The boyfriend and I are running out of wreath storage space so I decided to make one big yarn-wrapped wreath and then make seasonal, interchangeable little add-ons for various holidays. So, this is the first version - complete for Valentine's Day!
Here's how I made it and what you'll need...
- Straw wreath form and yarn
- Felt, felt scraps
- Regular thread, embroidery thread
- Sequins, beads, small needles for both
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Ribbon (to hang up the wreath)
- Cotton balls/batting/scraps to stuff your hearts with
First, I wrapped a big straw wreath in this dark heather gray yarn.
Then, I made a bunch of felt hearts. I used red and pink felt and felt scraps with some white. I also used white thread and red and pink embroidery thread. I made them in a variety of sizes and slightly different heart shapes (based on various heart shape stencils I made from cardstock).
I didn't have a ton of pink felt so I made some hearts two colors - pink on the front and then gray on the back (like the one below) or pink and white, etc. so the pink would show.
I also made a pretty heart with embroidered letters that say "Kiss Me." I used different embroidery-type stitches to spell this out.
Here's another view... I think I also used blanket stitches around the outside of the hearts.
When I finished making a bunch of hearts, I cut some felt to cover the side of the wreath like this...
Then I glued down my hearts, overlapping them...
Then I hot glued some strips of velcro down where I was going to put the big felt layer on the wreath. (You can also see the variety in the felt hearts - some have little beads sewn on and one has sequins and beads on it too... I had fun just picking out different color combos and details so that they were all a little different.)
I put the other side of the velcro on top of the strips of velcro and then started to peel the backing off of those top pieces so that I could just press the felt strip onto it and everything would line up.
Stick the felt strip onto the wreath...
And it barely shows unless you look at the wreath from the side. And then you realize you can just take off this layer when you're ready for a change and there's no big wreath to store!
I had a lot of hearts leftover after that first big strip, so I added a little patch of hearts on felt to the left side of the wreath (with more velcro strips).
I added a red ribbon and hung up my wreath!
I had everything except some of the red felt on hand, but even if I'd had to buy stuff, it would really only be the straw wreath, yarn, some felt scraps, and needle and thread and you could make this easily! (And you could spend a lot less time and still have a pretty awesome end result... I'm just neurotic and thought making the hearts was super-fun...)
I'll be sharing this at some of my favorite parties!