I decided that making a Christmas wreath would be a fun project for the 12 days projects. A wreath is something that really anybody can use, be it on a entry door, an interior door, a window or mirror… heck, you can wear it if you REALLY want to…
I saw this cute duct tape wreath by Jones Design Co, on pinterest while I was looking for inspiration, and I thought, “That would look cool in felt…”
I decided to make it in felt.
When i finished, can I admit I was a bit disappointed. Maybe it is because my walls are white too, but there was just no pop to it! It took me about 2 hours to make, so not too long, but I would still consider that a significant investment of time for a mom. But then my husband was like it looks like a snow donut… which made me think snowman, and the rest is history.
Snowman Wreath Tutorial!
1 1/2 yards 60″ wide glitter white felt (for a plain wreath, any color felt would work)
16″ Foam Wreath Form
500 to 750 dress maker pins
Tiny bit of black fabric,
1 sheet of 12x 12 orange and black cardstock paper
wired ribbon (optional)
1.Cut your felt.
7 – 5″ wide strips, 60″ long
4 – 4″ wide strips, 60″ long
Fold it in half the short distance, so it is only 2″ – 2 1/2″ inches wide and 60″ inches long. Cut perpendicular to the fold toward the two raw edges, Leave about 1/4″ of an inch attached. See images below!
2. Begin pinning the 5″ wide strips to the back of the wreath form.
With the back side of the wreath facing up, begin pinning the felt around the outer in inner edge of the wreath form. I used one pin for each “tab” of felt.
3. Add 2 more tab layers to both the center and outside of the wreath form.
One layer should fill in in the center of the form side, and the second should line up with the top of the form. Start by pinning the fabric flat with the side (tab at the front), then fold it back to “stand up” the tab. While you hold it up, pin at the base to keep it “standing up”. (see images below)
In the picture below it shows, how I pinned the tab to “stand up”.
The felt is now level with the front of the wreath.
4. Cover the form
Once your felt is level with the front you need to cover the form with some of the excess felt, so that the green doesn't show through.
5. Attach one layer of tabs to the front.
The outside first layer of tabs of the front of the wreath is offset toward the inside of the wreath, by about 1/4″ to 1/2 inch from the edge of the side tabs.
The inner layer of tabs I used the shorter strips, and cut the actual tabs to individuals. and pinned them to lay flat on the front.
6. Add 3 loop layers.
With the 4 inch strips of felt, we don't want to see the pins or the raw edges of the felt. So, are going to “loop” the next 3 or 4 stripes of felt, centered on the front of the wreath. (follow the images for clarification)
Start by pinning the one of the connected raw ends, front side of fabric down to the form. Now, “loop” the fabric around into a tunnel with the good side of the fabric out. Place a pin to hold in in place, by pushing the looped fabric and inning in to the raw edge, between loops.
When the first line of loops is done, push it back and add another, after you have added 3, you can determine if you want to add another strip or if you feel like it looks nice and full.
Technically, if you just want a white wreath you can be done now.
If you want the snow man wreath then you will need to make some accessories for this baby!
7. Accessorize: (optional)
With some scraps of black fabric, I created 2 coal eyes and mouth. Take a 2″ x 6″ strip of fabric, create a loose knot. Take the two ends, run the pin through them, shape the fabric and pin into place on the wreath, reshape if needed.
Create a funnel with orange paper, tape or staple to hold shape and pin onto the wreath. (forgot pictures! Sorry!)
Now create a top hat, with the black paper.
Create the brim by cutting a half ellipse on 1/3 of the black paper. (err on the big side, mine is about 4″ by 12″ you can cut it down when you get it in place.)
For the top, Cut a 5″ x 12 rectangle. Fold a small 1/2 inch edge up and notch it the the fold, so that you can attach the curved top to the brim.
This picture just shows what I mean by the notches, You are actaully going to curve it the opposite direction. When you attach the top of the hat to the brim, keep the notches on the “inside” of the hat and tape or staple to the brim to hole in place.
Add a ribbon. I stapled mine in place on the back.
Pin the hat to the snowman!
DONE, for real! So what tdo you think of this snowman wreath tutorial?
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