In an ideal world I would have had a 100% home-made Christmas. As my husband says, gift giving is like a sport to me and I MUST WIN!!! I thoroughly enjoy finding the perfect thing for the people in my life. Maybe that’s why I love Christmas so much. I worked really hard this year to make sure that Gavin knew that Christmas is not about getting gifts. Rather, one of the most important parts about Christmas is sharing love with each other, and one of the ways we can do that is by getting something special for someone we love. Is there anything more special than something unique, home-made, and totally awesome?
Well, this world is not ideal, and I wasn’t able to make all my gifts, but I was able to make this one! A ruffle wreath for my mother-in-law. I love this because it looks so classy, but it measures pretty low on the talent scale necessary to make it. These are all over the internet, but I went here for the step by step.
These are the materials I used:
- an 18 inch foam wreath form
- a cutting mat
- 3 1/2 yards of glitter felt (it will be less if you use a thicker glitter free felt)
- 600 stick pins
- the most amazing and incredible OLFA!! (it’s imperative that you say that in a German accent)
- fishing wire (not in the picture . . . it was a last minute addition)
Now heres the story with the felt . . . I let Gavin pick it out. And I told him that it was for a wreath for Grandma. To which he told me that red is Grandma’s favorite color. Red with GLITTER. (Red is actually Gavin’s favorite color. At least we know he’s right on track with development . . . egocentric and all.)
You start by cutting circles. LOTS of circles. Hence the Olfa. It makes cutting circles insanely easy. To all the people out there who have done this project without this, how do you have any feeling left in your hands? The glitter felt is thinner, so you end up needing a lot more of them. And glitter gets EVERYWHERE. On the other hand, it does give it a neat little sparkle.
Updated: I made my circles three inches in diameter
Nathan was so touched by the amount of time I was putting in to his mom’s gift that he took a picture of me cutting circles. This picture doesn’t show my pajamas, wine, felt carnage, or the blister on my thumb. But you can see glitter!!
After you have the circles cut, you fold them in fourths and pin them to the styrofoam. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to do this. Just go for it. Try to get them close together so you can’t see the styrofoam, but not so close, that you can’t really see ruffles.
After you do that, you cut some more circles. And then some more. Then go to the store because you need more felt. Brush the glitter out of your eyes. Rinse. Repeat.
This is the wreath with two yards of fabric on it.
At this point I started to get a little nervous about how heavy it was going to be. The original site I got this from didn’t do felt on the back and used a ribbon pinned to it to hold it up. I felt like that wasn’t really going to hold up. So I decided to make a fishing wire loop.
Then I got a little nervous that it would slice right through the styrofoam, so I added a little tape. (When in doubt, tape is usually the answer.)
Please excuse my crappy pictures – most my felt wreath making took place at night. Once the wreath was done, I decided that I needed . . . more felt. I decided that the back really needed to be filled in.
I was so excited to give it to my mother in law. (Though I did feel the need to rat out Gavin as the glitter lover and buy her a wreath bag to store it so that there was not a trail of glitter through her house.) I hope that she loves it. The fact that she hung it over her fire place right away gives me hope.
So have you coughed up any glitter yet?
Ha! On an unrelated note, I told Gavin I’m a rainbow Skylander and I throw glitter bombs at him.
Katherine Alison says
What diameter did you use for the circles?
Great question! Three inches. I should probably add that to the post, huh? : )
I absolutely love your site. The wreath is beautiful. I would love to see what Gavin looked like with all the sparkles on him
Did you make 2 wreaths? The end result is a thick one, but in the one picture, there are 2 smaller wreaths.
Lisa Longley says
Hi Dawna! I’m not sure which picture you are talking about . . . there is one picture where I show the back of the wreath with the ruffles peeking around the edges, but in all the pictures it is just one wreath. Good luck!
Ashley N says
I made this after seeing yours & it’s awesome. It took me 4.5 yards of red (non-glitter) felt on an 18 inch foam wreath. I bought the Olfa circle cutter you recommended and it’s worth every penny! I can’t wait to use it to make a quilt with circles. Thanks for the inspiration.
Lisa Longley says
Ashley, what a happy comment to get! I’m so glad that you like your wreath and your Olfa! Isn’t it awesome??
Pretty! Weird question: do you have any idea how many felt circles you used? Thanks!
Lisa Longley says
Jen . . . . hmmmm . . . I made this about three years ago, so I’m not 100% sure, but my memory is that it was between 300 and 400
This is an awesome wreath and I am finishing it tonight…just an FYI-buy the OlFA circle cutter-don’t even try to do this without it. Also, I went through 6 yards of regular red felt-obviously it depends on how you “stuff” the form..but I went through about 450 circles!
Lisa Longley says
Right, Tiffany?? That circle cutter saved my life making this wreath!
This is beautiful, thank you