Yes a pool noodle. I have to give props to Heather from MMM is for Mommy before even starting. She’s the one who gave me the idea of using a pool noodle. What a huge cost savings.
Making your own wreath doesn’t have to be costly or difficult when you use many of the things you have in and around the house. Projects like these are easy enough that everyone can help out. It’s a great way to spend a weekend and everyone feels proud of the work when it’s all done. Best of all total cost for both styles that I made was under $10. The only problem is I am now addicted to making them. Sorry Guy at Rona who I made scale a ladder to get me 2 more noodles off the top shelf.
What you’ll need:
- 1 pool noodle
- wool – a heavier/thicker wool is better because it will give you more coverage, and this is one area where cheaper is just fine.
- fabric, buttons, balls, branches or what ever embellishments catch your fancy
- Duct Tape
- Hair pins or Glue Gun *Hair pins will give you the option of changing out the decorations depending on the season.
Step One: Decide how big you want your wreath to be. For a large wreath you will need a full pool noodle, but for a smaller one you can cut the pool noodle in half and then cut again lengthwise so that you can easily bend it into a circular shape. For the smaller form you won’t be able to use heavy decorations because it will loose its roundness if there is too much weight.
Step Two: Duct tape the two ends together to form a circle.
Step Three: Wrap wool around the entire wreath. You can do this in a variety of ways. For the smaller blue wreath I used finger knit wool to add more depth and texture. For the larger red wreath I just wrapped the wool around making sure not to overlap. Both wreaths used one skein of wool.
Step Four: Embellish with whatever catches your fancy and glue the items on using a hot glue gun or use the straight hair pins, slanted at an angle, to secure. I do suggest trying the layout before gluing anything down. You can use fabric yo-yo‘s, branches from the slightly out of control ever green in your back yard, balls, pine cones or little gift boxes. Colour coordinate to other decorations.
Step Five: Attach a wide ribbon to the top for easy hanging anywhere.
This project takes 1-3 hours from start to finish.