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DIY Fall Wreath – Felt Rosette Frenzy!

2011 November 7
by Becky

We’ve had a warm fall…locals claim this year has been very irregular weather-wise. Therefore the last couple weeks of chilly weather have been wonderful. The colors are incredible and we just can’t get enough of the leaves.

So I thought it would be a perfect time to share my DIY Fall Wreath!

I started with some inspiration.

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After getting very overwhelmed by the leaf collecting (I was going real or nada) and our lack of colorful leaves at the time of this project, I decided a fabric wreath was the ticket. I then fell in love with felt rosettes. I fell hard.

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Here are my materials. I grabbed stacks of felt from Michael’s ($.25 each, but next time I will explore buying from a fabric store instead), a blank CD, fabric scissors, and my trusty glue gun. You will also need an inexpensive wreath form of your choice. I went with the natural branch wreath that was on sale for $5.99. Get extra glue sticks if you are concerned about running out…I had to make an extra trip for more. Frustrating.

Cut your felt into circles using the CD as a template. I cut stacks of 2-3 felt sheets. Then, starting at the outside edge, cut your circle into a spiral. It doesn’t have to be perfect, imperfections make things interesting.

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Starting at the spiral center, begin rolling the rosette. You want the cut edge at the bottom of the rossette.

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Keep rolling. When you are done, secure the end with a dot of hot glue. Or you can pin it and do all the glueing later like me.

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Once you are done making a bunch of rosettes, start laying them out on your wreath form. It’s not easy keeping them on there without glue, but it will allow you to see how the finished product will look. It will also tell you how many rosettes you will need…I made a lot because I decided to go for a more ‘full’ look. I love the more ‘sparse’ look too. You can do one color or several. I started with one (the darker orange) but then decided I wanted more colors.

I also made smaller rosettes by cutting my spiral length in half. The variation in size created some fun texture.

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And ta-da! A beautiful rosette wreath, perfect for fall. My oranges aren’t really coming through in this picture, but I promise they are more fall then neutral.

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Then came time to hang my beautiful wreath on the door. But I couldn’t do it.

We have no overhang on our front stoop and I couldn’t leave my baby to suffer the elements, namely rain. It rains a lot here. So now it lives over our giant, mantel-less fireplace.

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I never thought the wreath would go in this spot, but I love being able to enjoy it inside. It breaks up the brick a little too, which is nice. Since we are renting, we didn’t want to make any holes in the brick. Luckily, there were two very old nails toward the top. We used some fishing line to attache the wreath to the nails and give it a ‘floating’ illusion. Trippy.

It was a fun project and I’m happy with the result. I may do another one in a more sparse, single color variation for the door. We’ll see.

Anyone else have a DIY fall wreath? Please share!!

Since this project is so popular, I’ve linked this post up with one great DIY sites: Young House Love, for their Pinterest Challenge AND a new find, Newly Woodwards for their Thanksgiving “Dare to DIY” Blog Party. You should link up too!

19 Responses leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    November 7, 2011

    You are so talented. Love the wreath, especially after you added the blues.

  2. November 9, 2011

    Wow, it looks fabulous on that fireplace! What a beautiful room. I’m glad I could help pass the inspiration along!

  3. November 14, 2011

    Wow! it’s lovely! I really love the rosettes, too. And you make it look like I may be able to accomplish it. (Although I have next to NO patience, so maybe not.)

    I also love that you hung it inside. You get to enjoy it so much more that way!

    Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY!

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      November 14, 2011

      You could totally do it!!! Great project to do while watching a movie :) Glue guns make every project easier!

  4. November 14, 2011

    I love it! Very pretty and it looks nice against the brick.

  5. November 14, 2011

    GREAT tutorial! I had never even thought of doing a wreath outside of Christmas until Pinterest. Now I just want to make like 1000 of them! I also hang my Christmas wreath inside, so I think yours is in a perfect spot!

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      November 14, 2011

      Thanks Casey! I just hated to think of spending all that time on a wreath and then not even seeing it! I may just have to make another one for outside. :)
      Pinterest is better then Facebook…genius!

  6. November 15, 2011

    This is absolutely beautiful! Love it!

  7. November 16, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this. Its gorgeous! Will be attempting my own for Christmas!

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      November 16, 2011

      You must post pics and link back!! Can’t wait to see a Christmas version

  8. Suzie permalink
    November 20, 2011

    LOVE this!!! I think I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow…

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