Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Argyle Heart Wreath
My wreath addiction encompasses all seasons and occasions (more evidence here, here, and here). When I saw an adorable argyle heart wreath recently on Pinterest, I couldn't resist making it. It's one of my favorite patterns and color combinations!
Straw wreath form (heads up: NEVER remove the plastic wrap)
Two colors of felt, two sheets each (I chose the recommended red and pale pink)
One skein of contrasting yarn (I chose the recommended heather gray)
My total cost was about $8 at Michaels. You also need a heart stencil and a hot glue gun, which I already had.
Completely wrap the wreath form in the yarn. This will take some time - in my case, the duration of DVRed episodes of Bunheads and The Mindy Project. Be sure to secure the yarn, with a knot at least, at the beginning and end of wrapping.
Trace and cut out felt hearts. The number needed will depend on the sizes of your wreath and heart shape. The tutorial recommended eight hearts of each color, but I ended up with six of each color.
Hot glue the felt hearts onto the wreath, alternating colors. Make sure you like the arrangement before you start gluing!
Create the argyle pattern. This step is a little tricky. You need to attach the end of the skein of yarn somewhere on the back or inside of the wreath, then wrap one strand diagonally around the hearts, making an X over each heart. The original post provided a method for doing this, but I winged it and was able to finish without cutting the yarn and starting a new strand.
Secure the yarn, and you're done!
I really like yarn wreaths. Not only are they cheaper and easier to make than more elaborate wreaths, but they also lay flat between my front door and storm door. It's nice to close the door without hearing the crunch of my wreath materials being crushed.
Anyway, this Valentine wreath is already displayed on my door. I don't care that it's still January. It makes me happy to look at it, and in the bleakness of January, we take any happiness we can get!