Friday, January 11, 2013

A Valentine's Wreath

I made a Valentines wreath last year. It started with this same base, but it had felt hearts on it. Of course I thought it was the cutest thing ever last year. Then this year I hung it up and wasn't feeling it so much. So I whipped that baby off the wall and did a little changeroo. Now I love it! 

Here's what you'll need:

white foam wreath form
pearl headed pins
fabric strips

I apologize that I do not have photos of the steps on how to wrap the wreath form. Since mine was already done, I started from there. To wrap the form, pull off some of the yarn, DO NOT CUT IT. Tie a knot on one end. Push a pin through the knot into the form to secure it. Now just wrap the form with the yarn. I wrapped mine a few times, pulled to tighten it, and then pushed down to hid the white part. Keep wrapping the form until the entire thing is covered with yarn. Now tie another knot in the yarn and secure it with a pin again. You want to make the ends either on the back side or close together so you can hide them under the rosettes. 

Next, cut a strip of fabric. Mine are all very uneven because they are all scraps. This is totally fine. They can be any size and as crooked as you like. 

For longer strips, it is easier to tie a knot on one end, make that the center of your rosette and then wrap the rest of the strip around that knot. For shorter strips of fabric you can simply just twist and wrap. Hold one end in one hand and twist the strip in the other. As you twist, wrap the fabric around in a circle to make the rosette. You may have to do it a few times to get the hang of it. Once you do, it's super easy. Then tuck the end of the strip behind the rosette and place it on the wreath form it the desired location. Push the pins through the rosette to hold it together AND in place. I DID NOT USE GLUE. If you prefer, you can use hot glue. But I loved not having too! It was so simple and less messy. For the larger rosettes, I had to use 2 or 3 pins. I also the variation of the number of pearls on the flowers. Make sure you use a variety of fabrics and LENGTHS of fabrics if you want to achieve the same look I have. Or just do your own thing :)

I placed all my rosettes in a cluster on one side of the wreath.

Without even trying I got some fun bokeh in my photo. Go me. 


- Awbree

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