One of my favourite parts of the holiday season has gotta be Christmas crafting! Seriously, you can’t beat an afternoon spent surrounded by festive paper, scissors and glue, listening to Christmas tunes and drinking endless cups of tea. Sounds good, right?! So when the guys at Turtle Mat contacted me recently and asked me to take part in their Christmas crafts challenge, I jumped on the opportunity!
They challenged me to create a Christmas wreath, which is something which I’ve actually never made before. So, armed with the basic wreath-making supplies that Turtle Mat kindly sent to me, I set out for the nearest craft shop for those all-important finishing touches, to customise my wreath. The result? A rustic, tweed wreath made with maroon yarn – and completed with a branch and little wooden trees. I love it! You can make one for yourself too, just follow my step by step tutorial below.
DIY tweed Christmas wreath
What you’ll need
- Circular wreath frame
- Scraps of plain fabric
- A ball of tweed yarn
- 1 small branch or twig
- Thin balsa wood
- Craft knife (not pictured)
- Double sided sticky tape (not pictured)
- Glue gun and glue sticks (not pictured)
What to do
Part 1: Cover the wreath frame
- Cut some scrap fabric into long strips, approximately 2 inches wide. This fabric will form the backdrop of the tweed yarn, so make sure it’s neutral, or a similar colour to the yarn.
- Wrap the yarn once around the wreath frame and secure in place with some double sided sticky tape, or a few stitches.
- Continue to wrap the fabric around the wreath, working your way around the frame, until it’s completely covered. Fix the fabric in place with another piece of sticky tape, or a few stitches.
- Time to wrap the tweed yarn around the wreath! Tie one end of the yarn in a loop around the wreath frame, then start to wind it around repeatedly, to build up the coverage.
- When you’ve made it all the way around the wreath with the tweed yarn, tie a knot to secure it in place.
- If you want to add more depth and texture to the wreath, you can wrap another layer of tweed around it (I did, and would recommend that you do, but it’s totally optional).
Part 2: Add the wooden decorations
- Use a sharp craft knife to cut out some simple triangle shapes from a piece of thin balsa wood. Alternatively, you can use a thicker, more robust wood and cut them out with appropriate tools.
- Roughly arrange your wooden triangles into an arrangement you like.
- Optional: Use a green marker pen to colour in the sides of the triangles, to add a splash of colour.
- Use double sided sticky tape to stick the triangles together, slightly overlapping them to create a forest effect.
- Fill in the gaps at the base of the trees with a few more pieces of balsa wood. You need to have a flat surface to stick to the twig in the next step.
- Finally, use a glue gun to stick the wooden trees to a twig (making sure you’ve given the twig a good clean with an antibacterial wipe beforehand!), then glue the twig to the tweed-covered wreath. Wait for it to dry fully, then hang it up with some ribbon or twine.
This DIY tweed Christmas wreath is definitely my kinda festive decoration! I love the slightly Scandinavian-style feel of the little wooden houses, and the texture of the tweed yarn and branch work really well together. You could easily use different colours and textures of yarn to achieve a completely different wreath – put a few hours aside this weekend and see what you can make! Thanks to Turtle Mat for inviting me to take part in their Christmas craft campaign – be sure to go check out their awesome range of quirky doormats (I especially love that fox one!). – Mike.
P.S. When I was shooting these photos, the wind was SO BAD. Seriously, we’re talking so bad it was shaking the trees. It was a miracle that the wreath didn’t fly off! But just incase, I had a spare pair of hands waiting juuust outside of shot, ready to catch it if it got caught in a gust! Here’s an accidental shot of them in action…
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