Valentine (And More!) Argyle Wreath
There are a tonofarglyewreaths out there in blogland, and I love almost every single one of them! I created my own version, which I think is unique for a couple reasons: it has burlap as a base instead of yarn, and it can be (fairly) easily changed up for the seasons!
Isn't it adorable?
- Wreath, covered in burlap (I just used a straw wreath-form, hot glue, and burlap strips. Let me just say, I kinda hate burlap… it's itchy as heck, and it sheds. In the future, I'll use linen or canvas… But I already had the burlap, and for free, so there ya go.) (Also, wrapping a wreath in yarn is a pain, so I didn't want to do that either.)
- Neutral yarn. You don't need a ton, obviously.
- Felt. I just used one-and-a-half sheets of each color.
- Just the hook (scratchy) half of some self-adhesive velcro, cut into squares (see below). You only need less than a foot for this project.
- Printer paper, pencil, scissors, hot glue.
- Determine the size of your diamonds. (I kinda guesstimated by marking on printer paper how long I wanted it to be, cut out a proportionate rectangle, folded it in half twice, and then cutting a straight diagonal line through it. That ensured that I had a true parallelogram for the job of tracing and cutting diamonds.)
(I was lucky in that my diamond turned out exactly the right size to cut three across on my felt! With a little geometry, you could figure it out, I'm sure…)
Lay out your diamonds how you want them. I had a little overlap, and decided that I wanted the red ones to be on top every time.
Flip up the ends of your diamonds, one at a time, to apply the velcro. Also, I did this part out of order, but you can add your tiny velcro bits to the outer and inner points now.
Ok, this is how this next part worked for me, but feel free to do whatever you think works for you. (Also, sorry about no pictures on this part…) First, I wrapped my yarn around the wreath one entire time, making half of the "X"s and trying to make sure I passed through the middle of each diamond. Once I was sure that the yarn looked right, I flipped the wreath over, and hot glued the back of each passing. Then, I did the yarn in the other direction, hot-glueing when I was done wrapping the whole thing.
(This is when I went back and added the tiny velcros, because the points were still sticking out.)
Awesome, right? Well, here's the best part… Since we used velcro to attach the diamonds, and a neutral backdrop (burlap and white yarn), once Valentine's Day is over, we can just go buy some green felt, reuse the diamond pattern (you kept that bit of paper, right?) and make a green argyle wreath with minimal effort! I suggest carefully removing the diamonds through the side, since that's the wider gap in the yarn. And, I may end up hot-glueing the velcro on, because I don't 100% trust the self-stickyness of it. Then, for Easter, we can reuse the pink diamonds and throw some yellow and pale green in… The possibilities are endless!
Update: I redid the wreath for Spring. Check it out here!