Felt Holiday WreathDecember 8, 2009 12:09 pm Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, Home Decor
By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
One of these years I’ll have a wreath for every window of my house during the Christmas Season. Of course, if I’d made a wreath every year of my adult life, I would have a wreath for every window but none of them would match as I would have made whatever style and color inspired me that year. Such is the way with crafters, you know who you are!
This year I’ve been obsessed with felt. It’s easy, it’s cheap, it’s fun, and there are endless possibilities of what you can make with it. I once made a 6-foot tall knights tent for my sons room out of felt. It was fantastic. So it seemed natural to find a way to make a wreath entirely out of felt this year.
This project is surprisingly fast once the pieces are cut, taking under a half an hour. With breaks to pass out goldfish and wipe up a spilled glass of milk (or three). The cutting takes a little time, but it’s sit in front a good movie and veg kind of time.
First, decide on your circle size, I used the top of a pint glass for a template, which worked well for a 14 inch diameter wreath form. Bigger circles for bigger wreaths, smaller for smaller, you know the drill. Trace the circles onto the felt and get cutting. For this wreath I used three -1/4 yard pieces of felt and a few scraps from some quilting cotton just for kicks.
Glue a loop of ribbon to a masonite or flat wreath form for hanging. Then once you have your circles cut (using good sewing scissors I was able to cut through four layers at a time and still get nice circles), heat up your glue gun, separate the circles into colors for easy assembly and get ready to glue.
Folding each circle in half, glue with a dot of hot glue along the center of the wreath form. The closer the circles are to each other the denser the wreath will look, and the more circles you will need. So play around a little with this, you can tuck and extra circle in between two if a spot is looking thin.
Work around the form until you have the whole thing covered. You can also do the same to the back-side of the wreath so they will look great from either side of the window. Either way, you have a wreath of felt goodness for the holidays.
What is your favorite kind of Christmas wreath to make?