We all know the house isn’t properly prepped for Christmas until you’ve hung a gorgeously festive wreath on the door to welcome guests, or to catch the eye of passers-by. So grab your ribbon, yarn and things that sparkle and spend a few cosy evenings putting together this kitsch Christmas wreath. Santa’s got nothing on our grotto! Here’s how to make DIY Christmas wreaths…
• Yarn (we used red, pink, turquoise and blue)
• Felt (in matching colours)
• Thin card in pink, glitter white and red
• Iridescent glitter
• 17cm polystyrene wreath
• 4m of 1.5cm grosgrain ribbon
• 15cm of 1cm grosgrain ribbon
• Small Christmas baubles
• Small bottle brush Christmas trees
• White gel pen
• Double sided tape
• Hot glue gun
• Dressmaking pins
How to make a Kitsch Christmas Wreath
Make a batch of 5 mini pom poms in each colour (20 in total). First wrap the yarn around a fork until you get a generous bundle – keep the tread tightly packed and close together. Using a generous length of yarn, tie it as tight as you can in the centre of the yarn bundle. Pull the bundle off the fork and cut the loops at either end. Puff your pom pom and trim any long strands.
Make a batch of 4 felt ruffles in each colour (16 in total). Cut a piece of felt 7cm x 8cm. Fold and stick the long edges (8cm) together using a hot glue gun. Starting at the folded edge, cut 0.5cm spaced strips into the felt stopping 1cm before the edge. Once the strips are cut, run a line of hot glue along the edge that’s not cut and roll until the felt takes a rosette shape.
Make a string of mini bunting. Cut small triangle pieces out of felt using the bunting shape.Cut a length of wool approximately 15cm long. Stick the bunting pieces to the wool using a hot glue gun. You can choose any colour combination you like; we went for a random mix. Space 0.5 cm apart.
Making the card house. Print the template and cut out all the house and roof shapes from card. We used pink for the main house, white glitter for the roof, windows and door centre, red for the heart and window centres.
Lightly score and fold along the dashed lines. Decorate the house using coloured card. We drew on little hearts and leaves using a white gel pen. Add thin double sided tape to all the edges and fix the house together. You could always glue your house together instead of using tape.
For an extra festive touch we added hot glue and iridescent glitter along the edge of the roof and windows to create a snowy look.
Assemble your kitsch wreath. Taking a 17cm polystyrene wreath base, wrap the entire base in grosgrain ribbon. Fastening to the back with pins. Before fixing everything into place gather all your components and have a play with the design. We wanted our house in the top right hand corner working our pom poms, rosettes, baubles and bottle brush trees clockwise towards the bottom of the wreath.
Once you’re happy with your kitsch wreath stick the house and baubles into place with a hot glue gun and then pin the pom poms and felt rosettes in place. Really fill the gaps – you want the wreath to be densely packed.
Add in the bottle brush trees, make sure the bases are hidden by the pom poms and felt rosettes. Use a hot glue gun to fix into place.
Fix the bunting to the back of the wreath using pins, it wants to be across the top third of the wreath along the top of the trees.
Cut a length of contrasting grosgrain ribbon 14cm long, fold in half and fix to the top in the centre with pins.
About Charlotte Smith
Charlotte has been making ever since she was little, and her love of fabric, beads and ribbon led her to study at London College of Fashion. After a few years working in the fashion industry she took up jewellery making as a hobby, but found herself struggling to find the types of projects she wanted to make. Instead she decided to start publishing her own and her blog, Lotts and Lots, was born. www.lottsandlots.blogspot.co.uk
Photograph: Michelle Young