Friday, 16 November 2012

Wreath with Candy Cane Treats!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities Blog Event)

I love seeing all kinds of wreaths on Pinterest (here’s some that I've pinned). I was determined to make one of my own this year. To make it extra special I've included some treats on it, that visitors can help themselves to - with our Christmas wishes!:


I kept it simple but striking. To make a wreath of your own like this one you will need:

  • An 8” diameter Polystyrene Ring, and some White Wool
  • A couple of sheets of White Craft Felt 
  • Some Red & White Checked Ribbon
  • A Snowflake, a Button,  a Sentiment, some Twine, and a some Candy Canes
  • A Needle and White Thread, and a Hot Glue Gun.

Step 1: Cover your polystyrene ring with wool. I taped one end of the wool to the back of my ring and then just wrapped it around and around until I got all the way back to the start, where I took off the tape and tied the ends together. I suggest watching some TV or listen to a podcast while you complete this stage, as it takes a little while!


Step 2: Make your ornaments for the wreath. I made the white felt flower by following this tutorial. The strip of felt I started with was 2” wide by 11.5” long, and I cut the slits approx ¼” apart, then I rolled it up and hot-glued it to a 1¼” circle of felt to keep it together.

For the Snowflake I used my own template, which you can download here. If you print it to 5x7” the snowflake template will come out the right size – it should be approx 2.5” long by 1⅝” wide at the widest point:


You can then cut 5 of the shapes from white craft felt:


Next you need to pinch the ends together. I used hot glue to seal the pinches, but be careful not to burn yourself – if you’re worried you could sew them:


I then cut two more circles of 1¼” diameter, and hot-glued the ends of the snowflake between them, finishing with a button on the top circle:


The pocket for the Candy Canes is a 5” tall by 2” wide piece of white felt folded over (to be 2.5” tall by 2” wide) and stitched up the two sides, finished with a bow glued to the front. The pocket, flower, and snowflake are all hot glued on to the wreath.

I added a sentiment to the top left of the wreath, to encourage visitors to take a Candy Cane! I tied it on with twine, and also glued a snowflake on next to it (it’s a Studio Calico Wood Veneer Snowflake painted and glittered), to balance out the detail at the bottom of the wreath:


Finally I added a 10” long piece of ribbon, folded into a loop, and hot-glued to the back of the wreath, to hang it on my door (You might need less ribbon depending on how big you want your hoop!).
Here’s the finished wreath again so you don’t have to scroll back to the top:


Now it’s ready to hang on my door and spread some festive cheer!

Be Inspired:
  • Make a felt snowflake
  • Decorate a wreath
  • Find a way to give a gift to someone who you wouldn't normally give gifts to!

Don't forget that a comment on this post, or on any of my posts from this weekend, will count as an entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED} but only if you've registered your interest in winning that here!

Do you hang a wreath on your door each winter? 

Thanks for reading all of today's posts! I shall see you again tomorrow, for lots more projects, inspiration and giveaways. We'll start again at 10am GMT! x

35 comments:

Lisa-Jane said...

Such an adorable idea! I wonder who would take one and who would feel too shy... It would be interesting to watch!

humel said...

Oh, that's gorgeous! I've never made a wreath but I've seen so many inspiring ideas that this just might be the year I start :)

Lizzie said...

This is just pretty, Jennifer! A bit of wool-wrapping patience required, but the snowflake and embellishments are so lovely, that it's well worth the time and effort. I shall have to see if I can find one of these polystyrene rings and have a go!

scrappymo! said...

What a lovely idea. All the kiddies will want to come to your house!
Great job!

furrypig said...

love the wreath the white with the bright red works really well, wonder how many candy canes will be taken??!!
Sleep well and hopefully will get to see you tomorrow xxx

Lesley G said...

So sweet!!

scrappyjacky said...

It looks gorgeous....and I love the idea of adding the candy cones....don't think they'd last til christmas in my house though!!

Sandie said...

Love the idea of candy sticks on the wreath. I do have one on my door, and one or two for indoors too. I LOVE Christmas, it is such an excuse to decorate and hand make!

Jimjams said...

Beautiful - I love the contrast between the red & white of the candy canes and the way that is echoed with the gingham and twine. My only no-no is the FIVE armed snowflake - for me they *HAVE* to have six arms every time - I get so annoyed when I pick up a lovely snowflake stamp of sticker set to find it full of five or worse, eight armed snowflakes!

KraftyKaren said...

Beautiful wreath - I especially love the felt flower that you have made for it.

Louise said...

I'm loving wreaths at the moment and yours is gorgeous!

Jackie said...

What a super idea!!! Wonder how long the candy would last before there wasn't any left!!!! LOL

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Your wreath is adorable, and I just love that snowflake! Thanks for the pattern and tutorial. :o)

Julie said...

What a cool idea. I love how simple it is but very elegant. Who doesn't love candy canes.

Margie said...

What a beautiful wreath!

Nikki D said...

simple and effective

how long did that wool wrapping take?

Kirsty.a said...

I've just finished my round and left comments on them all. What a fab collection of frosty inspiration. Love it. Thanks for organising this, and double thanks for outting me in the drawer for such a lovely prize.

eClaire said...

I like the simplicity of this wreath and the gift element of the candy canes

K said...

Awww, what a sweet idea & so beautifully presented :)

hotpotato said...

wow another fab idea.

AnnieC said...

How cute is that?! Love it :o)

BJewelryBox said...

What an adorable wreath!! I love that you put candy canes in it to share. That's such a sweet idea!

Miriam Prantner said...

I really love how the candy canes are standing up, they really make an impact!

Helen said...

I love this - I always have a wreath (handmade by my Mum) but this would be so much fun maybe for my office door.

Scrapdolly said...

I like the idea of the wool. I made a christmas wreath last year with moss coloured wool wrapped like that so it looked like florists oasis.

MiniOwner said...

So very pretty!
Sue x

dogmatix said...

What a great idea :-)

Missus Wookie said...

I like the idea of putting them outside for people to help themselves - think I'm going to do something similar. Thanks for the inspiration.

vixen said...

Lovely wreath, bet the candy canes bet you will be restocking the candy canes quite quickly lol x

TracyW said...

Lovely wreath - I've never had a wreath on our front door before but have been inspired by lots of lovely ones on Pinterest so have just bought myself a polystyrene wreath, not just need to decide what to do with it/

Zahra said...

My 6 year old is watching with interest over my shoulder and every now and then I hear 'oh, can we make that?'!!

li-bee-ti said...

Beautiful! using the felt is such a great idea!
TFS

Craftgirl83 said...

I don't have a wreath, but I think they're cute.

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

How yummy and kind of you!

Marilize said...

Gorgeous wrteah, but that won't last too long in my house - too many wandering sweet teeth ;)

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