Monday, 29 November 2010

Fun Wreath {DIY}

I made this super cute yarn wreath this morning. It didn't  take very long, and cost basically nothing apart from the polysteryne base. I think it would make an adorable christmas decoration idea...

You'll need:
  • Polysteryne wreath (available from craft shops)
  • Wool
  • Headpins
  • Glue
  • Beads
  • Floristy butterfly or other small toy/ornament
Tie a knot around the wreath and wrap the whole thing. I wrapped it loosely then pushed the wool up together. It took about 15 mins to cover the whole thing. I tied the ends to each other once I got all the way around. I didn't manage to take any photos because of the weird cold light we are having right now!

Now you can plan out your design. I used a pack of cheap plastic beads that I bought in a sale. The headpins I had just slipped right through the beads, so I added a tiny pink one to the end to make sure it was secure, which gave a sweet contrast.

Thread a tiny bead and a bigger bead on to each headpin, then dip the end in craft glue. It's really easy to just push the beads into the ring, and the glue means it won't just slip out.I used a simple flower pattern, and did 12, 3, 6 and 9 'o' clock first.

To add the butterfly, I just looped a headpin with the head cut off over the body and pressed it in. Simple!

To hang the wreath, I made a wire loop and pressed that into the back.

Done! It's sweet and sparkly, and there are loads of ways you can customise this idea.  Try:

  • Odd stud earrings make great flower centres, you'll need to hold them in place until the glue dries as the pin part will be shorter.
  • Using two or more colours of yarn - just tie off the ends and make sure they are at the back or wrap over the knots.
  • I was lucky to have the butterfly from some floristy deadstock that I collected one day from a closing warehouse (along with loads of other cool stuff) but they are available in most craft shops. You can also fold the wings up and make it look like they are perching on the wreath. Or use more!
  • Hang a matching christmas ornament from the top so it dangles in the centre
  • If you don't have a butterfly, try making a sweet bow out of ribbon or fabric
  • Try wrapping the wreath in ribbon or fabric strips instead for a different effect.
  • You could use pins instead of headpins if it's not going to be anywhere near a child
  • Instead of using a tiny bead to stop your bigger bead slipping off, you could use those sequins with the tiny holes in the middle.
Have fun! I'd love to know if you try this idea!

Katie x

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

lovely! you are such a productive lady! x

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