Around St. Patty’s Day, I found a lovely tutorial for a rosette wreath made from a zillion felt circles. Little did I know when starting the project that my delicate dentist hands would hurt for a few days afterward from cutting all those circles! BUT, I still love the tightly clustered look of the wreath and decided to change it up a bit to make it 1.) easier on the hands, 2.) less time consuming and 3.) festive for the 4th of July! Instead of circles, I cut 3 inch squares out of leftover fabric from my flag bunting, leaving the edges a bit raw to create the illusion of bursting fireworks. Hands are fine, I was done in a few hours (instead of a few days) and the colors really pop!
Here’s what you need:
- 10-inch white styrofoam wreath form
- box of straight pins
- approx 2 yards of scrap fabric, the thicker the better
- rotary cutter, rotary mat and Omnigrip (so fast and easy if you are a quilter and have these already, otherwise use a ruler and scissors)
- ribbon for hanging
Here’s what you do:
- Snip edge of your fabric every three inches and rip out strips.
- Layer strips of fabric together and cut out three inch squares.
- Fold each square as shown, such that the folded over corner bisects the edge it is being folded over upon.
- Fold over again as shown, so that you have four points sticking up. Insert pin at folded edge.
- Pin each folded square onto wreath form, clustering tightly to create bursting firework effect.
- Fluff fabric after adding a few squares and continue adding until all visible surfaces of wreath are covered (everything but the backside).
- Flip wreath over and use straight pins to affix your ribbon hanger.
Cost: $5, after using leftover fabric from another project! I picked up the wreath and straight pins at Joann’s and used a 50% off coupon toward the wreath. A super thrifty holiday craft!