Our awesome tutorial comes from Keon Ruiter, a Ware, MA teacher by day and wreath designer by night who recently launched an Etsy shop. Check out Keon's step-by-step instructions for yarn-wrapped wreaths with felt rosettes:
• 6 sheets of colored felt (you choose the colors, but get a variety of colors)
• 1 skein of thick yarn
• 1 14-inch straw wreath (do not take off the plastic wrapping)
• Glue gun and glue sticks
First, make your felt rosettes. Cut your felt into a variety of different sized circles. Just eyeball it. If you draw a circle and then cut, you will end up with marker on your rosettes.
Don’t worry about the circles not being perfect.
Once your circles are cut out, cut each circle into a spiral shape. Again, eyeball this. Do not use marker to trace a spiral.
Start at the outside of the spiral. Begin rolling the spiral up, stopping here and there to place a dab of glue on the felt to hold it together.
Continue rolling up the spiral.
When you get to the end of the spiral, glue down the end to the bottom of the rosette. This will anchor the entire rosette. Use a lot of glue all over the bottom of the rosette to make sure it holds together.
Your finished rosette will look like this. Now, finish making the other rosettes. You should make six or seven.
Now that the rosettes are done you can begin on the wreath. Take the wreath form (leave the plastic wrapping on). Put a dab of glue on the back of the wreath and put one end of the yarn on the glue.
Wrap the yarn around the wreath. Keep the yarn tight. This is going to take a while, but the payoff looks great! Do not cut strips of yarn to wrap. I have found it is easier and quicker to keep the yarn on the skein while you wrap. Keep an eye on your wrapping. You may need to backtrack to cover a gap.
Once the wreath form has been completely wrapped, put another dab of glue to secure the end of the yarn. Then you can use the hot glue to arrange the rosettes however you want.
To finish off the wreath, you might consider adding a ribbon or bow. I usually add a ribbon to hang the wreath with. This particular wreath is a breast cancer awareness wreath.
The sky is the limit with what you can do with these wreaths. If you do not want to use rosettes, make a yarn wrapped wreath and decorate with floral accents, butterflies, wooden cutouts, etc.
The author is solely responsible for the content.
About the Authors
Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
|Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »|