Sunday, October 24, 2010

Felted Wool Rose Wreath Tutorial

Supplies needed:  hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors, circle patterns (I used bowls), felt (I use wool felt, but you could also use regular felt), marking pen, grapevine wreath.
Start by making circles all over your felt...I used blues and some light purples, greys, and cream colored felt for mine.
Now cut out on the inside of the marked line.  You can also just free hand the circles like I do, but I thought I would show you the scientific way to do it!
Now you have your circles all cut out for each of the flowers...for the large wreath I made 27 roses, for the smaller one in the last picture I think there are 20 on the wreath.  You can use less or more as you wish.
I drew on this circle to show you generally how I cut mine out.  I usually do not mark each circle like this, I just free hand cut each one.  You want to start cutting at the outside of the circle and spiral in toward the center, leaving a larger circle in the center which will become the back of the rose.
This is what you have now...
Next pick up the outside or the pointy end of the felt
and begin rolling it up keeping the bottom flat...
keep rolling until you are close to the circle you left...
and this is what you have. 
Adjust the circle so that it covers the bottom of the rolled area.  You can see that I made my circle too small, so I am laying part of the cut area on the back of my rose to cover it all.
Now add some hot glue to the flat back area and attach the circle to cover the back.
Now it actually looks like a rose...
Now trim the excess on the petals to even it out.  I don't always make it really even, because I want a more natural look (yes, even though they are blue roses!).
Now look at the edge of the bottom of  the rose.  It will probably look really uneven...
Trim off the excess with your handy dandy scissors...
Ta-Da!!  You have a finished rose!!  Now just make about 20 or so more!
This is what the floor under your work table will look like!
Now that I have mine all made, start arranging them (before gluing) on your grapevine wreath.  Anything goes!  You could just do a grouping of 10 roses on one side of the wreath, or cover it all so you can't even see the wreath.  No rules!
After you are pleased with the results, start gluing the roses on one at a time, holding them firmly into the grapevine until they are attached so they don't droop when you stand the wreath up.
I found some shiny fuzzy snowflakes at the Dollar Tree...
On the large wreath I added four snowflakes, on the smaller one I used three.  Just scatter them willy nilly.
That's all there is to it!  The roses go really fast after you have made a few of them. 

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24 comments:

Melissa B. said...

ooo I LOVE this. I will definitely make this soon! so cute!

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I love this, but don't think I'd be able to make 1. I'm so not crafty.

Dana said...

I love your wreath and all the other wool felt crafts that I have looked at on your blog. I'm following now so I can keep up with your future projects. I'm so glad I found your blog!!

Sassy Sites! said...

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Nancy said...

I love this! I have been making all kinds of flowers for head bands etc... and lamp shades! BUT now I must make a wreath! Thanks for the idea!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Sounds simple enough - the colors are gorgeous!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your tutorial. Much appreciated and you've made it seem like a project I could accomplish!

Laura said...

What a great tutorial! I can't wait to see this in person (assuming you're bringing it next week).

Linda Lanese said...

I had to share this with my readers :)

http://felting.craftgossip.com/2010/10/30/felted-wool-rose-wreath-tutorial/

Linda
Craft Gossip Felting

buckeyebaby1229 said...

Very cool! It doesn't look too hard. I am looking for new projects!!

Amie said...

Love this! The snowflakes add such a nice touch to an already beautiful piece! Well done.

Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

Sharing Shadymont said...

So beautiful!!!

QTsmum said...

Totally on my to do list! Thanks so much!!!

Debbie said...

This is so gorgeous, I just discovered your blog from While he was napping. Thanks for a great tutorial. Cant wait to give it a go

Savannah said...

Thank you for sharing - I was inspired and wanted to share my version with you:
http://twitgoo.com/1qo0tz

I am so pleased with how it turned out, I am making a second one as a hostess gift for an upcoming party!

Anonymous said...

I love it I will make some! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I linked to your tutorial in my blog today! (Don't have any feature buttons yet, but I wanted to let you know!) Love your creative ideas!

kitty said...

Que trabajo mas bonito !! Un tutorial muy claro y gracias por compartirlo.
www.kittyselios.blogspot.com
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Stacey said...

I was just going to come by to tell you I used your idea here and linked up to you, but I see you already noticed!! :)

I'd actually only looked at yours on my iPhone and realizing now on the computer that I used LOTS more rosettes, and smaller ones! Love how mine turned out, but also love yours with the bigger ones! I'm also making a hot pink, white and aqua one for my baby girl's room! Still working on that one!

Jaimee said...

I absolutely love this! I'm including it in a "Things to Try" post on my crafty blog : )
craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

Linzeh said...

This is absolutely adorable. I love it. I think I'm gonna do one in the colors of our house (brick red, white, and navy blue). So cute. Thanks for sharing. :]

Mandy said...

I LOVE THIS! Adding to my list to make.

perla 77 said...

thank you for this great tut!!! i love wreaths, i hav e to try this =)

The Monko said...

wow that looks great, and you make it look so easy - hmm i bet its not really. I will find out, definitely giving this one a go.