As busy as this time of year can often get, I always feel inspired by the holiday season to make a craft project or two. After I finished making the fabric flowers for my bulletin board, I thought it would be fun to make some more, lots more, but this time using them to create a Christmas wreath.
The first thing you will need to find is something in the shape of a wreath to attach your flowers to. I found this wooden wreath in the craft section at Target, but you could also create something similar with cardboard.
Next, choose your fabrics. I decided on five fabrics to keep things simple. I purchased the four holiday fabrics for the project, but the burlap is actually an old table runner that I had. I had planned to use the green velvet as well, but it has a denim back and didn’t look right when I started cutting out my pieces.
- Each of the flowers that I made for the wreath has four layers of fabric. You will need to cut four circles for each layer and each layer in slightly different sizes. I used cups and bowls to trace the circles onto the back of each piece of fabric.
- After you are done cutting out your circles, fold in half and then in half again. I used my glue gun to attach each one, starting with a small circle that I had cut out for the base. Choose a heavyweight or stiff fabric for your base, felt would also work well. As you glue also remember to have the fold going in the same direction as you work your way around.
- As you are layering the folded circles make sure the next layer is not directly on top of the one below. In picture 3 you will see how the layers are offset. I forgot to do this several times, but once the wreath was all assembled I really couldn’t tell the difference.
- To create the center of each flower I alternated between another layer and making these mini flower centers. To make these I cut strips of fabric approximately 12″ x 1.5″. Then I folded each strip in half and pressed with my iron. Next, using my scissors I made vertical cuts 3/4 of the way down from one end of the fabric strip to the other.
- Then I began rolling the fabric.
- Once you are done rolling secure the end of the fabric strip with a dot of hot glue.
- Add a little more glue to the the back and then attach to the top of your fabric flowers layers.
Before securing the flowers to wreath base it’s helpful to lay out all of the flowers first to see what fabric pattern combinations looks the best next to one another. Once you are happy with the layout of your flowers you can start gluing it all together.
This project may have taken longer than the ones I usually make, but I so cherished and enjoyed the time making it as my mom and I spent hours chatting away at the kitchen table as she helped me trace and cut out all of the fabric when she and my Dad came to visit last month.
Hope you enjoyed this project and wishing you a wonderful week ahead!