Monday, October 25, 2010

Rosette Wreath {Tutorial}

One of the best offerings from my favorite store - the Dollar Tree - is a foam wreath.  There's so many possibilities!  And in the blog world there is a lot of wreath inspiration out there.  I came across this post and instantly knew I wanted one!  I really liked the look of hers from a distance, but I didn't like the look of the lace rosettes.  So while searching through the remnants at JoAnn's I came across an ivory cotton/polyester blend fabric and a black and ivory floral satin like print.  I knew they would be great for what I wanted.

So with the below items, I set to work.

Cut the fabric into strips about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide.  I made 6 rosettes of each fabric.  They range from 2-3 inches wide.  They differ depending on how tight you wrap each rosette and how tight the fabric is twisted. 

Fold the strip in half (I cut mine when the fabric was folded, less cutting).  Twist the fabric and secure one end (I just used a pair of scissors to weight the end I wasn't using down).

With the other end, start rolling the fabric securing it with a dab or two of glue ever so often.  I went a little overboard on the glue and went through a ton of glue sticks for this project,  Good thing they're cheap!

Here's (one) finished rosette!

I decided to get rid of the stray strings by taking my candle lighter to the edges.  It looks a lot cleaner without the strings.  But be careful to not catch your rosette on fire.  But if you do singe it a little, just trim it off.

After you have your rosettes finished (or when you need a break from making a lot of rosettes) begin covering your wreath.  I decided to cover it in black ribbon).  If you choose ribbon over fabric, I recommend choosing one that's a good 2-3 inches wide.  Mine was only about 1 1/2 and it took the whole roll to cover (a whopping 21 feet).   It probably wouldn't have needed the whole roll, but I'm a perfectionist so I wrapped it pretty tight so there weren't bubbles.

Every wrap around I dabbed a bit of hot glue on the wreath to keep the ribbon from moving.

Here's the covered wreath.

Next I decided how I wanted my rosettes arranged.  Then I glued on a 5/8 in thick piece of ribbon (cut to whatever length you want.  I eyeballed mine but I'd say it is about 3 feet long.

After gluing the ribbon on, I tied it at the base so the ribbon would lay right when it hung.

Then I glued the rosettes on by putting hot glue on the bottom of each rosette.  I put the rosettes close to each other, but not squished so I didn't leave a gap at the end.  Deciding on an order for your rosettes will help you with this.  

Here's my finished product!!

Before I glued them on I wasn't loving it.  I wasn't sure about the two colors, but after it's put together I love it!  Now the hard part, deciding which blank wall to put it on!

If you make your own version of this rosette wreath, I'd love to see it!

Supplies/Price Breakdown:
Wreath: $1.00
Fabric: $1.52 (ivory)
$2.63 (floral)
Ribbon $2.50
I had the glue, glue gun, scissors and 5/8 ribbon on hand.

Total: $8.11


  1. very sweet- so many different things you can do with those rosettes- they are on my list- I've been storing fabric to make a bunch!

  2. I love your crafts! I'd like to feature you on my blog- take a look and let me know :)

  3. Kelli- These rosettes are my favorite to make! I'd love to be featured! Just let me know the details! :)


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