Happy Tuesday! Last fall I eagerly jumped on the yarn/felt flower wreath bandwagon. This year I'm still on the yarn/felt bandwagon, but this one was even EASIER to make. I found a fall leaf die to use with my Cuttlebug that made this wreath super easy to make. I made this wreath as a present for Brandon's grandmother, and as happy I was to give it away...I was a little sad too. In fact, I like it so much that my mom and I are going to make a couple more for ourselves to keep. I also apologize for the lack of step by step pictures. I had EVERY intention of taking pictures along the way, but once I sat down to actually start assembling the wreath - I became VERY unsure of myself. That's the problem with a lot of my non-papercrafting projects...most of the time, I'm just winging it and I have NO idea how they will turn out.
I started out by wrapping the wreath (it's an 18" straw wreath...LEAVE THE PLASTIC ON!!) in yarn. I have come to the conclusion that if you find a yarn that is thicker, maybe with some texture and varying color - you will like the end result so much more. The thicker yarn and varying color adds beautiful texture before YOU even start embellishing the wreath. I also thing that it helps hide the wreath's little imperfections. Once you have your wreath wrapped, DISASSEMBLE your floral picks. For this wreath, I used 5 floral picks from Michaels. (When I bought them, they were 40% off, but I noticed that they are now 50% off. If you want to make this wreath, head to your local Michael's before they run out.) I know that the picks are beautiful as is, but they are much easier to work with AFTER you take them apart. I arrange and glue all of the picks to wreath BEFORE I add any thing else...flowers or leaves. This gives you a base to work with...and yes, it's intimidating to start gluing things on your wreath...but you have to do it.
Once I recovered from my initial, feelings of self doubt...I started arranging and gluing the felt leaves to the wreath. I used the cheap stuff again, and I'm not sorry in the least. The felt sheets from Michael's are 29 cents a piece and you can see from the pictures that they cut beautifully. I used 10 sheets total: 5 colors/2 sheets each. Depending on your leaf die, you should be able to get anywhere from 8-10 leaves per sheet of felt.
My mom is coming over tomorrow and we're going to make some more wreaths...IF I can get it together, I'll try and take a few step by step pictures, so at least you'll get an idea of what the wreath looks like as it's coming together.
- 18" Straw Wreath...LEAVE THE PLASTIC ON...I can't stress this enough!
- Homespun Yarn in Pearl
- 5 floral picks
- 10 sheets of 8.5x11 felt
- Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Alterations Collection - Die Cutting Template - Tattered Leaves
- Cuttlebug Embossing Machine...of course any of the embossing machines would work
- LOTS of hot glue