Summer Dahlia Yarn Wreath

Oh dahlias.  I love this summer flower so much…their big pretty faces dazzling up to the sun…beautiful!  Then I thought, how lovely would they look on a wreath?  So I made one…and they are pretty indeed!

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Aren’t they so pretty!  Come see how I put this wreath together…the flowers are much more simple than they appear…trust me!  🙂
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Here’s How-To:
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What You Need:
  • 3 sheets of felt:  1 fuschia, 1 turquoise, 1 gold
  • 1 green styrofoam wreath base
  • 1 ball of yarn, I used a thick charcoal yarn
  • embroidery thread (or you can use yarn), in fuschia, turquoise, gold (for the argyle finishing touch)
  • glue gun
  • scissors



Let’s do it: (following the little chart above…)

1.  Cutting the dahlia petals:
Cut the felt, first into squares:  (you may have to adjust the number of petals, depending on how close you glue them together.  Here are the numbers that worked for me:
  • Large dahlia:  16 – 1.5 inch squares, 13 – 1 inch, 11 – 0.5 inch squares
  • Small dahlia:  12 –  1 inch squares, 9 – 0.5 inch squares
Note:  I found that the smallest dahlia didn’t need a 3rd set of petals.
Then, cut the squares into soft edged hexagons, as shown in the picture above in section 1.
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2.  Using a glue gun, put a line of glue at the bottom of the petal.
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3.  Fold over and pinch tight, until the glue holds.
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4.  Putting the flowers together:
Make a 3 inch circle of felt for the large flower, and a 1.5 inch circle for the smaller flower.
Glue the largest petals along the outer edge of the circle first.
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5.  Then glue the next largest size of petals along the bottom of the first set of petals.  Repeat for smallest petals.
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6.  Making the centre of the flower:
Cut 2 4 x 0.25 inch strips of felt, one out of the same colour as the flower, and one out of yellow felt.
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7.  Snip along the edges of the strips, as shown in #7.
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8.  Layer the 2 strips, and roll together to make a circle.  Then glue this into the centre of the dahlia.
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9.  Making the wreath.
Wrap your styrofoam base with yarn.  I have found that the thicker the yarn, the less chance you need to double wrap it.  I also like the more rustic look the chunkier yarn gives.
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For a full tutorial on wrapping the wreath, please refer to a previous post it did, here.

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10.  Finishing Touches:
Using the embroidery thread, I just wrapped it around the finished wreath, in an X pattern.
Just adds a little touch of pretty to tie it all together!
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11.  Finishing Touches:
I always like to make my own wreath hanger too.
All I did here was thread a loop of embroidery thread through the back of the wreath, tied a knot, and added a little flower embellishment.
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– – – –Just simple, summery and pretty!


Thank you so, so much for stopping by!
Have a dazzling day!
 
