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