'Tis the season for all things festive and jolly! From adorable plush ornaments to garlands and stockings, the possibilities with felt are limitless. Join me as I walk you through my latest tutorial – a DIY felt Christmas wreath to adorn your door and welcome family and friends this holiday season.
- Felt sheets
- Cricut Maker
- If you do not own a Cricut Maker, you will need the template, disappearing ink tool, and fabric scissors
- Straight pins
- Styrofoam wreath form (12-inch diameter)
- Red, green, and white or ivory
- Fibrefill stuffing
- Sewing needle
- Hot glue gun
- I am using a Cricut Maker to cut out my felt pieces, but you could also print the template and attach it to your felt, trace with your disappearing ink tool, then cut out your shapes using fabric scissors. If you are using the latter method to cut your felt manually, be sure to attach your templates to your felt using pins to avoid slipping while you are tracing and cutting.
Cut out all your pieces. The number of leaves and berries you decide to cut is entirely up to you and is largely based on the size of the Styrofoam wreath form you choose and how full you would like it to be. For a 12-inch wreath form, I cut well over 100 leaves and made five berries.
- Once all your pieces are cut, it's time to start attaching your leaves to the Styrofoam form. Simply fold the bottom edges of your leaf (straight edge) to the center so that they are overlapping. Grab a straight pin and stick it through all three layers of felt. Push it into your wreath form. Repeat the above process over and over, gradually working your way around the form and staggering the placement of the leaves so that it looks natural. The beauty of working with straight pins for this part of the process, rather than glue, is that you can easily remove a leaf and adjust it if you don't like its placement.
- Once you have added all your leaves, it's time to sew the berries. Using some red thread and a red felt circle, add a running stitch all the way around the circumference of your circle. When you get to the end, pull the stitch tight so that it forms a little pouch. Grab some fiber fill stuffing and your stuffing tool and stuff the berry. Pull the thread tight so that it closes the berry, cut the thread, and tie it off.
To make the berries look a little more lifelike, I decided to add a little stitch where a stem would have been. I achieved this by stitching from the bottom of the berry and pushing the sewing needle all the way to the other side. Then, I pushed the needle back through the same spot (roughly) and tied it off tightly at the other side.
- Repeat step 3 for any number of berries you wish to add to your wreath. Using your hot glue gun, add a small amount of hot glue to the back of each berry and adhere each one to your wreath.
- You may choose to add an embellishment to your wreath, or leave it simple. I chose to add a bow for a little extra festive cheer. Starting with the largest piece of the bow, fold in the ends so that they meet in the middle. Glue them together with some hot glue. Take the small rectangular piece and fold it around the center of the largest piece, hot gluing it at the back. Glue the bottom ribbons to the back of the bow. Finally, attach your bow to the wreath where you think it looks best!
- Last, but not least, add a loop of twine to the back (and top) of your wreath for hanging. I found that the best way to adhere the twine loop to the wreath was by using another straight pin. Hot glue and Styrofoam don't mix!
You're done and ready to dazzle guests with your creativity and fabulously festive felt door décor!