Last month, I wrote about some felt poinsettias I had been working on for my mother-in-law’s yarn wreath. I have finally given it to her, so I am able to show off the finished product.
This project was long in the making. I started it, got distracted, came back, ruined it, took a break, and started over. I originally splurged on a foam wreath, which retailed at Michael’s for $12 versus the $4 for a hay wreath. I bought a really nice, soft, golden yarn. The skein came undone as I was wrapping, and I had to deal with a massive amount of knots. I tried untying and eventually cut it in pieces. After meticulously wrapping the entire 18 inch wreath, which is much smaller in thickness than the hay, I hung it on the wall to keep it off the kitchen table. It fell. It shattered exactly in half. After hot gluing it back together, I thought I would do a drop test. I couldn’t give my mother-in-law a wreath that would break so easily. It broke in half again. In the exact other half that wasn’t hot glued. I forgot to take pictures of the broken wreath but it was pretty epic. Needless to say, this is when I took the break.
Here are a couple pictures of the wrapped foam wreath for comparison to hay.
My husband told me it was a blessing in disguise. He hated the size of the wreath, and he likes the rustic look of the hay wreath. So, I returned to Michael’s for the same golden butter yarn, and went to A.C. Moore for the rest of the supplies. All of this can be purchased for under $10. Here is what you will need.
- 1 hay wreath, 16″ around
- 1 skein yarn (I used a butter yellow)
- pearls for center of flower, one for each
- 2 red felt pieces
- 1 green felt piece
- hot glue gun
- glue gun sticks
I started by wrapping the hay wreath. I hot glue the first few wrap arounds. My first time around the entire wreath, I space out the yarn. I then use it as a guideline for covering all the hay. For my sunflower wreath, I wrapped slightly differently and found myself using more yarn than than my fall wreath. I finished by using another dot of hot glue.
I then created the poinsettias using red felt and the pearls. You can see my tutorial here.
I decided to keep the wreath very simple and have only the flowers. In order to not make it too boring, I added some leaves to each flower. I free-handed a leaf, and after cutting one in the shape I liked, I traced and cut enough for each flower to have two leaves. I then hot glued them to the bottom of the flowers.
After playing with the positioning of the flowers, making sure it was aesetically pleasing as well as covering any flaws in the hay, I hot glued them on. This is the finished wreath.
I did not add ribbon for hanging, since I was not sure where she would place this. However, they do make some great wreath hooks!