“Hello Spring” Wreath DIY Tutorial
While I was waiting, not always patiently, for spring to arrive . . . . I decided to see if I could encourage the weather to warm up a little bit with this pretty Hello Spring wreath on our front door. I went out into my sewing room to see what I already had in my stash of fabrics, ribbons, lace, buttons and other left over bits and pieces from previous projects, and I discovered this wreath form. I’m not exactly sure what it is made out of but it is wrapped in clear plastic to hold the base all together, and it is super easy to work with because everything can be attached with straight pins!
Of course, you could also use a styrofoam wreath form, but since I already had this one, I decided to give it a try. And it worked out perfectly! So I gathered up some pretty fabric and found a bunch of matching ribbons and buttons, and started experimenting. The fabric that I had on hand is a light blue with coral / pink accents, so that’s what I used as my color scheme when sorting through all of the ribbons and buttons, and then I had a few scraps of white lace, and I even found quite a bit of fuzzy white fiber / yarn that I though might be fun. If you would like to make your own Hello Spring wreath, you can use whatever colors you want . . . . so see what you already have available, and then go from there. Let’s get started!
Wreath form (styrofoam would work great!)
Fabric scraps (three different prints and / or solid colors)
Matching or coordinating ribbon in various widths
Scraps of lace, rick-rack, cording, yarn, or fibers
Card stock for printing the letters
Straight pins (I had some with colored ball heads that matched my buttons!)
Coordinating buttons of various sizes, shapes, colors
Begin wrapping the wreath form with one color of ribbon. I used extra wide ribbon as the base, but you could use any width or color. Also, I liked the look of having part of my wreath blue and the other side coral, but you could use all one color or you could use lots of different colors. Wrap the ribbon around and around, overlapping slightly to completely cover the wreath form. Each strip of ribbon was attached initially on the back of the wreath form with two straight pins, then wrapped securely around the base, and then secured again at the end of the ribbon strip with straight pins in the back.
Finish wrapping the wreath form with ribbon until it is completely covered. This will provide a color base that you can build on with various other colors, textures, and widths of ribbon, yarn, fibers, or you could even use strips of scrap fabric to create the first layer of color on your wreath.
Now you can experiment with lots of different ribbons, lace, yarn, or strips of fabric! I wrapped part of my wreath with wide white lace, spacing each wrap so that the underlying color still could be seen. I also did a rather random wrap, meaning that part of the white lace was on the light blue base and part of it was on the coral ribbon base. Then I used the strip of white fuzzy fiber yarn to wrap around the base in a random, spaced out design, so that all of the underlying ribbon color was still visible.
To complete the base of the wreath, I added a third layer of ribbon wrap, using narrower ribbon in coordinating colors. I also included a pink gingham strip of ribbon to add another dimension of design, texture, and color to the base. Each strip of ribbon was attached initially on the back of the wreath form with two straight pins, then wrapped securely around the base, and then secured again at the end of the ribbon strip with straight pins in the back. You can see that some of the ribbons are wrapped closer together than others so that it creates a whimsical, random design that is fun!
I took the small scrap of wide white lace that I had and folded it to create a single “ruffle” that I tied with a narrow white ribbon at the top. This was then pinned to the wreath form where I would secure the fabric yo-yo flowers on top.
Make several fabric yoyo flowers from the coordinating fabrics. They are pretty easy to make, but it takes a bit of practice to figure out how big to cut your circles to have the finished yo-yos the size you want. Cut a circle of fabric that is twice the measurement desired for the finished yo-yo PLUS 1/2″ for seam allowance. For instance, for a 2″ yo-yo, you will need to cut a circle that is 4 1/2″. For a yo-yo that is 2 1/2″ across, then cut your fabric circles approximately 5 1/2″ in diameter. You really don’t need perfect circles because you will be pulling the edges into the center, so don’t worry if you circles aren’t exactly round!
Using your sewing machine or a needle and thread, stitch a long, running thread all around the outside edge, approximately 1/2″ in from the outside edge. Leave a length of thread at each end of your stitching so you can pull the threads up to create tiny gathers all the way around the fabric circle.
Carefully and gently pull the gathering threads until the edges of the fabric circle begin to come together into the middle of the circle of fabric. You will want to be careful not to break the thread (but if you do, no worries, you can just stitch around the fabric circle again!), and space the gathers evenly around the circle of fabric. Pull the gathering thread until you have created a tiny opening right in the center of your fabric circle.
When you have pulled the gathering thread up as far as possible, so that all of the outside edges of the circle are gathered into the center of the fabric circle, tie the ends of the gathering thread securely to keep your yo-yo from coming open again. After you have tied the threads securely, you can trim off the excess thread, but don’t cut it too close!
Now you can decorate your fabric yo-yo flowers! This is a really fun part of the project. I like to gather several different buttons (I have lots of vintage buttons I’ve collected over the years, but you can use any buttons you have on hand) and hand-stitch them into the center of each of my yo-yo fabric flowers. This is not only really cute, but you can tuck any loose ends of fabric from the gathered edges of the fabric circle underneath your little button “collage.” You can also stitch your buttons on to the back side of each yo-yo if you would prefer, because one side of these little fabric flowers is just as pretty as the other! Once you have finished creating your yo-yo fabric flowers, it’s time to put it all together.
Using straight pins (I used the kind with the tiny ball heads in pastel colors that I had on hand, and they matched the colors of my buttons, fabric, and ribbons!) place the fabric flowers wherever you want them. I also added some ribbon strips below the fabric flowers along with the little lace ruffle I created. You can put the fabric flowers wherever you want! I liked the way mine looked off to the side, overlapping, with the ribbon streamers below. I then placed coordinating buttons in the center of the top fabric flower.
Add a few more buttons if you want to kind of tie it all together. Add a hanging loop on the back by simply making a loop of ribbon and attaching it to the top back of your wreath with another straight pin. There you have it! You can hang your pretty spring wreath up just the way it is . . . . or you can add the Hello Spring banner across the front.
If you want to add the cute little Hello Spring banner, you will need white card stock, coordinating braid or ribbon, glue, and a few more buttons. Print out the letters (below) and but them out. Glue them to the braid or ribbon, making sure that they are spaced according to the size of your finished wreath, leaving a 2″ length of braid or ribbon on both ends of each word. Glue a few pretty, matching buttons to a few of the flags on your banner. Then, all you have to do is secure each end of the braid or ribbon to the sides of your wreath, positioning them so that they drape across the front / opening of your wreath and fit from side to side.
You can print out this page with the letters for your Hello Spring banner flags. Use white card stock, and then cut them out and attach them to coordinating braid or ribbon and then securely attach them to the front of your wreath with straight pins. You can also glue the ends of the braid or ribbon to the sides of your wreath. Have fun making your Hello Spring wreath!