30 November 2010

how-to make a yarn ball and ornament wreath


HOW-TO MAKE A YARN BALL & ORNAMENT WREATH
by Kristi of Life Through the Lens

I have loved making these yarn ball & ornament wreaths...they make great gifts!  Here's the tutorial if you'd like to hang one in your own home or give it to someone special this holiday season.  
They're super easy...



Here's what you need:
all supplies were found at a craft store, Wal-Mart, and Target
• Wire Wreath Form {I used a 18 inch form}
• Ornaments
• Yarn
• Glue Gun
• Styrofoam Balls


To make the yarn balls:
I used a variety of sizes of styrofoam balls.
The sizes I used are: 2 1/2 inch, 2 inch, 1 1/2 inch
Wrap the yarn around the styrofoam ball in various and alternating directions {just like making a real yarn ball} until all of the white styrofoam is covered.  When you're finished just tuck the end of the string underneath the yarn to secure it.


Making the wreath:
There are a couple of  ways to do this.. you can evenly space out your large yarn balls onto your wreath form and glue them one at a time.  And then you can glue your smaller yarn balls and ornaments around your large yarn balls.  I have done this on a few of my wreaths.



Or you can build the wreath one section at a time building upon each section as you go.  I found that this leaves less 'holes' and hides the wreath wire form from view.  This method works better for me and I like the way it looks.  I added the larger yarn balls and ornaments around the base of the wreath form and then I filled the 'holes' with smaller yarn balls and smaller ornaments.  Securing each by gluing them to one another and to the wreath form.  While gluing the pieces together you'll want to hold them for 15-20 seconds to make sure they are secure before moving on.  I also made sure that I alternated the colors.

I found that holding the wreath upright or hanging it on my door let me have a good look at it and find the places where I needed extra pieces added to ensure a festive and finishing touch.


What do you think?  Are you going to give it a try?

thank you, kristi! this is a beauty of a DIY project. see her bright version yarn ball wreath from last year. lots more wreath inspiration from my wreath round-up post.


view the entire how-to series archives for tons of tutorials from readers like you.
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden


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20 comments:

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

I love this, and i can think of so many people in my family that would too. :)

Bettina said...

This wreath looks cute! The colours are beautiful. Very nice! =)

the southern hostess said...

It's beautiful!

Marisa said...

Love the colors! So pretty.

Amanda said...

I now know exactly what I'll be working on next week. This looks so simple!

Chelsea said...

this is BEAUTIFUL! the colors are perfect!

Lady Day said...

Marta I am loving this series. And this is so beautiful I may actually get crafty this holiday. Thanks for sharing!

chloe said...

so so cute! i just finished making a gumdrop wreath and wishing i made this beauty instead!

Eeny said...

It is very cute. I love it. Need to safe that How-to, definitely want to make one. So pretty.

Thanks for having Kristi today, Marta.

FG said...

This is beautiful; my fellow knitting friends love it, too!

Cassie said...

Wow this is amazing! I have seen the picture of the finished result around on Tumblr but to see it being made is fab.
xx

Erin said...

I love it! It's gorgeous, and so simple! Thanks for the how-to.

caroline duke said...

yes! i'm going to give it a try! i love it!

*Dream Weaver* said...

I hear this. It sounds so do-able!
I just need to find a wire framed wreath...

karen said...

Yes! Love this! Definitely want to try it out.

brlracincwgrl said...

I love this wreath! It's beautiful! I may give this a try! :)

rebecca said...

might give it a try. thanks! cool blog.

AmyF Hackworth said...

Marta, this is so beautiful! I needed some Christmas craft inspiration today and came looking here. Yep, I found just what I needed. Thanks for this BEAUTIFUL wreath and the joy it brings me just to look at it, plus all the other great ideas and beauty here. you're wonderful!

keya said...

Hi there! I somehow stumbled upon your blog yesterday! I LOVE this wreath! I've never made a wreath before, but for some crazy reason decided to recreate this one yesterday! It took A LOT longer than I thought, but I finished it today! AND I love it! Half-way through I hated it and thought it looked crazy, but after many glue-gun burns, unraveled balls, and Kleenexes (because I'm sick not because I was crying) I am now done and it looks fab! Thanks so much for the tutorial! Merry Christmas!!

Mary Peck said...

I would like to hear honest comments from those who tried this. Real humans, not super gifted. What do I need to know before I embark?

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