Ombre, or a gradual change in color from light to dark, has been one of the hot design trends this year. What better way to close out 2011 with one of its most popular motifs?
To make an ombre felt wreath, you will need:
- wreath form
- felt in varying shades of the name color
- decorations to add detail (not shown)
I started by wrapping my wreath form with a 2.5 inch-wide strip of felt. If you use a styrofoam wreath form, you can skip this step, you just want to create a nice, solid base for gluing on your felt petals.
Once your wreath is covered, start to glue on 2 inch circles of felt. I used a glass votive candle holder to trace the shape of a circle onto the felt, you can use whatever you have lying around (a shot glass or jar lid would work well).
Apply your hot glue in a semicircle on one side of the circle. Start to glue your petals on, overlapping a little on each side. My wreath required about 12 circles in each shade, yours may require more or less, depending on the size of your wreath and circles.
Continue gluing until you have all of your petals affixed. On the last row, you will need to tuck the edges under the first row in order to keep the pattern continuous.
You can leave your wreath as-is, or you can decorate! I was digging the monochromatic look of the wreath so I decided to keep my decorations white and silver.
I made two wreaths, so I kept the decorations similar but slightly different. I cut holly leaf shapes from white felt and added silver eucalyptus, silver mini pinecones, some sparkly foliage, and small silver beads as “berries.”
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