Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Etceteras: braid and bun yarn wreath

Have you seen all the pretty yarn wreaths popping up all over the blog world lately? The yarn is neatly wound around a wreath form and other embellishments are added.
I wanted to make a yarn wreath but I didn’t have a wreath form. So I improvised and braided my yarn to form the wreath.

Here’s how I made this wreath:
  • Make a wreath form out of wire or cardboard.
  • Cut long strands of yarn. My strands were about 4 feet long and I used about 20 strands in each part of the braid (total 60 strands).
  • Tie off the top of your strands and braid.
  • Once the braid is long enough tie off the bottom of the braid – leave the extra yarn hanging from the braid.
  • Form a circle and tie the back side of the braid to your wreath form.
  • Leave the left over yarn tail hanging or form a “bun” to make a nest. Secure with dabs of glue.
  • Wrap yarn around small decorative eggs and glue into the nest.

 
If you have small amounts of leftover yarn, make a multi-colored wreath. A braid and bun wreath is a great way to use up yarn… or practice hairstyling. 



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38 comments :

  1. Beautiful. Carolyn your work is top notch as always.

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  2. I love this!! My family is getting a bit sick of my wreath obsession but I don't care....lol. I have NEVER seen one like this so its a must do! Do you glue the braid down to the wreath form?

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  3. very cute. I came across the acorns..amazing! cute ideas

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  4. Your brain must be working 24 hours a day to come up with so many amazing ideas! This is brilliant & VERY do-able! One thing I definitely have is LOTS of yarn (I crochet constantly) so I'll make one! Or two. Or ...!

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  5. This is beautiful. I love the touch of color.

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  6. this is truly delightful. Once again, I'm astonished by your creative imagination. Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  7. I really love this. So simple and yet beautiful. Well done!

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  8. Wow, this is absolutely beautiful, yet so simple. I'm going to be trying this soon, perhaps even using long fabric strips. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!

    Cheers,
    Tracy http://allthumbscrafts.blogspot.com

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  9. Very pretty. I love that you braided yours and the little nest and eggs are so sweet. Thanks for linking up!

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  10. Love this! Great idea!

    www.youngnester.blogspot.com

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  11. This is beautiful, Carolyn. I love the little blue 'eggs', a perfect touch.

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  12. Love this! Perfect for Easter!! Gotta try it! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a neat take on a yard wreath. I will definitely have to try one of these for the spring season - the robin's eggs are perfect!

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  14. This is my favorite yarn wreath yet!!! I am so glad I stumbled on your blog. Consider me hooked.
    www.covetcollective.blogspot.com

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  15. So neat! Love it! Thanks for sharing this unique wreath.

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  16. This is so cute! Just one question - how did you get the yarn to stay on the "wreath form"?

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  17. I love the little nest. It looks so cozy and lovely.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Your wreath is so unique and I featured it today on All Thingz Related!

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  19. It's so pretty :) I love the different uses of the yarn.

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  20. I absolutely love this! So fresh and pretty!

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  21. I featured this on my blog today, love it!

    http://jen-simplyliving.blogspot.com/

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  22. So pretty! Warm and cozy looking!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  23. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...
    Barb

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  24. So cute! I love the birds nest at the bottom.

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  25. carolyn what is so amazing about you is how talented you are in so many areas of crafting! lovely wreath!

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  26. oops that was me commenting... forgot so sign out correctly!

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  27. This is so unique! You should join the Spring Door Decor party at Inspired by Charm. http://www.inspiredbycharm.com/2011/03/welcome-to-my-little-party.html

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  28. we had one like this at home from a store, except instead of eggs it had flowers in the middle and it was woven out of straw.

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  29. It's gorgeous! I love this take on the yarn wreath craze. I wanted to let you know I featured this on my blog tonight:
    bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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  30. Really beautiful! I hope you will share this wreath this week over at The cSI Project and any other projects you have using yarn.
    www.thecsiproject.com

    Smiles
    Dee, the CSI Girl

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  32. Just made your exquisite creation sans the nest and birds' eggs - because I wasnt able to finish it as well as you did and needed a newborn girl's gift, I made a baby pink pom-pom type flower at the meeting points and let all of the 'hair' hang down. Turned out very well and a proud gift - thank you for your inspiration and skill!

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    1. Fantastic Barbara! So happy you were inspired. I bet yours is fantastic!!!

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