All the glitz and sparkle of Christmas has been put away for another a year, and winter has fully set in. Ahh.. January. My least favorite month of the year. My front porch has been looking a little bleak, what with this crazy cold weather we’ve been having. A front door pick-me up was desperately needed to get me through January, as my go-to Fall Wreath is a little out of season. Although I’d really rather be hanging a bit of spring on the door or celebrating summers arrival, that obviously wasn’t going to work either. I needed something new.
I’ve come across various versions of this wreath online over the past month or so and just fell madly in love with the texture and feeling of the wreath. HGTV has a version, using sweater covered balls, and I found a really fun tutorial on Virginia Fyne’s blog. It just reminds me of a warm, cozy sweater on a wintry day – Just what I need to bring a smile to my face every time I come in!
What I really wanted to make was a felted-ball wreath, such as this one here at CleverCharlotte – I was actually a bit obsessed for a month or so. You may notice there are a dozen or so felted balls in my wreath above.. that’s as many as I could make, as I am a felted ball failure and am now over my obsession.
Clearly, I needed a new plan. Out with the felted wool balls, and in with the yarn balls!
It’s not exactly difficult to make – throw
what seems like a million a few dozen balls together, add a glue gun and wreath form and you’re there. But, it is on the time consuming side. Like, really on the time consuming side.. as in it took me four days to make a zillion balls. Mind you, I figured out I was putting them together in the most difficult way possible about half way through, and rectified that, which significantly sped up the process.. but we’ll talk about that in a minute. It’s mindless and once you get on a roll, it goes fairly quickly.
I started with a 14″ straw wreath form, and covered it with coordinating scrap fabric, attaching a burlap ribbon at the top for hanging.
Then, I started working on the balls.
I used four different sizes of Styrofoam balls, between 2.5″ and 1″, and four different skeins of wool in coordinating colors. I like the natural color blend – it reminds me of outside at this time of year, but in a much more aesthetically pleasing way. Anything that can help me to see beauty in all that grey sky and bare trees is exactly what I need!
To cover the balls, I found the easiest way was to wrap each ball one half at a time.
I began by dabbing glue on the top of the ball and winding the yarn in a spiral beginning at the top until I reached the middle of the ball. I then cut the yarn and glued the end. I then turned over the ball and did the same thing on the other end, meeting up with the cut end in the middle. This took all of 1.5 minutes per ball, and less on the smaller sizes, which was 200% less time than it took me to make one ball before I figured out this was the faster method. This is also why there is actually a wreath to look at instead of a whole lot of yarn balls in the trash can.
See? Relatively simple. Now, you just have to do it a 150 times more and you’re done!
I used approximately three packages of each size, with a minimum of six balls in each package, so 150 is probably an exaggeration. A fairly significant volume of balls of all sizes.
What I found easiest was to create the first two packages of each size and then to make whatever I needed to fill in the wreath as I went along.
Once I had a tidy pile of balls, I began attaching them to the form, starting with the largest balls and spacing them out . I then repeated this for each size of ball until I had used all I had created. Then I started creating what I need to fill in.
Once complete, I added a burlap bow.
In closing, I had no idea how difficult it would be to write an entire post about balls and not say anything derogatory, since I’m really ten years old inside. In truth, it turns out it’s impossible – if you’re easily offended, I recommend you stop reading now.. The ten-year old in me is fighting to get out and I can’t hold her back any longer. With that said, after creating this wreath, I have big and small balls. If you make this wreath as well, we’ll all have big and small balls. Balls to the walls. There. I feel so much better, but do apologize for losing self control.
Have a great Friday!