Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial

Now that it’s officially spring, here’s the full tutorial for my fabric spring wreath.
You may have seen this earlier in the month on Or So She Says.

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

This is my eighth month living in Florida, and I’m starting to notice that we don’t experience much of a change of seasons here.  Well, I guess you could say there are two seasons: stinkin’ hot and less stinkin’ hot.  But I figured that wreaths could be my little way of ushering in new seasons whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall.  (Anyone else start humming James Taylor just there?)

In terms of supplies, this project worked out great because I didn’t have to buy a thing!  I already had a wreath on hand from that Valentine’s-Day-wreath-I-never-made, and I raided my fabric stash to find some springy fabrics perfect for this project.  And while I used lighter chiffon and silk fabrics, you really could achieve this same look with anything…even t-shirt material!  So, dig around and see what you can find.

The How-To:

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Step 1:  Cut strips of fabric to wrap around your wreath form.  Feel free to leave the plastic on.  Just use a little hot glue to get started and wrap away.  I cut my strips about 4 inches wide, but didn’t bother to measure because I used the selvage as my straight edge.  You’ll need about 7 yards of the strips for a wreath with a 15″ diameter.

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Step 2:  Cut your circles!  You can use a 1/4 measuring cup to trace your circles using a washable fabric marker or pencil.  I folded my fabric over and cut several circles at a time for efficiency’s sake.  Create stacks of your two complimentary fabrics for petals and some quarter-sized felt circles to serve as a base to your flowers (I ended up with 17 flowers).

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Step 3:  This is the fun part: growing your flowers.  Each flower will require 5 petal pieces and one felt base.  I did a combination of white flowers, peach flowers, and a mix!  Use the collage below for reference, but to create a petal, fold your circle in half, then in half again.  Use a dab of hot glue in the center of the flower before applying each new petal to the four quadrants of the felt.  A compass or scissor works great to protect your fingers from getting burned.  The trickiest one is the fifth petal.  Use your compass to wedge it down into the middle, then carefully remove it before the glue dries.  Repeat this step until you end up with a pile of pretty flowers!

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Step 4:  Arrange your flowers on the wreath and use hot glue to secure them.  I chose to have my petals explode from two different sides of the wreath, but you should follow your heart.

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Step 5:  For the last step, you can cut 3 strips of fabric about 1 inch wide and braid them together to create a custom wreath hanger!  And here it is in action:

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

So long, winter!

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

Welcome, spring!

Fabric Spring Wreath Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

I can almost hear the Easter bunny hopping our way!

If you’re interested in a similar look, but with felt rosettes, check out my fall wreath tutorial and just apply some springy colors to it!

Felt Flower Wreath via The Thinking Closet

Felt Flower Wreath Tutorial – Found here.

Have a fantastic Monday, everyone.  And I’ll leave you with this question:

Dear reader, how you are welcoming in the spring?

{Linking up here.}

This is Lauren, signing off.

Lovely comments so far...

  1. Just as enjoyable reading it a second time! In fact, this wreath is still on my to-do list but somehow hasn’t magically gotten done yet! I’m thinking I need one on my front door before I host a bridal shower in May. Thanks for sharing the tips on making the sweet little flowers.

    Also, I had forgotten that you had yet to experience a full summer in the season of stinkin’ hot. Please do enjoy! At least the humidity keeps our skin young and pretty! :)
    “…ain’t it good to know, you’ve got a friend?”
    Love from your dopey pal,
    Jessica

    • Oooo! You’re hosting a bridal shower in May? I’m already started to imagine your decor and tablescapes…hopefully, you’ll share a post on it, so we can all ooooh and ahhhhh at it!

      Yes, this will be my first FULL “stinkin’ hot” summer; I’m bracing myself. I’m sure I’ll be lookin’ to those with more experience dealing with the heat (ahem…YOU!) for suggestions for survival. And thank God for air conditioning!

      Yes, it’s GREAT to know I’ve got a dopey pal in you, Jessica.

      HUGE SMILE,
      Lauren

  2. Love love your wreath! And its even more beautiful ‘in person’. Thanks for sharing. You make it look so easy!

  3. Spring? Hahahaha!
    Can I come to you? Please?
    We have something around 30° Fahrenheit, which feels already a bit warm!

    You just have to look somewhere, where’s no snow left and stand beside the heater, yeah… then it feels a little bit like spring!

    (I’m, so annoyed of this years winter here…!!)

    Love, Midsommarflicka

    • I think it’s so ironic that the day I posted my “spring wreath,” there were huge snowstorms up north…and obviously, the cold weather is still at large across the pond! Hope the warmer days are coming sooner than later, Midsommarflicka. I remember quite well that feeling of being so through with the cold and desperate for the warmth. Stand by that heater and trick yourself in the meantime!

      Hugs,
      Lauren

  4. Beautiful Lauren!! Love the details of the flowers! I’ve got to tell you I laughed at your snowshoes on the door b/c we still have so much snow here that just last week I was contemplating hanging some old red skis in our living room as decor. I am telling for someone born in the Spring I am a terrible Spring decorator. I’ll just live vicariously through you.

    • I think folk thought I was out of my mind to hang snowshoes on our door this winter because I doubt any actual snowshoes have ever been put to use in the entire state of Florida. But having grown up in New York (cross-country skiing to our heart’s content), I figured, why not bring the winter down here?! I actually love the idea of using skis as living room decor. Do it!

