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Summer Dahlia Yarn Wreath

Oh dahlias.  I love this summer flower so much…their big pretty faces dazzling up to the sun…beautiful!  Then I thought, how lovely would they look on a wreath?  So I made one…and they are pretty indeed!

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Aren’t they so pretty!  Come see how I put this wreath together…the flowers are much more simple than they appear…trust me!  🙂
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Here’s How-To:
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What You Need:
  • 3 sheets of felt:  1 fuschia, 1 turquoise, 1 gold
  • 1 green styrofoam wreath base
  • 1 ball of yarn, I used a thick charcoal yarn
  • embroidery thread (or you can use yarn), in fuschia, turquoise, gold (for the argyle finishing touch)
  • glue gun
  • scissors



Let’s do it: (following the little chart above…)

1.  Cutting the dahlia petals:
Cut the felt, first into squares:  (you may have to adjust the number of petals, depending on how close you glue them together.  Here are the numbers that worked for me:
  • Large dahlia:  16 – 1.5 inch squares, 13 – 1 inch, 11 – 0.5 inch squares
  • Small dahlia:  12 –  1 inch squares, 9 – 0.5 inch squares
Note:  I found that the smallest dahlia didn’t need a 3rd set of petals.
Then, cut the squares into soft edged hexagons, as shown in the picture above in section 1.
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2.  Using a glue gun, put a line of glue at the bottom of the petal.
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3.  Fold over and pinch tight, until the glue holds.
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4.  Putting the flowers together:
Make a 3 inch circle of felt for the large flower, and a 1.5 inch circle for the smaller flower.
Glue the largest petals along the outer edge of the circle first.
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5.  Then glue the next largest size of petals along the bottom of the first set of petals.  Repeat for smallest petals.
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6.  Making the centre of the flower:
Cut 2 4 x 0.25 inch strips of felt, one out of the same colour as the flower, and one out of yellow felt.
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7.  Snip along the edges of the strips, as shown in #7.
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8.  Layer the 2 strips, and roll together to make a circle.  Then glue this into the centre of the dahlia.
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9.  Making the wreath.
Wrap your styrofoam base with yarn.  I have found that the thicker the yarn, the less chance you need to double wrap it.  I also like the more rustic look the chunkier yarn gives.
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For a full tutorial on wrapping the wreath, please refer to a previous post it did, here.

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10.  Finishing Touches:
Using the embroidery thread, I just wrapped it around the finished wreath, in an X pattern.
Just adds a little touch of pretty to tie it all together!
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11.  Finishing Touches:
I always like to make my own wreath hanger too.
All I did here was thread a loop of embroidery thread through the back of the wreath, tied a knot, and added a little flower embellishment.
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– – – –Just simple, summery and pretty!


Thank you so, so much for stopping by!
Have a dazzling day!
 

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34 Comments

  1. Your wreath is so beautiful! I love the flowers! I’m so glad you did a tutorial on them…now I can try it out for myself! Thanks for sharing!

  2. SO SO SO pretty!!! I have a love/hate relationship with yarn wreaths. I absolutely love how they look, but hate wrapping the yarn. Like, a lot. Ha ha! Those flowers are gorgeous!!! I will definitely have to give them a try 🙂

  3. i love this wreath – so gorgeous! have your shared this on nifty thrifty yet?! i will have to try this, and make two! one for me and one for my sister. i haven’t been crafty for a little while…wheels are turning! thanx =)

  4. The wreath turned out so pretty.. I’m definitely trying it out this weekend:) Thanks for the pics tutorial! I’m glad I found your blog and I am now following you thanks to Thirsty Thursday, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
    Also today we have the coolest blog hop there is… no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday, where you can meet lots of friends and have a great time:) See you there!
    Happy Friday!

  5. Wow, that is just so pretty! I love it! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how they pop out against the gray wreath. Lovely!

  6. Beautiful wreath! Your flowers are so pretty that I thought you bought them and glued them on. So happy that you were able to make them. Love all the bright happy colors. Thanks for sharing with us and have a great weekend!

  7. Sorry another comment 🙂 I just featured your wreath on my favorite find list! I loved the idea!

    Britli
    bits-of-this-and-that.blogspot.com

  8. Ummm, this is gorgeous! Dahlias are my favorite flower, and I’ve never seen how to make these from felt. Thanks for the tutorial! So cute 🙂

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