With just a few simple supplies, you can make this Bright and Cheery Summer Yarn Wreath for your front door! Have fun with colours and make it your own!
Today I’ve joined a group of blogger friends, and we are sharing 16 pretty summer wreaths with you! Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing this Season Simplicity Summer Series. Make sure to check out all the wreath tutorials in the links at the bottom of this post! xo
For the last year or so I’ve been obsessed with giant grapevine wreaths…I made one (ok, maybe 4) for Christmas, one for Summer, one for Fall…you get the idea. I wanted to make another one for this summer but I couldn’t find the supplies I wanted, for the vision I had, so instead I decided to make a yarn wreath. A few years ago I made quite a few yarn wreaths, so I decided it was time to try one again. And because you can pretty much get yarn and felt in any colour you can think of, it was the perfect time to make the bright and cheery yarn wreath I had been thinking of for quite a while now.
Decorating for Summer with a Wreath!
Since summer is just around the corner…ok let’s just be honest, where I live, summer doesn’t truly arrive until July, so until then we pretend it’s summer here by planting flowers too early, wearing shorts with sweaters, and adding summer decor to our homes to get us all in the summer frame of mind. I started my early summer decorating with a Bright and Cheery Summer Yarn Wreath.
I wanted something that was eye catching with vibrant colours and I’m pretty sure I achieved that! 😉 Go bold or go home, right?!
Once I had the wreath base wrapped in yarn, I decorated it with some DIY felt flowers in bright colours. I absolutely love the hot pink with the green, teal, yellow and cream flowers. SO pretty. And it looks so nice against our new black door. Don’t the flowers look so pretty placed close together along the wreath?
I love it. Now I’m going to show you how you can make one too. It’s easy, but does take some time.
What you need to make a summer yarn wreath:
- 1 styrofoam wreath base. I used a 16 inch white floral wreath base.
- Sheets of felt. I bought sheets of felt in (9×12 inches) in hot pink, teal, green, yellow, and cream.
- 1 ball of yarn. I used a 285 yard ball of Loops & Threads® Impeccable™ Yarn, in the colour Lippy. You only need one ball of yarn…I only ended up using half of it.
- glue gun
- needle and thread
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Wrapping a Yarn Wreath Base
- Start by winding the yarn once around the wreath base, and securing it with a knot.
- Then start wrapping the yarn around the wreath. There are a couple of options on how to do this. I chose to do my winding very precisely, with each string lining up neatly with the next. I just really like the look of this. But you can make it more rustic if you wish and wrap more freely as you go.
- Keep wrapping until the wreath base is covered with the yarn.
- You will notice as you get to the end of the wrapping that the yarn may not line up exactly with where you started, but that’s ok, just do your best. You can adhere the felt flowers to this section to cover any mismatching threads.
- Once you have wrapped 1 layer of yarn, you can decide whether you need to wrap another layer. For this wreath, I only wrapped around once.
Making Felt Flowers
- The flowers are made using the sheets of felt in the colours of your choosing.
- For this yarn wreath I made 17 felt flowers in various sizes: 3 bigger ones, 7 medium ones and 7 little ones.
- For each flower, cut the material into 5 circles of the same size. It’s up to you to decide on how big you want the flowers and how many flowers you want. But the key is that each petal of each flower are all the same size.
- Once your petal circles are cut, use your needle and thread to sew the thread through the petals as shown above. You have to thread through all 5 petals.
- After each petal has been threaded, thread your string back through the first petal, joining all the petals together into a loop.
- Then pull the thread tight, and the petals will pull into a pinwheel flower.
- To keep the flower in its pinwheel shape, sew the flower closed at the back of the flower in the centre area.
- Note: you may notice that I added some felt to the centres of some of the flowers. I just cut little strips and and glued them in. The contrast of texture is a nice addition.
Adding the Felt Flowers to the Yarn Wreath:
Now that your wreath base is wrapped in yarn and your felt flowers are made, now it’s time to glue the flowers onto the wreath base.
- I started by glueing the 3 bigger flowers on to the centre of the right side of the wreath.
- Then I added the medium flowers evenly above and below the big flowers.
- Then I added all the little flowers to fill in the spaces.
- Tip! Before I glued any of the flowers on to my yarn wreath, I first laid the wreath base on the table. Then I laid the felt flowers on it until I got the look I wanted. Once I had it the way I wanted, I slowly lifted each flower and glued it into place.
How to Hang Your Yarn Wreath:
I didn’t want to use a ribbon to hang my wreath, so I made my own wreath hanger with the yarn I had. To do this I just braided the yarn into a 1-foot section, and secured it at the top with a knot. I like how simple it looks, and how it matches perfectly. You may also notice that we put a new door on home, and it has changed the way I hang wreaths now. I used to hang wreaths over my door using a wreath hanger, but now I hang them using a command strip hook, securing it onto the little ledge of our craftsman door.
I’m really loving how much cheer this wreath adds to our front porch. Things are pretty brown around here until June, so the pop of colour is a welcome relief. I hope you feel inspired to make a wreath for your home too!
MORE SUMMER WREATHS TO MAKE:
If you’re looking for more summer wreath ideas, make sure to take a tour of all the pretty summer wreaths below! I hope you’ll leave inspired to make one for your own home. Just click the links below the images to be taken to their post…
DIY Dollar Store Lemon Wreath with Ferns at The Happy Housie
Blue Hydrangea Wreath at The Tattered Pew
DIY White Rose & Eucalyptus Wreath for Summer at Modern Glam
Summer Basket Wreath at Clean & Scentsible
Nautical Summer Cottage Wreath at Tatertots and Jello
DIY Floating Starfish Wreath at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Easy Crafts Wreath Pillow at My 100 Year Old Home
Edible Fruit Salad Summer Wreath at My Sweet Savannah
Have an inspired day!