8.22.2011

Yarn Wrapped Wreath Tutorial

Last weekend was Kyle's weekend to drill, so I had the house to myself. Not my favorite thing I must admit, but I took the best of it and decided to use the kitchen table to spread out a project that I had been wanting to tackle for some time now.

I made a yarn wrapped wreath! It was super easy and so fun to make. I am excited to share it with you so you can make one of your own.

Here are the supplies you need:

  • Glue gun 
  • Pipe insulator
  • Masking tape, or other heavy weight tape
  • Yarn
  • Decorative Items (I used twigs and the little bird you see.) 
  • Scissors
  • Wire




If you haven't seen this cool idea for a wreath from on Pinterest, here is a link to it on my "Wreaths" board. If you take the time to click over there, you will quickly see that I have a small obsession with wreaths.

This is seriously one of my new favorite tricks. You can use a pipe insulator from Home Depot or Lowe's as a wreath form! Wha??!! I know right! I was super excited when I heard about it too, because pipe insulator at Lowe's costs a whopping 97 cents per tube. If I wasn't planning on making such a large wreath, I could have cut it apart and made 3, maybe even 4 smaller wreaths. All you have to do is tape the ends together with heavy weight tape.


Next, put a dab of hot glue on the tape on the wreath. You could put it on the exposed foam ring, but I chose not to in fear that the hot glue would melt the foam, and the yarn would not have a secure beginning. Tack the end of your yarn in the hot glue.




Wrap the yarn around the wreath form. Every once in a while, dab some hot glue and tack the yarn in place. WARNING: This can be a very long process. Patience in the end will pay off on this project. Also, you are going to need A LOT of yarn. I suggest making sure you at least have an entire skein. I had way more than half of a large skein, and this is all I had left over.



Once you have totally wrapped the wreath form in yarn, it is time to add the details. I chose to use wire to attach the twigs to the wreath so I could change them out come fall or even Christmastime for something a little more festive.











I found this little bird on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $1.50. I couldn't pass it up! If you check out my Pinterest you will see that I am kind of a bird fanatic. I LOVE birds!



The bird came with a ribbon, so I just used it to tie the birdie to one of the twigs! I love how interchangeable all the pieces are.



Ta Da! A beautiful wreath for our home. I have plans to hang it above our entertainment center, but I have secretly been redecorating bits and pieces of our home for a few weeks now. I am going to share with you all of my inexpensive decorating updates in a few weeks, so you will just have to wait until then to see it hanging on the wall. Trust me on this one... you are going to LOVE IT!

Much love,






UPDATE: This wreath was a total flop. I am sure you have read where other bloggers have tried this and their wreath turned out egg shaped and saggy. Well, that's exactly what happened to mine. I had a friend that invested about a dollar more in a thicker type of pipe insulation that worked fine for her, but she made a regular sized 12 inch wreath. Just a word of caution for those of you trying it out!

1 comment:

  1. Hi there! I cannot find your email contact... I'd like to talk about this post (pipe insulator wreath base). Thanks! Please email me at liza@mackomics.com.
    A workshop proposal I made to my local library using this technique was accepted, however, my trial run has not been successful... Please contact me at your earliest convenience! THANKS
    Liza

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