Monday, January 11, 2010

Valentine's Wreath

As soon as I saw this wreath at Living with Lindsey I knew I wanted to do it.

Unfortunately for me, while I had about a million yards of pink chambray fabric, Micheals didn't have the heart form that I needed for it, a few phone calls later, no one did. Bummer...

So I had to improvise, here is what I used:
Pictured are:
  • Foam wreath form, circular
  • Cardboard heart
  • TONS of pink chambray fabric, also some green - but I didn't use it. 
  • Scrapbook paper
  • School glue
  • Modge podge
  • A pencil and a foam brush.
I pretty much followed her instructions, so I'll leave the step by step to ladies at Little Birdie Secrets. But a few things about my wreath that I wanted to point out...

The Chambray Fabric - chambray fabric is really cool for this because while from a distance the fabric looks like 1 color, it is made up of 2 different threads. The warp threads are a bright raspberry color, the weft threads are white, so when it frays, you see the individual threads not just the finished color.


In order to make the fraying easier, I didn't cut the squares of fabric, I snipped a bit, and then tore it... there ended up being threads everywhere. So when people in our neighborhood see birds nests in raspberry and white, that will be why.

I also used larger squares and packed them REALLY dense.

After I finished the wreath, which did take a lot longer than I expect... I tore up a bunch of the scrapbook paper and decoupaged the heart.

And here is the finished wreath!

What I really like about this solution, because it isn't a heart and it isn't red, on February 15th, I can just pull out the decoupaged heart and I've got a spring wreath... I can add whatever I want, whenever I want to change it up.

Here are a few more detail pictures:
And I'll admit, even though this is supposed to be on our front door, it is in the family room... I can't give it up yet and want to see more of it than I will on my front door.


  1. Love the wreath! I was going to do one soon and I'm so glad I got your suggestion of pink/white and chambray fabric. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog as well!

  2. Oh now this is just too cute for words!

  3. Very pretty! Love the fabric you used!

  4. So pretty and fun! I just love making new decorations - it makes me happy!

    Love it!


  5. I'm in love with it! I agree it will look great well into Spring. I wish I could get that look without the time involved poking in all those squares of fabric!

    Your little heart is darling too, and I think I will try that idea for my Valentine tree.

  6. Will definitely be making one of these!

  7. I have to comment for two reasons, one because my name is Chambrae :), and two because this wreath is amazing! Such a cute idea! Thanks!

  8. This is so pretty! I LOVE the pink!!!

  9. Wow! this look like it took a lot of time! Beautiful though, and I would for sure be keeping it in my living room might get ruined outside. he he.


  10. That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I might have to give this a try. :)

  11. Breathtaking! I'm in love! I featured this at Grab my "featured" button.

  12. So pretty!!! I love how the fabric has the two colors. Great job!

  13. This wreath is awesome!! Can you tell me how you got the fabric to stay? Did you poke holes and glue in place? Thanks so much for sharing

  14. I like that your wreath is a circle instead of a heart because like you said, just by changing out the little heart and replacing with something springy, it'll be good for a good while. The original directions call for 2"x2" squares of fabric. How much larger did you rip yours? Thanks for sharing.

  15. To attach the fabric to the form I pretty much followed the original instructions exactly, wrapping the fabric around the tip of a pencil, dipping it in glue and then poking it into the form with the tip of the pencil.

    My squares were bigger than the original, I wanted it really puffy so I went with squares that were about 4" x 4".

    So happy you all like the wreath!!!

  16. How much fabric did you end up using? I have been planning to make something similar out of felt but I really like the 2-color look of chambray. I'm going to make this for V-day!

  17. I think I ended up using almost a yard and a half of the fabric... it is a little hard for me to tell. I had about 6 yards of it to begin with... (I bought it 4 years ago to make curtains for my daughter's room before deciding to just go with valences.)

    And I've got a little over 4 yards left over.

    I really packed this thing FULL of fabric. My squares were cut large and I really packed them in dense. I'd imagine you could go with anywhere between a yard with a smaller square and not so densely packed, to 3 yards for a HUGE square really tightly packed. It all depends on the look you are going for.

  18. I love how it came out the fraying and different colored threads really add an extra bit of fabulousness to it. I think everyone being out of heart shaped wreaths really was for the best. Sounds like it took awhile to make and now you can leave it up a lot longer. Changing out the heart for something else will mean you really get a lot of use out of it. Great job.

  19. Just wanted to let you know that I featured you in a Valentine's Round Up...

    I know this post is 2 years old, but I really love your wreath...Here's the link Valentine's Pinterest Round Up {crafts and recipes}.


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