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Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

This fall I found a great tutorial for a yarn wrapped wreath. Realizing that it was incredibly simple, I decided to make a fall one for our front door. The only problem is, now I’m kinda hooked.

When I came across this adorable argyle heart wreath on Pinterest I immediately fell in love. Unfortunately the link took me to a generic Etsy search page for “Valentine wreath” which wasn’t terribly helpful. So I decided to make my own! And figured that while I was at it, I would go ahead and document the process to share with you guys.

I started out with a small list of materials that are all readily accessible at virtually any craft store: a styrofoam wreath form, a skein of yarn, craft felt {one sheet of each color should be plenty}, and wired ribbon. You’ll need a pen for tracing, a pair of scissors to cut out your shapes, and either a hot glue gun or craft glue to adhere your hearts to your wreath.

The first thing to do is wind your yarn into a ball. It seems to be easier handle while you’re wrapping the yarn around the form later.

Once you have your ball of yarn you’re ready to start wrapping!

Stretch a couple of inches of your yarn horizontally across the wreath form.

And then wind your yarn backwards over that horizontal piece to secure it in place. You could also use a piece of tape or a small bit of glue to secure the yarn in place, but this less likely to leave any sort of lump in your finished wreath.

This is the tedious part… start wrapping. Hold the yarn securely in place with your left hand while you pass the ball of yarn through the form, being careful to keep each strand of yarn tightly next each other. If you end up with a gap, just bring the yarn back over the hole to cover it up.

Continue wrapping until your entire form is covered.

When you get to the end, create a loop with your left hand and pass the ball of yarn through to create a slip knot. Do this a couple of times to secure the tail before clipping the extra off. You should have a small ball of yarn remaining, you’ll need this to create your argyle pattern in a little bit.

Next, take your felt sheets and heart template {you can find the one I used here} and choose the size heart that works best for your wreath.

Cut out your template, and secure it to the felt using a straight pin. This way it won’t slide around while you’re tracing.

Using a fine point pen trace around your template, then shift the template and repeat.

I traced ten of each color – you may need more or less depending on the size of your hearts and how far apart you’d like them spaced.

Next, go ahead and cut those shapes out.

Lay the hearts on top of your wreath until they’re spaced out the way you’d like them.

Then one at a time, put a little bit of glue on the back of each heart and adhere them to the wreath.

Once all of your hearts are glued down, give them a little bit of time to dry before moving on to the next step.

Taking a single strand of yarn, glue the end to the back of your wreath. Then start wrapping in one direction over the top of the hearts. Once each heart has a single strand over the top, reverse your direction and bring the yarn back across each heart a second time, creating a single “x” across each. Does that make sense?

Once finished, clip the end of the yarn and use a little bit of glue to secure the tail to the back of your wreath.

Isn’t it pretty?

But  now you need a way to hang it on the back of your door!

You could create a simple loop of yarn, but if you want a more decorative hanger, some pretty ribbon is just the way to go.

Cut a piece of ribbon about 4-6 inches long. This all just depends on how long of a hanger you want.

Fold the ribbon in half and glue the two ends together. Then once that’s dry, glue the entire loop to the back of your wreath.

And just to make it look a little prettier, glue a felt heart over the top of the seam. I love this extra little touch… so simple, but so cute!

Voila!

Now it’s time to hang it up, and show it off-

Have fun creating!

 

 
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arva - January 19, 2014 - 6:20 am

thank you for this idia.
your website is very pretty.
good luck

Barb - January 12, 2014 - 11:10 am

This is the cutest thing! I’m inspired to go buy enough supplies to make six wreaths and invite five of my girlfriends over for a craft party.

Maud - December 28, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Love your wreath! I would like to replicate it, can you please tell me which color and weight of Vanna’s choice yarn you used? I really liked the color you chose. Thanks so much!

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Bethany - January 21, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Thanks for the great tutorial! I just made this and it turned out adorable!

Barbara Ann - January 20, 2013 - 2:49 pm

This is sooo cute and simple. I think I will try with natural twine. Your directions and pictures are great.

b - January 17, 2013 - 5:54 am

Thanks for such a detailed tutorial! Saw this on Pinterest, too and a friend and I are planning to make this tonight….your tutorial will greatly help!

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Jeannette - January 11, 2012 - 6:43 pm

I thought this was sooo cute and it is different from the normal Valentine’s things…..went to Michaels today and bought the stuff do one too!!! Thanks for the great idea

Katie Rose - January 7, 2012 - 9:20 pm

This is lovely! Thank you for the idea, it is a nice departure from the typical V-Day decor. I might actually get motivated and attempt this….

Maryclaire Relf - January 7, 2012 - 6:11 pm

This is very cute. I may even try it for the condo we are renting.

Tez - January 7, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Ridiculously cute!!

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