I have so many fun Christmas crafts to share with you in the weeks ahead. Today, I have a tutorial for a beautiful Felt Pinecone & Poinsettia Wreath designed by Kathleen George. The Felt Pinecones would make sweet ornaments and gifts all on their own, too. I’m also celebrating a little today: this is my 450th post on Crafts ‘n Coffee; this little old blog was just featured on Country Woman magazine’s web site; and Crafts ‘n Coffee designer Kathleen George made the front cover of Paper Creations magazine. This calls for a celebratory giveaway! First, today’s wreath.
To make a Felt Pinecone & Poinsettia Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 12” wreath
- Two, 3” eggs
- Felt: ¼ yd. cream; green, rose, and deep red squares; scrap of gold
- Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; craft pins; needle; Exacto® knife
To make a Felt Pinecone & Poinsettia Wreath:
1. Pin and glue a 2” wide strip of cream felt to the back of the wreath, and then wrap the strip around the wreath, pinning and gluing the other end to the back. Continue with additional strips until the wreath is covered.
2. Using the pattern, cut out 40-50 pinecone scales for each felt pinecone from both the rose and deep red felt.
3. Glue two red scales to the narrow end of the egg; the rounded edge of the scales should be touching. Overlap the red scales with two rose scales. The straight edges on all four scales should meet and form right angles.
4. Continue gluing on scales, working in rows around the egg, overlapping the prior row as you go and covering bare spots. Alternate the rose and red scales. If needed, use pins to hold the scales in place while the glue dries. When the first egg is covered, repeat for the second egg. Let the glue dry.
5. Make the poinsettia:
- Using the pattern, cut out five rose petals using Petal A; five red petals using Petal B; and four leaves.
- Make a gathering stitch across the base of each petal and leaf. Pull to gather and to give the leaves and petals shape. Tie off the thread.
- Glue and pin the five rose petals, ends touching at the base, in a flower shape at the top center of the wreath.
- Glue and pin the five red petals on top of the red flower, and with petals alternating.
- Cut a strip of gold felt 4” x 5/8”. Fringe along one long edge. Roll up the strip tightly from one end, and stitch the bottom together to secure. Fluff out the fringe and glue the bottom to the center of poinsettia.
- Glue and pin green leaves around the poinsettia.
6. Cut two strips of cream felt ½” x 6” long. Use the tip of an Exacto knife to cut a slit at the top of each pinecone. Place a dot of glue in the slit. Use the dull side of the Exacto knife to slide the felt into the slit. Let the glue dry.
7. Position the felt pinecones inside the wreath, and glue and pin the felt ribbon to the wreath.
Now, for the celebration. Take a look at the front cover of the Winter issue of Paper Creations. Kathleen George designed these Pinecone Ornaments in a similar fashion to today’s Felt Pinecones, only she used corrugated cardboard. There’s also a pretty Paper Mitten Garland by another Crafts ‘n Coffee designer, Patty Schaffer, in this issue. You’ll find the magazine on newsstands now.
I’m also thrilled that Country Woman magazine featured Crafts ‘n Coffee on its home page. There have been so many big bloggers featured by Country Woman magazine, and I was honored when they contacted me about Crafts ‘n Coffee. I can’t thank enough Sharon Selz at Country Woman magazine for reaching out to me.
And finally, today is post #450 on Crafts ‘n Coffee. That’s a milestone I find hard to fathom. All of this calls for a celebration. I’m giving away two prize packages, each one containing:
- The winter issue of Paper Creations magazine.
- A subscription to Country Woman magazine.
- A craft apron.
If you’d like to win one of the two prize packages, tell me about your Christmas crafting plans. I can’t wait to hear what you’re going to make. Enter by midnight on Thursday, November 7, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 8.
Long post today, thanks for hanging in there with me.