March 19, 2015
Hey everyone! I’ve been cooking up this DIY in my mind for a while now and I’m so excited to share it with you as my first post!
First, some things you should know:
– I’m kind of obsessed with felt at the moment… I know felt is usually deemed to be childish, but you really can make the most beautiful things with it when you use the right color combos.
– I’m also loving everything geometric lately. Anything with straight lines and points I’ll go all in for.
With that being said, this DIY wreath is a mixture of felt and geo, so obviously I’m swooning.
What you will need:
1 box of coffee stirrers
30 gauge floral wire
1 can of gold spray paint
Floral stem wire
Wool roving or felt balls
Rotary cutter (optional)
The structure of this wreath is Himmeli inspired. Himmeli is a traditional Scandinavian art form usually made around Christmas time. It’s definitely not Christmas time but I thought i’d switch it up a bit. I know that tutorials for this sort of 3D project can be super confusing and make you want to fork your eyes out, I’ll try to explain it in detail so you don’t have to resort to violence. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to send you in the right direction. Now, let’s start the tutorial, and whatever you do, don’t fork your eyes out. It is actually very easy once you get the hang of it.
Because we don’t want our wreath to be the size of a table top, you have to begin by cutting your stirrers to a more workable length. I cut mine to 4 1/2 inches, this makes a wreath about 18 inches across. If you want a smaller wreath, you could cut them at 4, making a wreath around 16 inches across. You’ll need 105 stirrers for the whole wreath. I found that the easiest way to do this is by measuring them, lining them up, and cutting them with a rotary cutter. If you don’t have one, give one of your kids, husband, or boyfriend some scissors and put them to work!
Once all of your stirrers are cut, we can begin!
Measure out 2 arm lengths of 30 gauge floral wire (around 5 1/2 feet), and put 4 stirrers onto the wire in a line. Join the two straw ends together, twist the wire, and tuck in the short end. This will make a diamond shape.
Add 2 more stirrers to the long wire and attach to the opposite end of the diamond.
Do this 3 times until you have a shape that has five sections. Your shape should look like a star from the top.
Thread the wire through one of the stirrers so that it is sticking out at the elbow of one of the sections.
Add 1 stirrer to the wire and attach it to the elbow adjacent to it.
Do this 4 times leaving one end of the shape open. It should kind of look like a 3D pentagon.
This completes your first shape! (you’re doing great.)
You will need to make 7 total shapes for this wreath.
Once you have made your 7 shapes, it’s time to start attaching them to each other.
Take two of your shapes, connecting the open side of one shape, to the side opposite of the open side on the second shape. To connect them, feed the wire coming out of the open side of one shape into the second shape’s stirrer, the wire will now come out the top of the shape. Twist the wire around the joint of the shapes, joining them together.
Connect all of your shapes this way until you have made a circle.
This is the basic shape of your wreath, but it is flexible, so we need to add some reinforcements.
Measure out 2 1/2 arm lengths of wire and attach it to the inner point of one shape.
Put one stirrer on the wire and connect it to the point of the adjacent shape.
Do this 7 times, the reinforcements will make a heptagon shape in the center of the wreath.
I then spray painted mine gold. I think that this wreath would also look
amazing spray painted hot pink or white, whatever your little heart desires.
Spray paint the top, let it dry, then flip it over, spray the back, and let it dry.
This looks good without the flowers as a wreath or a wall sculpture,
so you can choose to stop here or continue and add the flowers.
These are the flowers I attached to my wreath.
To make this flower: Cut out 5 petals as shown below. Loop some yarn around your finger then
hot glue it to a stem wire. Hot glue the petals around the middle.
To make this flower: Cut out 6 big petals and 4 smaller circular petals as shown below. Glue the petals in the formation shown to the stem wire. Make a pom pom using this tutorial http://www.jellyfishprints.com.au/diy-pom-pom-garland/,
and glue it to the center of your flower.
To make this flower: Cut slits in a strip of felt as shown below. Wrap yarn around 4 fingers and glue to the stem wire. Cut the loops of the yarn making a messy pom pom. Glue the strip of fringed felt around the yarn. Cut and groom flower as desired.
I also made this same flower in blue and pink and attached it to my wreath.
To make this flower: Cut out 7 petals. Glue petals to the stem wire. Glue a pre-made felt ball or make a felt ball out of wool roving, and glue into the center. To make a felt ball: Take a small piece of wool roving and loosely roll it into a ball in the palm of your hand. Add some soap to the palm of your hand. Keep rolling the wool in your soapy hands while running it under hot water. Keep doing this until you have made a tight felted ball.
If you would like me to post a more detailed tutorial on this technique, leave a comment below.
To make the white and pink flower: Cut out 6 petals. Cut pieces of yarn about 1 1/2 inches and glue them to the stem wire. Glue the petals around the yarn center.
To make the yellow and pink flower: Cut out 5 larger petals and 4 smaller petals and glue them to the stem wire in the arrangement shown. Make a felt ball (tutorial explained above) and glue it to the center of the flower.
These are the flowers that I decided to make for my wreath. I
f you’re not crazy about the colors or styles I chose, feel free to put your own spin on it.
Wire the flowers in your desired arrangement onto the coffee stirrer wreath form.
Cut out some leaf shapes from green felt and hot glue where you think they look good!
And….. That’s a wrap!
I’m totally in love with this wreath, I think it is perfect for spring and summer!
Hope you liked this tutorial, thanks for stopping by!