Whether for your own door or mantle, a handmade wreath incorporating yarn is sure to be a winning gift for your favorite yarn lover. You can create a holiday piece of decorative art in less than an hour or two.
You first have to start with a base for your wreath — use a Styrofoam or straw base. These are easy to poke your pieces into with t-pins, or you can use what I did, — a grapevine wreath. I personally wanted to go for a more country look, and have as “green” a wreath as possible. I try to avoid Styrofoam as much as possible.
Next, choose your yarns, and depending upon the look that you want will determine the colors and textures you may want to use. You can go for traditional red, white and green, or maybe another color scheme, like blue and white. You can also start with a base color and fill in with commercial colored balls, for a pop of color.
Once you have chosen your yarn, you can than proceed to wind tightly wound balls. This will help the balls keep their shape, and not fall apart. You can wind the yarn around itself, or in keeping with a “green” theme, wind around tightly packed balls of newspaper. Another thought is to cover your base with handmade pom-poms. You can choose to completely cover your base, or artistically arrange the yarn balls. Pin the balls into place or you can use a hot glue gun to secure them. This was perfect for the grape vine wreath.
The great thing about making these wreaths is that you can choose so many themes. You can embellish your wreath with anything from the floral department, scavenge from old holiday ornaments, the junk draw, and just let your imagination run wild.