A Holiday Wreath DIY

holiday wreath
I am really dragging my feet on getting out the Christmas decorations.
I mean, is it really, truly Christmas? So soon?
Instead of facing the thousands of decoration-filled boxes we have in the basement, I did what makes to total sense to no one but me.
I made a new wreath.

holiday wreath
After playing around with some various craft supplies I have in blue, green, gray, and cream, I came up with this wreath for a wall in our family room. Its easy to get completely into creating all the components that make make up this wreath. Make all of those first. Then spread them all out and start creating your wreath.

Holiday Wreath DIY

Styrofoam wreath form, 12 inches in diameter
Yarn to wrap the wreath form (I used a dark green)
Yarn scraps in various colors that you love (I used a dark and light heather gray, pea green, cream)
Wool or craft felt in a few colors
Wooden beads various sizes (You could also use Styrofoam ones)
glue with a brush applicator
Hot glue gun
holiday wreath
To make:
1. Paint a small section of the wreath with a little glue (like a 1″ x 1″ square) and start wrapping the yarn. Doing this in small areas at a time will keep the glue from drying before you get to that area with the yarn. Continue gluing and wrapping until you’ve covered the wreath form. Put a little glue on the last bit of yarn to secure it. Allow to dry while you make the “berries” and leaves.
2. To make the yarn “berries”, wrap scraps of yarn around a few of the wooden or styrofoam balls to resemble small balls of yarn, varying the sizes.
3. To make the glittered “berries”, completely cover a wooden or styrofoam ball with glue, then sprinkle generously with glitter. I made about 20 of these in total.
4. Make the leaves by lightly tracing a leaf shape onto wool (or better yet use a disappearing marker) and cut out. Make a few more than you’ll think need. I didn’t cover my entire wreath, but you may want to cover much more than I did.
5. Heat up the glue gun. Loosely lay out where you’d like to put the leaves and berries, then begin gluing into place.
You’re done!

  • Apron Thrift Girl

    December 2, 2010 at 10:08 am

    although I completely fear myself around a glue gun, I still want to make one of these. I’m so completely and utterly drawn to teal & aqua this year and seeing it on your wreath leaves me tempted to brave the glue gun and get crafting.

  • blair/wisecraft

    December 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Selena, I totally burned my finger on that glue gun. I just need to ask for a low-temp one from Santa, cause I am too careless to avoid being burned.
    Hope you’re doing well!

  • Amber

    December 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I’m obsessed with these yarn wreaths – I want to make one for everyone i know 🙂 And yes, I burned my finger too – so painful!

  • Erin | house on hill road

    December 2, 2010 at 10:28 am

    i completely understand why you had to make this. i do the same things, you know. plus, how could you not make it? it’s great.

  • blair/wisecraft

    December 2, 2010 at 10:29 am

    come up here and give me a push to get out these decorations! I need help!

  • blair/wisecraft

    December 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I obsessed too! Luckily I have enough supplies to use up in the yarn and felt department I won’t break my budget! Hope you make some!!!

  • Sarah Jackson

    December 2, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Dang it Blair. That styrofoam wreath just went on my Joann list, along with glitter. Yay for yarn, felt and sparkles!

  • blair/wisecraft

    December 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I expect to see one at your house soon Sarah! How’s the quilt coming?

  • Michele H.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Gorgeous wreath! I’m hoping to make at least two of these this season to hang on my girls’ doors.

  • Alicia A.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    SO cute, Blair!

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color

    December 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I need a styrofoam wreath too. This is one of those projects that I will so regret if I don’t get to it. I WANT one and you don’t make wreaths in January.

  • Leila

    December 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Pretty! I kind of think it LOOKS like it took forever to wrap all of that yarn around. Just saying.

  • mo

    December 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I love it! The colors are perfect and it is such a nice balance of cheerful and sophisticated. I love the colors. I know what you mean- I have made several of the yarn wrapped wreaths and the first one felt like I was wrapping for eternity! The next several went faster though probably because Iknew what to expect.

  • Baby By The Sea

    December 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I love this wreath. Thanks so much for posting it. Wondering if I could use layered circles of cardboard.

  • patricia

    December 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    It looks great Blair! I’m totally with you about dragging with pulling out the Christmas decorations—makes sense to make something new. Totally get it.

  • Kristen

    December 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I’m getting ready to do some decorating tonight; this is perfect timing for some inspiration. I have a wreath form around here that I’ve been wanting to work on since like, October. It was going to be an autumn wreath, but it looks like it’s going to be out for Christmas instead.

  • Kristen

    December 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    And I just saw your dining room on Design*Sponge – how fun!

  • Dacia

    December 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    i love this! I’m so going to have to make one!

  • greta

    December 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I call this a Christmas miracle!
    Just today I bought a foam wreath and yarn with the intention of making a wrapped yarn wreath. but I had no plans on where to go from there.
    Now I do.
    I love your beautiful, modern crafts. The colors and simple, clean lines really appeal to me.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Love from,

  • Molly

    December 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I just love these colors…

  • Laina

    December 4, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Blair, I absolutely adore your wreath! I am in love with the simple elegance, not to mention the fact that blues and greens are favorite colors!

  • heather

    December 4, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    What a great way to use those tiny left-over yarn balls! Great idea. I’m really loving the yarn wrapped wreaths right now, too.

  • Cara

    December 6, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I love this! Your color choices are awesome.

  • larissa

    December 6, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I love the colors you’ve used. Avoidance crafting always makes total sense to me.

  • susan

    December 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Wreaths are addictive. I made one out of book pages. Im just giving my pin pushing finger a rest before i do another. Its my latest upload on flickr. Chickenfoot

  • sewkatiedid

    December 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

    actually it makes sense to me.
    Quilts all done! Off to shop.

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