      And you can certainly live vicariously through me for spring decor; I’ll live vicariously through you when Halloween comes around!

  5. I have heard of this Spring. With green things? And sun? I seem to remember having a Spring before, but it was /so/ long ago…
    We were planning a tea party for my nieces and nephews this week, but we’ve got snow today & more in the forecast for tomorrow, so we’ve rescheduled.

    Love this wreath btw.

    • Hope that snow melts quickly and that spring is just around the corner for y’all. Just last year I was in that situation in Ohio; so I really appreciate these warmer days now that we’re in Florida. Sending some sun your way!

      A nieces and nephews tea party sounds just darling. I hope you can get it rescheduled soon, London!

  6. Beautiful!!! :)

  7. Such a beautiful spring wreath!!! I particularly love the flowers on it! You know me and how I love flowers/rosettes in the hair…be on the lookout cuz I might just snag a few off your wreath to to take home with me!

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  9. This is great! I love the idea of adding spring decorations to my apartment’s still dreary winter walls. I am so going to do that tomorrow. Can’t wait to add some sunshine to this place! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

    xo
    Melyssa

    • Hooray! That makes me so happy to know you’ve found some inspiration here today, Melyssa. You’re originally a Cali girl, right? Bet you’re cravin’ that sunshine. Is the weather still pretty cold in Tokyo?

      • Yep, originally from Southern California…I never realized how wonderful the weather is there until I left! And yes, Tokyo is still pretty cold and has been raining lately. I need some flowers and a new wreath in my house to put some sunshine in this place. :)

  10. So cute! I love the little springy flowers! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! you are a faithful linker! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com

    • Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet comment, Emily. I very much enjoy visiting Nap-Time Creations. I’m following you via google+ and Pinterest, so I can stay in the loop on your projects and pins!

  11. So beautiful! Thanks for posting this, it is definitely an inspiration to change out our normal green yarn wreath we have in the kitchen/dining room (Josh doesn’t like to hang things on the front door). This really got my “dude, get on that already” juices flowing!

    • Glad you’re inspired, Audra. And I know those “dude, get on that already” juices well! I have a few belated birthday gifts I’m still needing to work on. So many creative projects…so little time. :-)

  12. In love with this. I don’t know what I love more, the rosettes or the braided hanger. Genius much? You’re good, lady… real good!

  13. Cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I always make my wreaths with pool noodles, I wonder if it would work as well. I will have to try:)
    Krista @thehappyhousie.com

    • Krista, what a great idea to use pool noodles from which to create wreaths. I’m going to have to try that next time! I’m sure it’d work just fine with this project…and it’d certainly be less lumpy than mine was! :-) Thanks for your sweet comment.

  14. So cute! Great job!

  15. Another amazing wreath and tutorial. You are on a roll, girl! (Sorry, catching up on my blog reading.)

  16. Where oh where did you find that gorgeous fabric? Please share! :)

    • The white fabric (which I think is a chiffon?) was in the remnants bin on sale at Jo-Ann’s. The polka dotted peach number, however, was a hand-me-down from my grandmother and without any labeling of designer or even fabric type. (My Mom thinks it was purchased in the 80s or early 90s.) I fell in love with it, though, and thankfully, have enough left for many more projects! Sorry I can’t be of more help…but there are so many fantastic fabrics out there, I trust you’ll be able to find something just as fun that fits the bill!

  17. It’s so pretty! I love the idea of using the fabric to make a DIY wreath hanger too. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do that before. Love it!

    • It seems nearly impossible to come up with anything “new under the sun,” especially with Pinterest in our lives. Just when I think I’ve come up with a new and original idea, I discover 10 others on Pinterest. So, thanks for your sweet comment about the DIY wreath hanger. I’m not going to even google it because there are probably a million out there. Ha ha. #ignoranceisbliss

  18. I just love the peach color you used for this wreath! And you make those flowers look so easy! Guess I just need more practice! ~~~Will be trying again…..wish me luck! ;)

    • I’m so glad to hear you gave it a go, Cyndi. Don’t give up! It did take a few tries to get in the swing of it. And using the compass really helped me. Also, what kind of fabric were you working with? Mine was so light and silky, it almost naturally took on a petal shape. Let me know if I can help you in any way!

  19. Very pretty and definitely says spring — something we have yet to experience here yet! Like your matching wreath hanger too! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  20. Lovely! I am so excited for spring and yet they are predicting snow for tomorrow morning!

    • Oh no! I spent most of my life up north in New York, so I can totally relate to that sense of frustration when snow shows up when the calendar says it should be spring. I suppose you’ll just appreciate warmer weather when it finally does arrive!

  21. This turned out so cute! And the wreath hanger is a great idea. And I love the design of your blog! I’m featuring this tomorrow at my link party and pinning it!

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  23. I love this! So springy and pink! I would love if you stopped by my blog tomorrow to link this up at my Thursday link party! I hope to see you! ~Allyson @Domestic Superhero

  24. Cute wreath! I love that color! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

    T’onna

    • Thanks, T’onna! Isn’t it lovely? It belonged to my grandmother. I have so much of that fabric leftover, too, so I’m contemplating what other projects might be calling its name….

  25. This is so pretty!! I’ve pinned it and will be featuring it tomorrow on my site!

    • thethinkingcloset says:

      Wow, thanks, Emily! That’s exciting news! Can’t wait to stop by your site to see it and link up.

  26. This is such a fresh and springy wreath! So pretty! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
    I’m going to make one for my house!

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