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Yarn Wreath

Originally posted March 14, 2010
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I’ve been trying desperately to come up with an idea for a new wreath for our front door. If you can believe it, our Christmas wreath typically stays up until spring! I just don’t have a good *in between* wreath to put up in February or March. Until now!
I love it! Its not season oriented. The colors work for any time of year. Its perfect! Let me tell you how it came to be…
In my search for the perfect *in between* wreath I stumbled across the most amazing Etsy store. I was so completely inspired with the unique wreaths over at KnockKnocking. They are absolutely adorable. And so whimsical! And made most entirely with yarn and felt.

I had an “I could make that!” moment. So I decided to try my hand at making a yarn wreath.

 Materials
styrofoam wreath
fuzzy yarn
(how much yarn you need will depend on the size
of your wreath. Mine took ~60 yds)
felt
ribbon
wood monogram (optional)
spray paint (optional)
beads
3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue from Beacon
(or whatever adhesive you prefer) 
1.) Spray paint your wooden letter. I found my letter at Hobby Lobby. I put on 2 coats of brown spray paint as well as a clear protection coat since it will be outdoors.
2.) Tie your ribbon that you will use to hang the wreath around the styrofoam. This way it will be hidden when you started wrapping the wreath with yarn. Alternatively you can wrap the ribbon later if you want it to show over the yarn.
3.) Now you’re ready to start wrapping the yarn around the styrofoam frame. I worked with ~2 yards of yarn at a time so it would not get tangled up. Place a small line of adhesive on the styrofoam in the direction you will be wrapping the wreath. Place the end of your yarn in the adhesive and give it a few seconds to start to dry (that’s all it takes with the Beacon adhesive! its great stuff!). Start wrapping the wreath with the yarn. Try not pull the yarn too tightly but snug enough so that it does not hanging limply from the wreath. You want the yarn to keep its fluffiness! Each time you wrap, push the sides together so they are snug against each other and you cannot see the styrofoam between the strands of yarn. It can be tedious, but I did all my wrapping while sitting front of the tv.
4.) To attach the wooden letter to the wreath, I wrapped some coordinated ribbon around the top of the letter and adhered the other end to the stryofoam under the yarn. This is probably not the best way to do this. You probably will want to do this step before you wrap the wreath with yarn. {Learn from my mistake!}
5.) Make (or purchase) some felt flowers in colors matching those in your yarn. I went with a blueish turquoise, dark brown, cream, and caramel brown. I added beads to some of the flowers to make them stand out more.
6.) Nestle the flowers into one of the bottom corners of your wreath. I laid all the flowers out where I thought I wanted them to go before glueing them down.
7.) Add any other accents to the wreath as you see fit. I added a brown bow and a butterfly charm to finish my look.
8.) Scotchgard is your friend!! Since your wreath will be outdoors it would be a good idea to add a couple of coats just to prevent any possible staining.
More gratuitous shots of the felt flowers:
All in all this was a pretty inexpensive project. The yarn cost me the most at ~$6. Even better if you can catch it while its on sale. I got too excited to wait!
One last photo of the wreath:
*sigh* I just love it!
You can find a video tutorial here to learn how to make each of the felt flowers on my wreath!

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Patty (Patty's Pretty Things)

Thursday 15th of March 2012

I like your wreath too Michele. I was just at Hobby Lobby today and saw the monogram letters. I may need to go back for one. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy St Patty's Day!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com

Monday 11th of July 2011

This is so cute Michele!I love the yarn you chose and the monogram inside looks just adorable!

jessicalambstamps.com

Monday 11th of July 2011

this wreath is fantastic! I just love it! Thank you for sharing it. Happy scrapping! Jessica

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