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Monday, February 25, 2013

Spring Yarn Wreath with Burlap Flowers

I decided it was time to pack away all of the winter decor and start thinking spring!!  I was so excited when I saw the pool noodles were back in the store.  So of course, I stocked up on those.  They are my favorite base for making wreaths.  I bought some of the very large and medium sized noodles.  I couldn't wait to get busy making my first wreath for spring.  Actually, I made 3 of them.  One for my front door, my deck, and one for my classroom. 

Here is the one that I made for my front door.  

Spring yarn wreath with burlap flowers and bunting tutorial, fabric stiffener, how to, diy

For this one, I used the large pool noodle, yarn, and white burlap.  I had a lot of the white burlap and needed to do something with it. 

pool noodle wreath how to

I love using the pool noodles because they are so easy to work with, and the floral pins work great with them.  I cut about 4 inches off of this one, and I always slide a straightened out wire hanger through the noodle.  The hanger helps it to keep its shape.  I placed each end of the hanger through both of the holes inside the noodle.  Then use duct tape to hold it together.  

yarn wreath tutorial

Then comes the most time-consuming part of the whole project,  Wrapping the yarn around the noodle.  My cat decided this was his favorite project ever, and really helped me a lot.  : )

Spring yarn wreath with burlap flowers and bunting tutorial, fabric stiffener, how to, diy

I taped the yarn to the noodle and started wrapping.  I tried several different ways, but the fastest for me was to just wrap straight from the ball of yarn.  Once I was finally finished with the wrapping, I tied it off at the back of the wreath.  

To make the burlap flowers, I added fabric stiffener to the burlap.  I  placed scraps of burlap on wax paper.   I diluted the stiffener a little with water, and used a sponge brush to apply it heavily to the burlap.  I let it dry overnight.  It was ready to go the next morning.  

burlap with fabric stiffener how to

The photo below shows why I love to use the fabric stiffener.  It makes the burlap cut clean, and there is no unraveling unlike the above photo before the stiffener was applied.  You can also shape and bend the flowers  this way.  

burlap with fabric stiffener

I just randomly cut out flower petals in all shapes and sizes.   Once I had the petals cut out, I used floral pins to hold them in place on the wreath.  

Here's the up close photo of the flower.

white burlap flower with fabric stiffener

I used several floral pins on each flower.  Once I was happy with the flowers, I hot glued old earrings to the center of the flowers.  I couldn't believe I found 4 old earrings that matched the color of the yarn.   

white burlap flowers with fabric stiffener and jewelry

To make the bunting, I cut triangles out of the stiffened burlap and hot glued them to the yarn.  I added some scrapbooking appliques to spell out spring.

Spring yarn wreath with burlap flowers and bunting tutorial, fabric stiffener, how to, diy
That is my first spring wreath.  I will be sharing the other two wreaths soon.  I made a cute little bunny wreath for my classroom that I love.  Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.  I hope you have a wonderful crafty week!  



Jessica @ A Humble Creation said...

Kathy, this is beautiful! Thanks for the tip of using a pool noodle. I would have never thought of that! I was just thinking today my door could use a spring wreath, and you've inspired me to get going!!

Unknown said...

Looks really pretty! I'm loving it and I am definitely gonna use it for my post 5 spring wreaths. :) xo

Unknown said...

Hi Kathy! You're so lucky to find pool noodles out already...there is not one in sight in my neck of the woods! Your wreath looks so festive..love that aqua color...reminds me of Caribbean Waters! Thanks for sharing!

Irfan said...

woow! You are real artist Kathy..

J said...

That's an ingenious use for pool noodles, and if the yarn fades, the wreath is easily remade. Your colors are fresh and pretty for this time of year.
Btw - when I look closely, I can see Ed's pawprints all over that thing!

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

Lovely, Kathy. We could use some Spring weather here soon.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Love your burlap flowers! I'm so over winter right now, but am torn between what I should be working on. St. Patrick, Easter, Spring? I need to get myself together and make something real quick!

