Monday, September 26, 2011

My Yarn Wreath!

I have been seeing yarn wreaths all over bloggy land and I absolutely love them all!  

I decided it was about time for me to make my own.

It turned out rather nice, don't you think?

I figured they were probably pretty easy to make, so I didn't use any particular tutorial to make mine.  I just did it the way I figured would work.  

So, here's what I did:

First, I got a wreath form.  When I went to the store, they were out of styrofoam forms (it must be wreath season or something!), but I did find this straw wreath for only about $3.
I left the plastic on it to hold all that straw in.

Next, I gathered the tools:  Yarn and glue. 

I don't know if other people have used glue to hold their yarn down, but it seemed like that would work best, especially with the plastic.  

I started out by putting a good amount of glue directly on the wreath. 
I smeared that glue around with my finger (because that is the funnest way to spread glue) and stuck one end of the yarn to the wreath.  (P.S.  I just put glue on one side, not all the way around.)

Then I started wrapping it. 
It was at about this point that I realized it would probably be easier to wrap the yarn if it was wound up in a ball instead of in the skein.  So, I took a little break and made that big skein into about 5 smaller balls.  That was much, much easier to wrap with.

I wrapped and wrapped and wrapped and wrapped until I had covered the whole thing. 

It became apparent that one round of wrapping wasn't going to cover the wreath adequately.  

I mean, look at all those holes! 
The wreath was going to get cold.  

So, I wrapped and glued and wrapped and glued and wrapped and glued again.

Doesn't it look much more cozy?  (Ignore that one little hole at the bottom.  I don't know how that happened!)

And, I was worried the glue would make the yarn stiff, but I didn't use a ton so it worked out perfectly.  The wreath is nice and soft and, yes, even huggable.

Next, I needed some embellishment. 

I searched all over for ideas and finally I came across this post over at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.

I knew right away that those were the flowers I wanted!  And, wahoo!...there was a tutorial.

I used felt and followed her tutorial.  It was quick and easy and before I knew it (well, not really before I knew only took about half an hour) I was surrounded by pretty flowers.

mmmmmm.  They make me happy.

I pulled out my hot glue gun and arranged those pretty flowers nicely on my cozy wreath. 
I think it gave it just the touch it needed (and also it covered up that rogue hole!).

I really like that yellow one that is sitting there saying, "I don't quite fit in with these other guys, but I don't care because I'm bold and bright and pretty all on my own." 
We should all think more like that.

My door is happy now and nice and ready for fall.

Special thanks to Jo-Anna for the tutorial!  Go give her blog a visit and some love.

I will be linking this project up at my usual hangouts!


A Pretty Life in the Suburbs said...

Your wreath looks fabulous! Aren't those flowers the prettiest?! I really really appreciate the shout out! Thanks so much!

amber-girl said...

So cute and seems very easy!!! I love it that I am friends with such a crafty person!! I am gonna have to make one myself now!! But gotta get those quiet books started first!!

And I was just thinking how much I LOVE the lone yellow flower!! Who knew felt could make a person so happy??

Christy said...

I love it! Good job. Simple and cute.

Jeigh said...

Cute! Felt+yarn=something even I can do! Also, I love you and miss you, because I haven't said it for a while :) (that's not WHY I love you and miss you, that's just why I'm saying it.)

Tristyn said...

This is so dang CUTE!!!! I have to try it out. :) Thanks for sharing. New follower :)

Sara said...

SO pretty!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

Anonymous said...

a beautiful wreath, and I too love the lil bit of yellow--sunflowers are beginning to bloom here so it's extra-perfect!

Michelle said...

Very cute! I Love how it came out! I am visiting from Funky Polkadot Giraffe and I am a new follower!
Hope you are having a good week!

Q @ JAQS said...

What a fun wreath :)

I will like you to share your project at JAQS Studio "Made by ME!" link party (


Marilyn said...

This is so unique and lovely.. Very creative.. LOVE IT.. I would LOVE to have you link it to my linky party going on today - Pin'Inspirational Thursdays over at The ArtsyGirl Connection - TY :)) Link is -

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

Your wreath turned out great! I love the colors you chose.

I would love for you to come share your idea at Blog Stalking Thursday Linky Party.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

This turned out so great! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.


Jacque said...


This wreath is absolutely adorable! The tutorial is great too. I'll have to try it out sometime.
Thanks for linking up at "Sundae Shake Up". You are awesome!

Jacque :)

Meredith from A Mother Seeking said...

Cute. I made a similar wreath this week that I'll be posting soon. I wrapped and pinned rather than glue. I think I'll try your method next time!
~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

paige said...

Adorable! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Genius Link Party!

Leasa said...

Adorable and I love those flowers. Stopping by from Weekend Wander. I'd love for you to stop by andd check out my blog. Have a great weekend.

Rachel (Lines across my face) said...

Beautiful! I LOVE the flowers. The colors are gorgeous together :) Thanks for sharing,

Erin of said...

I am loving the yarn wreathes popping up and I love the natural color you chose for yours. The flowers are the perfect fun pop. Thank you so much for linking up to Savvy HomeMade Monday!

Chris said...

Hi Sarah, I love your wreath, it has an unique, original look to it and you did a great job. Thanks for sharing. I recently found your blog and am now following and will visit often. Please pop on over and visit my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would love that. Hugs, Chris