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For a past summer event, I made a Dahlia Yarn Wreath! (I have a slight obsession with yarn wreaths. Ok, maybe a big obsession…) I love this flower so much! Their big pretty faces dazzling up to the sun… Beautiful!
I thought, wouldn’t they would look so nice on a wreath?
Embellishing is my favourite part! I love argyle, so I thought this touch was perfect!
There are many tutorials out there on how to make these felt flowers, but I thought I’d add my own, so you can have a one-stop place to create. They are much easier than they appear!
- 3 sheets of felt: 1 fuschia, 1 turquoise, 1 gold
- 1 green styrofoam wreath base (I don’t use the white ones anymore, because they are just too crumbly and delicate. Get the compact green styrofoam ones.)
- 1 ball of yarn, I used a thick charcoal yarn
- embroidery thread (or you can use yarn), in fuschia, turquoise, gold (for the argyle finishing touch)
- glue gun
Let’s do it: (following the little chart above…)
1. Cutting the dahlia petals:
Cut the felt, first into squares: (you may have to adjust the number of petals, depending on how close you glue them together. Here are the numbers that worked for me:
Large dahlia: 16 – 1.5 inch squares, 13 – 1 inch, 11 – 0.5 inch squares
Small dahlia: 12 – 1 inch squares, 9 – 0.5 inch squares
Note: I found that the smallest dahlia didn’t need a 3rd set of petals.
Then, cut the squares into soft edged hexagons, as shown in the picture above in section 1.
2. Using a glue gun, put a line of glue at the bottom of the petal.
3. Fold over and pinch tight, until the glue holds.
4. Putting the flowers together:
Make a 3 inch circle of felt for the large flower, and a 1.5 inch circle for the smaller flower.
Glue the largest petals along the outer edge of the circle first.
5. Then glue the next largest size of petals along the bottom of the first set of petals. Repeat for smallest petals.
6. Making the centre of the flower:
Cut 2 4 x 0.25 inch strips of felt, one out of the same colour as the flower, and one out of yellow felt.
7. Snip along the edges of the strips, as shown in #7.
8. Layer the 2 strips, and roll together to make a circle. Then glue this into the centre of the dahlia.
9. Making the wreath.
Wrap your styrofoam base with yarn. I have found that the thicker the yarn, the less chance you need to double wrap it. I also like the more rustic look the chunkier yarn gives.
For a full tutorial on wrapping the wreath, please refer to a previous post it did, here.
10. Finishing Touches:
Using the embroidery thread, I just wrapped it around the finished wreath, in an X pattern.
Just adds a little touch of pretty to tie it all together!
11. Finishing Touches:
I always like to make my own wreath hanger too.All I did here was thread a loop of embroidery thread through the back of the wreath, tied a knot, and added a little flower embellishment.