Fur Wreath Tutorial

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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  1. Well you made me laugh out loud and inspired me all at the same time. I needed both. Thanks,k

  2. Happy holidays.
    I love your decor for the holidays, especially how you worked in nautical items.
    As a lake dweller and lover, I have learned much about decorating “nautically” for the holidays from your site! Awesome decor.

    I love your fur wreath. Glad to see that no rabbits were sacrificed for it!
    (My little English angora rabbit “Maulli” would have been mortified!!!)

    Have a fabulous holiday.

  3. You have a beautiful website.

  4. This was a gloriously informative, creative, and hysterical post.

    Love it.

  5. Okay, I can do this! This is so, so pretty! Thanks for the idea and tutorial!

  6. Dear Nester,
    You’re so awesome. Thanks for doing this post.

  7. You crack me UP! I love reading your posts, sweet Nester. And I can’t wait to go make me a fur wreath! I was wondering how you did that… so glad you linked this post again. :) (Oh, and I <3 Ty Pennington…)

  8. ok, i’ve been meaning to make this wreath since the first time you posted the tutorial ages ago. i’m FINALLY going to do it. i know it’s january BUT i’m doing it darnit!
    HOWEVER, i haven’t found a fabric store around here that carries fur and i know you posted a link at one point for an online fabric store that had beautiful fur fabric but two computer crashes and a new laptop later there’s no way i’ll be able to find it on my own.
    help a sister out?

  9. I love your work! Thank a lot for the brilliant tutorial! I share it in my blog http://krasart.com/2011/11/29/diy-christmas-fur-wreath-by-thenester/ and link it back to you.

  10. This is so adorable.

  11. What a great wreath!!! I love it with your bottle brush trees…they all kind of have the same spike-y look. Thanks for the great directions and the funny pictures and writing.

  12. Dang it, how did I miss this! Brilliant-I’m heading to the fabric store right now. Thanks!

  13. Great decoration .. nice touch. What a great wreath!

  14. Oh my gosh I fell in love with the wreath but your comments made me laugh completely out loud!! I too felt like I could knock over a liquor store after I completed the coffee filter wreath – no fingerprints. I will be looking for fur next time I go to the craft store and thank you for making my night! Merry Christmas!

  15. Your instructions are very helpful and entertaining. This is the perfect solution to what to do with boxes of vintage furs I’ve inherited from the Humane Society. They are too beautiful to let baby rescues pee on them, but I want to do something so the wildlife rescues benefit as intended. It’s tricky! Christmas wreaths & decorations made with these precious vintage furs will help raise funds; the animals didn’t die in vain. Thank you from my heart!

    • Heidi, I was interested to find out if you had made any wreaths with the vintage furs you inherited from the humane society. I would be interested in buying one if you had made any. I also would be interested in volunteering to make some for sale to benefit the humane society. Not sure where you live or if it is close to me or not. Possibly we could do it by mail. I would be happy to donate all the other materials required to make the wreaths. The county I live in has a very large successful no kill humane society and I always want to do what I can to help. Please contact me at above email. Thank you. Pat Rhodes

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  17. Such educational tutorials are very useful for all readers of this blog. I love reading books and one of my favorites is the Great Gatsby, and this fur wreath is very similar to the one that was on the door of the protagonist. You can read an example of my essay about this novel on this site https://tooly.io/the-great-gatsby/ I will be glad if you write me your feedback and comments. I want to continue to write reviews on other books and am ready to listen to your criticism.


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