Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter Upcycled Wreath in 7 steps


I went to the Salvation Army the other day on a mission.





Mission complete . . . almost.

No, those aren't maternity clothes!  I needed wool sweaters or fleece in creams, browns and whites for my first project of 2011.

The whites were a bit discolored and dingy so I decided to just go to AC Moore and get white felt.


I wanted to make an upcycled wreath that I saw on Philigry.


It took me a lot longer than I expected, but I was happy with the results.



It's a pretty easy project, but takes a while to get all of the flowers made. 

Here's how you do it in seven simple steps:

Step 1 - Wash wool sweaters on hot and dry them on the highest setting to get them to felt.

Step 2 -- cut out circles in various sizes.  They don't have to be perfect.




Step 3 -- Cut the circles in the form of a spiral and leave a little tab at the end (center).






It should look like this:





Step 4-- Starting on the outside, roll the felt up until you reach the center.




Step 5 -- Use hot glue to secure the little tab to the bottom of the flower.


Step 6 - Trim your flower if necessary to make it (somewhat) even.

Step 7 - Glue the flowers to your wreath form.  You could use styrofoam, but I found the wire wreath form was significantly less expensive at AC Moore than the styrofoam, so I just covered it in brown packaging paper first, like this:






Besides, I hate styrofoam. I hate everything about it. It makes a mess, it's bad for the environment, it breaks easily, and it always turns into  melted plastic when I try to hot glue to
(not that I"m trying to influence you . . . :-).





Once you get all of your flowers glued on, you'll have a beautiful winter wreath!






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72 comments:

  1. So pretty! I love all the different textures! I am in love with wreaths, so I may just have to make one!

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  2. Gracious goodness that's stunning!!!!! I ADORE it! Gosh I'm thinking of so many different color combos for every season! Great tutorial as well!

    If you have a minute would you think about joining me on Wednesdays at All Things Inspired? I'd just love to have some of your inspiration every week!
    xoxo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  3. This is absolutely beautiful!! I love the different colors!

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  4. Soooo cute!! I used this method to make a book page wreath, but the felt is sooo super wintery and lovely. Love it!

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  5. Beautiful. I love the color palette!
    carolyn - homework

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  6. Stephenie,

    Your winter wreath is beautiful. How long did it take to complete?

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  8. Love the colors! So pretty. Now following!

    Heather @ The Other White House ( I can't type so I deleted previous comment).

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  9. This is a very pretty wreath. I like that you did it in shades of white, it gives it a sophisticated look.

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  10. Oooohhh....it's GORGEOUS!!! :)

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  11. What a beautiful wreath. I love the soft muted colors. It looks just perfect.

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  13. Beautiful! I love the color scheme! I hope you'll come link it up at the craft catwalk!
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/01/craft-catwalk-and-features-no12.html

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  14. I absolutely love this! I have a ton of sweaters from other projects and this will be perfect to do with the scraps! Thanks!

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  15. That looks so pretty Stephenie...perfect for winter :)

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  16. That is really cute and love the texture. I just don't think I am as patient as you :)

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  17. That is so gorgeous! Next time I'm at the thrift store looking for something to craft I am definitely looking for sweaters to make my own wreath. Thanks so much for sharing.
    ~Mary
    www.thecraftygals.blogspot.com

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  18. Your so clever Stephenie, I adore how your wreath turned out and the colours are lovely. xx

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  19. This is really pretty, and so simple. Can't wait to make one thanks for sharing. following!

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  20. Love the mix of colors and texture. Perfect for winter!

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  21. Love it. I really love the 3 colors you chose. It turned out gorgeous! I am 100 % with you on the styrofoam thing.

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  22. Found you through Skip to My Lou...LOVE that wreath! I am going to have to add this to my ever growing list of projects to try. Thanks for the tute!
    -Aaron

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  23. ooh I like this a lot! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  24. I LOVE this Wreath, OHHHH how beautiful it would look for Christmas in green and red or for Easter in purple ,pink, white....I have endless thoughts on different seasons to create this wreath. Great Job Stephie on explaining how to do it too!

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  25. wow.that looks like a super easy project! a little hard work, but if it's no-sew, it's easy for me!! lol (still trying to learn how to sew unfortunately) thanks for the tutorial! i can't wait to make this!!

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  26. I love the textures & colors you are definitely feeding my wreath addiction!! I may have to find a 12 step program!

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  27. This is gorgeous and especially LOVE the price tag!!! Thanks for sharing the how-to!

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  28. So pretty!!!! I love those colors!

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  29. This wreath is very pretty. I think I'll hit a thrift store tomorrow for sweaters. I had my own little project I wanted to make of them...so I'm going to need more. Thanks for the idea.

