Make This Festive Felt Wreath

What’s not to dearest most a wreath?

Like Santa himself , it’second round in addition to plump as well as comes alongside interesting picayune surprises.

You can hang a wreath on a wall or a door , or place it apartment on a table.

Heck , you lot tin can fifty-fifty claw one on a chair , a garden gate , or a newel mail.

The best ones are homemade. Try it. Let a wreath limited the personality of your abode – terbaru too glitzy , erstwhile-fashioned in addition to charming , historically accurate , or cutting edge creative. What’s your mode? How can your wreath emphasize your dwelling house's exceptional-ness?

Starting indicate

Years ago , it took me a few seasons of cranking out disappointing DIY wreaths earlier I realized , “It’sec the base of operations , stupid.”

The fashion yous start the wreath is the almost of import element inward its pattern. A wreath base of operations needs to be a sturdy framework , too a skillful background that is handsome enough to stand lone. No skimpy grapevine circles or pine branches tied to a wire coat hanger. Give it approximately torso.      

That’second why I dearest to use forms made of either foam or straw. Either i can live the beginning for this wreath made from strips of felt. It’s similar to the rag wreath I made for Spring.

Gather supplies

Here’second what yous’ll demand: 
  • Wreath course
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative clusters 
The sum of felt y'all’ll demand depends on the size of your wreath too how fluffy y'all want it to be.

One thing’second for certain: it’sec cheaper to purchase felt past the thou than by the “arts and crafts foursquare.” I know your colour pick will be express because craft stores sell more than felt colors than fabric stores sell. I wanted a white background for this Christmas or Hanukkah wreath. 

I’ve as well made felt wreaths using a combination of felt colors (see below). Felt is slowly to run with because it’sec and then good behaved. It’sec a “pressed” rather than “woven” material , and so it doesn’t unravel as well as doesn’t postulate hemming. I chose to cut this version with pinking shears for added involvement.

Another affair is for sure: a wreath like this is a whole lot easier than the felt topiaries I made two years agone.  

Cut the white felt into strips that measure at to the lowest degree twice the circumference of your wreath grade. Mine measured about one.5 inches by 18 inches.

If you lot don't accept pinking shears , no job. Your wreath volition all the same look pretty.
These babies are fairly goof-proof.  

Three layers

The starting time layer on this wreath is made of quilt batting. You don’t desire whatsoever of the base textile showing. I liked the fluffy white background inwards case at that place were any gaps betwixt felt ties. The batting is rather snowlike , too.

There’sec no require to secure the batting. The felt ties will concord it inward home. Begin past tying i slice of felt , locating the knot slightly off heart. Tie the adjacent i snug upwardly more or less the showtime , with the knot slightly off centre inward the opposite direction. Alternating between these 2 knot positions makes the wreath await fuller.

This is the kind of work you tin make spell yous scout your favorite Christmas picture show. I dubiousness that you lot tin mess it up , and if you do , the knot tying is reversible together with tweak-able.

Whether your base of operations is straw or foam , roofing it alongside a background material
is e'er a proficient beginning towards producing a really finished wait. However , if your base of operations is 

a colour like to your felt in addition to your ties are shut together , a covering may be optional.  

Off-set each knot and then that they don't line of work upwards around the middle of the wreath.

Place the bow

Once yous’ve gone around the total wreath circle alongside felt ties , tie on a ribbon. You can brand i unproblematic loop for hanging , or tie a unmarried bow , or a full multi-loop bow. I similar the bow tying bimbingan Kristi gave on her site , Addicted ii Decorating.

I ever place 1 big bow earlier adding everything else , fifty-fifty though I know some designers add together the bow concluding. I figure it'sec the focal betoken , then why tack  it on similar an afterthought?

I prefer wired ribbon over grosgrain or satin ones because the wired edges make it look perky as well as rest perky.

Next , I add decorative picks that I’ve either made myself or bought. Here's your hazard to get as quirky , sophisticated , artsy , or funky every bit you like. Just think that you don't desire to add anything likewise valuable or too distracting. 

About picks

I wrote final winter most how to wire a selection with natural trimmings. Wooden picks aren’t the best style to become with felt wreaths because they don’t pierce the felt.

Instead , yous can function a multifariousness of other methods for those finishing details. You tin sew on decorations (similar smaller bows , buttons , ornaments , in addition to jewelry). I similar the sewing method when I design to dis-get together and reclaim the decorations after.

I like to hot glue decorations like tiny toys as well as silk flowers onto the felt wreath when I know the wreath won’t be recycled. If yous gum in addition to want to recycle the wreath for another seasonal holiday , you can but withdraw the felt strip that has chunks of glue on it , too go on from in that location.

Thirdly , yous tin function straight dressmaker pins to attach decorations to the felt wreath. This method makes sense when the attachments are lightweight together with would demo gum or stitches. Pins hold firmly inwards foam , just non and so good inwards straw. 

The bluish too white winter wreath I made this year features silvery ornaments in addition to glittery snowflakes that I stitched on , pino cones in addition to magnolia cones that I painted as well as glued on , together with bows that I pinned on.  

Finally , function scissors to reach your wreath a lilliputian styling , only the mode your pilus stylist finishes your haircut. Snip , fluff , too you lot’re done.

Hang it upwards

Because felt isn’t exactly all-weather textile , if you desire to use this wreath outdoors , it needs to be in a protected area , like a porch , or on a door with a wide overhang to a higher place it.  I commonly hang it on a wide plastic or metallic claw , only if you lot are hanging it on a modest nail , y'all power want to make a loop of fishing occupation on the wreath.

Hang your wreath where it volition telephone call attention to a desirable characteristic of your habitation , or peradventure apparel up an empty area inward a vestibule or hallway , or fifty-fifty a decluttered bath.

I like to randomly mix three shades of greenish for a felt wreath
that looks like holly. Sort of. The "berries" are wooden beads sewn on.   
If yous have a  rotary cutter , a cut mat , together with a metal T-foursquare , cut felt strips 
for wreaths goes lickety divide. These strips were cut from nine- ten 12-inch felt squares.

Given a selection I’ll take a wreath over a garland , banner , or other vacation clothes-upwardly. Felt wreaths together with rag wreaths are particularly slow , economical , together with fun to make. That’second the form of projection that calls out to me. You besides? 

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