I don’t know what it is, but about once a year (or maybe a little less, every 18 months?), I get the itch to make a wreath. Wreaths are such a classic decor project that there are about one million options for how to create one, what supplies to use, etc. Since it’s the holidays, I decided to make something simple that I knew I could use year after year if I choose. This easy DIY yarn wreath is similar to making a latch hook rug and kind of resembles shag carpet—but I mean that in the best possible way. 🙂
Also it only took about 2 hours to complete, so you’re just one good holiday movie away from completing this cute project. You could use any color yarn and ribbon, so it doesn’t have to be a holiday wreath unless that’s what you are going for. And this project is so inexpensive (mine cost around $12) that I could see this being a really fun gals’ night craft project or homemade gift you could make multiples of if you wanted.
50-60 yards of yarn
wire wreath frame
spray paint, optional
needle and thread
Quick note about yarn for this project: I’d recommend choosing something that isn’t prone to fray much if at all. I also think thicker/chunky yarns look really nice here, and they will make this project come together much faster (you’ll see why in a second). I used 1 1/3 skeins of Yarn Bee yarn in Astounding White (each skein was 43 yards), but see what you can find at your local craft store as I think there are lots of options that would work well here. You could even use jersey yarn or cut up t-shirts into thin strips of fabric for a different look than yarn. The possibilities really are limitless here, but do keep in mind to choose something that doesn’t fray easily.
Step One: If you using, spray paint the wire frame. I decided to do this as my original frame was a dark green and I chose to use white yarn. So I wanted the frame to be white in case any small areas showed through the yarn. If your frame already matches your yarn color choice, then you can skip this step.
Step Two: Cut one of the skeins of yarn into 7 to 8 inch pieces. This is a bit longer than you will probably need, but it makes it much easier to work with. You will likely need more than one skein of yarn, but it depends how big your wire frame is. So it’s good to just cut one skein, and then wait to see how much more you will need before cutting a second one.
Step Three: Loop each piece of yarn over the wire frame and then slide into place. See the images above for how I did this. Repeat until the entire frame is covered in yarn.
Step Four: Give your wreath a hair cut! Trim the yarn to the length you desire. Then add a ribbon bow or any other embellishments you want (faux berries, decorative birds, greenery, etc.). You can sew these in place or use a hot glue gun. I chose to sew mine with thread to the wire frame.
That’s it—pretty simple! Now you can display your wreath on any door or wall in your home. Mine is currently hanging on the inside of my backdoor. If you do choose to hang it outside, you might consider using a product like Scotchgard Rug & Carpet Protector to help make it a bit more weatherproof. Yarn is delicate, so if your doorway doesn’t have some kind of overhang or a storm door and you think your wreath might get excessively wet, then it may not last long. But again, this kind of depends on your doorway. So use your best judgment here.
Also, feel free to judge my backyard. Maybe I should have been raking leaves instead of making a wreath? Hmm. But making a wreath is SO much more fun, guys. OK, excuse me, I need to go find a rake. 😉 xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.