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
- Need and thread
- Felt in college colors and similar colors
- A few buttons, rhinestones
- Sequin trim
- Straight pins
- Scrapbook letters
- Mod Podge (I just used the regular glossy finish kind) and paintbrush
- Ribbon (to hang your wreath)
- Hot glue gun and glue
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...
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