Wendy's World 82 said...

I love it. Thanks for the play-by-play. I'm putting this on my list for today.

Unknown said...

I love this wreath, love the colors, the flowers are awesome!!!
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Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

Maria said...

Beautiful!! I love the blue with the burlap!! My friend taught me how to make yarn wreaths and I love making them.
This is such a pretty spring wreath!
Have a wonderful day! Xo

Unknown said...

Over from Kathe's with an E. I love making wreaths but the use of the burlap and stiffening is a new idea to me. Thanks for sharing. Pop over for a visit if you like.

Judy said...

beautiful spring wreath!

Unknown said...

I love the idea of using a pool noodle as the base--fantastic! It turned out beautifully!

Jodi said...

I love it. So pretty :)

Unknown said...

I love the gorgeous blue and burlap! What a great idea to use fabric stiffener on the burlap. Turned out so cute :)

xo, Tanya

PJH Designs said...

So pretty Kathy. Makes me smile. I'm so ready for Spring.


Doreen@foxdenrd said...

You're a genius! Plain and simple! I love fabric stiffener too. I think it's totally under utilized and I was actually going to use it recently on burlap also. Now I'm convinced it is a great idea.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thank you for sharing this bdarling wreath at my party...those flowers are soooo cute!

Andrea @ This Pug Life said...

Very cute! And I love the color you chose.

Karren Haller said...

I love these colors an the flowers made with burlap are a great addition!! Very nice spring addition. Come share your site Magical Miniature Gardens
Happy WW

The Tablescaper said...

How neat. Love the Spring color and the burlap flowers.

- The Tablescaper

Winnie said...

It's beautiful and absolutely looooooooooove the colors :)

Unknown said...

This is SO cute! Thanks for linking up at my Link Up! :)

Laurie @ Stylin Savanna said...

This is so cute! I'm having a turquiose obsession at the moment, this wreath would be pretty for summer too!

Laurie @ Stylin Savanna said...

This is so cute! I'm having a turquiose obsession at the moment, this wreath would be pretty for summer too!

Unknown said...

Hi Kathy

thank you very much for stopping by Sweet Petite, I'm following you now through GFC, twitter & google + (although to be honest I haven't figured out G+ yet!)

You have a great blog, and I love this wreath! So cute and I love the colour, you make it look so easy!

Looking forward to reading more of your posts :)

Shel @ Sweet Petite

Pieced Pastimes said...

Your wreath turned out so pretty - perfect for Spring! Love how you added the earrings to the centers of the flowers.
Thanks for sharing,
Pieced Pastimes

Paula said...

This is beautiful! I love the earrings that you used for the centers! We'd love for you to link this to our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

Debbie @DewdropGables said...

It looks great, Kathy! The colours certainly say Spring! I love it.
Debbie :)

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

What a gorgeous wreath, Kathy!! Love the color!! Well done! ;)

Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Cute wreath! I love that shade of blue and great idea adding those cute earrings!!! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


Anonymous said...

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Unknown said...

What an adorable Spring Wreath Kathy! I love the colors you chose. I've been seeing lots of burlap flowers in the craft store and looooving them! And great idea using fabric stiffner. Bring on Spring!!!

Miss Layne said...

This is so pretty! I love the color so much! misselayneousthings.blogspot.com

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

That's so gorgeous Kathy,

An Oasis in the Desert said...

This is so adorable, Kathy! I'm crazy-nuts for turquoise this year. Good to know about using the wire hanger to hold the pool noodle together -- the one I did last year keeps going into an oval shape!

Unknown said...

I love the wreath and it does look easy.

Hopping around from Linking with my Ladies. But staying around as a follower.


The Messy Roost said...

That is so lovely. I love the color and, of course, the burlap -- white is pretty. Rhonda

Cocalores said...

What a stunning project! Love the colors and the little gems, definitely an eye-catcher!