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  30. Love this...the textures of the sweaters are so cozy and wonderful! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  31. Stunning! I gotta make this. Thanks!

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  32. Love this. Wish I hadn't just donated all those sweaters.

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  33. So pretty! Thanks for explaining how to make the felted wool sweaters. I've heard them mentioned a ton in crafts and have been wondering how to get them forever! I thought you had to find them that way, lol.

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  34. It is beautiful and the price makes it even more attractive! Thanks for the idea!

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  35. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on Saturday!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

    Sumo:)

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  36. Found you on the CSI winter party. That is one of the best looking sweater wreaths I've seen! Very pretty!

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  37. That is the most cuddly-looking wreath ever! It looks so soft! Love the neutral tones. Thanks for linking up at WWC!

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  38. Stephenie! I love your wreath! Adorable!

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  39. Very pretty. I am working on a wreath of felt roses, same technique but with blues and grays and creams.
    Came over from The Shabby Chic Cottage

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  40. That is just beautiful. Love it. BTW, I'm your newest follower. Come be mine,too, if you like my stuff:)

    Miranda
    www.justdrinkacoke.blogspot.com

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  41. I've already told you...I LOVE this! Way to go!!!
    xo
    Robin

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  42. So shabby, so chic, -- I love it!!
    Jeanette

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  43. Your wreath is stunning! I have always wanted to know how the rosettes were made. Thanks for showing us how!

    -Rene

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  44. Love love love this wreath! It is just darling!! Such a cute idea!!!!

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  45. That is fabulous! You inspired me to make my own, in two shades of winter white and purple. The flowers took ages (well, an entire day!) to make but are so adorable. In fact, after a while the white ones started to look like Dairy Queen ice cream swirls to me. :) I just love it. Thanks for a great idea.

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  46. That is so cute!! I am adding old sweaters to my thrift store shopping list and going to attempt it myself. Thanks for sharing!!

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  47. Wonderful! I love it! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  48. Beautiful...I love how it is hung on a mirror...really makes it look full and fluffy! Great tutorial!

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  49. I featured this today! thanks for sharing!!

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  50. I LOVE this beautiful wreath! Featuring it today!
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

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  51. Hey Stephanie -

    Your wreath is beautiful! I featured your project on my Fab Friday Favorites this week.

    Cheers!

    Julie @ Frugal & Fabulous Design

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  52. I immediately emailed this to my sister to tell her that I will be making this! SOOOO CUTE!!!

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  53. What a great project, Stephanie! I just found you from All Things Heart & Home blog, where Robin did a smaller version. I think I can handle a smaller one and will be looking to try this! Thanks for sharing your how-to!

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  54. Stephenie,

    Your wreath is so beautiful. I took your roses idea and applied them to a sweater and made stemmed roses. Do you mind if I link back to you and use your wreath photo? I will definitely give you credit.

    Brittany

    P.s. Congrats on the CSI Project award!

    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  55. Beautiful! Beautiful wreath! I was just at the thrift store.. I should have thought about clothing for fabric! Now I know... I'll give it a try!

    Check me out :)
    Susan
    myhomeroad.blogspot.com

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  56. You've been featured because you rock and I love your project!!

    Hookin' Up with HoH #33

    Stop by and grab a button! You deserve it. ;)

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  57. This is the most beautiful wreath I've ever seen! Simply gorgeous. You did an amazing job! :)

    -Annie @ {PeppermintPlum}

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  58. Ah! I'm addicted to making wreaths! You just fed my addiction and I love it! This is so cute, I'm going to make a pink and white one for Valentine's Day!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  59. Hi Stephenie!
    Just wanted you to know I am your "newest" follower. I found a link on "Crazy Domestic" for your wreath. I can't wait to make one! I loved that you used a wire wreath form. I also dislike styrofoam. Looking forward to exploring your blog!

    ~Vicki~

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  60. I saw this on Philigry too, but couldn't find a tutorial, then I found yours, it looks almost identical, you did a great job, I love it! I featured you today on crazydomestic.com!
    http://www.crazydomestic.com/2011/01/upcycled-sweaters.html
    Feel free to grab our "I was featured" button!

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  61. I wanted to let you know that I made a red heart version of your wreath, it's on my blog today and of course I linked to you! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  62. I sure love this! I made a valentine wreath and referenced your post here - if you want to check it out: http://craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentine-sweater-rosette-wreath.html
    Feel free to grab a "featured" button from my sidebar if you want:)
    Thanks!
    Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady

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  63. Thank you for showing how to make the flowers! Gorgeous wreath.

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  64. Oh it's so pretty! LOVE the colors and textures..

    Thanks for sharing, pretty lady!

    xo

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  65. Oh this is gorgeous! I love a sweater wreath!! I featured this on my blog: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/09/upcycled-sweater-projects.html

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