I have a soft spot for chenille stem crafts, maybe because I remember crafting with them when I was a kid. I had a craft for the kids in mind when I made today’s Chenille Swirl Valentine’s Day Wreath, and Patty Schaffer’s Chenille Swirl Christmas Tree was my inspiration. Get the kids involved in making the chenille swirls; it’s not hard, and together, you can knock them out during an hour or two of HGTV. (Tiny houses – they are so cool, but where’s the craft room?) The kids will need some help gluing the swirls to the wreath, so read on for the details.
To make a Chenille Swirl Valentine’s Day Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath
- Chenille stems:
- 25 red
- 30 deep pink
- 25 light pink
- 12 white
- Metal arrow (I found mine at Hobby Lobby, and Jo-Ann Stores carries them, too)
- Low-temp glue gun*
- Tools needed: Scissors or wire knippers
*Young children should not use a glue gun! Be sure an adult helps to adhere the swirls to the wreath.
To make a Chenille Swirl Valentine’s Day Wreath:
1. Wind the chenille stems into coils. Use a full chenille stem to make the large swirls, and ½ a chenille stem for the small swirls. For my wreath, I made:
- Red: 21 large and six small
- Deep pink: 24 large and eight small
- Light pink: 20 large and four small
- White: 10 large and three small
2. Glue swirls to the wreath with low-temp glue. I decided to arrange my swirls in an ombré pattern, but I think the wreath would be pretty if they were arranged randomly, too. Add the larger swirls first, and then fill in with the smaller swirls. NOTE: Young children should not use a glue gun! An adult should glue the swirls to the wreath. (I tried to use a thick, white craft glue and found that my swirls popped right off the wreath.)
3. Glue an arrow across the front of the wreath. Decorate the arrow shank with small pennants cut from ribbon.
4. Hanger: Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue the hanger into the center back of the wreath.
Last year, my daughter shared her Origami Heart Wreath with us. This is a fun one for the kids, too. Folding the origami hearts is easy, and you can use a thick, white craft glue to attach them to the wreath.
What do you think of the Tiny House movement? Could you live in one?
Don’t miss Friday – I’ll share another Valentine’s Day Wreath . . .