You really can’t start planning for Christmas too early. Do you buy ornaments in January when they are on sale to use the following year? I do too! So, let’s get to it with this really easy DIY Santa Christmas wreath for your door or as an indoor decoration. This is CRAZY EASY, and super cute!! Double Whammy!
Here are the supplies you will need for this Christmas wreath
Craft Foam Wreath 12″ (not wire)
2-3 skeins of white loop yarn
Red Stretch Velvet Fabric – 16″x 16″
Optional for glasses
Start by fastening your loop yarn to the wreath with a straight pin. Make sure that the pin actually pierces the yarn. If you just attach the loop around the pin, it may come undone. Then the next part is easy. Just wind the yarn around the wreath. I used 2 full skeins of loop yarn for this 12′ wreath. Keep pushing the yarn together to make sure it is nice and tight and covers up the wreath form completely, especially if your wreath is green like mine is. Better to get a white one if you can. When you get to the end of your yarn, fasten with a straight pin. It’s already looking pretty good at this point.
To make the moustache for this easy diy Christmas wreath, take a couple of lengths of loop yarn long enough to cross the opening in the wreath. Place all of the loops facing in one direction. (downward on the face) Using regular white wool, and ensuring that it is the same shade of white, tie around the centre section of the moustache and snip off the excess. Lastly secure the ends of the moustache to the back of the wreath using straight pins. See? easy 🙂
The next step is to make the hat for your Santa Claus Christmas wreath. I used this gorgeous deep red velvet that I bought at the fabric store, as a remnant. It’s stretchy. You will want a bit of stretch to the velvet. You can make your hat green if you prefer. Hell, you can make it purple if that floats your boat, It’s your own personal Christmas wreath – make it your own!! I’m all about having a theme colour. Cut out a 16″ square piece of fabric. Then fold it right sides together with the stretch going across the width of the hat. Test the fit, and make any adjustments needed. Sew along one edge of the triangle, and turn right side out. There is no need to finish the edge. Now have a triangle that looks like the one below. Next you’ll need to cut a piece of fur trim for the front of the Santa hat. More on that below.
Attaching the Hat
Place your hat a bit askew (as in the second photo below) and so that it folds over to one side. Once you have it where you want it on the wreath tack it in place with straight pins on the back side. No gluing, just pins – easy!
Then glue a pom pom to the end of the hat using hot glue. I bought a really pretty fur pom pom to use, but it was not white enough, so I will have to hang onto that one for a future project. I used a 2″ pom pom.
Cutting Fun Fur
Depending on what type of fur trim you have, you may need to cut it, if you don’t get the trim that comes pre cut on a roll
If your are buying your fur from the fabric store, It’s generally a lot cheaper to buy a piece of fun fur off of a bolt of fabric and then trim it down to the size that you need. You will probably pay more at the fabric store than you will buying it online, The stuff at my fabric store was $37/m for the trim on a roll. Wow! My fur trim measures 6cm (2.5″) wide x 53cm (21″) long
If you are cutting your fur for your Santa Christmas wreath off of a piece of fabric that is wider than the 5cm (2″) width, you will need to cut it into strips. Fur will generally have a nap, so when you are cutting it, think about what direction the fur is laying. When cutting don’t just start cutting with your scissors, or you will have an end piece that is chopped off and not “furry” If you have a good sharp stich ripper, you can use that to rip through just the backing, without cutting the fur. The best way to cut it is with a very sharp razor blade or Rotary Cutter When I did mine I tried 2 different xacto blades but neither one cut through the back. I think this method works better if you have a very stiff hard backing to your fun fur. If you decide to use scissors, run the point of the scissors under the layer of fur, so that you are only cutting the backing, and not the fur. Depending on the fabric, you may be able to rip the backing, but this may result in a crooked piece, so unless you have fabric to spare, maybe best to cut. When cut properly it should look like this
To attach the fur to the Santa wreath just position it so that it covers the cut edge of the fabric and then pin it onto the back of the wreath form. You don’t need to glue it to the hat. You can use hot glue to hold it in place if you like. I did not. I told you this project would be stupid easy!!
To make the glasses, use wire that is about 16-18 gauge. You can use whatever colour appeals to you. Here is how you will make them.
Start with an empty beer bottle. 🙂 works perfectly because it has a tapered neck, and it has beer in it 🙂 ok, so maybe it doesn’t have beer in it now, but it did before I started 🙂 For the purpose of the photos, I am not using heavy gauge wire, but it holds it’s shape better and shows up better than thinner wire. You can use thin wire from the dollar store, but you might be disappointed with the finished product. It tends to lose it’s shape and it doesn’t really show up very well when hanging.
Using your wire cutters cut a piece of wire about 2′ long. Fold it in half. Start twisting the wire from the fold, until you have about 3-4″ of length twisted, with a small loop in the end.
Wrap the two pieces of wire around the neck of the beer bottle and twist them together, using pliers, to form a perfect circle. Continue to twist the wire (while still on the bottle) until you have enough wire twisted to form the nose bridge of the glasses.
Remove the circle from the bottle and place the open end around the neck of the beer bottle and twist to form the second lens of the glasses. Keep twisting until the circle is tight and the end is about the same length as the other side. fold over the remaining wire and form a small loop at the end, cutting off any excess with wire cutters.
And now you have Santa spectacles!! If the lenses lose their shape place them back on the bottle and twist until they are back in shape. To attach them to the wreath. Simply attach them using straight pins . Be careful not to pull them too tight or you may lose the shape of your glasses. Re-tighten on the bottle if necessary. Here is what he looks like with his spectacles.
Done Now you have a Cute Christmas Wreath ! It was crazy easy wasn’t it?? And it’s super cute!
Not Easy Enough?
If you want to make this project even easier, like it wasn’t already easy enough. Just go out and buy yourself a Santa hat that’s large enough to fit over your wreath and you can skip making your hat. You will need to find one that’s large enough to go over the wreath once its covered in yarn, so should get one with some stretch to it.
Time to move onto other Christmasy things, like getting ready to do my holiday table settings and shopping for my new tree!! and making more Stockings
Have a fabulous holiday and enjoy your home and your people. And your pets 🙂
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