I had wanted to get this post up before Christmas was over but I think I was overly ambitious in that aspiration. I decided to go ahead and post my creation since it really could be made in any color and put up at any time of year...
About a month ago now, I made some felt flowers for some bud vases I had around the house. I liked them so much (and they were so easy to make) that I thought I would go ahead and create a wreath with some of the same flowers. I've always thought of wreaths as being an old lady type thing but they can totally be a fun and modern element in any house.
By the way, I promise I have more to talk about that home decorating, it's just been on my radar a lot lately with the holidays and it's fun to share:)
Here are the supplies I used for my wreath:
- Styrofoam wreath form
- Ribbon to wrap form in (25 ft)
- Multiple pearlized pins
- Several sheets of white and red felt
- Brads for the center of felt flowers
- Embroidery floss
- Large needle
- Nice scissors
- Pipe cleaners
I created some felt flowers via this tutorial and also attached them using the pins.
I wrapped the pipe cleaners around a pen to curl them and attached them as well.
Here's the semi-finished product:
I thought I was done at this point but as the weeks went on, I kept staring at the wreath just thinking it needed something more. I like clean and simple but NOT boring and I knew a few more layers would spice it up a bit and make it look more grown up. I found this yarn and felt wreath tutorial online and went to town to up the umpf factor.
This time I needed:
A roll of tulle (a few dollars at JoAnns)
A glue gun
I started out with the rose-like flowers and was pleased with the ease that they came together. They may look hard but trust me, you can't mess them up! I was digging through my craft supplies and found the tulle and pom poms and decided it would make the wreath a little more exciting to add them too.
I love using the pins to attach things because I can move them around if things aren't in the right spot. It can be hard to commit to placement sometimes and this takes the stress out.
Here's a tip: always create a focal point when making a wreath with embellishments... either put all the weight on one point (I like it to be at 5 or 7 O'Clock) or offset it with the most visually weight-y (how's that for technical speak?) part at the bottom.
So now that the wreath project is officially done, I think I'm ready to make another one. Possibly something green and white that I can hang on the door all year long. Look at these for inspiration-they could easily be adapted to fit any color or holiday.
So what do you think, would you ever feel the urge to attempt a project like this?