Today I will show you how to make a Protea Wreath.
Ever since we won the Rugby World Cup this past September, I’ve been feeling very patriotic, and I wanted to bring a little bit more of South Africa into my home décor, although I’m not one for the usual sporty memorabilia.
DIT Felt Protea Wreath
I love wreaths, but they aren’t really a thing here, so if I want a wreath on my front door, I have to make one. Proteas are one of my favourite flowers – that is why I included it in my blog name. Proteas are also South Africa’s national flowers; it was the perfect fit to add them to a wreath.
I wanted to make the wreath from scratch, and the faux proteas I could find was too expensive, so I decided to make the proteas as well, using felt.
- felt in the colours of your choice
- polystyrene craft balls
- glue gun and glue sticks
- thin galvanised wire and florist wire
- large embroidery hoop
- ribbon or twine to hang your wreath
Making a DIY Protea Wreath
I made the protea flowers using the polystyrene craft balls and felt. I will make a tutorial for them in future, but for now, you can follow through to this one. Make the flowerheads without stems but add a piece of galvanised wire at the bottom. I also made two leaf stems by glueing felt leaves to pieces of wire.
I did not want to attach the flowers and leaves to the embroidery hoop permanently. I used copper wire (because I had it in my stockpile), but you can use florist wire.
Loosen the embroidery hoop just enough to fit a piece of wire through the gap. Start by adding the leaf stems and fixing them with florist wire to the hoop in at least three places. Twist the wire around the hoop two to three times.
Add the flowers by taking the wire stems through to the back and fixing them in place with florist wire as you did with the leaves. With that, your DIY Protea Wreath is complete. Add the ribbon or twine and hang it on your front door.
Any Flower will do
You can make a lot of flowers out of felt, and this method with felt flowers on an embroidery hoop will work for a lot of projects. It is so versatile and straightforward to make.
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I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did. It brings a smile to my face every time I see the wreath! Let me know in the comments if you make one of these DIY Protea Wreaths; I would love to see how it turned out.