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Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 | 3 comments

Yarn Wreaths Three Ways

Yarn Wreaths Three Ways

DIY Del Ray brings you three different ways to make a festive fall wreath. One requires knitting skills, but the other two are easy enough for anyone with some yarn to tackle in under an hour and makes a great weekend project.

Wreath #1: Yarn Ball and Pinecone Wreath

Materials Needed:
1 skein of yarn (or multiple skeins of assorted colors)
1 wire wreath form
Florist wire
Aluminum foil
Tacky craft glue
Wire cutters
5-6 pinecones

Steps:
Make foil balls in various sizes. I like a variety of small and large — no two need to be alike. Wrap the yarn tightly around the foil balls covering most of the foil. It’s ok if some of the foil peeks out — you can adjust the yarn balls when you secure them to the wreath. For my wreath, I chose a chunky orange yarn, but you can use any thickness. The thick yarn takes less time to cover the balls.

yarn ball wreath in progress

After you make all your balls, roughly determine how you would like to arrange them on the wreath.

yarn ball wreath in progress

Cut pieces of florist wire about 4 inches long and secure balls to wreath form with the wire, twisting in the back. Make sure balls are secure on the form (they’ll get more secure once more balls are added).

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yarn ball wreath in progress

Once all the balls are attached, put a little craft glue between each ball for extra support.

Finally, glue pinecones onto the yarn balls. Make sure to let the glue dry completely before hanging on your door.

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Shared by Katie

Wreath #2: Hand-Knitted Wreath

Materials Needed:
1 12 inch styrofoam wreath
1 skein of worsted weight yarn
Small ball of yarn for alternate color
Straight knitting needles, size 8
Smaller needles for the decorative touch
Tape measure
Embroidery needle

supplies for knitted yarn wreath

Steps:

Knit a swatch with the main color yarn. Calculate your gauge, or the number of stitches per inch.

yarn wreath in progress

Measure the circumference of the wreath form. Then, based on your gauge, figure out how many stitches you need to knit to go around the wreath. That will be the width of the knitted piece. Cast on that number of stitches.

Measure the length around the outside of the wreath form. That will be the length of the knitted piece. Knit using a stockinette stitch until the piece is as long as it needs to be to fit snugly around the form.

Stretch the finished knitted piece around the form and sew it on. Sew the ends together.

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Wind the alternate color around the section where you sewed the main piece together until you’re happy with how it looks. Then, slide two smaller knitting needles into that section for a decorative touch.

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Hang the wreath!

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Shared by Leslie

Wreath #3: Fall yarn Wreath

Materials Needed:
1 wreath form — I used a hay wreath form because they were on sale at Michaels
2 different colors of yarn (I used a mustard color and an oatmeal color)
Glue gun
A fall accessory to add some prettiness at the end
Monogrammed Letter (totally your preference if you want to do this)

I’m a late bloomer when it comes to DIY projects so, as you all know by now, the easier the better for me.  I found this great tutorial on a fabulous blog called DecorChick.  I’m  posting her beginning picture of the wreath below because I actually ended up using the exact same Vanna White Yarn!!!!! Who knew Vanna endorsed yarn?

Next, because I wanted to do the two alternating colors, I marked out how I wanted to have them alternate.  I did this with painters tape because I have now hidden all my sharpies from my 3 year old and apparently from myself.  One note:  Do not unwrap the hay wreath!  Keep the plastic on.  It’s much much easier to wrap the yarn with the plastic on.

Start wrapping!  I glued the first part of the yarn to the wreath and then tucked the end of each section under the beginning of the next section.  This was easy and mindless and really I kind of welcomed the hour and  a half it took to do this.  It was kind of like what Yoga is to others – pure, uninterrupted relaxation.

At the end, I added a little bit of fall flourish to the wreath, spray painted a monogrammed R, and hung it all on my front door.  Easy breezy and so cute I might add!!!!!!

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Shared by Sara

3 Comments

  1. Such clever ideas! I love the knitting wreath! :)

  2. I just made a yard wreath!! Your’s inspired me! Thank you

    • Which one did you make or did you create a new design?

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