Yesterday I introduced you to Pumpkin Spice, my very first yarn wreath.
I spotted a yarn wreath for the first time last year and instantly fell in love with the concept. I did not make one last season and was thrilled to see this Fall, yarn wreaths are still going strong.
I had to join the club :)
I purchased a 12" foam wreath, 1 bundle of pumpkin colored yarn, and 5 sheets of cream colored felt from Michaels to create this little beauty. The branches were left over from my wedding crafts and I used my trusty old glue gun to get the job done! I ended with plenty of yarn to spare, and though it would have looked nicer a bit thicker, I did not want to spend more time wrapping the wreath :) I popped on a movie, wrapped two layers around in about 30 minutes, and took a break to finish watching. The next day, I finished wrapping a third layer around the wreath after fixing a little problem briefly mentioned here.
When the wreath was fully wrapped, with the yarn pulled tightly and evenly throughout, I followed my own tutorial for making the felt flowers. I had a little fun experimenting with the felt resulting in larger, fuller flowers. (May show you a quick tip covering how soon!) I had three left over flowers I chose not to use because I thought they made the wreath look too bulky on the bottom. Another option I could have done was to spread the flowers out by placing some on the other side of the wreath. I completed all of my flowers in an hour and a half. This may seem long, but I am a perfectionist (not by choice) and like to take my time as I work. The photo above shows the outer edge of the wreath while the photo below displays the inner edge.
simplicity = elegance.
The flowers were designed to be various heights and widths so I could bunch them close together without smushing one another. I paid close attention to my flower petals and used my fingers for extra "fluffing" to add more texture to the wreath. After my first experience making rosettes, I was upset with myself for not fixing up the flowers--and by this, I mean smoothing out the shape of the flowers. I think it is important to finish a job by putting in an additional 10%. This time I did and am so pleased with the result.
Being satisfied with a craft I complete is usually hard for me but this baby made it easy--I am loving it!
And that's not all--
I'm giving it away to one of YOU!
I will use random.org to choose a winner Friday, September 23rd. This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. I always welcome new followers to my blog so feel free to join if you enjoy reading Little Things Bring Smiles.
Here's how to enter:
Leave one comment on this post describing the little thing(s) in life that brought you smiles this week, that's it!
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