The only craft I did for Christmas decorations this year was an easy felt wreath for our coat closet door. It’s basically the first thing you see when you walk into our apartment, and I didn’t want it to be naked. I wanted to make an ombre wreath, so I chose shades of blue. Like most crafts I do, I kept it pretty free form and simple. It’s based on the same tutorial I used for the Thanksgiving wreath I made. This wreath is so easy, you still have time to make it before Christmas. This is a good craft for older kids to help with (up to the hot gluing, then you might want to take over).
- A Styrofoam form,
- Sharp scissors,
- Hot glue gun,
- An ornament to hang from the middle, and
- A ribbon for hanging the wreath
- Cut strips from the felt the height you want for the scallops (mine were about two inches high and I got 5 or so strips from the sheets)
- Cut individual scallops from the strips by first cutting rectangles the width you want the scallops and then rounding one end,
- Decide the pattern you want for your colors,
- Use the hot glue to glue the felt scallops to the wreath form, slightly overlapping so that the form doesn’t peek through
- Tie the ribbon around where you want the top of the wreath to be and hang your ornament from the bottom of the ribbon (this is a good way to do it in case you want to change out the ornament later)
- Don’t forget that you want to make an ombre-style wreath and begin gluing the scallops all willy-nilly. Or do. Like I did. Good thing I like how it turned out.
- The distance you place between the rows will dictate how thick the wreath gets. I like them crowded together and spaced father apart, so you really can’t mess up.
Photographic evidence of the supposed-to-be-ombre-style-wreath-that-still-ended-up-being-really-pretty.
I would love links to your Christmas crafts!