Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fallin' For Tulle Wreaths

Pinterest is at it again.  While browsing Pinterest during my daily hourly look through, I found this pretty fall wreath:

Since it is on Etsy, I started to look for an online tutorial on how to make a tulle wreath.  I've never seen one before, so I wasn't sure where to start.  Google makes searching for things so easy and I quickly found this tutorial.  It was very helpful.

I got most of my materials at a store called WOW Outlets in Pennsylvania while visiting my family (yes, another trip to PA).  The foam ring is 11".  I originally started with a 12" ring, but felt it was too big.  I had almost the whole wreath covered with tulle, didn't like it, and took it apart for the smaller ring.

I got some of the tulle at the same store, some at the $1.00 section in JoAnn's, and had some cut from a bolt at JoAnn's.  I also purchased some gold ribbon as well.

The flower, leaves, and scarecrow are all from fall decorations I had lying around the house.

Each roll of tulle is 6 inches wide.  I cut the tulle to 28 inches long.  As I was making the wreath, I didn't like that length, so I cut it as I was making it.  Each piece probably ended up being about 22 inches long.  I would suggest starting long and cutting down.  You can always take length off, but can't put it back onunless you just cut a new piece of tulle.

Once I cut my pieces, I started to place them on the foam ring.  I didn't really follow any pattern of color, just whatever looked good.  Pictures are the best way to show how to put the tulle on.  I can't really explain it.  I have seen some tutorials that just tie the tulle in a regular knot.  That looks good, too.  I suppose whatever suits your taste.

Here is an "in progress" picture of making the wreath:

This is when the tulle was still slightly too long and it needed a 'tullecut'.  It was sort of like cutting hair so I had to make sure that all the tulle lined up so that it wasn't jagged around the edges.  

The more tulle you have, the better that it looks.  You want to make sure that the tulle is tightly scrunched up next to each other so that it looks fuller.

Just about finished:

Once the ring was completely covered and I cut the tulle to the length I wanted it to be.  Then it was time to hot glue on the decorations.  I added the leaves first, then the flower, and then the scarecrow.  I just used a hot glue gun to stick it to the tulle.
Almost done!

In order to hang it up, I just cut some brown ribbon that I had and tied it around the top to make a loop.

Now it is ready to hang on our front door.

It looks so cute up against our red door and I love it.  I like the cranberry/ wine-ish colors the most on the wreath.  I think it really makes the wreath pop.  I tried to look for a more golden/sunflower yellow tulle, but had to settle for a paler yellow.  Someday I'll switch out the pale yellow for a more golden yellow when I find it.  

What a fun way to fancy up a door for the fall !  It was a pretty easy, simple, and fun craft to make.  The hardest part was searching for all the tulle colors that I wanted.  

I hope you enjoy making this craft.  If you make one, please share.  I'd love to see your take on it.  Maybe a Christmas, Easter, or even a St. Patrick's Day tulle wreath (Kerry would love a St. Pat's one !).

How have you decorated your door for the fall?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too !