Last year I wrote about adding a little holiday décor to our front door in the form of a heart shaped, yarn wrapped wreath.
And, although I liked how it turned out I was disappointed at how much it faded into the dark color of our front door. While our house does sit back from the road, with trees across the front, I did hope to be able to glimpse the wreath on the door when pulling in or even driving by. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to see until you got right up to the front porch. Dark red on dark black door = disappearing décor.
So, I got the idea to add a sort of lace doily effect to the back of the wreath giving it a white outline. The hope was to make it pop against the dark door. After considering many options (foam core board, stiffened fabric, actual paper doilies, etc.) I discovered stiffened felt at Joann’s craft store last week. I had completely forgotten about this stuff and was super excited to see that I might have an easy option to work with for my idea.
The only downside was that the largest piece I saw was only 12” X 18” , which meant I would need to put two pieces together in order to cover the back of the wreath with overhang. At that point I was not really sure this was going to come together the way I envisioned, but the low cost and ready-to-go materials made for a project just my speed these days.
Easy, I’m all about it.
Oh, that might not have come across the way it was meant….but trust me, this prude meant it in the lazy way!
The next step was to tape the stiffened felt together using clear packing tape so it would not show through to the front.
I knew this was not going to be a permanent solution to keeping the pieces together, but it did work to hold them in place while making the design and attaching it to the wreath.
My first attempt to freehand the scallop around the heart wreath was with a disappearing fabric marker (greatest invention around!), but the bumpy nature of the felt and the felt tip of the marker were not a match. So, I resorted to using blue tailor’s chalk instead. Because I did all of this freehand, things were not perfect and I made most of my cuts inside the lines to eliminated some wonkiness and the blue chalk. After cutting out the basic heart shape with the scalloped edge I used an oval hole punch to add the cut-outs within each bump of the scallop. Using fabric fusion, I glued the heart wreath directly to the white felt backing. Since the wreath is a little uneven due to the wrapped yarn, I also used some fabric piles to help weigh it down a little for a better hold. After a night of drying I used a couple of T-pins shoved through the felt and into the back of the heart for an added safety measure in keeping the felt “doily” in place.
Wholla! Revamped Valentine’s Day wreath that can be seen from farther away than the bottom step!
Kitschy, but fun for another year. What type of holiday décor are you guys using to spruce your pads this year?