I can not believe I have not made a wreath until this year! It’s high time to craft something when you’ve been thinking about it for years, don’t you agree? :-)
Ta-daa! As I made this one I decided to document the process and create a tutorial. I hope you like it.
A wreath (dörrkrans) can be as simple or as elaborate as you want to, with millions of variations for many occasions. Why not make one for each month, season, or mood? I have seen lots of inspiring examples online, just do a search and you’ll see. The inspiration for this one was a red wool sweater shrunk to miniature size in the washing machine. I wanted to craft something with it and as soon as I started to cut it up I could tell the red would be perfect for red roses!
I have never tried to make a wreath before but I sure have been thinking about it for a long, long time now. I really wanted to try to make something pretty for the door. I decided to only use recycled materials for this project. I recycle a lot, actually, and always try to use the things I already have at home.
Even the ring base of the wreath is a do-it-yourself recycled object. Though it probably would’ve been much faster and a lot easier to buy it ready made in a flower shop…
Then I cut strips from a red, felted sweater that was in my fabric stash already. I rolled red roses and sewed them together with a few stitches, then attached them with thread around the ring base.
Did I say this was a very time consuming project, for being such a “small and fast” one in my head?
I did a few leaves from wire and fabric following the guidelines of Jennifer Swifts great book Creative Bloom (my review), then also a few simple leaves from green craft felt that I just glued to the base. This is how:
I would’ve made more leaves because I think they are very decorative, but I was tired of crafting, so I stopped. I wanted to finish the wreath. To have made a wreath and not keep making it. I declared it done.
A pretty ribbon to hang my wreath from and ta-daaa! It’s finished and up on the door as I write this. I think it turned out lovely, a perfect decoration for say, Mothers Day, or a birthday celebration. More pictures of the finished wreath:
Have you ever made your own wreath?