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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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