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34 Comments

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma July 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM SO pretty Jo-Anna!! Love the bright colors you picked for the flowers! Such a fun and easy project. Thank you for sharing I want to do this!
  • Reply Emily July 21, 2011 at 2:42 PM Your wreath is so beautiful! I love the flowers! I'm so glad you did a tutorial on them...now I can try it out for myself! Thanks for sharing!
  • Reply Jennifurla July 21, 2011 at 6:08 PM This is so lovely & neat
  • Reply lauren@warmandfuzzy July 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM I think I am obsessed with your wreaths I love every.single.wreath you have done!!
  • Reply Ali Richardson July 21, 2011 at 8:17 PM SO SO SO pretty!!! I have a love/hate relationship with yarn wreaths. I absolutely love how they look, but hate wrapping the yarn. Like, a lot. Ha ha! Those flowers are gorgeous!!! I will definitely have to give them a try :)
  • Reply birdie to be July 21, 2011 at 10:18 PM So pretty! Great tutorial
  • Reply cheryl July 22, 2011 at 2:23 AM i love this wreath - so gorgeous! have your shared this on nifty thrifty yet?! i will have to try this, and make two! one for me and one for my sister. i haven't been crafty for a little while...wheels are turning! thanx =)
  • Reply Rosa @ flutterflutter July 22, 2011 at 6:18 AM Pretty! Nice job!
  • Reply Design It Chic July 22, 2011 at 8:08 AM The wreath turned out so pretty.. I'm definitely trying it out this weekend:) Thanks for the pics tutorial! I'm glad I found your blog and I am now following you thanks to Thirsty Thursday, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
    Also today we have the coolest blog hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday, where you can meet lots of friends and have a great time:) See you there!
    Happy Friday!
  • Reply Kelly July 23, 2011 at 12:07 AM love the colors! so vibrant!
  • Reply southernscraps July 23, 2011 at 12:35 AM Beautiful wreath and great tutorial. I love those bright pops of summer color!
  • Reply Deb July 23, 2011 at 1:31 AM Really neat...found you on Tatertots and Jello link! Thanks for sharing..happy crafting!
  • Reply Rachel July 23, 2011 at 3:05 AM Wow, that is just so pretty! I love it! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how they pop out against the gray wreath. Lovely!
  • Reply Cozy Home Scenes July 23, 2011 at 7:21 AM Beautiful wreath! Your flowers are so pretty that I thought you bought them and glued them on. So happy that you were able to make them. Love all the bright happy colors. Thanks for sharing with us and have a great weekend!
  • Reply Life Of A Southern Couple - Brittany July 23, 2011 at 6:20 PM That is the cutest wreath! I really like the Dahlia's!!!

    http://lifeofasoutherncouple.blogspot.com/
  • Reply phpshahin July 25, 2011 at 6:21 AM nice.


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  • Reply Britli July 25, 2011 at 2:17 PM It turned out so cute! I love the bright colors and flowers!

    Britli
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  • Reply Amanda @ Little House on the Corner July 26, 2011 at 1:45 AM Wow, that's a lot of work but it's SO pretty! Very creative. I made a wreath last week too, but yours is way more intricate. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    Stopping over from the Made by You Monday party. :)
  • Reply Rebecca July 26, 2011 at 4:02 AM Great summer colors! Cute, cute cute!
  • Reply Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com July 26, 2011 at 4:19 AM What an awesome wreath!! I love the colors and the dahlia's are beautiful!!
  • Reply Alison July 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM Wow, this is a gorgeous wreath, beautiful colour combo!

    Alison
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  • Reply Britli July 26, 2011 at 2:58 PM Sorry another comment :) I just featured your wreath on my favorite find list! I loved the idea!

    Britli
    bits-of-this-and-that.blogspot.com
  • Reply Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers July 26, 2011 at 9:44 PM Very cute wreath! I love the dahlias! They make the whole thing cheerful and welcoming.
  • Reply Stephanie July 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM I love the dahlias! Thanks for sharing the tutorial on how to make them! I really really like this wreath!
  • Reply www.StarHughes.com July 27, 2011 at 4:42 AM I am always so impressed with all of your talents! This is gorgeous!!! I don't know how you do it lady! :)
  • Reply Tori July 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM Ummm, this is gorgeous! Dahlias are my favorite flower, and I've never seen how to make these from felt. Thanks for the tutorial! So cute :)
  • Reply Lisa July 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM OMG, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this wreath!! The colors are so great together! Thanks for the tutorial on the flowers....I'm in love with flowers right now and I love figuring out how to make different kinds. GOing to have to try this one! I'm a new follower! I have only made one yarn wreath so far...maybe you would like to check it out~
    http://organizedchaos-lisa.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-yarn-wreath.html
    ~Lisa
  • Reply LrSchwtz July 27, 2011 at 4:47 PM This is so pretty and cheery! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!
  • Reply Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} August 1, 2011 at 2:43 AM So cute! I love the oversized dahlias and the bright colors! Pinning this. :)
  • Reply Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com August 1, 2011 at 3:47 AM I love this wreath!! I wanted to let you know I am featuring it on my site on Monday!

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2011/07/whats-in-gunny-sack-wreaths.html
  • Reply Katie August 1, 2011 at 7:53 PM This looks lovely!

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  • Reply gail August 1, 2011 at 10:33 PM this is SO stinkin' cute! Catching you this week!
    gail
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