Tuesday, February 14, 2012

{Crafting Diva} How To: DIY Tulle Valentine's Wreath


I can never seem to stay ahead of the holidays.  In a perfect blogging world, I would get all of these posts out way in advance.

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  I hope you all have a wonderful day with your significant others, friends, and/or family!  Valentine's Day doesn't just have to be about romantic love.  :-)  I wish all of you love and hope you get to be around those you care about today and every day.

I've been a bit obsessed with having a holiday or seasonal wreath on my front door at all times.  I bought a clearance rainbow-colored metallic tinsel wreath at Target sometime after Christmas.  I've been changing up the decor on it for various events.  (I'll do a post about that wreath later.)

Right now, I want to tell you about a pretty wreath I made last week.  I found the idea via Pinterest and couldn't wait to make it using some of my leftover wedding tulle, fabric, and ribbon.

Here is the original I pinned:



I'm not really sure what the measurements of this white one are.  Mine turned out pretty large.

Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial



Here is what you will need to make this:

Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial
  • Heavy duty wire
  • 5 yards of Tulle  (I used 7 yards)
  • Strips of lace, ribbon, fabric, etc.
  • Long strip of fabric for hanging
  • Scissors, ruler
 Directions:

Make a heart shape with the wire.  I got a fairly heavy duty wire in the floral section of my local craft store.  I can't find the packaging anymore to tell you the gauge.  In the future, I would get a heavier gauge and twist it to make a sturdier base.  Also, I don't know the measurements of the white heart.  Mine ended up being 17 inches wide at the widest part by 19 inches tall.  I also needed an extra 2 yards to finish it, so make it whatever size you want.

Cut the tulle into 2 inch by 4.5 inch strips.  This didn't take quite as long as it sounds, but my fingers were cramping from cutting it all.  The strips don't have to be perfectly straight, so don't stress out about perfection on this one.

Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial

Tie the strips of tulle into knots around the wreath.  I wanted a fuller look than the white heart, so I used two strips at a time when tying them onto the wire.

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Add strips of lace, fabric, or ribbon of your choosing to add some more pizzazz and dimension.

Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial

Add a long strip of fabric to the wreath for hanging.  I also had to go back over my heart with some scissors to even out the length of strips.  They were a little uneven in places.

Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial

I spent a total of $4 on this wreath for the wire.  The tulle and ribbon I already had from leftover wedding-related craft projects.  The fabric was leftover from making vests and ties for my wedding.

It did take a little while to tie all the strips, but it went by a lot faster than you might think.  I managed to get over half of it done while not watching the Super Bowl. lol  I'm really happy with the end result.



Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial
 My ribbon and bag of tulle strips


 Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial
 Strips tied onto the wire.  Keep pushing them together for your desired fullness.

 Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial
Add ribbons for pizzazz!


 Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial



Valentine's Door Wreath Tutorial

Have fun!!!

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