We up-cycled a vintage woolen blanket to create this fun wreath for the holiday season.
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You will need:
thin pure wool vintage blanket (lightweight is best)
wool dyes in your choice of contrasting colors
round vintage farmers sieve
hot glue gun
- Cut o any fringe from blanket edge, then wash the blanket in hot water in a washing machine (this is meant to shrink the blanket).
- Dry the blanket in the dryer on the hottest setting.
- Cut the wool in 2–3 larger sections, depending on how many colors you want to have. We used blue, green, and teal dyes.
- Use a wool-approved dye, follow packet directions.
- Immerse the entire piece of wool in chosen dye liquid, squeeze out excess, and allow to dry naturally.
- Cut wool into 1⁄2” thick strips (the longer the better). You will need at least 10’–12’ in total for each pom pom.
- Draw a 41⁄2”-diameter circle onto cardboard, cut out using scissors.
- Use as a template and cut out another of the same.
- Draw a 2” circle in the center of each and cut out to resemble donuts.
- Place the circles together.
- The idea now is to wind the wool around the circles.
- Cut the wool into manageable lengths, perhaps about 4’ at a time.
- Hold 1 end on the outside of the circle and feed the other end through the hole, round the back. and through the front again.
- Repeat this, working your way around the circle until all the cardboard is covered.
- As you use additional lengths, you don’t need to tie them together, just make sure the ends are on the outside, not in the middle.
- The next step is the trickiest. Once cardboard circles are full, cut the wool around the edges (i.e. the scissor blade should eventually pass between the 2 pieces of cardboard as you are cutting.) You won’t be able to cut it all in 1 go, so just do a few layers at a time.
- Pass a length of wool between the 2 pieces of cardboard, around all the pieces of wool, and tie it firmly together.
- Slip the cardboard rings off.
- Trim any lengths of wool that are uneven to give your pom poms a tidy look.
- Repeat, making as many pom poms as you need to fill the outer edge of your farmers sieve.
- Use a hot glue gun to attached pom poms to inner edge of sieve.
- Hang on your door and decorate with fresh pine.
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