355 felt balls
Thread or fishing line
Thin Long Needle
Glue gun with gobs of glue sticks
Where I purchased:
She sells them in quanities of 200.
She has an excellent color pallet
& will let you choose your colors
(which was very important to me).
The colors that I purchased were:
Step 1: Cut your thread.
Each of my threads were about 80" long
(40" when folded).
Step 2: Anchor your thread by looping it several times
around the straw.
Step 3: Load up 9 felt balls.
Step 4: Wrap them around
Step 5: Load 9 more
Step 6: Tie it off the same place you started
(and know that you can really tie it off anywhere,
it's just easier going into the same hole)
Now if your thread didn't quite make it around twice, no worries.
This is all real messy in the beginning
and you'll tighten it all up as you go along.
Step 7: Glue in between in your rows
Step 8: And press them together
Step 9: Add balls where you see little gaps
(and don't worry if it's not smooth rows of balls,
I wanted mine to be a little wonky
because that's what gives it whimsy).
Keep going. Repeating Steps 1-9.
And you may see a place that needs another row or two.
So add one.
And here's when I weave the thread all throughout the balls
& anchor again,
tying it off on the backside (like Step 2).
It helps hold some of the other rows down too.
Look for empty spots.
Generously add some glue.
And ssqquueeze them together!!!
Your backside will be criss-crossy
and totally inconsistent. That's good!
After many days of work
(at least it took me many days) DONE!
Do a cartwheel!
Now go put it somewhere highly noticeable,
so everyone can "eww & ahh" at your handiwork.
Well done you!
My sole inspiration for this wreath came from Pickles.
I fell in love with their wreath!!!
But I couldn't make out how to put it all together
so I decided to create a tutorial
for others who fell into that boat too.
I hope it helps you.