I am still trying to figure out how to fill my newfound, non-school filled, free time. One way that I have filled time is through crafting, although I am still trying to figure out what my niche is in the crafting world. I’ve tried button art and knitting (I can do one stitch), started to dabble in jewelry making, and want to maybe start sewing. I’m taking a pottery class next week. I am open to suggestions on what else to try!
Although, I have found one thing that I really like doing. Around a year ago, I started making wreaths. Usually, I do this making tulle. It doesn’t take very long, it depends on the complexity of the wreath and I have become quicker as I make more wreaths. I have made wreaths for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, American, Delta Phi Epsilon, Mardi Gras, and I’m sure there is more I’m forgetting. I really enjoy making them, but they do take up room quickly. I’m considering to start selling them. But today, I’m going to share with you my first craft tutorial – how to make a tulle wreath!
Here is what you’ll need:
- 12 inch Styrofoam wreath
- At least 50 yards of tulle (2 spools)
- You will most likely use almost all the tulle.
- I usually buy about 75 yards, mainly if I want to add a third color. I have also found it better to have extra, and if you decide to do this on a regular basis, it is nice to build up supplies.
- Decorations for your wreath, such as letters, flowers, etc.
- Ribbon to hang your wreath
I don’t really do this as an exact science, but I basically eyeball it. It really depends on how you want your wreath to look; if you want longer or shorter tulle. Generally, I cut my tulle in strips of about a foot, but I have done it as long as 18 inches. If you cut them longer, you can always trim them down. If you have some too short, I tend to keep them as “filler.” I would start off my cutting three or four strips to see if you like how the length looks on the wreath. Now, to tie the strips off:
- Take your strip and make a bight, basically an open loop.
- Take the bight and pull it underneath the wreath so that the turn is facing inward of the wreath.
- The longer end with be on the outside of the wreath. Lift up the bight, and take the strip over the wreath and pull it.
- You will want to pull it a little tight so that it stays in place. Additionally, once the wreath is complete, you want the knots to NOT show, so make sure you tie them all the same direction.
- Once you have a couple pieces of tulle on the wreath, you can grab the longer parts together and kind of shimmy them together, pulling upward so it tightens.
- Repeat until the wreath is full!
- Cut and tie off ribbon to hang the wreath.
I really enjoy adding additional decorations, although this wreath looks super pretty bare. This wreath was for my brother and sister-in-law, so I got wooden letters for their initials and some flowers to decorate it. The colors were their wedding’s colors, so that was a simple choice. But there really are not any parameters on how to decorate your wreath or not. I really like using the flowers. For any holiday-themed wreath, craft stores will generally have a plethora of items to choose from that work great. Heck, once I made a “monster” wreath using tulle, googly eyes, and felt. And that is probably one of my favorite wreaths. It is what you want! Let me know what you think, and what you plan on making!
Peace and Love,