Have you noticed that you see wreaths everywhere around Christmas, and then they’re suddenly just … gone?
A colorful yarn wreath is such a simple way to make a big décor impact, especially for the tricky-to-decorate front door area. They’re so versatile that it’s a shame to hang them just in winter, so I’ve created a textural design to brighten up your spring doorway.
And don’t feel limited to the color palette I used. You can incorporate the colors you commonly use in your home décor, experiment with new combinations or let your kids choose their favorite colors. This project is a great opportunity for everyone in the family to express their creativity.
Supplies for a Colorful Yarn Wreath
- Styrofoam wreath
- Flexible measuring tape
- Pen or permanent marker
- Yarn in a variety of colors, textures and weight
- Sharp scissors
- Pom-pom makers in different sizes
- Crochet hook
- Wreath hook
How to Make a Colorful Yarn Wreath
- Measure the circumference of your Styrofoam wreath.
- Divide that measurement by the number of yarn colors you’re using to determine the size each section of yarn will be. For example, if your wreath measures 20 inches around and you’re using five different yarns, each yarn section will be four inches.
- Note the size of each section by marking your wreath with a pen or marker.
- Tie on your first yarn, and add a dot or thin line of glue to secure the knot and tail.
Tip: Start with your thickest, heaviest-weight yarn. You can use that section to gauge how thick to wrap the other sections.
- Wrap the yarn all the way around the first marked section.
- When you finish the section, tuck the tail under the wrapped yarn on the back of the wreath, and secure it with glue.
- Repeat steps 4-6 for each section on your Styrofoam wreath.
Tip: If you’re using a thinner yarn, you may need to double or triple wrap it until it’s nearly as thick as the yarn in your first section.
- Use your pom-pom makers, available at craft stores or Amazon, to create pom poms in a variety of sizes and colors.
Tip: Use your larger pom pom makers for thick, heavy yarns and smaller makers for thin, lightweight yarns.
- Trim pom poms so they’re fluffy and round, leaving the two long tails untouched.
- Tie pom pom tails around the wreath as tightly as you can. Use the crochet hook to pull tails through the wrapped yarn on the back of the wreath, and secure them with a dot of glue.
- Repeat step 10 to add a second layer of smaller pom poms.
Tip: Don’t tie the second layer as tightly as the first or they’ll smush the larger pom poms.
- Trim off any excess tails from the back of the wreath, and hang using a wreath hook.
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Be sure to share pictures of your wreaths on social media using the hashtag #washingtonfamilymag so we can see your creativity. Happy crafting, friends!
A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Washington FAMILY.