Yarn Ball Wreaths

I have gotten completely addicted to Pinterest lately.  That is where I found this beauty.

I immediately thought of my sister, the knitter, and told her we were going to make some wreaths.  She brought over here baskets of yarns.  I bought a bazillion styrofoam balls, and we started.

First of all, this is NOT a simple craft.  It is extremely time consuming to wrap yarn around 30-40 styrofoam balls, and waiting to glue gun them all to the wreath form, AND it takes one heck of a lot of yarn to cover every part of the styrofoam.  So buy the cheapest and largest yarn rolls you can.  Luckily I had a few rolls from the dollar store, and got a few big, cheap skeins from Walmart, as well as 3-4 balls from my sisters stash.  I used a straight pin to “tack” the start of the yarn to my styrofoam, and begin wrapping.  I also pinned the end of the yarn and tucked in the tails.

 

I used a wire coat hanger for my wreath form.  I attached the balls to the form using U shaped paperclips.  I later used a glue gun to glue the U shapes into the balls, and prevent the balls from spinning around the wire hanger.

 I just kept adding balls, and when I started gluing them, I really squeezed them together. This wreath took 40 balls of varying sizes.

 And the final product…

Now for my sisters wreath, she wanted a larger wreath than a regular wire hanger could provide.  Again, I found an idea on Pinterest that could help.  Use a copper tube insulation wrapper as a wreath form.

I used duct tape to secure the ends and used a piece of wire hanger to make a hook.  I attached the balls to the wreath two ways.  First I used straightened paperclip wires, and I glued them into the styrofoam balls.  I then put glue on the other half of the wire, let it cool a bit (because hot glue melts and deteriorates this foam insulation form pretty easily, but after it is cooled, it does stick well) then inserted the other half of the wire into the insulation.  As more balls got attached, I hot glued them to each other too to give the wreath more firmness and rigidity. 

I thought it would take a lot more balls to make this wreath and cover all of the grey foam, but it wasn’t too bad.

Here is hers.  This one took 53 balls of varying sizes.  She loves the more vibrant colours.  We just need to add some bamboo knitting needles to this one.  I love they way both of them turned out. 

 

WooHoo!  This craft will be featured at J&M’s Eye Candy this Friday! Check them out!

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21 Responses to Yarn Ball Wreaths

  1. Kristine says:

    They are all SO pretty! Love your color combos!! We will be featuring this on our blog Friday! Please stop by and grab a featured button and get your brag on 😉 You are awesome!! Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  2. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday!! You were featured today!
    -Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts

  3. Bethany says:

    I love both of your wreaths!!! They turned out awesome. I’ll have to save this idea for the future. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Awesome idea! I love it! Pinning it!

  5. Amy-Beth says:

    I love this project. What a great Idea. Can’t wait to try it..

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  7. Rebecca Burns Sult says:

    you could also use a pool noodle to make the wreath form…couldn’t you??/

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  10. Georgia says:

    I have not have good luck trying to use the cheap foam insulation from hardware stores. I’ve found that after a few days my wreaths sag in the middle and aren’t perfectly round anymore. I made a yarn wrapped one for the 4th of July and ended up tossing it. I will be using the Joann’s coupons to buy a sturdy styrofoam wreath in the future. I LOVE these wreaths and will be making one soon! Thanks

  11. canadianblonde says:

    I agree. They do sag as you can see from the yarn ball wreath with the bright colours. I would remedy that by placing a wire hangar inside the insulation. Then you can bend it to not sag. Also, pool noodles are much stronger, but may end up being too thick for the project in mind.

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