Following you from the blog hop =)

Anja @ cocalores.blogspot.com

Mommy Evolution said...

The color is wonderful :-) Please share your entry on Creative Crafts Thursday, www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com, and any of your favorite projects each and every week.

Unknown said...

I love the wreath, Kathy! Especially the burlap touches. And using a pool noodle is such a great idea! Thanks!!
Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

Kelly and Tiffany said...

Pretty as always, Kathy. I'm in love with the flowers you made.


crazycatladybj said...

Love this. So happy looking. Thanks for the nice tutorial.

Petro said...

Awe, it's so cute! You've got a good crafty hand :)


Ana Dziengel said...

Great burlap flowers! Love the button centers.

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE the color. SHaring on Google+ now :). This would make a great addition to our Pinworthy Projects party-come and share it!

Unknown said...

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Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

Your wreath turned out so pretty, Kathy. I love the bright color. It must have taken forever to wrap it!!! Thanks for visiting and linking at One Creative Weekend on OneCreativeMommy.com.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Your creativity amazes me!! This wreath is so pretty!

Crafts a la Mode said...

You make the best wreaths, Kathy! Amazing and the color is spot ON. Love it. Take care, Linda

Micupoftea said...

Lovely color, nice texture!

Christy James said...

This is so cute! I love how simple and fresh it is!! I have to remember your pool noodle trick:)

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

So very cute!! Love the colors and as always your amazing creativity just shines. Pinning!!!!!!

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

What a great spring project! I'm pinning this!

Unknown said...

I am in LOVE with this - the blue, the flowers, everything! Just wanted to let you know that this will be featured at Someday Crafts tomorrow. Be sure to check it out!!

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

This is gorgeous! I love the blue and I love the jewels you accented the flowers with!

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Unknown said...

Great color choice, Kathy! The whole thing is so springy and pretty! Thanks so much for sharing this at Shine on Fridays this week!

Unknown said...

Wow! What a beautiful wreath Kathy! It is also in my favourite colour, blue. Awesome! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday.

Donna Wilkes said...

Love the tip about the fabric stiffener. Great colors. You must be the most patient woman to walk the earth to wind yarn around that pool noodle. I can just hear someone asking what you were doing and you answering, "Wrapping my noodle!"

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Oh my goodness, that is beautiful! I love it!!

Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Kathy, love the color of your cheery wreath. The unmatched earrings are fabulous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Christine said...

LOVE IT Kathy!!! Great job!! I'm thinking of attemping a wreath soon!!

Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer last week. Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening! Have a great day!!

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog said...

This is beautiful! I recently made a wreath with a pool noodle too--love it! "Or so she says..." Thanks for sharing!

~Abby =)

Anonymous said...

Kathy~Your wreath is awesome. I love the color. It is my fave color. You can find my blog at http://scrapclose2theheart.wordpress.com/

Ivy and Elephants said...

Kathy I love your Spring wreath. Puts me right in the mood. I would love it if you would share this amazing post at our WIW Linky Party. It's still open. Hope you can join us!


Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Wow! That's a lot of yarn wrapping!! It turned out very cute. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


Unknown said...

Beautiful, I love how it turned out and those burlap flowers are lovely. Thanks so much for linking up at Crafty Tuesday.

Betsy Pool said...

Love this brightly colored wreath!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

Alexis Tanner Lane said...

This is so pretty! I love it! And the blue is a great color!

Leigh Anne Wilkes said...

Such a fun spring wreath - especially love the little pennant banner!
Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you'll come back again on Saturday! Leigh Anne

Unknown said...

I just LOVE this wreath every time I see it! I definitely have a soft spot for turquoise/beige!

I'd love for you to share this at my March Madness Party.


Happy Hump Day!

Michelle O said...

I love the colour of this wreath - very pretty :)

Using tubing as a bases is such a fab idea - I did that last year for Halloween and saved a ton!

Thanks for sharing this at Cook, Craft, Create at The Purple Pumpkin Blog. Hope to see you again soon!

