I can’t believe we’re almost to mid-February already and Valentine’s Day is in just a few days. Can you believe it? Love is in the air!! Who’s ready? Honestly, I’m more the type that likes to decorate for Valentine’s rather than go out and buy gobs of candy and chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sweets but decorating doesn’t come with the weight gain and guilty feeling that I should probably hit the gym.
So when I was looking for something new to add to my Valentine decor, I decided on a wreath. I haven’t made a wreath in quite some time. This project was made extra fun because I got together with some of my neighbor friends and we each made one. Craft day!!
This project actually turned out to be pretty easy. A little time consuming, especially when you’re trying to balance being a mom with being crafty but it was totally worth it. This is something anybody could do. I promise! This project is easy on your budget and simple to make. You will absolutely LOVE it when it’s done!
Glue gun & glue sticks
Rotary cutter & mat
Push pins (optional)
First, I laid out my felt (I bought a yard and a half of felt from Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon — making it about $4.00). I doubled the felt and then doubled it again so I could cut out 4 inch strips without having to cut the felt in half. I wasn’t sure my rotary cutter would be able to handle it but it worked like a champ!
I cut about 9 strips before I decided I was going to see how far they got me before I cut more. It worked out to be plenty.
Next, I took each strip and cut 4 inch squares. I was able to get 8 squares out of each strip.
This is where the fun begins. Take each square and fold it it half.
Then fold it in half again.
Grab your scissors and cut from one corner to the other.
Open it up and trim where any pointed ends off. There’s your first of many circles. Yay!
Here’s where I saved some time. I actually cut the spirals out 3 at a time. The great thing about felt is it sticks to itself without slipping so it was pretty easy cutting out multiple spirals at a time. I promise, this will save you!
Once you have your spirals cut out, you can start making the felt look like flowers. All that hard work is paying off! Grab the end of the spiral and fold the end in just a bit to give you some leverage for when you start rolling.
The song “Rawhide” comes to mind…
“Rollin, Rollin, Rollin. Keep those doggies rollin. Rawhide!”
You might even want to play the song while you’re working on this portion of the project. 🙂
When you get to the end of the spiral, the circle that was the center now becomes the bottom of the flower and will keep everything together. Grab the glue gun and glue the “flap” to the spiraled felt.
Now glue the flowers to the wreath (I bought this 12 inch wreath from Hobby Lobby) and see it start to come together. By the way, I used about 130 4×4 flowers to cover the wreath. That’s a lot of flowers!!! It’s gives you an idea of what to plan for though.
Finally, once you have ALL the flowers glued on and if you want, you can add some push pins to the center of some of the flowers…
and/or a bow to give it a little more character.
Just a few optional details.
Note: I made my wreath using an assembly line. Once I had the squares cut out, I cut all the circles out then the spirals before I moved on to rolling them all. Once I had these steps done, I then glued the bottoms to the flowers and attached the flowers to the wreath. Some might find it works better for them to work on a couple at a time — beginning to end — rather than how I did it. Whatever works best. It can be pretty repetitive so find your groove and run with it.
The great thing about this Valentine’s wreath is I have red in my living room so I’m actually going to keep this out all year. It’s the perfect accent and adds the pop of color I was looking for. And as an added bonus, when Valentine’s Day rolls around again next year, it will be one less thing I have to get out. Ha! Can’t complain about that.