Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bonanza of Bat Crafts: Yarn-Wrapped Wreath


Craft two of many is complete! I wanted a little somethin' somethin' for my door this Halloween, so I whipped up this little wreath. Well... "Whipped up" implies that I made it really quickly, and that's not entirely accurate. You could definitely start and finish your wreath in an afternoon, but you'll need about 2 hours for all that yarn-wrapping.

Materials:

  • 12" foam wreath form
  • Marker
  • Yarn in color(s) of choice--I used Caron Simply Soft Party in Black Sparkle and Purple Sparkle
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Wide ribbon



Directions:

  1. Unless you're going with a single color of yarn, use a marker to divide your wreath into sections. I went with 6 sections, but you could do more or less. 
  2. This step is optional, but I would recommend that you wind a large bobbin of yarn for each section. I found working with a bobbin a lot easier than working with the entire ball of yarn. 
  3. Glue the end of the yarn to the back of the wreath, about 1.5 or 2 inches from the beginning of the section. Give it a minute to let it dry and cool.
  4. Holding the attached yarn steady, start wrapping the yarn around the wreath. Because the outer circumference of the wreath is larger than the inner circumference, you will have to do some overlapping of yarn on the inside of the wreath.
  5. When you come to the end of the section, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. 
  6. Thread the tail through the needle, and then, on the back of the wreath, pass the needle under about an inch or so of wraps. 
  7. Cut yarn and apply hot glue over the end to hold it in place.
  8. Repeat steps 3 through 7 until you have completely covered the wreath form.
  9. Cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to wrap around the wreath with about an inch of overlap. You can either bust out a tape measure and measure the wreath or just cut a piece that is way longer than what you need and trim it down as needed.
  10. Wrap the ribbon piece around the wreath in the desired location, and then glue it down. I glued the ribbon together, and then I also "sealed" the raw edge of the ribbon with glue. Let dry.
  11. Cut a really long piece of ribbon for the bow. 
  12. Thread the long piece of ribbon through the ribbon loop you just glued onto the wreath. 
  13. Tie into a bow, adjusting the loops to whatever size you find aesthetically pleasing.
  14. Trim the ends of the bow as desired.


Your wreath is now ready to hang!


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