Are you ready to make this wonderous wreath (pictured with two trees balanced inside)?

What you need:

1. an 18 inch pressed straw wreath {I don’t even unwrap mine}

2. a low melt glue gun with glue sticks {high melt is fine if you don’t need to use your fingers for the rest of the week or if you are planning to commit a crime and no longer want finger prints}

3. about a half a yard of long haired fur {ask the ladies at the local fabric store Hancock usually carries it as does Mary Jo’s}

4. a nice day

I sure wish I had a nice tight little list of hard and fast rules for you to simply follow to my specifications in order to get one of these babies made up without a mess. But, you know how I hate rules and all.

Like most of the projects we do here, there’s a little risk, a little trial and error, a little imperfection and it’s all worth it. Basically, you want to cover the wreath form with the fur. And the longer the hair, the more forgiving it is of your messy, inpatient, non-measuring self.

The way I start is I just lay the edge of the fur over the wreath and wrap it around one part and hot glue part of the wreath and stick the edge of the fur to that. As I go, I cut slits into the fur so it will turn around the circular wreath form.

I try to glue as much on as possible and then, I cut off the fur and start again. Because of the round shape, you can’t just wrap it all the way around. But, because of the long fur, as long as you glue pieces on in the same direction, you can hide all of your seams.

At the end I had a hole. I eyeballed the size of the hole and cut an extra piece to fit.

Just patch that right in–no one will know.

Did I mention that you will want to do this outside? That’s why you needed that nice day.

Another space, another patch. I did try to keep most of my seams on one side of the wreath so I could have a front and a back and if the back looked messed up then it wouldn’t matter. This space is small enough to just shoot some glue in and press down on the fur to cover the bald spot.

There’s a new wreath in school. Don’t let your wreath be humiliated. If your wreath looks like a momma cat patted it down with a wet paw, make sure to fluff it out a little.

I’ve even use a little hairspray to make sure it looks like Ty Pennington.

Ta Da! A finished fur wreath. It only took about 15 minutes. And, the back looks good too! The messy hair look is what allows you to make mistakes and cover them so easily.

Priscilla needs a shave now. And my yard looks like I killed the Aristocats. No worries, no one will know I did it since I no longer have finger prints.

So, once you vacuum your yard and shave your glue gun, you can hang this wreath just about anywhere. I used some kind of fancy fabric trim and hung mine over a mirror. How pretty would a big silver ornament look hanging in the middle of the wreath? I love the fur mixed with a wide velvet ribbon.

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