Crafted! Faux Crochet Wreath with Floral Applique

This is probably the most complex of the my three wreath projects. You can see the other two at Crafted! Striped Yarn Wreath with Cork Letter and Crafted! Mini Pom Pom Wreath.

I got inspired to make this because Justin’s grandma is a master crocheter, and I wanted to be just like her.

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But the truth of the matter is that crochet is not super easy to pick up, so I devised this method for faking it using only the basis for a crochet: the chain stitch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Styrofoam wreath form
  • Skein of yarn
  • Crochet needle (I used a chunkier yarn and so a larger size J needle)
  • Two straight pins
  • Floral appliques (or substitute an accessory of your choice)

I will not insult real crocheters everywhere by attempting to instruct you how to do it myself. I’ll simply tell you that it’s not hard, and there are plenty of YouTube resources to guide you. Here’s a quick and simple one to get you going: How to Crochet for Beginners : How to Make a Crochet Chain Stitch.

And here’s what my chain looked like when complete. I’m going to be honest, but don’t be deterred when I tell you that something like 80 yards of crochet chain were required to cover the wreath. I only mention it because at about 33 yards, I thought I totally had enough, and I was way off. So just FYI.

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Once you have your chain made, this wreath is just as easy as my other yarn wreath. Secure the end of the crochet chain to the back of wreath with the first straight pin, wrap the chain around, and secure the other end with the second straight pin.

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Yes, my nails look terrible in virtually every photo on the blog. This is the unvarnished reality here for you, friends. Quite literally.

Originally I wanted to make a crochet flower to finish this wreath, but that proved a little beyond my skill level at the present moment, so I settled for a pack of flowers I got at Michael’s for about two bucks and attached them with a bit of hot glue. The colors were a perfect complement. Voila!

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VINE & LACE

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