12 days of crafting: wreath with felt flowers


From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some of my favorite crafting methods and projects. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or handmade decor for your own home!

Day 2: Wreath with Felt Flowers

If you’ve spent any time at all on pinterest or etsy, then you’re no stranger to the felt flower and wreath craze. There are tons of different ways to make felt flowers, and an endless number of ways to create wreaths. This is a simple Christmas wreath that I put together last year.

Supplies:

  • a foam wreath (a cheaper alternative – if you plan on making more wreaths at some point – is to buy a length of pipe insulation, then cut, form and tape it into a wreath shape)
  • felt for flowers (I used two-tone flowers and a few leaves)
  • ribbon or yarn to wrap the wreath in
  • needle and thread
  • glue is helpful if you are using wide ribbon
  • straight pins with colored/pearl heads (optional)

Start by wrapping your wreath. If you use yarn, it will take a little longer, but you won’t need glue. Since my ribbon was pretty wide and I wanted even coverage, I used a bit of glue on the backside and temporarily pinned it to hold it in place:

I left a length of ribbon at the top for the hanging loop – once it was finished and I decided what height I wanted it, I just pinned it tight.

Next, cut your felt flowers. These type of flowers are made by stringing five circles (or ten, if you are doing two-toned) together. I found a spice container and a glitter container that were the size I wanted for the petals and traced them:

Easy so far, right? Don’t worry, it doesn’t get harder, this project is great!

Next you will take your circles – just stack them if you are doing two toned, so that the inner parts of the petals line up – and pinch together the inner part of the petal while running your needle and thread through them:


I realize this is a different flower… I forgot to take pictures of this step the first time. If you’re curious what tear drop shaped petals look like, it turns out like this (slightly more poinsettia-ish, if you’re going for that look!):

Anyways. Back to the topic at hand.

Once you have all of your petals on the thread, straighten them and pull them tight and they will gather into a beautiful little flower! The hardest part is probably tying the knot tight enough – either tie the tails together or if you’ve doubled your thread, find the original loop/knot on the first petal and pull and knot through it.

Now the fun part – arranging your flowers on the wreath. I also added some leaves (also just circles) here and there. You could easily glue the flowers, but I had some fun straight pins that looked cute for the centers.

And there you have it!

In case you missed it:

12 days of crafting – day 1: stenciling

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