Michelle xx

Tammy said...

Love the burlap flowers! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Unknown said...

I would have never thought of using a pool noodle for a wreath! Oh My gosh, they are available for $1.00 at the Dollar Tree! Love a thrifty craft.

Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring to the party next week!

Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

Unknown said...

Hi. Kathy, I saw your wreath on Cuddlebug Cuties link hop and wanted to pop by and say it is beautiful. I think I want to make one also, thanks for sharing it with us.

The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

Anonymous said...

Love the colors...and I adore burlap! Thank you so much for linking up yet another absolutely FABULOUS project!


Theresa said...

Love the colors, light burlap & embellishments! Your wreath turned out so pretty! Thanks for dropping in & linking up with me at the party!
Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

Julia Forshee said...

This is such an elegant wreath. I have NEVER made a wreath before in my life, but I feel inspired! We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there!!

Unknown said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us over at Real Housemoms.

The HOME GIRL said...

I love this, Kathy! I need to go back out to Dollar Tree and pick up some pool noodles!!!

I'd love to have you come and share this on my brand new link party called the "FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA!" (Ole!) It's actually running now through Sunday at Noon ET!

Here's the link in case you're interested!


I hope to see you there! Thanks for sharing this awesome creation of yours! Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness...you might have just saved my life with that stiffener tip. I've had a bunch of burlap that I've been using for various projects and it always gets all over everything when I cut it up and is super difficult to work with (though I love it so). But stiffener could be the solution to my problems! I just love the look of burlap so much...now it doesn't have to be a hassle to work with it. Thank you!

And your wreath is absolutely stunning. Love that bright blue!

Unknown said...

Love the wreath! So creative, cute, and beautiful. Love the colors!
Kimberli @ greatastestuesdays.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...


I just wanted to let you know your post will be featured on Show and Tell Saturday #7 at Sassy Little Lady later this evening! Have a great day!


Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects! Stopping by to let you know I featured you from last week's party! http://myfavefinds.com/pinworthy-projects-my-favorites/

Unknown said...

I'm so glad you shared this at March Madness..I just LOVE it!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love at Sew Chatty! I just featured you on our Facebook page!

Unknown said...

Kathy! Your wreath is so cute!

Thanks so much for linking it up!

I am going to feature you on my blog later tonight!

Have a lovely evening.


Kim~madeinaday said...

I am featuring your beautiful wreath tomorrow on Made in a Day!

Susie Buetow said...

Really? Burlap flowers? So cool, Kathy!

Thank you so much for linking up in the Crafty Showcase last week! I'm slow at getting to do all my visit this week! We care that you link up and LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting your blog to see what all you are up to!

have a super week!
Susie @Bowdabra

Angie Generose said...

Thank you for sharing this at my link party - I just love it! So simple and so adorable. I pinned it so I can remember to try it :)


Unknown said...

Love this wreath! Thanks for linking up to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #6!

Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

Hope you have a great rest of your week :)


Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Thanks so much for sharing at last week's BFF Open House. This week's party is up and this is one of the features!

Unknown said...

Stopping by from Motivate Me Monday! LOVE this wreath -- so cute & perfect for spring!

Kimberly T. said...

That is such a beautiful wreath! I made one very similar to that last year, but yours is a classier version. :). Your burlap flowers are just fabulous, I'm going to have to try those sometime.

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

LOVE everything Kathy! Burlap flowers are genius and the color! SWOOON! Featuring you at this weekend's party :)

THANK YOU for linkin up to my Sunday FUNday party! Hope to see you tonight!!
Kristine - The Foley Fam {unedited}

Ashley said...

I love how this turned out! I never thought to use fabric stiffener, but this would work so well with some burlap projects I have in mind! Thanks for sharing!! I'm a new follower!

Ashley @ casa-de-castel.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Very pretty...love the colors! I pinned this to my Wreath board. Thanks again for sharing at the Rock 'N Share! Blessings, D