“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -Helen Keller
We could all use a bit of sunshine right about now. Sunflowers represent more than just the sun, they are also a beautiful symbol of hope and joy. This Sunflower Wreath Craft Kit is the perfect way to create your own source of beautiful joy.
Purchasing home decor is fun, but seeing something hang on your door (or wall) knowing that YOU made it is fulfilling. Think of all of the complements you will receive, when loved ones come to visit, and the joy that you will have in saying “I made it”. That is that warm sunshiny joy that comes from sunflowers and crafting.
This DIY post is specifically for a purchased craft kit that you can find on my Etsy shop HERE.
Sunflower Wreath Craft Kit Instructions
Due to the intricate pieces used, this craft kit is recommended for those who are at a moderate to expert craft skill level.
Step One: Gather Your Supplies
In this purchased kit you will receive:
- Precut Felt Flower Pieces:
- 9 Large Outer Flowers
- 9 Middle Flowers
- 9 Small Inner Flowers
- 18 Precut Brown Felt Strips
- Precut Felt Leaves:
- 12 Large Leaves
- 6 Small Leaves
- 3 Large Connected Leaf Pieces
- Brown and White Twine
- 1 10 inch Wire Hoop
- Additionally, you will need: a Pair of Fabric Scissors and a Hot Glue Gun
A Hot Glue Gun dispenses HOT glue and can burn you. Please be careful and read all of the packaging instructions that comes with your hot glue gun before using it.
Once you have your supplies, you can get started!
Step Two: Attach Twine to the Wreath
Creating a loop of twine for the back of the wreath allows it to be hung on almost any size hook. To create the loop of twine I will be using two knots. This method guarantees that when I am finished, the loop will lay parallel with the wreath so there are no twists in the twine when hanging the wreath.
*You can use any type of knot you wish to create your loop, I am just going to show you the way in which I create my knots for this step.
Step 2.1 Create a Loop of Twine with ‘the First Knot’
To start creating the loop, take the twine and fold it in half. Then, take the open end of the twine and create a circle by folding it over the existing twine, so that the open end of the twine is now running perpendicular to the rest of the twine, as shown below in the top right photo. Next, take the open end of the twine and pull it through the circle, so that it looks like a pretzel, as shown below, in the bottom right photo.
Finally, pull the open end of the twine tight to finish the first knot.
Step 2.2 Create the Second Knot to Attach the Twine to the Wreath
First, take the looped twine and lay it underneath the wire ring, as shown below in the first photo to the left. Now that the twine is in place, take the smooth side of the twine loop and fold it over the wreath, so that it will lay in the middle of the knotted side of the twine; this is shown below in the top right photo. Next, fold the knotted side of the twine over the wire hoop to isolate the smooth side, as shown in the bottom right photo. Once the smooth side of the twine is isolated, pull it tight to finish the second knot.
Now that the twine is looped and attached to the wire ring, we are ready for the next steps.
Step Three: Create the Inner Portion of the Sunflower
To create the sunflowers, in both this and the next steps, you will need the brown felt strips and the yellow and gold sunflower pieces.
To start creating the inner portion of the sunflowers, first take one of the brown felt strips and fold it in half. (Doing this is optional, but it means that you will have half as many cuts to make). Then, using a pair of sharp fabric scissors, make small cuts into the strip to create a fringe pattern, as shown below. The sizing between each cut is up to you, so long as it is consistent throughout the strip. I made my fringes about a quarter of an inch thick.
Once the fringe has been cut, take the strip and add a bit of hot glue to the end of it, as shown below in the top left photo. Then, carefully, as to not burn yourself with hot glue, roll the end of the strip towards the glue, as shown below in the two photos to the top right.
After the roll is started, continue adding small amounts of glue to the strip while rolling the felt into a round shape until the entire strip has been rolled.
Once the first strip is rolled, a second strip needs to be added to make the inner portion of the sunflower larger. To do this, add a drop of hot glue to the first roll beside the end point. Then, add the second strip on top of the glue to create an even seam, as shown in the photos below.
Next, continue the process of adding hot glue and rolling the fringe strip. You can add glue to the strip and roll the felt into the glue, or add glue to the roll and fold the strip over it, as shown in the photos below.
Step Four: Assemble the Sunflowers
To assemble the sunflowers, start by adding glue to the bottom of a rolled center piece and attach it to the middle of a small gold sunflower piece.
Once the sunflower middle is in place, it needs to be adjusted so that the petals of the sunflower curve forward. This will give it a more realistic effect. To achieve this, add hot glue to the sides of your brown middles, where the brown and gold felt touch. Then, gently, as to not burn yourself, cup the small flower in your hand while it dries, as shown below in the bottom photo to the right.
Next, add glue to the smaller yellow flower piece around the inside of the petals. Align the two pieces together and lay the smaller flower piece over the glue. Then, carefully, again don’t burn yourself, cup the two pieces into your hand as the glue dries, as shown below.
Then, add glue to the large yellow flower piece around the inside of the petals. Align the two pieces together and lay the smaller flower piece over the glue. Then, carefully, seriously don’t burn yourself, cup the pieces into your hand as the glue dries, as shown below.
Continue this process until all of the nine sunflowers are made.
Step Five: Attach Leaves to the Wire Base
For this step, you will need the wire hoop and each of the three leaf pieces.
Step 5.1 Create the Base of the Wreath
First, take the three connected leaf pieces and lay them out to create a circle so that the wire ring can lay inside of it, as shown below. This will be the base of the wreath, so keep these pieces in place for the next step.
**To help determine the placement of the individual leaves, look at the base of the wreath as a clock with each leaf shape facing outward is an hour on a clock face. I will refer to the leaves in this way for the next few steps.
Step 5.2 Attach the Large Green Leaves
First, take six large leaves and lay them over the wire ring, facing inward, with even spacing between each leaf, as shown below.
The inward facing leaf placement is determined by placing a leaf in every other half hour mark. Once the leaves are in place, add glue to the bottom of each leaf on either side of the wire ring, as shown below, to secure them in place.
Once the inward-facing leaves have been secured, lay out the next six large leaves facing outward in between each of the inner-facing leaves, as shown below.
Then attach each leaf to the base, by adding glue to the bottom of each leaf on either side of the wired ring, as shown below.
*Note: Now that the large leaves have all been glued down, the three connected leaf shapes and wire ring will stay in place.
Step 5.3 Attach the Small Leaves
With all of the other leaves secured, the small leaves are simply extra.
First, place each small leaf in between the large outward facing leaves, as shown below.
Once the small leaves are in place, glue them to the wreath.
Step Six: Lay Out Your Wreath Design
To finish the wreath, you will need to determine how you would like it to look. I always recommend laying out your design before gluing anything down, in case you would like to make changes. For this step, you will need your leaf covered wreath, sunflowers, and “you are my sunshine” felt sign.
Here are a few layout ideas to inspire you. Also, the “you are my sunshine” felt sign is completely optional.
Step : Assemble the Wreath
Once you have all of your pieces laid out, you can assemble your final product. Start with the sunflowers themselves, lifting and gluing each flower to the wreath as you work.
Then, lay down your sign and attach it to the wreath by lifting each piece that touches the wreath, adding glue to the bottom of the sign, and then gently holding the piece in place until it has dried. Do not push hard on the felt sign, because doing so will cause the hot glue to bleed through the fabric (and that is not fixable).
Step : Enjoy!
Look at this beautiful creation that you made!
Seriously, this beauty looks impressive.
Thank you for reading and crafting with me. If you were inspired to purchase this Sunflower Wreath Craft Kit and create your own masterpiece I would love to see them!
Have a beautiful day.