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Friday, July 22, 2011

Flower Power!

Yesterday was my Aunt's birthday. I'm pretty close to my aunt. She's only 10 years older than me, so we're always doing things together. In fact, she's the one that talked me in to taking a crochet class with her. She's the reason I gift handmade stuff all the time. (Now my family has someone to blame for my crafty addiction. LOL)

For her birthday this year, I made her a flower wreath for her door:
Here's the finished wreath hanging on my front door.
I got the idea after seeing something similar online. I can't find the link now, but that person made a wreath of all different kinds of flowers. This one is made with just one type of flower in different colors. The leaves are all the same pattern I just used different yarns and different sized hooks. 

To make the wreath, you will need:
  • a lot of crocheted flowers (I have 16)
  • a lot more leaves (I have no idea how many I have. I made tons!)
  • a styrofoam wreath form (this one is 14 inches)
  • green ribbon (for wrapping the wreath form)
  • glue
  • straight pins (optional)
I made these flowers & leaves over a few nights.

I found this great styrofoam wreath form at Michael's. They had cheaper ones but only in 12 inches & 16 inches. I found a slightly more expensive one, in green, in 14 inches. Which was just right. It helps that I had a coupon for 40% off any styrofoam product. Nice!

Wrap the wreath with the green ribbon. What I do is put a bit of glue on the back of the wreath & pin the edge. This keeps it nice & secure and if you use standard straight pins (not the ones with the balls on the end) you won't ever see them.

Continue wrapping the wreath with the ribbon until the form is completely covered. When you get to the end, use a little glue and some more pins to secure the ribbon to the back of the form.

The finished form will look like this:

If you're going to add a wire hanger, this would be a good time to add it -- before you start gluing on the flowers. I used a bit of ribbon to create a hanger, which works just as well.

Now use hot glue to attach the flowers and leaves in any way that is pleasing to you.

I like to secure the items with a pin as well. If you push it all the way in and hide it a bit you'll never see it and the flowers won't ever fall off.

Continue adding flowers & leaves until your wreath is completely covered & you're satisfied. Be sure to put some leaves and flowers on the inside & outside edges of the form. Also add leaves under the flowers as well. If you have different leaves -- either in different color or sizes, be sure to mix them up with the flowers. Mixing the leaves helps the overall look to be more natural. You can also add different types of leaves as well. 

Step back every once in a while to check for empty spaces and to make sure you are happy with the way the wreath is coming together. I like to hang mine from kitchen cabinet while I'm working on the wreath so I can see how it's coming together.

There's no right or wrong way to do this. The interwebs are full of free patterns for all kinds of flowers & leaves. Find something you like and make a few. I promise you, you'll be pleased with the results.

Oh, and Happy Birthday dear Auntie! Hope you like your present!!

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