Friday, March 5, 2010

How To Make a Clover Shaped Wreath

I decided that I would put a cool tutorial up here for you all. This is something that I came up with the idea, and my WONDERFUL hubby made it happen for me! So without further ado.... How To Make a Clover Shaped Wreath!

What you'll need:

Just over 1 yard total of matching fabric. (I used 3 different fabrics and needed just over 1/3 a yard of each.) Sissors, electrical tape.

A picture of a clover that you like, so you can imitate it.

About 6 1/2 feet of 40 gauge wire. (We used copper wire)

Plumbing pipe cover. Cut it in half long ways.

Start by bending your wire to the shape of clover you like. (This is where my amazing husband came in! He did that and the next step for me!)

Then wrap your wire clover with the plumbing pipe you cut in half and cover it with electrical tape. It will look like this when you're almost done:

My husband did that part too. I held the wire apart a little bit for him, so that we could get the tape everywhere. At the end of the stem we wrapped each wire individually then wrapped tape around them both so that it was thicker than the rest of the clover.

It should look something like this when you're done wrapping it.

I had my local material store cut my material at 1/3 yard each, and then ripped them into 1" wide strips. They were really long, so we cut each piece in half length wise. It made them about 6-7" long each. I got almost done with mine and ran out of material (so upsetting!) and had to go get some more, unfortunately where I went would only cut the material at 1/8, 1/4, or 1/3 lengths, so I had them cut it at 1/4. I then measured a length of one of my original pieces and cut the new ones to be the same length.

Then, I just tied each piece onto my clover form, for the stem, I faced the ties out toward the front, and for the rest, I faced the ties out towards the edges, so that the inside was smooth and you can see all of the curves of the leaves.

And the end product?

Yay! Super cute and original! I'm putting a piece of material on the back of one of the leaves as a hook to hang it from. I'm way excited about it! If you want one, just let me know, and I'll totally make one for you! It took a long time to make, but I think it was worth it!


Wes and Dani said...

Cute! I like it lots! :)

Chan! said...

It turned out so cute! :)
You were right, I do want one when I am old! :) Good job. :)

Stewart and Ciera said...

I'm not OLD!!! Thanks a lot!

Noreen said...

Very clever way to do a wreath. I have the pipe insulation, but use it on sharp corners to keep from banging my shins! :0)

Kelly said...

Super cool...I wish i was crafty like that! Thanks for the idea and for linking up to Connect MEme Monday! Following you now!

Kel said...

We love new craft ideas at our house! Thanks for sharing!

Anndrea said...

Great idea and very festive! You are so clever with your clover!:)

jenjen said...

What a great idea to use the wire! It looks awesome!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!


Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

So cool! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

linda @ CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

Very cute and so festive!
happy crafting!