I was thinking about making a summer wreath and one night, when I was laying in bed just pondering life, this idea came to me. I about popped out of bed to try to make it right then and there, but luckily, I didn't have any pink yarn... or I think I might have made it right then and there! But this is really simple and just combines a couple techniques and skills you already have to make something you probably don't!
This is another project where I experimented and went back a few times to change things so I don't have a ton of pictures, but don't worry, it's simple and even if you do things a different way, I think you can figure out how to make this just from seeing the finished product!
- Wreath form (I used straw, still in the plastic wrap)
- Light green yarn
- Dark green yarn
- Pink yarn
- Black buttons (I used them in 2 sizes because that's what I had)
- Needle and pink thread
You start with your wreath form - if it's straw, leave it in the plastic wrap! - and take one of your green yarns, tie it around your wreath, and just start wrapping. I would make maybe a 1.5 - 2-inch section of one green wrapped around the wreath and then switch colors.
The only tricky part is this one, but I think you can do things another way and might even come up with something prettier! Basically, when you first start, you might grab the light green and wrap until you've got your chunk of light green. Then, you tie a knot as though you're finishing the wreath, but don't cut after the knot. Then, grab your dark green yarn and tie it right next to the end of the light green and start wrapping. I sometimes overlapped the two colors, but I don't think you need to. However, you do want to wrap around the end of your light green yarn - basically, drag it to the point where you'll start the light green again, hold it, and wrap the dark green around it. You could cut and re-knot every time you switch colors, but I just didn't want to mess with that!
If you forget to put the light green under the dark green, you end up with weird little strings that you have to pull across later... note the one the arrow points to above and learn from my mistakes!
Once I covered half the wreath with green yarn stripes, I tied knots and cut the green yarn. Then, I started the pink yarn and finished up the yarn wrapping. I originally thought about gluing buttons or black felt "seeds," but I wanted to make sure everything would stay put and avoid glue strings, so that's why I sewed... but I'm not sure I'd recommend it.
But it's very simple - grab your pink thread and needle and start sewing the button around the pink yarn in the same way you'd sew a button onto fabric.
The only weird thing is that you have to pull the yarn a bit to thread the needle under and through the yarn, but again, I'm sure you can figure it out!
After that, I just grabbed a light green and white ribbon, slipped it through the yarn on the back of the wreath, tied it in a bow, and hung it up to admire the summer-y goodness!
In terms of the time for this project, I'd say it's about 3 hours only because it took so long to wrap the yarn and then sew the buttons - but it was NOT a difficult 3 hours! You can definitely watch some TV while you do it... In terms of the cost, I had the wreath form, the green yarns, the thread and needle, buttons, and ribbon on hand, so the only thing I had to buy was the pink yarn for less than $3! But, even if you have to buy it, yarn should be around $8 total, a wreath form for less than $3, and then almost nothing for a couple buttons and thread and you have plenty of all of it leftover!
I'm linking up to some of my favorite conferences!
P.S. I didn't do the constellation thing here because no constellation starts with "W" and I think the watermelon name is pretty distinct - no chance you'll think I was talking about the lemonhead wreath or something!