Fall blew in like a gust of wind and tumbled all the leaves from their trees. I cannot believe how fast it arrived. Or maybe it just seemed fast because we had such warm weather this September. It is October afterall. There should be leaves on the ground. So far I’ve missed out on the Fall activities I was all excited to do – go apple picking (all the apples are on the ground now) and go flying with Steve to see all the beautiful colours from above (he’s booking a flight as we speak!). But, I did manage to make and get my Fall wreath up!
It was super easy and cheap! Yay!
In case you want to try making one too, here’s what you need:
– foam ring (I got mine at Michaels) or other lightweight ring. The styrofoam one I used got all flakey, so if you can find an alternative, that would probably be better.
– assorted wool (you don’t need much so I used scraps leftover from other projects – except for the mustardy yellow; I didn’t have that colour)
– crochet hook
– darning needle
– buttons for the flower centres
– a waterproof spray if you are hanging it outside; I got mine at Michaels. It’s called an acrylic sealer/finisher, by Americana.
1. Wrap wool around the foam ring. I started by stabbing the foam with a darning needle and stringing the wool through and making a knot so that it would stay. Wrapping the ring actually takes a little while because you want it to be nicely lined up. So you can’t just spin and spin madly like I’d originally envisioned. I did this part while watching tv.
2. Don’t worry if your wool starts going on an angle. I think this is unavoidable since the inner part of the foam ring is smaller than the outer part. But maybe you’re smarter than me and you can figure out a way around this. In any case, I think it looks fine when it starts to go all angular.
3. Once you make it all the way around with your wool, again stab the wool through with your darning needle and then weave the end in so that it’s hidden below the rows. I stabbed through in a couple places for good measure because I didn’t want it to come loose. Plus I was feeling stabby. Try it, you’ll see what I mean.
4. Choose a flower pattern. I just made mine up but there are SO many out on the internet. Here’s a particularly useful link: http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/flowers.php
5. To attach the flowers, I used the darning needle and wove in my ends from making the flowers to affix them to the foam. You could also use a glue gun. But then you don’t get to be all stabby. Glue gun = not as much fun.
6. Spray the entire wreath with a waterproof sealer. It goes on just like spray paint and dries quickly so I did two coats for good measure.
7. Et voila! Hang your wreath!
As with all my craft projects, I had helpers throughout: