This post is a special post. It’s written by my best friend, Amber. Not only did she make this gorgeous wreath for me, but she also wrote the post as an extra surprise gift.
The wreath is NOT hanging outside where it can get rained on, but for some good natural lighting for taking photos, it stayed outside for a short photo session.
I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is – at least that’s how she makes it sound – to make such a beautiful wreath.
When Holly suggested we make Christmas gifts for each other, I happily nodded and agreed, even though I was thinking, “Make something? I don’t own a sewing machine or even a hot glue gun. What can I make?!” Since then I’ve remedied the hot glue gun void – and boy do I LOVE it! … But, I digress.
I immediately knew that whatever I decided to make, I’d write a post for my (and your) gardening friend. It took weeks before an idea presented itself, but it finally did. While at a new friend’s home, I saw she had these beautiful wreaths hanging from doors and drapes. I thought for sure they were store-bought and was surprised (and thrilled) to hear they were homemade …. A homemade gift idea sprung to life.
Let’s get to it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wreath (I used a foam one, but my friend uses the less expensive straw ones.)
- Yarn (It requires less than a skein – I learned a new term. )
- Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Wrap the Wreath
This is just as easy as it sounds. Tie off the yarn around the wreath and begin wrapping. Ensure you keep each wrap tight and close together to prevent sagging. Once you’ve fully wrapped the wreath, tie off the yarn and hide the knot. The whole wrapping process took me a little over an hour to complete.
Step 2: Make the Flowers
I’m sure a Google and Pinterest search will yield a million different fancy flowers you can make from felt. I chose a couple basic, yet pretty, options.
The first flower is a rosette. This is done using a piece of felt in the shape of a circle. Starting on the outside of the circle, cut a spiral, working your way towards the middle of the circle. Starting on the outside of the spiral, start tightly rolling the felt towards the inside of the spiral. You’ll see the rosette starting to take shape. Once rolled, use your (beloved) hot glue gun to fold-up and seal your spiral edges. And, voila! You have a rosette.
The second flower is a loopy-loop (all gardeners know these! ). It looks far more complicated than it is. First, cut your felt into a narrow rectangle. Fold your felt length-wise and cut short slits going against the fold. Like the rosette, it’s all about the roll. Once rolled, hot glue the edges closed. And, voila! You have a loopy-loop flower.
Repeat until you have your desired quantity of flowers. To give a little extra interest, I made different sizes of each flower.
Step 3: Hot Glue!
Dry fit your flowers onto the wreath. Once you have the look you want, begin hot gluing the flowers to the wreath, taking care to prevent the glue from showing on the sides. As you can see in the wreath I made Holly, I also added a wheelbarrow (Christmas ornament). And voila! You have a pretty wreath!
The nice thing about these wreaths is they don’t have to be seasonal. You can make then for different holidays or keep them neutral enough to display year-round.
See. Amber makes it sound so easy. She also added the gorgeous scarf to the wreath as a decorative way to hang it. Pretty, huh?