This might be my favorite Pinspiration yet!
I scored some cheesy Valentine’s Day window decorations last year on clearance, and by some collection of miracles, I not only remembered that I had them this year, but I also remembered where to find them. I’m the queen of buying things on super clearance, only to remember that I have them after the opportunity to use them has passed and/or never being able to remember where I put them. And this is after I have specifically put said items “where I won’t forget about them”. Seriously, that’s what I say *every time* I can’t find something that I’m looking for. My husband teases me about that pretty often. But, as I said, I DID remember about the Valentine’s Day decorations, and I DID remember where they were, AND I remembered that I’d pinned this perfect Valentine’s Day Felt Rosette wreath— IN TIME TO ACTUALLY MAKE IT!! The stars must have truly aligned, I tell you.
It came from a great blog, Our Best Bites, which has tutorials, crafts, recipes, give-a-ways, and dozens of kitchen and household tips. The writers have had so much success with their blog that they’ve written a book, Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen. You should check out the reviews on this book: Five stars all around! If their recipes are anywhere near as easy to follow as their tutorial on this Felt Rosette Wreath, well, then, I simply must add this book to my next trip to the bookstore!
I basically followed the tutorial, and as I mentioned, it was very simple and well laid out. Even so, this project was time consuming. Some of that was likely due to my inexperience, but I definitely think you should plan for at least 4 hours to complete this thing. It took me about 6 hours, spread out an hour or so at a time over a few days worth of nap times and evenings after both kid were in bed. But, like I mentioned, I’m a novice, and, I also added an hour or so to the project by wrapping my 14 inch wreath form with white yarn (that I scored for 50 cents at a yard sale). That part was unnecessary, and, in the tutorial, they just painted their wreath form, which, judging by their finished product turned out just fine.
You basically need only the following: Felt squares (mine were 12×12, and I purchased 36 of them, 9 in each of my 4 color choices), ribbon or tulle to hang your wreath (I used 5/8 inch ribbon, and I actually chose my colors based on the colors in the ribbon), and a wreath form (I used a 14 inch foam form, like they did in the tutorial, but if you decide you want to wrap yours in yarn, you can get a a straw wreath, leave it in the plastic, and yarn wrap right over it). Then you’ll need a glue gun, and a big ol’ pile of glue sticks. A lot of glue sticks. I used a half a bag of the mini glue sticks. I spent just under $17 on this project, including a bag of mini glue sticks. The felt was 4/$1, the ribbon was 50% off, and I used a 40% off coupon on the wreath form. Not too bad. I did not use all of the felt squares, either, (I ended up using 7-8 sheets of each color) so it would be a dollar or two cheaper if I were to do another one.
Because my felt sheets were perfect squares, I was able to just cut them into even quarters. That’s a no brainer. Fold it, cut on the line, fold it again, cut on the line, done.
Then, I started cutting the squares into round-ish spirals, like the tutorial showed. I say round-ish, and you can see what I mean. This felt stuff is pretty forgiving, which made me happy. I like when things are easy, and don’t have to be exact. After a career in health care, I like things that have some wiggle room (Side note: I used to always joke with the students and residents on their first days with me, telling them: “Relax. It’s pretty hard to kill a human.” It did wonders to ease their tension, and I’m happy to report that none of them ever made any nutty mistakes, probably because Mama took the pressure off. And yes, I did refer to myself in the third person as “Mama”, as in “Here, let Mama show you how it’s done.” For reals.). See how this felt spiral has a little corner on it? It really made no difference after the rosette was rolled. Looked find of like a rose petal. Totally ok to not be perfectly round.
My husband helped me cut the spirals while we watched “The Tourist” starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. (It was an ok movie. Maybe I would have liked it better if I had been paying full attention to it, instead of half listening while I cut up felt squares.) Since I had my husband’s help, things moved a little quicker for me. He probably saved me about an hour. What an awesome husband. Did I mention that he’s a wiz with the power tools, too?
This was the first time that I’ve used felt for anything, and I think I’m in love. Have you guys seen any of the ideas for felt food?! Or how about this adorable felt Christmas tree? Or the many different felt flowers you can make? There are some really great ideas, and it seems to be easy to work with. Starting at the center of your spirals, roll inward, until you have a little jelly roll style rosette. Rolling them up was the quickest part of this project. I had this many done in about 30 minutes.
And then my helper stepped in and rolled a bunch for me.
The next day, during the little slice of heaven otherwise known as nap time, I wrapped the wreath form in yarn.
Glue your first piece to the wreath,
And then begin wrapping around and around and around until you get the entire wreath covered, overlapping the yarn as needed to cover all of the foam. I didn’t have to worry too much about this part, since I used the same color yarn as the wreath form, but if you were to use a dark color yarn, you’d have to be more diligent to be sure you covered all of the foam.
After that, I was able to start glueing the felt rosettes onto the wreath…One at a time…
Alternating the colors however you think they look best. The felt held its shape pretty well, but I did go ahead and apply glue at the tail piece, and then to the entire bottom of each flower. That may be why I used so much glue, but I wanted to be sure that everything stayed where I wanted it. Pack them in there pretty tightly to make sure you cover the wreath (which isn’t such a big deal if your wreath is a coordinating color, but I did glue them as close together as I could get them). See how each rose is a little different from the one next to it? I think that makes it truly unique.
Before the rosettes completely covered the wreath, I glued the ribbon down, and then covered it in roses, leaving only the portion that the wreath would hang from visible, but you could also add the ribbon to your finished product, like in the tutorial. Like I said, this project would be hard to mess up. Fast forward another nap time + and evening, and in the end, I had this.
Not bad, if I do say so myself.
You could do a lot with this project, and believe me, I intend to. My friend Emily said that she would have stopped when about half of the wreath was covered and hung it up just like that, and I agree, it would have looked really cute that way. I’ve already bought extra felt and another wreath form to do another yarn wrapped wreath in a different color scheme, with a few larger felt roses, or maybe a few flowers that I’ve pinned from elsewhere on the web. Big plans for my front door, baby. Big plans.
Are you doing anything to decorate your door for Valentine’s Day? If you don’t have the time to do this felt rosette wreath, maybe you can knock out this argyle wreath with felt hearts? Or a tissue paper wreath, like this hot pink one? How will you decide which one to make?