I think we all have at least one friend or family member who has cute decorations for every holiday. I have to admit, I am not that friend but hope one day to be a contender. I love to visit my crafty friend’s house about once a month to get inspired. Walking into her living room is like seeing a Pinterest board in person. She really has some cute things – all handmade, of course!
Early last year I admired the felt heart wreath on her front door. She shared with me how to make it, so now I get to pass that on to you!
This project only requires 1/2 yard of red felt, a heart shaped foam wreath, and a container of ball point straight pins. The finished wreath looks darling as is, or with extra embellishments added.
You will need 48 3″ or 4″ felt circles for this wreath. Did you know that many libraries have die machines you can use for free? This is a good option because cutting them out by hand will be pretty labor intensive. You will need to first cut the felt into twelve 5″ x WOF (width of fabric) strips with your 6 x 24″ acrylic ruler.
I used a 4″ half circle die for mine.
If you work with circles, fold it in half three times. If you work with half circles like I did, fold the ends towards the middle, then fold it in half.
Use straight pins to fasten the felt to the wreath form in a random fashion.
When all half circles are attached, cut some felt to cover the sides of the foam. From the remaining felt, cut four 2″ strips. On the outside of the heart, tuck the felt under the half circles and place a pin every few inches.
On the inside of the heart, overlap the strip over the half circles. To make the pins less obvious, use red tipped pins. You could also use hot glue to secure the felt strip down. Pin the outside and inside strips to the wreath form every few inches. Cut small slits in the felt on the inside curves to help it lay flat.
Once my heart was complete, I decided to add a little banner to it. To make your own, trace two Xs and two Os from alphabet stickers onto Wonder Under.
On a low setting, iron the Wonder Under to the back of the left over red felt using a pressing cloth.
Peel the paper backing off of the interfacing and cut each of the letters out.
The white flags are made with 1 x 2.75″ scraps. Cut a triangle notch out of the top and bottom of each flag, then glue the flags over the top of baker’s twine.
Using the pressing cloth again, iron the letters onto the flags. Tie a knot at each end of the baker’s twine, then attach it to the wreath with straight pins.
Isn’t it lovely?