You know me and embroidery hoops. I love them. I love finding them at thrift stores. My collection was building up so it was time to use them! This time I used a big one, a small one, and an oval one to create a rustic-meets-modern interpretation of pumpkins to form a wreath for our front door.
I was inspired by the twine striped pumpkins on my front porch.
- Embroidery hoops in different shapes and sizes. Use a large one as the “anchor”, plus two smaller ones to layer on top. I’ve already wrapped one of them, which I will show you below.
- Yarn and twine. I used jute twine in natural and in green (you could use green yarn), butcher’s twine, and orange yarn.
- Glue gun
- Whoa, is that all the supplies I used? Usually there’s so much more!
Basically you will wrap all three embroidery hoops completely, embellish them with a contrasting yarn or twine, and then add the green up top as the stem. You secure the yarn/twine simply by tying knots. At the end, you use hot glue to layer the embroidery hoops together. If you’d like more details, here you go!First, I’ll go over how I cover the embroidery hoop completely with twine. Separate the two rings from each other, and tie one end around one of the rings. Leave a length of about 2 inches at the end. You’ll tie the other end to this when you finish.
Then put them back together, and start wrapping. The twine ball was pretty small, so I could fit it through the inside of the hoop as I wrapped.When you have wrapped it all, tie that end to the original end, and trim. Try to put the knot towards the back (so just pick a side and call that the back).Then to embellish this hoop, I took some yarn and tied it to the screw up top.Then I wrapped it around at sort of a diagonal, about 1 inch or so apart. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Then when you reach the top, go around the other way, so the diagonals are in the opposite direction. And finish by tying a knot to the first end.For the “stem”, start by again tying the green twine around the screw. Then start wrapping around and around horizontally.Then when you’ve wrapped enough twine around that it’s the same length as the screw, start wrapping over the screw, up and down. This will form the stem and cover the screw, plus the ends of the orange yarn. As you wrap, make sure the length is sticking out, to which you will tie another knot. Trim the ends.All done with the first pumpkin.For the oval pumpkin, I wrapped it in white butcher’s twine, then I thought I’d add orange stripes all around it. So I started on the side of the oval, and tied a knot, leaving a length again. I then wrapped 1 inch or so of orange yarn, then I tucked the end into the last wrap, and pulled it over to tie the knot with the original length from the first knot. Then I made the green stem in the same manner as the first pumpkin.I hope that all made sense! Second pumpkin done. My girls said he looks like he’s wearing a sweater.For the big pumpkin, I covered it with orange yarn. To make things easier, I pulled out a bunch of yarn from my big skein, enough to make a ball about the size of my palm. I didn’t even use half of that, by the way. Then wrapped it with jute twine in just one direction, and made another green stem. Ready to glue everything together. I layered the two small pumpkins on top of the big one.First I glued the small pumpkin and the oval pumpkin together where they meet in the middle. To support the glue while it dried, I stuck a roll of tape underneath. Then I carefully lifted up the parts of the small pumpkins that touch the big pumpkin and applied more hot glue. While I had the hot glue out, I glued down some of the knotted ends of the yarn and twine to neaten things up.All done.This look may not be for everyone, but I love the abstract nature of the wreath, with a little bit of shabby cozy thrown in by the twine and yarn. And I love crafts with minimal supplies that I had at home already, and that I can do while lounging on the couch.