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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2 Fall Felt Ombre Wreath

I saw a wreath on Etsy that I loved, but it was smaller than I wanted and was kinda pricey. So, I decided to copy it and make my own version. It really didn't take that much time or effort.
Felt is great to work with because it comes in lots of colors, is cheap, and keeps a clean edge when you cut it. So I went over to Hobby Lobby and picked up a 16 inch foam wreath form (about $8 with coupon) and craft felt squares (14 @ .25 each). Not a bad deal for 12 bucks.

The edges to the wreath were squared off and I wanted them a little rounder, so I took a serrated knife to the outside and inside circles.

I spray painted the foam maroon. Rustoleum has created a spray handle that you can attach to spray cans that has saved my right pointy finger from great suffering. After I spray painted a bunch of frames a couple of months ago I couldn't feel my finger tip for a couple weeks, and then it tingled for another couple weeks. It just recently has returned to normal. So thank you, Rustoleum!

I just happened to have some spray paint left over from this Halloween Project. I like to call it, "Bacon":

I cut out a leaf shape on cardstock and  then traced it onto the felt squares. I was able to save time and effort by cutting through three sheets of felt at a time. I bought 7 gradiating colors from maroon to cream, 2 sheets each. It made more than enough leaves, I only used about 2/3 of what I cut out.

I measured the circumference of the wreath (56"), divided that by 7 (which is 8 for those of you that have forgotten your multiplication tables) and marked the wreath on the outside every 8 inches. Then I lined and stacked all of the felt leaves 3 at a time on top of eachother--one in the center, and two pointing out right and left, making a larger looking leaf. Then I adjusted the spacing of the leaves until it was even. 

I attached them all with hot glue, and it was done! It only took me a couple hours from start to finish, and I think it was worth it.  I love the way it looks against my black front door.

Happy Fall!