Wednesday, Nov 20
When Advent begins, I’m just not quite ready for all the Christmas decorations to be up. Every store I frequent has had that covered since before Halloween. There have been years when we’ve decorated our house from top to bottom, and front to back on the very first Sunday of Advent. And there have been other years when we’ve put up decorations little by little over the first three weeks. It really just depends on what’s going on in our lives at the time. For me, it’s all about the things you do together as a family that maintain that spirit of longing and waiting. This wreath would be the type of decoration for your front door (or any door in your home, really) that reflects the spirit of waiting we try to achieve and maintain throughout the four weeks of Advent.
This wreath tutorial is almost exactly like the Felt and Burlap Advent Wreath — just leave out the candles and add some yarn and you’re done!
Here we go!
Cut some burlap into strips.
With a glue gun, glue one end of the strip to your 12 inch styrofoam wreath.
Wrap the burlap around, overlapping it a bit and glue the other end. Keep going until you cover the entire wreath.
To add a little more texture, wrap some gray yarn around and around over the burlap, criss-crossing and layering the yarn a bit. Tie it off at the beginning and the end to keep it secure. No gluing is necessary.
If you want a thicker look, wrap your wreath form with some batting or some felt, whatever you have laying around your craft room. Then cover it with the burlap. I used scraps of felt.
Now for the flowers.
Cut some felt squares into strips. Fold them in half and sew them down one edge. If you don’t have a sewing machine, use some craft glue.
With your scissors, cut toward the stitch from the folded side. This DOES NOT have to be perfect!
Start rolling the felt, using a bead of glue from your hot glue gun along the way to keep it together.
Attach the flowers to the burlap wreath with big giant gobbs of hot glue. Don’t burn your fingers!
Cut some leaves out of green felt.
Put a little dab of glue on one end.
Squeeze it together until it dries to add dimension to your leaf.
Tuck the leaves in here and there around your flowers.
And there you have it!
You could add some rose flowers too, if you wanted. Or just scrap the whole Advent theme and make this with red felt flowers instead of purple and lavender. That would be pretty!