Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Felt Wreath

I've seen felt wreaths popping up everywhere these days.  Especially on Pinterest, which of course, is where I found the tutorial I used for this project.  A friend of mine came over for a crafternoon and this was the first project we took on.  Now, I will say that this project was time consuming.  I cut 200 felt circles to make the wreath.  One thing I will say... good scissors are key to cutting felt!  It will make time pass much much quicker.  I cut 4 layers of felt at a time and was done within an hour.  I honestly thought it would take much longer.  Below you will find the instructions for the wreath that I used.  After cutting the circles, I kind of just winged it with the pinning on the wreath.  I found a way that worked for me and went with it. As the wreath became filled with the felt flowers, it became easier.  Once the entire wreath was filled, I was in love! 
 I changed up how I hung the wreath after realizing it needed more than a simple hook.  I made a bow and attached a ribbon loop to the back of the bow.  I'm glad I decided to go with the bow, it added the perfect touch.  This wreath will definitely make an appearance during Christmas and Valentine's Day.  

What you’ll need for the wreath:
- a 12 inch styrofoam wreath form
- approximately 2 1/2 yards of felt
- straight pins (enough to match the number of felt circles needed, plus two for attaching the hanger)
- scissors
- a 3 inch circle template
- a pencil
- ribbon for hanging
Making the Felt Rosettes
Using a pencil and your circle template, trace circles onto the felt. Cut the felt circles, and fold them in half twice to form rosettes. Insert a pin near the bottom corner of the rosette, about 1/8 inch from the corner.

Attaching the Felt Rosettes
Attach the felt rosettes to the wreath form, making sure to group the rosettes tightly enough that no styrofoam is showing through the rosettes. After you’ve added a few, fluff and adjust the rosettes to your liking. Continue making, pinning, and attaching the rosettes until you’ve worked your way around the wreath form. If you have circles that are slightly misshapen or that have a little pencil or ink on them, place them toward the outside or inside edges, where they can’t be seen when the wreath is hanging.
Wreath Back
This is what my wreath looked like on the back when I was finished. As you can see, I started off with ball point straight pins, but I switched to flat head pins when the rosette count started to get up there and I had to run out and buy more pins. If you use flat head pins, then I suggest using a thimble to push them into the wreath form, or your thumb will take a beating. Ask me how I know.
Wreath Hanger
After you’ve finished adding the felt rosettes, cut a 5 inch length of ribbon, fold it in half, and attach it to the wreath form with two pins to form a hanger.
Wreath Finished
I love how organic the wreath looks when it’s finished. The ruffly felt rosettes, when grouped together like this, remind me a bit of a coral reef. While this is a rather ambitious project, I think it was completely worth the time spent. I’ll be using my wreath year ’round as part of my home décor!

This is the wreath that my friend made, I love it! 


  1. Ohhh I love it! Good call on using the ribbon. It just adds that something special

  2. LOVE THIS!!! I'm thinking I might do this using red felt for Valentine's Day next year. Check out my felt topiary: http://laurengeiger.blogspot.com/2011/06/normal-0-false-false-false.html


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