How to Make Yarn Scrap Christmas Wreaths

trio of yarn christmas wreaths to make

About 3 years ago, a burly construction worker walked into my store to buy some yarn for his wife.  We chatted a bit about what she needed and then he spied a ball of bulky yarn and excitedly asked. “Hey, do you remember making Christmas wreaths out of yarn like this?” “Nope.” I replied, “I don’t.”  He asked for some paper and began drawing out in precise detail how to cut, wrap, tie the yarn, build a frame and assemble it. “I had so much fun with my Grandmother making these!” He paused and smiled, “We would sit for hours and make tons of them.”

He and his Grandmother made full scale yarn Christmas wreaths to hang on doors, but I modified the idea to make small ornaments to use up yarn scraps. So in the spirit of sharing, here’s how to make yarn scrap Christmas wreaths. (And someday I do intend to make a full scale wreath!)

red christmas wreath using yarn

using up yarn scraps christmas ornaments

Materials to make yarn scrap Christmas wreaths:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard Scraps
  • Wire – 18 gauge or close to that
  • Wire Cutters and Needle Nose Pliers
  • Ribbon to hang the wreaths with

Step 1: Making the Yarn Tuffs

wrap the yarn around cardboard

Start by cutting a scrap of cardboard the width you want your yarn tuffs to be.  This piece of cardboard is 1-3/4″ wide.

Leaving about a 3 inch tail, begin wrapping the yarn around the cardboard.  For this gold yarn, I wrapped about 20 times because it is fine yarn.  For worsted weight yarn I generally wrap about 10-12 times.  For very bulky yarn I wrap about 6 times.

slide yarn off cardboard

When you are finished wrapping, cut the yarn leaving about a 3″ tail.

If your yarn is slippery, tie the ends together to form a knot.  If you are using wool or a less slippery acrylic yarn, you can generally skip this step.

Holding onto all of the wraps with one hand, slide them off the cardboard carefully with the other hand.

hold butterfly

Keep the wraps held together and both of the longer ends loose.

tie center of butterfly

Wrap the longer ends around the center of the wraps 3-4 times securely and then tie a couple of tight knots.

trim ends of yarn

Trim off the ends.

Step 2: Building the wire wreath frame

wire wreath

Cut a length of wire about 8-11″ long, depending on the size you want your finished wreath.  I used 10″ for the gold wreath.  Form the wire into a circle.

Using pliers, bend one end of the wire back to form a loop.

bend other end of wire

About 1″ in from the opposite end of the wire, bend the wire up straight.

slide yarn onto wire frame

Poke the center of the yarn tuff onto the end of the wire and slide it on.

slide yarn butterflies onto wire frame

Continue adding all of the yarn tuffs onto the wire, sliding them around to the opposite end as you go.  They look a little funny until you get a few on.

You can twist and reposition the tuffs if necessary so they nest together nicely.

Keep making tuffs and sliding them on until the wreath is full.

connect wires to form wreath

When finished, insert the long end of the wire into the loop of the opposite end.

connect wires cut end

Bend this end of the wire back to lock the ends together, then trim off the excess wire.

yarn christmas wreath

Add a ribbon hanger or wire on a ribbon bow to finish it off and you are done!

Don’t get too hung up on getting all the tuffs to the exact same size, or worry about the same number of wraps because it all just sort of falls into place when its done.  If I ran out of yarn I just made the wreath a little smaller.  I’ve also made some striped wreaths with 2 different yarns that turned out pretty cute.  Happy holiday crafting!

Comments

  1. I LOVE THIS IDEA! What great tray favors or charity gifts for any age – and it uses oddments of yarn. Doesn’t everyone have oddments?? And it is something a youth group or similarly talented adult group could do.

    • Darn – I should have named them Christmas wreath yarn oddments! What a clever name! And yes, the yarn tuffs are fun and stress free to make, and an excellent way to use up inexpensive acrylic yarn! Happy holidays Joyce!

  2. Jacque Taylor says:

    I remember making the big yarn wreaths, but your little ones are so stinkin’ cute!!!!!! Might have to make some… Thanks!

  3. Lisa Rothe says:

    These are cute. I have never seen them. Regarding the snowflakes in your picture, where do you get the wire forms? I assume you just wrap them with yarn & glue off the ends?

    I love your blog!

    • Hey Lisa! Normally I try and figure out how to make things like those snowflake ornaments, but in this case I broke down and just bought them. They come from a company named Roost and I tried to Google them this year to buy more, but had no luck. What makes the frames so great is they have a little ball at the end of each spoke so the yarn doesn’t slide off. Hope this helps!

  4. They’re lovely! Thank you for sharing! 😍

  5. Love these. Forwarding them to my crafty sister-in-law!

  6. Really adorable idea! And yes, don’t we all have scads of “oddments”. I love that.

  7. So cute! The story behind them makes them even more so. How kind of him to share his Grandmother’s ‘how to’ with you! And now, with all of us. :)

  8. So cute!!! I need to dig through my yarn and find my “remainders” to make a crazy color wreath.

  9. I assume the procedure is the same for all the different wreaths…the white on espeically looks a bit different, but I guess it’s the thicker yarn?

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