Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Leaf Wreath

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.


Tashina said...

This is stunning! Your wreath looks so delicate and intricate. Fabulous work as always, Lauren! I love your blog!

snappy scrappy said...

Oh so pretty!! Lee-Ann :)

Amanda said...

Wow,your wreath is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Scrappy hugs,
Amanda :0)

Creative M said...


Stephanie said...

This is one of the prettiest wreaths I've seen. I love the idea of wrapping with yarn. Really gorgeous.

~ Jo ~ said...

This wreath is just beautiful! I cannot express that enough. I love this wreath and its definitely something I would pay for.


Peggy said...

Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on this round-up
http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/11/50-yes-fifty-fall-wreath-ideas-and-inspiration.html :)

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