Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{How-to #5}: Fabric Wreath

{The Fabric Wreath}

I saw a tutorial for this fabric wreath on friend Marlena's blog and knew immediately that I wanted to make one! Without further ado, here's the "toot"!

{1}. SUPPLIES: From a craft store buy 2 1/2 yards of fabric (it sounds like a lot, but trust me you'd rather have a fully filled wreath than one where you can see the styrofoam in the gaps.), and a styrofoam wreath of any size depending on your preference. You will also need a tracing marker, scissors, a hot glue gun and some type of circle to trace. (A can of olives worked great for me! :))

{2}. Start tracing circles on to your fabric. **TIP: I folded my fabric in half, and then in half again to cut 4 circles at once. This will save you a lot of time!

{3}. Cut out the circles. They do not have to be perfect because you will be folding them, however, I would recommend trying to get them in somewhat of a circular shape :) Just don't be a perfectionist.
 Lots and lots of circles!

{3}. Now you are ready to start gluing! Place a small dab of hot glue in the very center of your circle and fold it in half.

{4}. Put a line of glue on the straight edge of your semicircle. (If looking at the picture above I would put a line of glue along the bottom and to the right of my thumb.) Fold in half again.
 {5}. You're circle should now look like this petal! :)

{6}. Here's where I forgot to keep taking pictures :) So let me describe this to you the best I can. Once you have formed the "petal" place a dab of glue on the point of the felt and stick it anywhere on your styrofoam circle. Repeat this process 1,000,000,000,000 times and you will have a beautiful, full wreath! :) Okay so maybe not 1,000,000,000,000 times, but just until the front, inside and circumference of your styrofoam are covered. **TIP: You do not have to cover the back of the wreath because it will most likely be hanging somewhere and the back will not be visible. Yay!

Here's my finished project! Love it!

If you want more instructions, you can look at this tutorial here. She, however, used fabric pins to attach every single "petal" and I used hot glue. Either way works great, it's up to you! I simply didn't have 1,000,000,000,000 (exaggeration again :)) fabric pins but I have tons of glue sticks so I improvised!

Let me know if you have any questions! If you end up making a fabric wreath I would love to see a picture! Maybe a red, orange, and brown one would be cute to hang on your front door for fall? I think I've found myself another project...! :) Okay for reals though, what about a black, lime green, and purple one for Halloween?! Love it. And I love new ideas! Pictures to come when I am finished with the Halloween one :)