Duke Wreath

My sister wanted a wreath for her apartment's front door and I was going with the Duke theme and came up with this little beauty. I'm not entirely sure if it's going to be done now or if I want to add a ribbon or bow somewhere else on it, but we'll see. Also, it's a pretty big wreath and I don't know what I was thinking with that... if you try to make something like this, I recommend not trying to yarn wrap the biggest wreath form ever sold. But you might have already figured that one out!

(For some reason, the photo below just would not show up, but I used it for various link parties and it sometimes worked there so I didn't want to just delete it... so some of you might have a weird broken pic below and some of you might see virtually identical pictures twice... I blame the interwebs for this.)

  • Wreath form/base (I used a straw one, still in the wrapper)
  • Yarn in college colors
  • Twine
  • Need and thread
  • Felt in college colors and similar colors
  • A few buttons, rhinestones
  • Sequin trim
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook letters
  • Mod Podge (I just used the regular glossy finish kind) and paintbrush
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon (to hang your wreath)
  • Hot glue gun and glue

First, it was time to wrap up the wreath form.

I intended to make even black and blue stripes, but somehow I ended up with the one bad package of yarn in the town Walmart. This thing was WEIRD and tangled and had some pieces of yarn that looked like they'd been heated or burned or something... and then the blue got all ridiculous too...

So that's how I ended up with just the small black stripes of yarn that I could untangle. And this thing was so massive that it took forever, but finally, I had this little beauty!

Then it was time to add some trim. I had problems finding ric rack in the right color blue. (And when I asked for ric rack at Michael's, the employee helping me told me she didn't know what ric rack was... I almost had a coronary... I mean, it seems like there are lots of crafty ladies out there who would work for nothing but the employee discount and they hire someone who didn't understand what ric rack was until I literally found it and showed it to her...) 

So I ended up with this sequin trim. I put it at the edges of the stripes and secured it with straight pins. I had a tiny bit of space somewhere when I ran out of the trim, but there were loose sequins that had fallen off and I just grabbed those and pinned them in to fill in the last bit and it worked!

Of course, in the process of this, someone came in and tried to use the wreath as a hoop... circus dog style!

After the little one interrupted, I managed to finish up the trim... 

Then it was time for the bunting. I figured I'd put some scrapbook letters onto felt triangles. So I punched out some pre-cut scrapbook letters and painted them blue. After that paint dried, I coated them with the glossy Mod Podge and sprinkled some super-fine glitter on them.

It actually took two coats of Mod Podge and glitter to get them sufficiently glittery... 

While that glittery mess was drying, I cut out felt triangles and some twine to make the bunting. I just cut one triangle large enough to make sure it fit around the widest letter and cut the others the same size. I also pinned the felt to the twine so that I was sure each word would fit on the twine and across the wreath. 

Then, I simply sewed little cross-stitched the triangles onto the twine.

Then, I glued my glittery letters to the triangles and tied the twine around the wreath. I didn't take too many pictures at this point because this project sort of became a combination of my other projects, namely the fringe felt flowers I showed you how to make here as well as the felt rosette flowers that Sara shared over here at Craft Snob. 

I used various shades of blue and some gray and white and then added buttons and rhinestones and clustered them around two places on the wreath and hot glued them in place...

To finish it up, I wanted to make it easy for my sis to hang up so I threaded a piece of blue camo ribbon through the yarn on the back of the wreath and hot glued it into a loop. Then, I got another piece of ribbon and threaded it through that loop and tied it in a bow so that she could hang up the wreath using that loop with the bow on it.

Then, I hung it up on my own door (my sis actually hasn't seen this yet... I'm not sure spending my life savings mailing it is the wisest life decision right now so it's still at my house) and admired it and took a ridiculous amount of photos...

I'm linking up to some of my favorite conferences.


  1. Thanks for sharing this fun idea for a wreath! My hubby and I are Hokies and I've been wanting to make a VT wreath for the Fall. You've given me some awesome ideas for how to start. :)

    Found you at MMM and am your newest follower! I'd love for you to come share this with So Sweet Sundays. :)


  2. Sorry to hear Duke lost (I'm not a sports fan, but I have many friends who are), but the wreath is lovely. I'm sure it will get lots of love for basketball season.

  3. Love love love this wreath! You're the best sister ever!

  4. I love this idea! I feel inspired to stop by and grab some yarn and a wreath to try this. Thanks for the fun idea!
    Stopping by via Life Made Lovely!

