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Winter Yarn Wreath Tutorial

With Christmas over and all its decorations packed away until next year, my front door was in desperate need of a wreath. I’ve been dying to try a yarn-wrapped wreath, and winter seems like the perfect season for one. Yarn wreaths are all over Pinterest and pretty popular at retailers right now. I had an inkling it wouldn’t be too hard to make, and I was right! As a matter of fact, I was lucky enough to have all the supplies I needed in my craft room and garage.

Winter Yarn Wreath

Supplies:

  • Wreath Form (see below for my tips on making your own out of items from the hardware store)
  • Yarn
  • Scotch Tape
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Scissors
  • Felt Flowers (buy pre-made ones at the craft store or keep reading to learn how to make your own)
  • Amazing Goop Craft Glue
  • Ribbon

Styrofoam wreath forms can get expensive, especially if you make a lot of wreaths. I did some research and found ways to make your own with pipe insulation and pool noodles. Unbeknownst to me, we had pipe insulation in our garage. If you don’t have any pipe insulation in your garage, make a quick trip to the hardware store. You will die when you see how cheap it is, so I won’t ruin the surprise! Chad liked the MacGyver factor of making a wreath out of pipe insulation, so he offered to cut and form it for me. Pipe insulation can lose its shape if the wreath materials are too heavy, so I encourage you to check out Gail Made’s tutorial for wrapping it in a way that avoids kinking. Once you’ve got your circle, secure the ends by wrapping duct tape around them.

With my wreath form done, I chose a bulky, gray yarn to wrap around it. I used scotch tape to adhere the beginning of the yarn to the wreath. I then carefully wrapped the yarn making sure that none of my pipe insulation peaked through the finished product. Once I made it the whole way around the wreath, I snipped the yarn and glued the end to the wreath with Elmer’s glue.

For my embellishments, I wanted to stick with something wintery, and felt seemed like a fabulous option. Learning how to make flowers out of felt has been on my crafting bucket list for some time, so I decided to give them a try. papernstitch has the best tutorial for making felt flowers five different ways. Plus she features them on a gray, yarn wreath. I took this happy coincidence as a sign. I am happy to report that these felt flowers are as easy to make as they are precious. You’ll just need felt, a ruler, coordinating embroidery floss, a needle, and scissors.

Loopy Felt Flowers

If making your own flowers isn’t for you, I’m confident that you’ll be able to find some at the craft store. Check the scrapbooking, jewelry, and fabric sections.

Many people will suggest that you attach the flowers to your wreath with hot glue, but I’ve had some bad luck with hot glued items on my front door. It gets a good deal of direct sunlight, and this has melted hot glue and wrecked one of my previous door hangings. I prefer to instead adhere things onto my wreaths with a stronger adhesive. For this project, I used Amazing Goop Craft Glue because it likes many surfaces, including fabric. I let the glue cure overnight to ensure that a permanent bond had time to form.

All that my wreath lacked was a way to hang it on the door. I found a simple, thin ribbon in a coordinating color and tied it to the wreath. I then formed a loop with the ribbon and fastened the ends into a bow. Voila! My door is once again adorned. Happy crafting!

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Recycled Yarn Ornaments

Each year I like to make at least one new ornament. Thanks to Pinterest, I want to make oodles of them this year because I’ve been collecting ideas on my Ornament Craftiness board. I’ve finally narrowed down my projects to the few I absolutely have to try. One I knew I had to give a go was a Yarn Christmas Ball from Likainen Parketti. Don’t be alarmed when you go the blog and find a language other than English. Not only are there great pictures detailing the steps of the project, but there is also an English translation provided.

When I was gathering my supplies to make these ornaments, I had a crafting epiphany. I certainly have styrofoam balls that I can wrap with yarn, but I also have something even better – ornaments that haven’t made the cut for the Christmas tree in many moons. In particular, I have some plastic, glittered balls that I haven’t used in ages. They have lost a lot of their glitter, and they don’t match the color scheme I’ve been doing the last few years. As an added bonus, they already have a cap and hanger. I immediately decided to give these ornaments new life. For my own personal taste, I chose to cover them with thick yarns because I knew that I would get better coverage. Plus I prefer their look, and I have lots of little remnants in my yarn stash. As for the adhesive, I’m not sure what kind of glue she used, but I subbed in my favorite – Elmer’s school glue.

Recycled Yarn Ornaments

These have to be some of the easiest and quickest ornaments that I’ve ever made, and the finished product is darling. I know that I will be enjoying these for many years to come. Happy holiday crafting!

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Felt Leaf Garland

With Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, my house needed a touch more fall pizzaz, so I searched on my Halloween and Fall Craftiness Pinterest board for something quick and easy. Who really has time to make something super involved this week? Not me! I chose a felt leaf garland from a Beautiful Mess. They have a great tutorial for it on their website. This craft is one that the kids can do, too. You might even have them do it while you’re cooking to keep them occupied and out of the kitchen!

If you have kids in the house, you’ll probably find everything you need to make this garland from your school project leftovers – felt, chalk, scissors, yarn, and a large needle. I chose felt pieces in fall colors and added one punch of color with turquoise. To make the leaves, I used a stencil of sorts. I found a piece of cardstock on which I had previously cut out leaves with my Slice Elite. You can certainly make your own stencil or simply freehand the leaves if you are a better drawer than me. I find that the best way to mark on felt is with basic, white chalk.

With my leaves drawn on my felt, I cut them out and started stitching. Rummage through your yarn stash to find one that coordinates with your felt. I used a size 18 tapestry needle and a running stitch to make the leaf veins. Because the end of this needle is pretty blunt, you can have the kids help out with the stitching, too.

The hardest part of this project was figuring out where to hang it. My Mishka quickly discovered it on a bookcase and had it in her paws. If I get bored with this decoration, it will apparently make for a great cat toy!

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