What?! I haven't written in this sweet little space since since Thanksgiving?? Well, I'm sure you know how December can be. It has certainly been a whirlwind around here--with delights, surprises and sick days mixed all together. We are at the beginning of winter break (big deep breath) and hoping to have a lot of fun-filled, activity-filled days together. We are not at the Nutcracker today as we should be because of lingering coughs and colds--but we are creating some lovely Christmas gifts and goodies. We discovered the beauty and flavor of Orangette's Three Layer Peppermint Bark last holiday season, and are enjoying it even more this year--if that's possible. We are also working on whipping up some of the crafts I've shared with you in older posts--such as the coffee cozy. We (fortunately) know lots of coffee drinkers.
But, what I really wanted to share with you is this quick and easy festive wreath that I now have hanging on my front door. I saw one like it while out and about and loved it--but did not want to pay the price tag when I knew I likely had most of the materials to make it in my own home. So, I used a 14" green foam wreath--purchased from the craft store. I used poly-fill to make it nice and puffy and 2 skeins of wool blend yarn to wrap it with. It did take at least 3/4 of each skein to make the wreath. I also used a piece of felted sweater for a hanger. So:
Wrap your wreath form with poly-fill. It sticks to itself fairly well and it doesn't take much of this--just make it as puffy as you want it to be. Remember that it will shrink down considerably as you wrap it.
Find a spot and start wrapping your yarn around the puff. This was an experiment for me as I wasn't sure how tightly to wrap it. At first, I wrapped it loosely, but began to wrap it more tightly as I went along. Both ways looked nice. No sewing required for this project, by the way, just tuck yarn underneath your wrapping to keep it secure.
Okay--if you want to use another color on your wreath, just snip your yarn and tie it on to the next color yarn. Tuck it underneath your previous wrappings and keep on going.
You're almost there--note just how much the yarn has secured the poly-fill. When you get to the end, snip your yarn and tuck it well under your wrappings.
It really looks so nice and cozy--I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I hope it lends itself to expressing the feeling of the inside of our home right now.
This is a great craft for last minute decor or a wonderful gift idea. It has limitless possibility as to the use of color and size. You could make it a rainbow of colors, or just one color--and you can find so many varying sizes of wreath forms. Have fun with it! Hope your holidays are filled with magic, peace and joy...