Interchangeable Valentine's Day Wreath


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
  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • 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!

Love it! 
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

34 comments :

  1. I love the little stuffed hearts!!! They are adorable! And I totally understand the need to make a wreath last longer, I still have my rose wreath on my front door, although now it's sporting a pretty bow with hearts on it :)

    Can't wait to see what you'll put on it next!

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  2. I'm so impressed with the heart felts. Adorable. And I love the idea to reuse the wreath form. Wrapping a wreath form is my least favorite chore in the craft world.

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  3. Cute stuffed hearts!! I have one yarn wreath that I change out seasonally too :) So much easier then wrapping new ones all the time!!!!

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  4. awwww this is such a sweet wreath for Valentine's Day!

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  5. Well aren't you just the little genius?? I mean really velcro? who would of thought? Love it!!

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  6. GENIOUS!!!!!!! I love the idea that you can interchange it as you please.
    All the hearts are soooo pretty!!!!! How long did it take you to create this?

    Check out my blog too :)
    thediydreamer.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow! This is adorable. {the white sequin heart is my favorite!} And making it interchangeable? Genius!

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  8. This is super cute. LOVE those puffy hearts...no, wait....I {big puffy heart} those hearts. Would be delighted for you to link this up to Mop It Up Mondays (going on through Friday): http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/02/mop-it-up-mondays-party-2.html
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  9. So cute. Thanks for linking up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

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  10. this is AMAZING!!!!!
    oh,you won THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD on my blog! <3
    come to see the rules! :):)
    with love, Oshi

    http://oshifugushima.blogspot.com/2012/02/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  11. CUTE CUTE Mel!! Would LOVE for you to link up with us!!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  12. LOVE it! My basement is getting a little packed with wreaths too -such a great idea! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this on Sunday. Have a great weekend.
    Jenn :)

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  13. Like the interchangeablility (is that a word?? lol) of this!! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  14. What a cute idea! Thank you for joining us for the first "Cowgirl Up!" linky party! We'd love to see you again next Tuesday!


    ♥Linsey

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  15. I'll be featuring you tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. I wish I lived in your neighborhood so I could drive or walk by and see what you had on your door each month. :D Then I would hang out long enough that you would feel obligated to offer me a drink and we would be crafy besties in no time. :D
    Thanks for the link up to BeColorful.
    Hope your weekend is a great one.
    Pam

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  17. wow!! best wreath ever!! love it! come share on my linky party Tuesdays :) ~nancy~

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  18. i love the idea of it being interchangeable! and that gray is such a nice base for just about any other theme! thanks again for linking up! you know i look forward to it!

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  19. So cute! I love the felt hearts and the stitching especially! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. This is adorable and I LOVE that it can be interchangeable! I'm now your newest follower!

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  21. This is such an awesome idea! I am constantly ripping apart one wreath just to redo it for another holiday! Whoo hoo you are one clever lady. .and I just adore the little hearts you made! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

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  22. Hi Mel! Just wanted to let you know I featured your pom pom wreath on my blog @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2012/02/pink-hippo-party-67.html
    Hope you stop by and check it out!

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  23. LOVE this!! ~ the little hearts are adorable!

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  24. I love your wreath, girl! so pretty and cute! By the way, I have tagged you! hope you'll play along ^^)

    http://www.to-sew-with-love.com/2012/02/11-things-for-11th.html

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  25. Love this! You were featured!

    http://www.thesasselife.com/2012/02/crafty-sasse-wednesday-link-party-25.html

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  26. This is so cute and such a great idea. I love ideas that are interchangable so there isn't so much "STUFF" around the house. I love this idea so much I am featuring it on Strictly Homemade Tuesday. Thanks so much for linking up last week.

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  27. Such a fabulous wreath! I love all the wonderful felt hearts. So sweet!

    Always such a pleasure to have you be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!

    Hope you had the best Valentines' Day!

    jenn

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  28. Oh my! this wreath is so pretty! We are featuring this today! Have a lovely weekend, Mel!

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  29. The votation for TSWL's finest of February 2012 is on! Go tell your friends to vote for you! ^^) good luck!

    http://www.to-sew-with-love.com/2012/03/tswls-finest-of-february-2012-votation.html

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  30. I was so inspired by your wreath that I based my Valentine's wreath off of yours! Great job... thanks so much for the inspiration!

    http://itsalwaysruetten.blogspot.com/2013/01/lovebirds-wreath.html

    JQ

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