Sunday, September 22, 2013

Anthro Knock-Off Cotton Wreath DIY

I realize that I just posted about our Fall decor and now I'm sharing a Christmas wreath tutorial with you... in September.  I swear I don't have seasonal confusion.  I do like to plan ahead when I'm reopening my shop however, and made this last week so that I could use it in my shop photos.  Because it was still fresh in my mind, I figured I'd share it with you now, and then you can have a couple of months to file it away and make it before the holidays arrive.   

Last year, I fell head over heels with the Anthropologie tuffted wool wreath.  When I saw it pinned all over the place from Maria's blog I was a goner.  As I prepared to reopen my Etsy shop, I knew there were a couple of items I wanted to re-photograph such as this popular Christmas Cheer print.  I could just imagine it looking so cute next to that wreath!!  Alas... my budget could not.  So I did the next best thing and read the huge variety of tutorials all over Pinterest, quickly realizing that I could inexpensively and easily create this myself. So I did.  For about $8.00.  Yippee! Here is my version of this DIY.
1) Gather your supplies. (Wreath form out of cardboard (See #2), packaging paper, scissors, tape and yarn.  (I show wire but in the end I used a hot glue gun because it worked better, so get that instead.)

I used two packages of wool yarn from Michaels and they were about $7.00 each, but I had a 50% off coupon so there you go.  You could almost buy three of them for this wreath if you were a stickler for making things exactly how they appear.  Here on this blog, we shoot for pretty darn close and super under budget.  I will say, however, that the yarn choice seems to be very important, both in color and texture.  You want a full yarn in a soft, slightly white color.  I used this brand, in "Winter White."  (Patons Cobbles- Winter White)

2) For the wreath form, I flipped a large 15" bowl upside down on a piece of flat cardboard and cut out a circle, then cut the inside out and had my form.  I used off-white packaging paper that I already had on hand, and wrapped the wreath form up with it, taping to secure.

3-4) I loosely wrapped the yarn around my hand ten times then snipped it.

5) Set the yarn down very carefully on your work surface and cut another piece of yarn about seven inches long.

6) Tie the piece of yarn around the center, securing in a knot.

7) Use your scissors to snip all the "loops" making this into a pompom. (Don't worry if they are wild looking or vary in lengths.  You can give them a trim very easily.)

I liked how they turned out (pictured left) but they were lacking some of that wooly softness the Anthro wreath has, so you can see how on the right, I used my thumbs and forefingers to gently massage and break apart the yarn fibers.  It only took a few seconds but it made a prettier "tuffted" ball. (This is a great time in the project to also snip any glaringly uneven pieces.)
I laid a row of them on top of my wreath form (pictured above) and that's when I figured out that you will need three layers to create the fuller, layered look. (see below).  You'll kind of want to end up with an outside layer, an inside layer, and then an intermittent top layer. I was planning to wire them onto the form but realized that hot glue would be perfect since these are so light.  (Press down firmly for just a second to make sure the glue holds it where you place it.)
It's hard to show or explain but as you hot glue them down, you will begin to see it take shape. 
This wreath took me an hour and a half from start to finish and I used all of the yarn.  I wired the red and white ribbon onto it and was done. Don't you love quick and painless projects like that?

Also... you can purchase this fun Christmas print, sized at 11x14" here, in my shop! 

(Faux wood grain wrapping paper was found at Marshall's last year.)
Since we're kind of talking about Christmas items... I wanted to remind everyone that you can still use this 10% off coupon code (LMM10) until November 15th, for any sign in sweet Tara's shop!

And now I'm going to go make some pumpkin muffins.  (grin)


Whitney said...

So cute - love it! (Where did you find that ribbon?)

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Love it

Lorraine and Jessica said...

That's awesome!!!! I love it...imagine a small collection of a few different size!?!? So cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

Jensamom23 said...

Love this!

Msmoozy said...

Love it, thanks for sharing with us! :-) Have a blessed day hun.

Christina said...

I love this! I happen to have some creamy white yarn in my stash. It isn't as bulky but I might play around with it and see if it will work anyways!! And I think yours is a lot cuter than Antro's! I love the ribbon added to it.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

amazing!!! you are!

Jboo said...

Love it -- thanks for sharing your DIY project! Maybe if I start now, I will have one ready for the holidays!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I can't believe it took only 1/2 hour for you to make this wreath. It will probably take me 2 hours - but it is worth it; I LOVE it. Can't wait to get started. Thanks for sharing this is adorable and makes me excited for the holiday's.

Diana @ our vintage home love said...

Great job!! Makes me excited for the holidays too!

Barbara said...

Looks great!

Prince Snow Farm said...

Ok, reminding me of pom poms and hobo bags from the 1970's! I cant wait to try this!

Cheryl said...

WOW!! This is precious and thanks sooo much for sharing.

Cheryl said...

WOW!! This is precious and thanks sooo much for sharing.

Kelly Cach said...

Eeeek!!! Cannot WAIT to make this!!! 'Cept i will never want to take it down!
Thank you so much!

Becky Caudill said...

Okay, I am definitely pinning this for next year. Great job, and wonderful tutorial.

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