week later for a friend for Christmas. Then I never mailed it… so it’s sitting in my closet at home. But to show you what it looked like, here it is. I had more than enough supplies left over for this wreath. I’m not really pleased with it, to be honest, I feel like it’s missing something.

20130106-214954.jpg All in all I spent about 8-9 hours on the first wreath and 4-5 on the second. The first wreath had a major learning curve and since I’m not inherently crafty, I watched a lot of videos. If you’re good at crafts all ready the main time consumer will be wrapping the yarn around the form.  It took me at least 4 hours for the first one and about 2-2.5 for the second just to get it covered in yarn.

If you put on a movie or TV show, pour yourself a glass of wine or soda, and relax in your living room, you’ll be just fine.

I believe I spent about $25 on these two combined, plus I still have another wreath form and enough supplies for a third at home. I also bought a glue gun because mine was in storage in Nevada.

Plus, if you single girls are trying to avoid being “that girl” who obsesses about a boy around a major holiday, this is totally a cure. You will (literally) burn yourself once, and be deterred for the rest of the time it takes you to make the wreath.

Comments

  1. These are really cute! I love the color combinations and I think you could make them for any holiday using different colors. I’ve seen the yarn wreaths around but hadn’t tried to make one. Target had one this year for around 30, so hey, you did something pretty epic.

    Nice work!

  2. OMG! I stumbled on this tutorial after looking through ridiculously over-priced cutesie wreaths on Etsy. I loved it! I can relate with the needing something to keep you from the dangers of over-texting. Lol. You made me laugh so much while reading it and I loved your honesty! Keep up the good work and I hope you still have the crafting bug! I am a stay at home mom, and I know it seems like the ideal job but it gets rather monotonous cleaning the same things every day. I love finding new ways to challenge my crafting ability. I will be re-posting this one for sure! Thank you for sharing your experience! :)

    (I’m new to blogging by the way!)

    • I’m so glad you liked this post and found it useful! They are time consuming, but not super hard to make. Mine from last year have held up perfectly, too!

      Welcome to blogging! I hope you like it! :)

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