Friday, February 24, 2012

St. Patty Day Inspired Wreath

I wanted to make a St. Patty's day wreath but wanted something that could possibly go into spring.  I love the natural look of the "haystack" wreath and I thought it would look great with the shredded fabric flowers that I saw on this tutorial at BCheniful 's Blog.

Click on the READ MORE>>> to see how I made the fabric flowers and  put this together



  • 1 wreath of decent size.  I prefer the look of the haystack but you could also use a normal wreath wrapped in sweater material or the bleached vine looking wreaths
  • A couple of fat quarters in your preferred pattern ( I used 3 fat quarters and cream scraps)
  • Buttons(optional)
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • Decorative element (in this case, the shamrock)

Making the Flowers---

Now - I liked the tutorial that I mentioned above as a guide, I found a way to make them a little bit easier for the more novice fabric wrapping person -- like yours truly!

I took some pics of the progress along the way and a very poor, unedited, literally smokin' hot (high temp glue gun) video

Warning: I used a high temp glue gun and burned the heck out of my one finger... 

Take a square of fabric that coordinates and cut it to about the size that you would like to have the flower's diameter.  In this case 2x2 inches.  This square will become the back of the flower.  Cut two strips of fabric 1.5 inches wide by the length of the fat quarter (so about 40 inches long) and heat up that hot glue gun.

Tie a not near the end of 1 strip of fabric

Place a glop of glue on the square of fabric 

adhere the tag end of the strip to the square fabric.  Place another glop of hot glue and fold the knot over.

 Fold the fabric in half .

Begin twisting the folded strip of fabric around the knot.  Hot gluing as you continue around the growing circle of fabric.

Once you are nearly finished wrapping the strip of fabric you can add on another strip and continue the same process to make a larger fabric or stop at this point by trimming off the excess square fabric

 Glue the remaining tail of fabric to the underside of the flower.

You are left with a delicate hand-wound fabric flower that is ready to stick on a wreath or make its mark on a hair-pin.

You can continue making coordinating flowers in the colors of your choice.  In this particular wreath I used 3 different fat quarters for the patter variation and one piece of scrap material that was left over from the Menu sign that I made last week.

After the flowers were made, I tied my decorative shamrock onto three sctrips of matching fabric.  Then, tied that onto the wreath.   I decided to go this route because I hope to utlize this wreath through spring and want to have the option to remove the shamrock come March 18th.

Using my glue gun, I added the flowers to the wreath.

I then decided to add a few buttons to give it a little bit of charm and have the buttons act as "centers" of the flowers.

The end result was a happy little wreath hanging on our already green door.  It was freezing when I took this picture.  I am eager to have spring in Colorado!

 Think spring... Think spring... Think spring...

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  1. This wreath is adorable and the tutorial so clearly put together. I am really delighted to have discovered your blog! i would be greatly honoured if you were to choose to include Seasonal Celebration in your linky list. Do pop over and take a look, it would be great to see you there!
    Rebecca x

  2. I love all the amazing texture with this wreath and the cool fabric flowers! My husband is from Ireland which makes Paddy's a favorite holiday for us! Would love if you could add this to my linky party going on right now

    Thanks! Michelle

    1. thanks for the invite and I linked up. Thank you for stopping by to take a peek!

  3. Visiting from Kammy's Korner. I love this wreath - so cute and definitely a good tie into Spring. I am following you along via Linky. I too am a vegetarian and can always use some new meal ideas :). Unfortunately, my dr. just told me to cut out more dairy which has thrown me for a loop because I eat a lot of dairy!

  4. Love this wreath! What a cute idea!

  5. This turned out so cute! Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday!

  6. Really cute wreath. I have a twine wreath I've done, and I'm thinking I could really pull of the paper flowers and change it out all the time. This is a great way to bring St. Patrick's Day in.

    1. Thanks! I am really happy with it. Once the shamrocks are over with, I'll untie the shamrock and just leave the green until April... then hoping to add some yellow and pinks.

  7. Love this! I think that you picked the perfect fabric to go with the natural looking wreath. Great job!

    BTW I'm stopping over from Topsy Turvy linky party and am your newest follower! I'd love for you to stop by and check out my blog, if you have time.


  8. Really cute wreath! Inspires me to do something similar but with springtime flowers!


    1. sounds awesome! If you give it a try, tell me how it went and send me a link, I would love to take a peek!

  9. Cute wreath! I would love for you to link up at my Linky Party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!

    Mrs. Delightful

  10. super cute! love the rolled flowers!!!

  11. Love this wreath and the tutorial! Megan

  12. Rosettes are my favorite! So happy you linked to "Cowgirl Up!". I'll be looking for you here next week!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

  13. I love this project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade.

  14. Thanks so much for popping by the Seasonal Celebration Linky- I was delighted you did so and love this wreath. Have a great weekend!
    Rebecca @ Natural Mothers Network x

  15. Its fun to celebrate St. Patty's Day! Thanks so much for linking up!
    “Kiss Me I’m Irish” linky party now open

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  16. Ohhh! I love it. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  17. Thanks for sharing with Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! That is one smoking hot glue gun -- one of those high temp guns got my finger too. Thought I was going to lose a fingerprint, but it did come back :-) Thinking spring and hope to see you again this week!

  18. Your post is being featured tomorrow on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17. Come on by, grab a button and join in the party.