Per the request of many of you, I’m posting Christmasy Santa tulle wreath tutorials today so you have time to make them between now and Thanksgiving.
Oh, and if you’re super ambitious and still looking for a Thanksgiving wreath to make, don’t forget about Thom the Turkey!
IT PAINS MY RESPECTING THE TURKEY HEART TO DO SO, but I entirely understand you actually need, like, time to get this done. See how much I love you all?
I’m going to start with the easiest wreath first.
For this wreath you’ll need:
50 yards of white tulle ON A SPOOL (less yardage, obviously, if it’s from a bolt), cut to 15? pieces
12? wreath form
1 adult sized santa hat
1 scrap piece of ribbon and needle and thread
Hot glue gun, scissors, pen
I based the size of my wreath form on the Santa hat I found. I’d recommend taking your hat with you to look for wreaths, and seeing what size works best.
For directions on how to best cut your tulle, refer back to my Monster Wreath post.
First, place the hat on your wreath and mark where it each side ends on the wreath. Then you’ll only have to tie your tulle around to those marks.
If you have a green wreath, like I do, it doesn’t hurt to quickly wrap some white tulle around it to minimize the chance of the green showing through. If you have a white wreath, you’re good to go.
Start tying your 15″ white tulle strips around the wreath, from one mark to the other. A simple knot will do just fine.
If you are planning to add a mustache to your Santa wreath, wrap and tie a piece of tulle around the wreath, about 2 inches below where the tulle will meet the hat. I did this while still working on the beard, but I actually think it would be easier to wait until the beard is completely done.
For the mustache, cut the remaining 15″ tulle strips in half. Then tie them around the piece of tulle you wrapped around the middle of the wreath. Again, a simple knot is all it takes.
Finally, use your glue gun to secure the hat onto the wreath. I glued both the sides. I took my leftover tulle strips, balled them up and stuffed them into the hat for a little extra volume. Then I glued the front of the hat and the back to the wreath to hold it all in.
To hang the wreath, the best thing to do is to simply stitch a piece of scrap ribbon to the back of the hat. You could try to hot glue this, but I think a needle and thread will make it a lot more sturdy, especially if you’re hanging it on a door that opens and shuts often. Obviously, it doesn’t have to be pretty. I can’t make a pretty stitch to save my life.
That guy was so super simple, right? Want to make him even simpler? Don’t add a mustache. Still adorable. Maybe even more adorable. I think I’m partial to the one without.
As I said before, this is just the beginning! I have 2 more posts coming up today with all the information you’ll need to get started on a holiday tulle wreath asap. Like me over on Facebook or follow me on Twitter to be one of the first to know when they go up.
UPDATE! Here they are!
Rudolph the Reindeer Tulle Wreath
And a Reindeer Wreath with more realistic antlers