Simple DIY Felt Leaf Wreath

I’ve confessed before that wreath making is not my strong suit. Yeah, I’ve made a couple of them (including the Pebble Wreath and Peacock Wreath) but it’s not in my comfortable little box of DIY ideas that I go to over and over again (say… like.. making pillows.)  But what I do like is a good challenge, and since my friend Kellie at Nest of Posies asked me to join in on her Wreath Collection, then I just couldn’t say no.

I will tell ya, I’m not a fancy wreath maker. I feel like less is more – one good thing and I’m usually done (aka rocks or feathers or whatever), so my approach at this year’s Christmas Wreath was to make one from felt leaves. Felt is one of my new favorite crushes, because it’s so easy to work with, cheap as can be and you can make almost anything from it. This wreath is seriously simple and super cheap – like about $2 to make. Want to make your own felt leaf wreath? Come on, I’ll show you how!
felt leaf wreath tutorial

For this project you will need:

  • 8 sheets of 4/$1 felt from the craft store (I chose dark grey – feel the thickness, thicker is better)
  • Scissors for cutting felt
  • 1 large cardboard box (or you could use a sheet of foam core if you want)
  • Two bowls, one large and another slightly smaller
  • Pencil
  • Box Knife
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

See! I bet you have most of the things you need to make a felt leaf wreath already!

felt leaf wreath tutorial

Start by cutting your felt: Fold the sheet into thirds on the longest side (think like mailing a letter) and then cut it down the folds.

felt leaf wreath tutorial

Then you have three pieces of felt. Fold each of the strips in half and cut, then fold in half and cut again so you have four equal(ish) pieces.

felt leaf wreath tutorial

You’ll have 12 pieces per sheet x 8 sheets = 72 leaves. Oh! But we need to make them leaves…
felt leaf wreath tutorial

So fold them in half long ways, where the fold is towards your hand and the open end is outward.

felt leaf wreath tutorial

Then cut a scallop from tip to tip, just like making paper leaves as a kid. Repeat 71 times on all the other bits of felt you cut and then take a short break to let your hand uncramp 🙂

felt leaf wreath tutorial

Next, take the box and use a bowl to trace a big circle on one side with the pencil.

felt leaf wreath tutorial

Center the smaller bowl inside the large circle you traced from the first bowl and trace again.

Next, use the box knife to cut it out, cutting the inside circle first and then the outside circle makes it much easier and more stable to cut.
felt leaf wreath tutorial

Once you have your pieces cut, then you have yourself a cardboard wreath form. Sweet!

felt leaf wreath tutorial

Play around with the felt leaves, dry fitting them onto the form to get your placement right, but I found that this tri-leaf pattern worked well for me. One leaf, two on top slanted, then another set of the same on top.

felt leaf wreath tutorial

Carefully hot glue them to the cardboard wreath form all the way around, just gluing the one tip on the bottom. When you get back all the way around the wreath, just raise the tops of the first leaves up and you can glue the last leaves in place.

DIY felt leaf wreath tutorial

Once you get going, you can finish up all the cutting and gluing pretty quickly. If you wanna get a little fancier, then use the base of the felt leaf wreath and do something pretty on top. I’m a simple girl so I like it just like it is.

Holiday Wreath

Below you will find the links to each of the brand new 2014 Christmas Wreaths. To appreciate all the lovely details of each wreath, click on each of the links.

Vintage Wonderland Wreath from Flamingo Toes

Rudolph Wreath from She’s Kinda Crafty

Woodland Tree Wreath by Tatertots and Jello

Christmas Craft Wreath from Positively Splendid

Lumber Jack Antler Wreath from Nest of Posies

Poinsettia Wreath from A Night Owl Blog

Simple Felt Leaf Wreath from The Shabby Creek Cottage

Easy Christmas Wreath from Just Destiny Mag

Rustic Christmas Wreath from Clean and Scentsible

Glitter Holiday Wreath from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Scripted Ribbon Poinsettia Wreath from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

Rustic Glam Holiday Wreath from Sweet Rose Studio

How to make a Snowy Jingle Bell Wreath from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fun Christmas Wreath from The Pennington Point

Christmas Felt Flower Wreath by Bombshell Bling

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.

Comments

  1. Clever and so pretty.

  2. What a fun and easy project, it looks great.

  3. Cheap. Easy. AND seriously cute?
    It’s a Christmas Wreath winner!!
    I love the grey felt, it reminds me of flannel.
    (and your wreath form is brill!!)
    Happy Holidays Gina 🙂

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