24 February 2012

st patty's day wreath

Hey all!! Happy Friday! So this wreath combines three of my favorite things- Unity stamps, The Twinery twine, and St. Patrick's Day!! Being half Irish, it's a big holiday in our family :) After I finished the shamrocks, yarn balls, and fabric "flowers" for this wreath, I decided to make a banner and stamp on some felt! I was super excited that it worked so well!
.: materials :.
  • styrofoam wreath base
  • festive fabric
  • yarn (for background and balls)
  • felt (for shamrocks and banner)
  • straight pins & 2 decorative pins
  • twine (I used The Twinery's cantaloupe)
  • eyelets
  • eyelet setter (I use a Crop-A-Dile)
  • ink (I used Stazon's timber brown)
  • stamps (I used Unity's February Kit of the Month 2012)
  • scissors (regular and pinking shears)
.: directions :.
  • wrap the wreath in twine
  • cut out circles from your festive fabric in varying sizes. these will be used to make the "flowers" (6-10 circles per flower)
  • put a straight pin through the center of each circle, and pin into the wreath. pin the centers of the circles close to each other to create a nice full flower. continue pinning circles until you get a flower "fullness" that suits you :) most of mine are ~8 circles per flower, with some being fewer and some being more.
  • create your felt shamrocks (I used this tutorial here)
  • pin shamrocks to wreath using straight pins. I tried to hide the pins in some of the folds of felt near the center of the shamrock.
  • create yarn balls (good tutorial here) - I use two fingers to start my yarn balls, especially since the ones on this wreath are smaller, and I change directions every ~8 loops. Once you reach your desired ball size, carefully tie off the yarn.
  • pin balls to wreath with straight pins. I put the pin through a few yarn strands and then the knot where I tied off the yarn.
  • stamp images onto felt and cut out with pinking shears (or regular scissors)
  • attach eyelets to each corner of felt and connect with twine
  • attach banner to wreath with decorative pins
  • hang wreath and enjoy! :)

See how I used the same base and accessories to update this wreath in 2013- {see it here}! And check back here soon to see 2014's version! I love how easy it is to change up everything a bit each year :)

.: linkin up here :.


Jessica Kielman said...

I love it! I am all about wreaths lately, and love yours! I am hosting my 2nd link party, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!


Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Beautifully done! The colors and design caught my eye right away. Very creative.

Renonda said...

I love this! Can't wait to try it.

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

I love this wreath! It's perfect and the greens pop against the white so nicely! It's festive without being over the top! I have a party going on and I would love if you linked up!


Debbiedoo's said...

This is so cute Shauna. I love wreaths. Thanks for sharing.

Laurie said...

Love the wreath! I'm visiting you via Debbiedoo's Newbie party and started following you.


RHome410 said...

Love those shamrocks and flowers!

Emma said...

This is really cute and I love the shamrock petal flowers!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I linked up a wreath, too! Yours is so festive and pretty! I love the stamping touch, too

4you-withlove said...

This wreath is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I put a link to this post on my blog post today. Check it out!


I also am following you on GFC and Bloglovin.com (I don't do linky followers). I'd love for you to come visit!


Rose said...

Beautiful wreath! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Our Delightful Home said...

Creative wreath. I would love for you to Link up at my Linky party via: www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

Mrs. Delightful

Ginger said...

Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! Pinning this! Would love to have you link up to my {wow me} wednesday party going on right now over on my blog. :)

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


Q @ JAQS said...

This is such a pretty wreath - great work on it!

Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:

Tisha said...

Another pretty wreath! You are a yarn wrapping machine! Thanks for linking up.

Caroline said...

Hi Shauna! Another lovely wreath you made! BTW, I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award!

Here is the link: http://doublethedecor.blogspot.com/2012/02/liebster-blog-award.html

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

You're a feature this week! Stop by and check yourself out!


Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This looks great! I hope you will link this project up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade!


Alexis @ we like to learn as we go said...

Love the wreath! Super cute idea!

Chrissy + Nate said...

What a great idea! I have never though of using twine to wrap a wreath form! And I use sewing pins too for attaching things to wreaths: it works great! Check out my wreath here:


Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your stunng wreath tutorial and I hope you stop by and leave a comment :)

Smith Diano said...

Great we can also use this as a decoration in birthday party, wedding celebration or other events.