There is just something about wreathes that makes me want to mull cider and sing carols. For me, they are the external expression of internal cheer.
It must be from growing up in Bed-Stuy, in the projects of Brooklyn. There, putting a wreath on your door was the only way we could deck the halls -- halls painted that police-precinct-grey/beige (or greyge as I like to call it), and in desperate need of cheering.
So with no house to put lights on, or animatronic Rudolph and his hooved pals up around, the wreath on the door was the universal sign of “Hi! I welcome the Holidays, and you.”
I make a wreath or two every year for a charity donation to DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. We send them to our chapters in Dallas and Kansas City, where they are auctioned to benefit those living with AIDS and HIV.
But this year -- not to get all Kumbaya on you or anything -- I thought a peace sign would be a much more fitting holiday expression than just your regular wreath-shaped wreath. And since I love almost all things that appear handmade, I went for a crafty look.
I fell in LOVE with all the felts at my local fabric store, Jem Fabrics (it is truly outrageous), and grabbed some chilly colors (white grey and turquoise-y blue, my fav color ever). Felts aren't just cool, they're easy. They don’t fray when you cut them, and exude that “Yeah, I wear patchouli oil, and so what?” vibe.
So here are my project thrills and spills for making a felt piece foam wreath:
What You'll Need:
1. A wreath form in foam
2. 2 pieces of rectangular foam, roughly (_ X _)
3. Hot glue gun
4. 1-1/2 yards of background color felt
5. 1 yard of each other color
6. 2-1/2” ribbon in corresponding color
7. Foam cutter
10. Straight pins
11. Needle and thread (optional)
So, first things first. The size of your circular form will be the size of the wreath. Measure the empty center part of the peace sign (diameter for you non-geometry challenged, out there) and cut the rectangular piece to fit. Then glue it in using your trusty hot glue gun.
Now you need the “spokes” of the peace sign. I put the rectangular pieces under the wreath and marked them so that I knew where to cut them.
Cut them using your foam cutter and fit them in around the center of the peace sign. Then glue them in place! You should now have the finished peace sign form.
Put the form down on a piece of felt and trace the outline of the peace sign onto the felt. You will want to do two of these one for the front and one for the back of the wreath. Then cut it out giving about 1” allowance on all sides.
Then glue the felt onto the front and back of the wreath. Make sure not to put too much hot glue. The hot glue tends to melt the foam so less is more.
Glue the edges down onto the edges of the wreath. You may need to cut it in the corners to make it easier to wrap.
I found a wide ribbon, about 2-1/2” to finish off the edges. Just glue that bad boy down to cover your funky edges and your good to start decorating!
I cut out tons of felt flowers, I wanted a wintery look, white grey and turquoise.
It’s fun to layer the flowers for a fuller look. Just pin them into the wreath where you want them to go and glue them down one at a time.
Now you can get a little crafty with your flowers, I did a few different flower shapes. You can even add a little stitching to the flowers like I did here.
Then before your ready to enjoy your wreath, you’ve got to create a way to hang it first, right?
Glue a ribbon to the back of the wreath in the center of where you would like it to hang.
Then once you’ve got your wreath covered with flowers and what not as much or as little as you’d like, You’re ready to enjoy it!
I dug this project so much that I decided two smaller wreaths as gifts. Check them out!
What says Merry Christmas more than giving a little "peace on earth"?