It’s raining, it’s pouring and this craft lady needed something to keep from snoring. They say it is officially Spring… But here in Portland we are in our longest season – RAIN. And it has been a wet one this year. Thankfully the rain hasn’t stopped the flowers and trees from starting to bloom, and I wanted to steal (or copy) some of that beauty for my front door. I hope you enjoy this wreath.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 12 inch Extruded Styrofoam Wreath
- 1 skein each of in 2 colors of Green Yarn (I used Red Heart Soft in Leaf & Spearmint)
- Susan Bates Easy Wrap Pom Pom Makers
- Petaloo Flowers (I used some of the Vintage Velvet Dogwood style)
- Yarn Needle
- Crochet Hook Size H (I love the Clover Amour Crochet Hooks if you haven’t yet, try them!)
- Glue Gun
To make the cover for your wreath, you are going to grab your lighter colored yarn and your crochet hook. Chain 23. Then, Single Crochet (SC) in the 2nd chain from the hook and then in each stitch across (should be 22). Chain 1, turn and SC into the 1st SC, and each stitch across (22 ). Repeat the bolded portion until your piece is 27 1/2 inches long, which is about the inside circumference of your wreath. Tie off, and weave in tails.
Next wrap your piece around your wreath, using your yarn needle and a piece of yarn that is about 3 feet long, sew the two sides together. Then sew the ends together. Weave in your tail.
Now to the pom poms. I was excited to try out these pom pom makers, and I love how easily they make pom poms. Place one arc with slotted feet, and one with flat feet together. While continuing to hold them together start wrapping your yarn (leaving a tail) and continue from one side to the other. You want to wrap several layers until the form is full. Repeat with the 2nd set of pieces.
Then you are going to join the two side together by sliding the flat feet into the slotted feet, forming a complete circle. The you are going to slip the tip of your scissors between the arcs, and snip all the way around the circle. Be careful not to pull on the pieces of yarn, this will make you have a deformed pom pom, which is no good. Taking 2 pieces of yarn (about 12 inches) insert them between the arcs (where you just snipped) to tie off your pom pom. Make an extra knot just to be safe.
Once you are all tied off remove the pom pom maker pieces, and trim the pom pom if needed. Then make pom poms to your hearts desire. I ended up using 16 pom poms of different sizes.
Grab your yarn needle again, and start stitching your pom poms to your wreath. I just stitched through a crochet stitch, through my pom pom and then made a knot. Start with the big pom poms first, then move the others around until they look good before you stitch them down.
Finally hot glue flowers onto your wreath. I picked Dogwood blooms since they should be blooming soon.
I finished my wreath off with a quick crocheted ribbon. Chain 75. The Single Crochet (SC) in the 2nd chain from the hook and then in each stitch across (should be 74). Tie off, and you are done!