  5. Love this idea! I need to try it out with LSU colors. ;)

  6. This is so much fun - I'm going to make my parents a Saints wreath for their door - all their friends in New Orleans will want one too - so creative

  7. thank you for stopping by to comment on my Iowa Hawkeye door. I think your Blue Devil door is equally fun. The blue totally works here and there is no doubt from the street what this door is all about. I'm a fan. Go Blue Devils. :0
    Pam @ BeColorful

  8. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-3.html

  9. This turned out great! I think the trim you used is absolutely the perfect touch!

  10. Nice! Reminds me of the Bulgarian martenitzi. Look it up if you don't know about them. Fun times!

    call Bangladesh

  11. You are a crafty little scientist! :) So cute & clever! I'm not a huge football fan, which is pretty much heresy in Louisville with the Cardinal/UK rivalry. :)

  12. So cute! I have been thinking of making a yarn wreath because i keep seeing them on pinterest.

    Honestly, I have never heard the term ric rack and I consider myself pretty crafty... and I actually own a lot of what would fit into a ric rack category.

  13. As a North Carolian, I love this idea! I’d love for you to link your adorable project to Things I’ve Made Thursdays. I’m trying something new this week- We have two sections to the party- one for kids’ things and one for “Anything”!! I think this post would be an awesome addition to the “Anything Goes” party!

    Hope you’ll stop by on Thursday and link up!

  14. Yes! glad I'm not the only one making college themed wreaths!! Great job!
    Found you on the What's Allie Making Now linky!!

  15. I keep seeing such great wreaths that people make but still haven't gotten around to making my own! Thanks for sharing this!!

  16. It looks great!
    I love the colors and I think the little pennets are cute!
    Great job!

  17. Loved it and will be sharing it tomorrow on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.
    Too bad our Hawkeyes lost yesterday. I took down my fall decor today to commemorate 9-11 but you can be sure it will be back tomorrow. Go Hawks, Go Blue Devils!

  18. Looks great! Thanks for linking up at the Rhinestone Beagle. Can't wait to see what you have for next week.

  19. This makes football fun! Love the colors and all of the little details you added to make it awesome! thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  20. How did I not comment on this? Maybe we were emailing about yarn? I read your tutorial & was thinking what a lucky sister you have. I'll have to make a Bruin one... if I can come up with the will power to wrap yarn =) xo

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  21. This is AWESOME! Definitely think my sister needs one for her school now! :) We FEATURED it today from the Fancy This Fridays link up! Hope you'll check it out and grab a featured button! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/09/fancy-this-features-41.html

  22. Both pics are showing up for me. Beautiful wreath! I bet all your sister's classmates are gonna be jealous! I love all the different elements like the felt flowers, the glitter letters, the buttons and all! Great tutorial too.

    Thank you so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!


  23. P.S. Forgot to mention how adorable your dog is!

    Also, I love how you give a link to instructions for the no-reply thing in your comment area. Brilliant!

  24. What a fun idea, I am sure your sister is going to love it.. what fun! Thanks for showing off!


  25. LOVE this wreath! Great job!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again with more great projects!

  26. It's looks great Mel! I think it is perfect as is. I am sure your sister will or does love it! Thanks for linking up to this past week's Catch a Glimpse party. :)

  27. Lovely, love your little helper too!
    Thanks for sharing at Bacon time.

  28. this entire post makes me smile!! Your puppy is precious and I LOVE that wreath!! Your creation inspires me to make one of these for our High School (the UNICORNS! haha!) It would surely be a hit at our house! Thanks for linking up to WWWW! I'm featuring you today!!

  29. Featuring YOU today over on my blog. Thanks so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts


  30. Love this, girl! Thanks for linking it up to our Throwback Thursday party. I'm featuring this bad boy today!


  31. That is really cute! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  32. Oh my gosh, this is so cute! And so is your dog! :) Thank you for linking up!


  33. I especially love the color of this wreatrh, Mel! So pretty! We are featuring it on the blog today. votation also starts today, girl!

    Have a lovely weekend!


  34. LOVE this! It looks fabulous! I just wanted to let you know i featured this on my blog this weekend! Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button! Thank you so much for linking up to the Weekend Soiree! Have a wonderful weekend! :)
    Homemaker in Heels

  35. Mel, look at you with all your DUKE adorableness. I love it! A different team would have been nice (but you already knew I felt like that!)I would like to see a Crimson and Blue or Black and gold. What do you think?
    Anywho,all jokes aside, it is fantastic! I love how creative you are! Chat soon!


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