Although we still have plenty of snow on the ground, it's officially spring! Last weekend, I was more than ready to swap out some of my winter decor for some colorful spring things, and finally got around to making the bright and cheery spring wreath I had been dreaming up for a few weeks.
I had a forsythia wreath to hang on the front door. I think the bright yellow pops against the dark green, and the yellow and green ribbon is a pefect match.
On one of our interior doors, I hung this one. I love the bright colors, and the different textures of the flowers. Some fabrics are printed, some are solid. It's a bit eclectic, but is awfully fun!
I promised to post directions for how to make this, so I won't let you down! I should note that I used pins to secure everything. This is in part because I was feeling lazy and wanted to sit on the living room floor in front of some DVR while I got my craft on, and in part because I like the idea of being able to change some or all of it if I want to in the future.
First, I wrapped my wreath form with some strips of fabric. I had purchased this fabric for another project, and so I had some leftover. I love the bright blue color, and the print was forgiving enough for a project like this. Just a note- if you're using a straw wreath form like I did, leave it wrapped in plastic and save yourself a big, giant mess! (I've said it before, take it from someone who learned the hard- and messy!- way!)
I didn't mind the look, so I actually ripped the fabric into 2 and 1/2 inch strips (ish- I just eyeballed it). It helped to snip the fabric at the top, so it was easier to rip. Next, I pinned it into the back of the wreath and got wrapping.
Valentine's Day heart garland, and had grabbed some fat quarters in a few different fabrics that I loved during my last trip to the craft store, so I was armed with a plethora of choices. This time around, I decided to go with the bright and colorful look, vs. choosing a couple of fabrics to repeat, but you can certainly do whatever makes you happiest.
If you need help making fabric flowers, here are some ideas...
This pompom- style flower is simple! Cut a strip of felt about 2" wide, and snip it almost all the way through, in small increments all the way down the line, so it looks like fringe. Next, roll it up! I ended up with a very tall flower, so I actually trimmed off some of the top to make it flatter, so it would sit better on the wreath. Secure it with hot glue or a pin.
Felt and Fabric Roses:
Next, start rolling, going from the outside in. I tend to fold the tip of the spiral over, just to get it started more easily. Once you get to the end, fold the bottom under. If you were hot gluing the flowers together, you'd add glue to the flap on the bottom, and press it against the bottom of the rolled flower to secure it. Otherwise, you can pin it. If any parts of the bottom are sticking out, like you can see on mine above, just trim them with scissors. No big deal!
This ruffley rose is very similar. I used the same technique, just making the outer edge of the spiral wavy, to create some more petals. If you want it to be even more textured, cut your whole spiral to be wavy, which is how I made the white felt rose.
Next, assemble your wreath! I tried to vary my fabric, flower technique, and color, so two similar flowers weren't next to each other.
Have you done any crafting lately? Please share!
Have a great week, friends!
PS: If you like this wreath, you might like this Argyle Heart Wreath, too!