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Sunday, October 13, 2013

yarn wreath with felt mistletoe


My Christmas wreath is up already! Oh, yes, it is! I love Christmas. I also love Thanksgiving, a yearly celebration of thanks to Father God for his mercy and provision, and so this year I decided I would put up a holiday wreath in time for both. It's actually only mid October and we're not even past Hallowe'en, but I figured we are not much into that particular celebration and so I'm already anticipating Christmas coming. I also find that few decorations are quite so welcoming as a seasonal wreath on the front door.

You can make this wreath as basic or fancy as you like. The idea is really just to wrap yarn. So difficult, right? I used a cheap wire frame, tied old scraps of microfiber fabric to the top to plush it up a little, and then started wrapping. You could use anything wrappable instead of wire, though, really. Cardboard. A five gallon bucket lid with the center cut out. Something not circular, maybe an egg shape at Easter time. I do prefer round wreaths, though. You could use anything you like to plump up the frame, too. Perhaps this is a good use for your man's old socks with holes in the toes?

Then, wrap. Wrap and wrap. It took me a couple of hours spread over two days. I wrapped the whole thing once, and then went around again to make sure I had covered it all sufficiently. Wrap messily, as I did, or wrap neatly. Your pleasure.


My mistletoe is cut out of green felt, with felted wool beads for the berries. Pretty simple. Very inexpensive, totaling just about $4 for the entire project. The whole thing is quite light, too, so judge your hanging location accordingly -- it may be light enough to blow off a front door in a windy area, especially if the frame is of card, so add weight to the wreath or hang indoors. In all, quite a pleasing little project I am glad to have been able to finish bright and early in the season.


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