I am so excited to be sharing this Felt Ball Wreath tutorial with you! If you’re stopping by from the #Countdown2Xmas blog hop I’m waving a HUGE hello all of you right now! Like I said a few days ago, I don’t normally claim to be crafty, but I’ve gotten bit with a crafting bug and I’m sharing my fun with you!
My upstairs Christmas decor is bright, fun, colourful – and homemade! I’ve been lusting over felt ball wreaths on pinterest for a while now, and have finally made my own whimsical masterpiece. I really adore how this turned out, even if it wasn’t exactly as I planned it! I had originally planned on making this wreath on a styrofoam wreath form and just hot-glueing it on. Michael’s didn’t have the right size, I visited and called every local store I could think of and found nothing, and so I ordered it online but after two weeks it still hadn’t arrived! Time to put my thinking cap on… how will I make a wreath with NO wreath form?...
With cardboard! That’s right – I used two pieces of corrugated cardboard as the base of the wreath, then wrapped it in an old t-shirt fabric to disguise the cardboard – and make it look pretty from the back! I couldn’t believe how simple it was, and I had everything to make it with at home!
You can use any colour combination to make this wreath. I chose bright colours that coordinated with my colourful sofa and Christmas decorations. You can make it more Christmas-y by using green & red, blue & white, or making it a striped red and white pattern. I think this is a fun wreath for all year round, depending on what colours you use!
It’s very important to have a handy helper, such a two year old toddler, to help you make the wreath. Actually, the helper is there to make sure that the balls bounce, can be thrown really far and underneath the couch, to be shoved into boxes and empty ribbon rounds and toilet paper rolls. The role of the helper is to ensure that the felt wool balls are durable. HA.
What you will need:
- Wreath form (I made mine from cardboard, you can also use a styrofoam form)
- Felt Wool Balls (Size: 2.5cm diameter from HandMadeOnly)
- Hot Glue with loads of glue sticks
What to do:
- To make the wreath form, I traced two dinner plates onto cardboard (about 12″ diameter), and traced a smaller plate to cut out the inside. I then glued the two piece of cardboard to each other. And then covered it with fabric. I did this because I was placing the wreath on a window, and wanted it to look simple but clean from the back. (Pictures 1 & 2)
- Starting on the unfinished side of the wreath, I used a hot glue gun to glue each felt ball down. I held the felt ball down for about 10-20 seconds. When placing the next ball, I worked diagonally, and then around, to ensure that very few gaps were showing. (Pictures 3 – 5)
- Now continue to make your way around the wreath. Be sure to place something underneath where you are working so any excess glue does not damage the workspace. (Pictures 6 – 8)
- Once you are done, hang it up where you wish! (Picture 9)
I was originally going to use a styrofoam wreath form to make this wreath, which would have made it bigger and more three-dimensional. In the end, I sort of prefer this ‘flat’ look, as I feel it’s a bit more streamlined.
You could also glue the felt balls on the back of the wreath, so it will look the same from either side!
How many balls did I use? This wreath used up 91 balls that were 2.5cm in diameter. I ordered 8 different colours, 20 in each colour, which would have completed a styrofoam wreath as you would use more balls that way.