Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Wreath

Using tutorials found here and here, I made a fresh little spring wreath for our entrance hallway. 

I started out with just a styrofoam wreath form, some pins and two bundles of yarn - Stitch Nation's Full o' Sheep wool in Thyme (I only ended up using one bundle of yarn):

I tied a knot in the end of the yarn and used a pin to hold it in place.  Then, I just started tightly wrapping the yarn around the form. 

Okay, so, after wrapping a couple inches of the wreath form, I set it down and walked away from it for a couple of hours.  I came back to my wreath form shredded by the smallest, furriest, and arguably most destructive member of my household.

I ran out and got a new wreath form and just started over.  The wreath form is white styrofoam in the rest of the pictures.  That's why. 

I found that the quickest and most effective way to wrap the yarn was to wrap it loosely around a dozen or so times and "squish" it and twist it around until it was tight on the wreath form and lined up with the rest. 

Yarn done, I started making the flowers.  I started by cutting out a lot of felt circles in different sizes and colors.

After the circles were cut out, I traced a spiral stemming out from the center.  I cut on the spiral, leaving a small uncut circle in the middle.  While my glue gun was warming up, I used my scissors to make the outside edge a little wavy and more interesting. 

I folded the outside "tail" under a little and started rolling the spirals up into these sweet little flowers, securing my uncut circle middle to the bottom with hot glue.  I hotglued some leftover pearl beads into the center of each flower on a whim. 

After I had made several flowers, I arranged them on my wreath and hot glued them on.

A close-up of the flowers.

It hangs a little off center right now because the weight added by the flowers.  I'm going to add a little ribbon to the top to hang it from.  That should help balance out the way it hangs. 

The total cost for this project was just under $10, that includes both rolls of yarn and both wreath forms.

P.S. I had a total blast looking for inspiration pics for this project.  If you made a wreath, I'd LOVE to see it.  I think I'm becoming a little obsessed.....

1 comment:

serendipity berries said...

Cute! So simple. Thanks for sharing. :-)