Meet our newest Think.Make.Share contributor –Lindsay B! We’re so happy she decided to take a (short!) break from her role as a visual merchandising designer at Hallmark to share this charming wreath tutorial filled with lovely succulents. Be sure to download our free templates, so you can try this DIY and freshen up your home for the warm days ahead!
- Assemble the materials:
- Foam wreath form (I’m using a 14” wreath form)
- Felt sheets: 9×12 or larger in varying shades of green. I have 5 different colors, one for each plant shape. It doesn’t have to be fancy felt—the cheap stuff works great.
- Yarn: 1 skein typically covers it. The thicker stuff covers faster!
- Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
- Small scissors
- Plastic wrap (optional)
- Templates (free templates)
- Water soluble pen or chalk pencil
To recreate this wreath, you’ll make 3 large, 5 medium, 5 small, and 5 mini succulents, but you can add or subtract as you wish. The size guides on the template pages tell how many of each pattern piece you need for each ‘plant.’
2. Print and cut out the templates found online here.
3. Trace templates onto felt.
4. Trim along the traced lines. Repeat for all colors and shapes.
5. Begin assembling the star succulents.
- Put a small line of hot glue in the center of a small petal. (img 1)
- Fold the petal at an offset. Pinch it between your fingers to create some dimensional creases in the felt. (img 2)
- Add a couple dots of glue to the bottom edge and roll into a cone shape to create the center of the plant.
- Repeat steps a & b for the second petal. Add a couple dots of glue to the bottom edge and attach to the previous piece. (img 3-4)
- Do the same with another petal. Continue adding pieces in a circular pattern. Follow the petal counts in the guide for each size you make. (img 5-8)
- This leafy succulet (template 5) goes together a little differently.
- Start with the large-sized petals. Put a small line of hot glue in the center. (img 1)
- Fold the petal at an offset, as shown. Pinch it between your fingers to create some dimensional creases in the felt. (img 2)
- Repeat steps a & b for the second petal. Add a couple dots of glue to the bottom edge and attach to the first piece. (img 3-4)
- Attach small petals to each side, filling in around the larger petals. (img 5-6)
8. Wrapping the wreath
A couple tips: Instead of wrapping the wreath one strand of yarn at a time, stretch out a long length of yarn (15-20’) and cut. Repeat until you have 3-4 long strands. Tie a knot in one end of the strands, and wind the other end into a ball. Now you’ll be wrapping 3-4 times as fast as a single thread. Wrap the wreath in plastic stretch wrap before you add the yarn—it keeps the foam from shredding and gives you a surface to glue on. Once it’s covered you’ll never know it’s there.
- Glue the knotted end to the back side of the wreath.
- Begin wrapping with the wreath facing you. Twists in the yarn strands are totally fine, just ensure they land on the back side of the wreath. You want to front to be nice and straight.
- Continue wrapping until you reach the end of the yarn. Shift the yarns to get them spaced evenly.
- Glue the ends down on the back side. Trim shorter if the yarn ends at the front. Start another until you’ve wrapped the whole wreath.
9. Putting it together
- Start with the largest succulents and place 2-3 of them in a cluster in the lower right.
- Continue filling in with smaller succulents, tucking the medium, small, and mini ones in around the bigger ones.
- Make a second smaller cluster in the upper left with 2-3 medium-sized succulents, tucking more of the small and mini ones in around the bigger ones.
- Keep working the design until you are happy with the layout.
- Glue the succulents to the wreath.
10. Add a ribbon hanger.
- Measure ribbon to desired length & shape.
- Add hot glue and firmly press ribbon to the back of the wreath.
11. Completed and ready to enjoy!