September 21, 2011

DIY: Fall Yarn Wreath

Yarn wreathes are a simple way to add a homespun feel to any space. And lets be honest, few hobbies are more bad ass than making things out of yarn. I chose to make a fall inspired wreath for my front door, but you can hang them anywhere inside of your home.

The first time that I saw a yarn wreath was on my friend Danielle Burkleo's blog, Take Heart. She makes and sells gorgeous yarn wreathes. Beyond inspiring me to roll up my sleeves and make a wreath, Danielle's blog was what gave rise to this little blog. She writes from her heart, and has the most adorable family!

Danielle and her family are adopting and she is holding a fundraiser here to help with the cost of adoption. She is doing some really awesome giveaways for those who donate. If you are able, please help her family bring their baby home.

Now, on to wreath making. I used a styrofoam wreath as a base, and made fabric rosettes to decorate my wreath.

Step 1: Gather materials; styrofoam wreath, fabric, yarn, glue gun/sticks.

Step 2: Wrap yarn once around wreath & secure with a knot. Wrap entire wreath in yarn. Secure with a knot at the end. This is the most time consuming step. If you are too fussy about making the yarn perfectly straight you will want to gauge your eyes out. Embrace a little messiness.
*Probably the reason why I didn't photograph this step - I need to take my own advice.

Step 3: Start making rosettes. Cut 24 inch long by 2 inch wide strips of fabric. Varying the lengths and widths of the strips of fabric allow for different size rosettes. Fold each strip in half lengthwise twice to hide the rough edges (pictured below).

Step 4: Roll fabric until you have a large enough center for your rosette, fasten with hot glue.

Step 5: Once the center of your rosette is fastened with glue, continue to wrap fabric around center, twist fabric a full turn and fasten with glue. This will add the look of petals. Wrap and twist the fabric until there is 1/2 inch of length remaining. Tuck the end of the fabric under the rosette and glue.
*You may have fraying, especially if you use burlap like I did. Use scissors to trim any of the strings/frayed edges.

 Step 6: Glue rosettes on to wreath. There really are no rules here - just place them where you like.

It took about 4 hours to complete my wreath and he is very happy living on our front porch. Happy crafting!


  1. it looks great, i love it! thank you for your heart to support us in our adoption, friend! you're the best :)

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