DIY Yarn Wreath Tutorial

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it revolves around gluttony and football, but I’ve just always been a fan. This year, Mr. Lion and I are hosting Thanksgiving for the very first time. It’s not that big of a gathering…just Papa Lioness, Sister Lioness, and Sister Lioness’ boyfriend who plan to join us. Nonetheless, I wanted a little something extra to add to our home decor to make it a little more festive.

I’ve noticed that yarn wreaths are all the rage right now on Etsy. You know, like this one:



And this one:



I wanted to make a Thanksgiving version. Okay, okay, maybe that’s not wedding-related. But with the modern rustic design, some brides might be into this kind of thing! Just add a monogram and I’d say it’s wedding-ready:



So, here’s how I made my Thanksgiving Yarn Wreath!


  • Glue gun
  • Foam wreath
  • Yarn (thicker is better; I like the kind that changes colors so you don’t have to keep tying it off and starting a new wrap)
  • Fabric for flowers (I used 1/8 yard in two colors)
  • Beads for fabric flowers (optional)
  • Decorative letters (optional)
  • Other elements of decoration (i.e. buttons, sequins, etc.)

Wrap the yarn around the wreath. This part takes forever, but once you get into a rhythm it’s not so bad. If you’re using fall colors, hold it up to your fiance so it looks like a Lion’s mane.


Not amused, apparently.

Secure the end of the yarn with your glue gun.


I decorated my wreath with two types of flowers. For the first kind, cut strips about 1.5 inches thick.


This part’s kind of hard to describe. You want to bunch the fabric around in a zig zagged circle, gripping each fold between your thumb and index finger.


Once the full circle is formed, secure by sewing or with the glue gun. I cannot sew, so I opted for the latter:


Add a bead to the center of the flower if you wish.


For the second kind of flowers, cut four 2-inch circles.


Wow, I am really bad at cutting circles! Next, fold each circle into a semi-circle and overlap one on top of the other, like a pinwheel.


Pinch the middle of the four overlapping semi-circles and secure with the glue gun.


Attach your decorations to the yarn wreath and proudly display!


{all personal photos}

For this and other fabulous tutorials, visit Kelly Hicks Design! Are you working on any DIY projects for the holidays? If so, what are you making?


Mrs. Lioness

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    Sarah, Guest @ 2:38 pm

    I saw these on etsy recently & really wanted one for my wedding, now I can make it myself! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:46 pm

    It turned out really cute.

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:24 pm

    Very cute!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:45 am

    gosh you make it look so easy! i LOVE those yarn wreaths on Etsy but they’re so pricey!

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    peaches1038 795 posts, Busy bee @ 4:39 pm

    @Lioness: I LOVEEEE these! I was wondering what size foam wreath you used and how many skeins of yarn you needed to cover it?


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    lioness 819 posts, Busy bee @ 8:20 pm

    @mrspaetz: Yeah, this was probably much cheaper. I meant to include the cost breakdown in this post but totally forgot! It came to $15.84, not including the glue gun because I already had it.

    @peaches1038: The foam wreath is 12″ and I only needed on skein of yarn. I almost bought more yarn just in case but I was so glad I didn’t! I barely used half of what I had!

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    Lioness Bmaid%2BEmily, Guest @ 9:39 pm

    I am sitting between two boys who probably don’t care but I THINK THIS IS ADORABLE

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    missDNA 231 posts, Helper bee @ 10:14 pm

    so awesome! And of course it’s wedding related, someone out there (like me) would love to make a wreath for their wedding. Trying to figure out how I could do this for Christmas :)

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    Wendy, Guest @ 8:37 pm

    i love this idea!!! ans your’s looks fantastic!!

    i’m planning on making these for my wedding in the spring.. where did you find the wreaths? i’ve looked all over and can’t find any. i’m beginning to think charlotte, nc fails at crafting. :(

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