Create a Yarn and Felt Wreath

It's fall! And I'm adding little bits and pieces to make our apartment feel like fall as much inside as it does outside. I bought some pumpkins and a few Halloween decorations to spice our apartment us a bit. One of the things I wanted to put together was a wreath for our front door. Pretty easy, here's how it went... 

Start with yarn and a styrofoam wreath form. Tied the yarn around the wreath and then start wrapping. 

Keep it rather taught and just sit back and keep wrapping. I suggest putting on a marathon of a crime shows or Harry Potter. When you've made it all the way around, tied the end to the beginning end. Set aside.

To make the felt flowers, use different size glasses and bowls to trace circles.

For the medium sized ones, I used a small dessert cup. Trace the circle and cut it out.

Cut the circle into a spiral, doesn't have to be perfect. I actually like them better when it's not perfect. Starting from the outside roll the spiral up like a cinnamon bun. Once it's all the way up, use hot glue to hold together the outside most layer and center. 

Make a whole bunch of little flowers! To make the leaves, just create leave-shaped pieces from felt and glue on of the points to curve the leaves.

Arrange the flowers on the wreath, secure with hot glue. I messed around with the placement a bit before gluing and just went for it. 

There she is! What kind of fall decor have you been making? Anything fun?

Creating Coffee Filter Flowers

Isn't Pinterest the most glorious thing the Internet has to offer? I think so. I found this little walk through on making peonies from coffee filters, thought it was neato and pinned it away for a rainy day when I was looking for a DIY project to fill my time with. Then, when we were moving, T found a pack of like 200 coffee filters he threw into a box when he moved out of his old apartment. I remembered this pin and BAM, a cute little project happened.

These are amazingly easy, like if Abbey had opposable thumbs, she might have been able to make them. 

So this is what you do: grab some coffee filters, floral tape, covered floral wire, scissors, and some glue (you can probably use any kind, I used ModPodge). You need five coffee filters that are bigger, and five smaller. I cut about a 1/4 inch all the way around five of my filters.

Now the folding. With two or three of the filters, four in half four times.

Cut the main folded corner off, then open once and round out the tops so you have a little heart.

Repeat the folding and cutting with all 10 of the filters.

With your floral wire, make a little loop on one end and dip in some glue. Take one of the smaller filters, push through the non-looped end of the wire and shimmy all the way up to the loop. Start pinching and twisting the filter around the wire loop. Work your way around it wire until the whole thing is tight around the loop. Tight is good.

Repeat this with all the smaller filters. Pinch, twist. (Yes, this picture is fantastic!)

Now, maybe you're like me and didn't know that floral tape is icky sticky and googled "why is this floral tape so sticky?" Maybe you now think I'm an idiot. But if you don't know floral tape is sticky everywhere and will make your fingers very sticky and slimy, don't panic.

Take said floral tape and tape the pinched filter part by wrapping it around and around, working down a bit onto the wire. The trick is to wrap it really really tight and overlapping itself so it sticks to itself. It takes a bit of practice. Some of mine were lumpier than others but your are going to cover it up anyway.

Now you're going to do the same thing with the larger filters. Poke through, twist and pinch, one at a time.

Now it's probably starting to look like a flower, exciting right?

You're going to have to manhandle that flower by grabbing it, wire to the right, and wrapping it again in the floral tape. This time, work you're way all the way down the wire. I had really long wire so I wrapped until I wanted to stop and cut the wire.

Now you have a flower! Ruffle it up a bit to fan it out and you're done! Just make 4-5-6 more... You get better with practice.

I would to try dying this to get some colored one too. But for right now, I'm pretty obsessed with how simple and pretty they look.

Happy Tuesday!