I love the holidays- the music, the food, decorations, and time with my family make me look forward to this season for most of the year. I especially like any way I can make my home festive, and this year I decided to make my own fabric wreath. Crafting your own decorations is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and to make your home unique! Follow along in this tutorial and you’ll see how easy it is!
What you’ll need:
- Wreath– You will be wrapping your wreath so don’t spend a lot of money on a wreath “shell.” A simple straw or strofoam version will do the trick.
- Ribbon or fabric strips– Buy wide ribbon at least as many feet as inches that your wreath measures. Ex: 18 feet of ribbon for an 18-inch wreath. You may very well likely need more, but don’t buy less than the diameter of your wreath. You can also buy fabric and cut into strips for wrapping.
- Decorative accents– This is anything you want to add to your wreath, such as garland, pinecones, cranberries, or felt for handmade flowers (separate tutorial below!)
- Permanent Marker
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon or Tulle for hanging (if you’re not using a wreath hanger)
Grab your wreath, ribbon and hot glue gun and begin by gluing the beginning of your ribbon to the back of your starting point on the wreath. (Hint- if you’re using a straw wreath, leave the plastic wrapping ON. It’s much easier to wrap ribbon over the plastic wrap, then having to wrestle with loose straw.)
Once glued, continue wrapping your ribbon tightly and evenly around your wreath. When you get to the end, wrap to the back and hot glue your edge down. Your wreath wrapping is complete! Now it’s time to add your accents.
Dressing Up Your Wreath
When I bought my supplies, I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go, decoration-wise. You’ll see that I didn’t end up using my sprigs of beads and instead went with felt flowers. The great part about wreath making is that you can do whatever you want- there are no rules. The ribbon I chose (or, I should say, my husband chose) is a bit “loud” so I wanted to tame down the rest of my wreath. I researched those cute felt flowers I’ve been seeing everywhere and decided to try for myself. Continue reading to make your own felt!