I adore Valentine’s Day decorations. When we owned our little flower shop, it was so exciting to see the shop filled with beautiful flowers, cuddly stuffed animals and fun balloons. It was the craziest time of the year for our family, but overall we made amazing memories in that little shop during that time. My husband would take several days off of work to help me prepare and our mothers would take turns caring for our girls. My sister came to run the phone and front counter while I arranged flowers until I couldn’t feel my fingers. On Valentine’s Day any of our friends and family who were available poured into the shop to help in any way possible and that little shop became one big party…..with me still panicking and arranging flowers like a maniac. I loved hearing everyone laugh and it was amazing to look around the room and see all the love those people had for us.
As Valentine’s Day approaches I try to add at least one festive item to our entryway. This year I wanted to make something with things I already had at the house. I looked through my craft stash and found an extra wire wreath frame that I purchased when the girls and I made cedar wreaths at Christmas time. While digging I also saw a large chunk of dropcloth that was leftover from a chair I reupholstered last year. So, I decided to use these items to make a wreath and would wing it as far as decorations.
What is needed:
- Wire floral frame (I used a 12 inch frame)
- Canvas drop cloth (I purchased mine at Lowes)
- Several pieces of floral wire
- Floral tape
First, you need to unfold your drop cloth and make a slit through the top seam like I did above. Then you will just grab either side of the slit and pull in opposite directions. The dropcloth will tear all the way down in a perfect line. No tedious cutting and the pieces will be perfectly frayed! I cut my slits at 5-6 inch intervals and just ripped the fabric.
My wreath took six strips of drop cloth that were five inches wide and six-foot long.
Wrap several pieces of wire with floral tape. This can be an annoying product to work with, but it really helps the wire stay nice and tight. I fold a small piece over the top of the wire end and then use my thumb and forefinger to grasp the fold tightly and spin that tip of the wire. My other hand gently stretches and guides the tape down the wire to the other end. Once the wires are wrapped use your wire cutters to divide each wire into three pieces.
Fold a wire in half and place the end of a drop cloth strip across the “V”.
Fold the cloth over so there is enough fabric for the waxy floral tape to grab.
Then grab the two wires closely to the cloth and twist them tightly together.
From the back of you wreath frame poke the two wires through an opening where the cross bars intersect. This will keep your fabric from sliding around while you are working.
Now you flip your frame over and poke you fabric through the outer ring and decide how fluffy you want your wreath. Longer loops make a loose weave.
Continue feeding your fabric through all three hoops.
Once you have all three hoops filled and the length you want slide them at the same time towards the bar where you twisted your wire.
You should have a fluffy bunch like above. This is the point where you tweak the loop lengths with each row you weave from now on.
At the end of each row twist the tail of fabric from behind and move back to the outer hoop and repeat the process. Fluff and adjust as needed.
When you reach the next intersecting bar the space gets really tight. Just scrunch the loops as best as you can and fold and poke the fabric through as best as you can.
I’m really pushing the other loops out of the way pretty hard to make room for the middle hoops loop.
Once I finished this last inner loop, I only had a few inches of fabric behind the frame. I just grabbed another wire and tied it to the nearest intersecting wires like when I started the project.
Use your wirecutters to snip those tails once you have tightly twisted the wires several times.
One of the six sections completed.
This took approximately 45 minutes to finish.
Take a few minutes and open the loops and fluff the wreath.
I added a pink grosgrain loop and bow to the top and attached an arrow that I first covered in beautiful German glass glitter.