This is our second wreath tutorials. Our first, to Make a Felted Wreath is here. post will show you how to make a very easy and fun Christmas wreath using a foam circle. We found that the most difficult part of this was working out how to wrap it which is why we are showing you three techniques. Once it is covered, it is easy to decorate with anything you have at home. This is a great way to use up the scraps you already have at home and is a very inexpensive way to make your home ready for Christmas. We found that the most difficult part of this was working out how to wrap it which is why we are showing you three techniques. Once it is covered, it is easy to style with crafty bits you have at home.
1 Foam Circle
Scraps of fabric: leather, cotton, hessian
Wool or string in a great colour
Bits and bobs including: Pompons, bells, beads, chain, flowers, stars, feathers, tassels etc
Techniques for Covering the Wreath
1. Leather and String
This gives a very modern and funky look and is so easy to do. Just wrap the leather scraps around the wreath and then bind it on with the string. When you reach the end of one scrap, tuck the beginning of another under it and keep going until the whole wreath is covered. To secure it, tie a double knot with the string.
When it is finished attach your trinkets to it for a great wreath.
2. Fabric Mounds
This method is very easy but takes some time. It’s a great way to use scraps and gives a lovely, soft, textured look. For this method you can also use hessian, make sure to use a fabric with some hold in it so that it stands up.
Firstly, cut your fabric into 4″ x 4″ squares.
Fold a fabric square in half, so that it makes a triangle.
Fold one corner into the middle in the front.
Fold the other corner into the middle, but at the back this time. Secure with a pin in the middle (as in photo below).
Keeping the pin in the same place, pin the fabric onto the foam ring. Swivel the fabric to the side (this hides the pin) and puff it up.
Repeat this process, pinning the fabric onto the wreath, next to each other. You will need two lines of fabric on the wreath, one of top and one on the bottom, to cover it (as in photo below).
3. Fabric Strip Wrapping
This method is easy and really effective for a more minimalist look. Rip your fabric into long strips. Secure it to the foam with one pin at the end and then wrap it tightly, making sure the edges don’t curl too much. The edge of the fabric should overlap so that no foam shows. Flatten them out as you go. When you have reached the end use another pin to secure it.
Styling your Wreath
This is really the fun part! Your imagination is the limit here. Raid your scraps and use what you have. Put them together in wonderful new ways and design your masterpiece.
Tips for Styling your Wreath
- Using three colours looks fabulous. Choose one neutral (grey) and two colourful colours. You can then use different shades in all of these colours and it will still look balanced. For example if you choose pink, you can use rose pink, bright pink, light pink and flouro pink.
- Focusing your embellishments on the right hand bottom side of the wreath makes it look great. Off centre gives it a more modern and interesting look.
- Anything in threes looks good.
- Not all your adornments need to be Christmassy. Add Christmas touches using baubles, tree ornaments, stars etc.
- Fluorescent colours look great against a neutral background as they really pop.
- Balance the colour at the top. On this wreath I have balanced the fluoro pink by wrapping some around the top left hand side and then placing a star on the other side to balance that.
- Use any techniques you already know. The fabric leaves I made are a technique learned making Kanzashi Tsunami (these are found in my book).
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