A Winter Wreath Made from an Upcycled Sweater + 9 more wreath ideas!

So, I’ve never really considered myself much of a Christmas Wreath person, but I’ve been so inspired by all of the wreaths that I’ve been seeing lately and I just had to try one out for myself.  And after chatting with some of my fellow bloggers they were feeling inspired too!  So we all came up with a Christmas Wreath to share with you today.  Below I’ll show you how I made my Sweater Christmas Wreath and at the end of this post there will be links to go check all of the others and see how they were made.  It’s like a one stop HOP to 10 awesome Christmas Wreath Ideas!

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

First you will need to gather up some supplies.  You will need something to build your wreath on.  I used an 18 inch styrofoam  wreath that I found at my local craft store.  (Be sure to take a coupon.)  Then I picked up an off white sweater at a thrift store and some felt squares at the craft store.  Oh and you’ll need a hot glue gun and some scissors.

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

First you will need to cover the foam form with the sweater.  I used the sleeves for this part.  Depending on the pattern on your sweater, decide which part you will want to face the front and cut up the sleeve (starting from the cuff) on the direct opposite side.  I ended up cutting along the seam that would start at your armpit and go down your arm.  (Why is this seeming hard to explain…ahhh)  See in the middle picture when I lay it out I have the part that will be the front of my wreath in the center?  That is what you want. Geesh!

So now you need to glue it to your wreath form.  Lay the sweater right side down and glue a little bit at a time one edge on top of the other.  You will have an ugly seam at the bottom which you will hide with the felt flowers and there will be another seam at the top which you will hide with a sign.  So don’t sweat it.

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

Now you will need to make some felt flowers which were so much easier than I thought.   I made the grey and blue ones and bought the off white ones at the craft store.  Then I glued them on my wreath with hot glue over the ugly seam and to cover a small gap that my sweater never actually covered. Ha…so tricky.

I made 3 different kinds of felt flowers.  I’ll show you how to do roses, rosettes, and loop fringe.

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

To make a rose felt flower start by cutting a circle with squiggly edges.  The bigger your circle the bigger the flower, so vary the size of the circle for each flower to give it some variety.  Then cut in a circlular swirl, still in a squiggly pattern until you get to the center of the circle.  Now you will roll your flower together from the outer edge and at the end secure with some hot glue.  At the very end, cover the bottom with hot glue and attach the very center part of your circle.

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

For the rosette flower you follow the same steps as the rose except you don’t cut in a squiggle.  Cut straight instead.

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

To make the loopy fringe flower you will need to cut a rectangle piece of felt.  Then fold it in half (length wise) and cut into the folded edge about every 1/4 of an inch making sure not to cut all the way to the edge.  Then roll it up and secure with hot glue.

Attach your flowers to your wreath with hot glue or straight pins.

Ok.  Now to cover up our other seam at the top we will make a little sign.

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

To make this “JOY” sign I cut out this cute little shape from the cardboard of a 6 pack of beer.  It was one of my new faves from Chicago called 312.  Not the point of this tutorial.  I painted the cardboard cutout with some chalkboard paint, let it dry, seasoned it, and then wrote my little word.  Then I attached a small piece of ribbon by tying it in a loop a little bigger than my wreath and holding it in place with some hot glue and glued my sign right over the top of that.

Sweater and Felt Winter Wreath Tutorial at TinySidekick.com

And there you have it!  A really pretty Christmas Wreath.  I’m thinking I may be a wreath person after all!

Feeling inspired? Cause there are a lot more ideas to be found here!  Click the links below to take you get even more inspiration from some other fabulous blogs!

10 Unique Christmas Wreath ideas with instructions on how to make each one.

1. Katie from Upcycled Treasures
2. Corey from TinySidekick
5. Maggie from The Love Nerds
6. Krista from The Happy Housie
7. Kelley from Miss Information Blog
8. Sharon from Blue Willow House
9. Brooke fromDesigned by BH
10. Lisa from Before Meets After
10 Unique Christmas Wreath ideas with instructions on how to make each one.

 

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

25 thoughts on “A Winter Wreath Made from an Upcycled Sweater + 9 more wreath ideas!

  1. I just found your blog (and this post!) and am so excited to make something similiar…my front door is ready for a change! Thanks for posting!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      You’re so welcome, Pearl! Happy to have you on board!

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  4. Confession: I am a wreath addict. I collect wreath pinterest pins. I have two boxes of stuff in the garage that I might use to make a wreath someday. Now I’ll add an old sweater to that box and a new pin to my board. Your wreath is adorable.

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  6. LOVE the sweater wreath! i feel like my sweater were never cool enough to repurpose but really love this idea!
    Thanks for linking up!

  7. Love the sweater wreath so much! I’m sharing this in my daily DIY Christmas series this week!

  8. Ooh I love it, Corey! Thanks so much for the flower tutorials, too! I want to try the fringe-y one. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

  9. This is so stinkin cute!! You found the perfect sweater for this project with the little poms on it. Love it!

    1. Thanks Christy. I know…I went to the thrift store looking for an off white sweater thinking I would have to go to a few before I found one. But I found this one in the first shop. SCORE!

  10. I love your wreath Corey- so I am featuring it tomorrow at Work it Wednesday. Hop over to grab your button if you have a chance:)

  11. What a neat wreath! Love the colors, too. Blue is one of my favorite colors.

    1. Thank you Kimberlee. I usually do the traditional red and green, but this year tried something different and love how it came out. I did a lot of blue decor on the inside of my house too. You can see it tonight in my Christmas Home Tour post so be sure to drop by!

  12. Thanks for all your hard work on making our wreath project successful. I love your wreath!

  13. Okay, you totally combined some of my favourite things! Sweaters, check. Chalkboard, check. Adorable felt flowers, check. I love it Corey!! Thanks so much for including me on this fun wreath hop today!!

  14. Ber;e says:

    Never thought I could get that “warm & fuzzy” feeling from a Christmas wreath, but this one sure changes that! Beautiful!

  15. I love that you used a bobble sweater! It adds such a fun texture to go with the flowers on your wreath!

  16. Hi Corey – LOVE your sweater wreath and it’s perfect for the entire winter season! Lots of other great wreath inspiration, too! Thanks so much for sharing and pinning!

  17. These wreaths are so cute! I love wreaths and easily they can be versatile for all seasons. Thanks for rounding up all of these. Pinning this.

  18. I love that you used a sweater! I didn’t notice that when looking at the graphic of everyones. So cool and thanks again for asking me to participate!

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