Today is a day of wreaths, my friends! I am guest posting a wreath on the blog of one of my favorite wreath-making bloggers EVER, Jill from Create.Craft.Love. Not only that, but I am also sharing a wreath tutorial with you here for this Swirled Flower Christmas Wreath, along with 14 other new and amazing wreaths from some of the most talented ladies in blogland. SCORE!!! Before I share my tutorial with you, let’s take a peek at the other gals’ wreaths. To appreciate all the lovely details of each wreath, click on each of the links.
WOOOOOOOW — right?!?! That first one especially blew me away. I know INSTANTLY that it was made by my dear friend Bev from Flamingo Toes. She is the vintage-y wreath MASTER! Now let’s talk about how I made my wreath.
I actually made this wreath about four years ago, long before I was a blogger. I have no recollection as to where I found my inspiration, but I am assuming it was from an Etsy shop. That was at the height of my jewelry selling, so I spent a lot of time on Etsy. This wreath is SUPER simple. The only thing that requires even a tiny bit of skill is the flowers. However, although they are indeed simple to make, they are much more time consuming than I anticipated, so settle down in front of a favorite movie or reruns of a favorite show and get cutting and glueing.
Here are the supplies that you will need to make this wreath:
* an 18 inch straw (or styrofoam) wreath form
* a skein of yarn (You know, one unit of yarn – mine was one of those skeins where the yarn fades in and out of different colors. I don’t particularly love that look in knitted clothing, but I do love it on a wreath!)
* sheets of felt in reds, greens, and whites (wool felt holds up much nicer and longer, but regular sheet felt is cheaper and often has brighter colors)
* hot glue gun and glue
Tie the yard in a knot around the wreath. Stick dot of hot glue on it if you want to hold it in place. Now wrap, wrap, wrap, wrap, WRAP. That’s all you’ve gotta do. Wrap, baby, wrap! Once your entire wreath is wrapped tie a knot in the back (a dot of glue option, once again), and you are done with that part! Time to make felt flowers galore.
Gather up your various sheets of felt. Here’s a warning: HOT GLUE ENDED UP YELLOWING THROUGH THE CHEAP WHITE FELT THAT I USED. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Cut circles in a variety of sizes and colors. Here is what you will do with those circles.
For each felt flower you are going to need two circles, different sizes and colors. Cut the circles in a swirled spiral, as shown below.
Starting at the center, dab the tiniest bit of hot glue on the edges and sortof glue the spiral on top of itself to create a tight flower bloom. Do this for the entire spiral. Be careful – I always burn myself doing stuff like this with a hot glue gun.
Complete both flowers. Glue the smaller flower directly on top of the larger flower, as shown below.
All done! Now keep making flowers and placing them (UNGLUED) on the wreath until you like the arrangement. Use hot glue to attach them to the yarn covered wreath form.
Afraid you’ll forget the process? Here’s a nifty Pinnable collage of the steps for you:
You are now finished! Here are a few pictures on our door.
I hope that you are feeling inspired to make a new wreath (or two or three!) this holiday season after checking out our wreath blog hop. I know I am!
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Be sure to follow along on my Christmas Pinterest board for more festive inspiration!