Although I’m not a decoration guru by any stretch of the imagination, part of me still enjoys adding
|Simple spring flower wreath for our front door.|
a few things to our home to celebrate the seasons. Today, I decided to make something in honor of spring to put on our front door.
Since our funds don’t allow for much extra spending, I took a look at some of what I already have lying around the house instead of going out. For this wreath, I used the following:
- Large gauge jewelry wire
- Four colors felt (One of these should be green for the leaves.)
- Two colors of yarn
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Chalk or a sewing pencil
- Glass beads
Here are the steps I took to make this particular wreath.
If you’d like to make one like it, here’s what I did.
1. I bent a long length of wire into a circle, and wrapped the tail end again all around the length. This serves as the base on which the decoration goes. The wire I used was soft enough for me to bend without any tools, though I did need to cut the excess off.
|You could probably make a flower crown out of this, too.|
Don’t worry about the jagged ends. Those will be covered by the flowers.
2. Wrap your yarn around the ring. I only did it once for each color, but you can wrap the yarn around it as many times as you’d like, depending on the look you’re going for. You’ll need to anchor the yarn at the beginning. I just tied it in place, but you can use hot glue instead, if that’s easier for you.
|Ribbon would probably work nicely, too.|
The beginning is a bit messy, but that will be hidden by the flowers, too.
3. Draw four different sized five petalled flowers on three of the colored sheets of felt with your chalk or sewing pencil. I did this part freehand, but you can probably find flower and leaf outlines to trace online.
4. Cut shapes out.
|Don’t worry about the chalk lines. That side should face the back.|
5. Layer flowers, so the petals alternate. The smaller flowers should go on top for that layered look. Although I decided to make my flowers multicolored, there’s no reason why they can’t all be the same color.
|This is what it looked like before I broke out the glue gun.|
It’d also be a good idea to lay whatever you’ll be putting in the center of the flowers, so you can get an idea of what they’ll look like when you’re done.
I used glass beads, but you could use buttons, small stones, sea shells or any number of little decorative objects.
6. Either glue or sew the flower layers together. I sewed the beads in place, but used our hot glue gun to put the petal layers together.
7. Lay the wreath base flat and arrange the flowers/leaves into whatever positions you like best. Originally, I was going to cluster the flowers at the top of the wreath, but decided I like them on the bottom more.
8. Once you have an arrangement you like, glue the leaves and flowers in place. I chose to glue the leaves in place first, since they were actually attached to the flowers.
|I did a great job of giving my fingertips minor burns on this step.|
When you attach the flowers to the actual wreath base, turn them face-down, and glue the piece together in that position.
Last step? Hang the wreath up and enjoy!
|Welcoming addition to our “No Solicitors” sign, isn’t it?|
(Please only use pictures with permission, and always link back to this entry. If you decide to try this, I’d love to see what you come up with!)