My Winter Inspired Yarn & Rosette Wreath

I know these yarn wreaths are everywhere in Bloggyland, but I adore them.  Adore. Adore. Adore. They are so pretty and delicate.  So I made one.  This colour combination was inspired by our cold winters of ice, snow, and crisp blue skies.

My Winter Inspired Yarn & Rosette Wreath

So you can make one too, I have put together a quick tutorial.  I do caution that this project is a little tedious.  The wrapping of the yarn has made me go a little cross eyed 😉 , and I have burnt my fingers with my glue gun again.  And my husband is cursing the mess, and the fact that I have been working on this for a wee bit of time today.  (and I did NOT take this in the van with us on the way to Starbucks this afternoon.  I wouldn’t do that.  Nope.)

Tedious as it was, I think the results are worth it!

Yarn & Rosette Wreath Tutorial

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I used a 16 inch styrofoam wreath. (Blimey these are expensive!!) I also used an entire ball, plus about a 1/4 of a second ball of yarn.  Each ball measures 150m. You will also need sheets of felt for the rosettes.

Start winding it around the wreath.   There are a number of options on how to do this.  I chose to do my winding quite precise, with each string lining up neatly with the next.  The tricky part about this type of winding was how the end parts didn’t match up – as you can see in the picture below.

What to do!?  Don’t sweat it!  Even though they don’t match up, it still worked out okay, because I wound 2 layers of yarn around the wreath.  Once you have done 1 layer, at this point you can decide whether you need to add another layer.  Mine needed one, and as tedious as it was, it was a good decision.

Here is what it looks like all wound up.  You can’t really tell where my little mess was.  Plus I ended up covering that spot with the rosettes anyway.

Now for the rosettes.  I also made rosettes for my Christmas stockings.  But I’ll post this how-to again here, only because it is SO much easier to work with felt.

So basically cut out a circle and wave the edges.  The bigger the circle, the bigger the rosette.  My largest flowers are made from 1 full sheet of 9×12 felt.

Then cut a spiral in your circle.  For the largest flowers, I cut into the circle, a little larger than 1 cm.

And wrap.  I make the centres tight, and get a little looser as I go. Once you have your rosette wound, use the little circle centre you are left with at the end of your spiral, and glue it to the bottom of your flower.  Then add them on to your wreath, as you see fit!  Get creative!

My Winter Inspired Yarn & Rosette Wreath

Finished!

My Winter Inspired Yarn & Rosette Wreath

A close-up.

My Winter Inspired Yarn & Rosette Wreath

I also made my own wreath hanger.  I just braided the yarn I had, and as you can see, glued on 3 teeny rosettes.  I think it finishes it off nicely!  Whew.  All done.  I do want to make one more for Valentines Day, so stay tuned for that!  And have fun with this, there are so many neat ways to make these.  Just do a Google search for inspiration!

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23 Comments

  • Reply Nerd Mama January 3, 2011 at 5:12 AM

    I love the understated beauty of a well-done yarn wreath. You have so much more patience than me!

  • Reply Barb January 3, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Hi Jo! yes, I have my computer with me and but this is the last internet access I’ll have for 2 wks! Your wreath is stunning – I haven’t seen these before. So elegant and understated. Love it!

  • Reply Jo-Anna January 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Thank you for the nice comments! I really do like this wreath.

  • Reply Sanditerese January 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    I love this! Definitely the next wreath I’m going to make.

  • Reply megan @ homemade ginger January 4, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    so cute!! I love your wreath hanger with the tiny flowers attached!

  • Reply Amnah January 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    This is g o r g e o u s!!! Adding to my favorites. I have to make something like this.

  • Reply MyKidsMake January 4, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    beautiful!!! love it. love it. love it.

  • Reply Elizabeth January 5, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    So pretty! Love the colors you chose! Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. The party will be open until Friday if you have anything you else you want to link up! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

  • Reply Jenny @ Embellishing Life January 5, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    Beautiful! I love those shades of blue. I’m making a wreath with felt flowers…eventually I’ll have it done! I hope you’ll come share yours at the craft catwalk!
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/2011/01/craft-catwalk-11.html

  • Reply Tanya January 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    ADORABLE. I love the colors!!!

  • Reply Simply Domestic January 6, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Beautiful! I love the colors you used. I’m new to your blog. Can’t wait to look around!

  • Reply Sarah January 6, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    This is really cute and possibly simple enough for even me to try! I might try my hand at a pink one for my daughter’s bedroom once the kids are back at school.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Stacey January 6, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    OHHH I adooooore this!! Love, love, love the colors!! I made something slightly similar

    http://daisysfavoritethings.blogspot.com/2010/12/fleece-rose-wreath.html

    (if you’d like to see it!)

    Had I found your wreath first, I might have made a copy-cat of it!! I like your technique of waving the edges of the circle.

    The hanger is amazing too!

  • Reply Christine January 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Great job on the wreath, I love the color choices! And…I think my nails are painted the same wonderful winter gray:)
    Christine
    greatoakcircle.com

  • Reply Marie {Make and Takes} January 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Ooo, I love this. So elegant! I’d love to have you submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  • Reply Susannah January 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Ive been waiting to see a wreath I love to use for inspiration for one of my own, and I love this one! Thank you so much! It will be fun to pick out my own colors 😉

    I’d love for you to check out my blog, too!

    http://www.uvinyl.blogspot.com

  • Reply Steph @ BirdhouseFamily January 8, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    I love these! Yours is especially nice. I like the color combination you chose.

  • Reply Katie P January 8, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Super cute! I really love the rosettes on the string on top where you hang it. Perfect touch!

  • Reply Young and Crafty January 10, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    Oh WOW I love it! I don’t know that I would have the patience to wrap a wreath form after wrapping Christmas trees! It is perfect!

    Thanks for linking up to Free for All!

    Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Missy January 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    I’m stopping by from Young and Crafty.
    I absolutely love this, and resolve to make one soon! It’ll be my first try with something crafty. 🙂

  • Reply Colleen July 20, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    I just made one of these. (yeah I am late on the bandwagon!!) I love your tutorial. I didn’t know felt was easier. Very pretty!

  • Reply Horváth Emerencia September 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    I love these! Yours is especially nice. I like the color combination.Here is my wreath:http://horvathemerencia.blogspot.com/search/label/kopogtat%C3%B3
    Emerencia.

  • Reply Steph @ Nap Time Notes March 27, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to have a look at my wreath! Your comment made me happy! And thanks for your awesome tutorial. I couldn’t have done it without you! 🙂

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