Sunday, November 21, 2010

Poufy Yarn Christmas Wreath {Tutorial}

These are yarn wreaths I learned how to make over 7 years ago. I was taught by some ladies at my church, and it gave me something to do while I was prego with my daughter. :) When they taught me,they were making plain green wreathes with a red bow, since then I have stepped it up in design and color. :) And even made one for the 4th of July with a fun design that resembled our American Flag. :) 

I decided I wanted to make some again, for this Christmas, since I had given all my old ones away. And since I was making more.. I decided whats better than to share a tutorial with all of blogland! :)

The Supplies:
Yarn of your choice in colors.  
(I used about 350 yards for each wreath)
Gallon Ice cream lid
(this will be your ring, of course you can buy the metal rings sold at craft stores.. But these work just as well, and I had it on hand!)

 You will want to cut several strand of yarn about 4 inches in length, then set them aside.
 No you will take the yarn, not cut from the bunch, and start wrapping it around your pointer and middle finger as shown below:
 keep wrapping it several times.. this is a smaller bunch, but you can wrap it to make a bigger bunch.
When you get a bunch size you are happy with, cut it from the rest of the yarn then carefully take it off your fingers and place it on one of the pre-cut strand of yarn.
 Then tie it once, and pull tight. Set it aside and move on to your next one. You will want to make quite a bit of these... it can take a couple hours. I got mine down while sitting next to the hubs as he watched foot ball. :)
Here you see all that I made, for the red and green wreath.
 Now that you got as many tied bundles as you can make, get your metal ring, or plastic ring ready. As I said before I used a ice cream container lid. I folded it to make a cut:
 Then cut around the inside.
 You can continue cutting to smooth it out.. but dont make it too thin, you dont want it to be too flimsy to hold its shape!
 After you have your ring ready you can start attaching your yarn bunches! wrap the extra strands from the knot you tied around the ring and tie a knot twice! Making sure to alternate angles you tie them, so it is poufy all the way around.
 here I have tied bunches on from both the inside and outside of the ring.. you can see it forming a poufy wreath. :)
 after you have a good amount of one color, switch to the next color.. or if youre just doing one solid color.. just keep working your way around the ring!
 Until you have it completely covered!
 Then you can add any kind of embellishment you want! I found these adorable jungle bells at the dollar tree and hot glued them in place here. :) They still jiggle around because the yarn is so flexible, which is pretty cool. :)
 Here is the second wreath I made using all white yarn, it also has sparkly silver tinsel in it. So it looks gorgeous!
 and I made this ruffled flower to embellish it with.
 Here is it up on my mantel (with the fall decor LOL) just for show. I wont actually hang these until after Thanksgiving. :)
I LOVE how the flower turned out.. isnt it so pretty!
 I originally made this flower to hot glue on the wreath and keep there! But when I was done I thought it was just too cute, and decided to attach it to an alligator clip! This way i can clip it onto the wreath as an embellishment, but also wear it in my hair if I wanted to as well!! :)

Here it is up in my hair! :)
 How cute and festive is that!? :) To make this little flower, I used some very wide sparkly red ribbon I got at the dollar tree. This time of the year they have some really gorgeous ribbon!! :)
Anywho.. I folded it in half and sewed along the bottom, when I got to the end I pulled the string and bunched it together. 
I cut out small circles from felt, and used hot glue to glue the bunched ribbon to the felt in a spiral.
I added  more hot glue to the center of the smaller flower and  threw a few green beads on and thats it!
Sorry I didnt take pictures for that part.. I was just kind of in the moment, when I was doing it. :)

You can be sure I will be linking up.. check out the parties! :)



  1. Cute idea! It turned out really classy.

  2. I love it! Very beautiful!


  3. Gorgeous wreaths! Thanks for sharing them on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

  4. I am in love with the white one!! So cute!

  5. The white one is so pretty! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty!

  6. This is super cute! I love that you can change the colors and use it for more than just Christmas decor. Thanks for sharing! I'm new to blogging, I'm about to go follow your blog and I'd love if you'd check out mine!

  7. hi Maria-Isabel,
    I made a post in my blog about this tutorial linking to yr blog.
    it will be up in Nov.24, 2011. Pls take a chance to visit me at:
    rgds, dalyse


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