Greet guests with a feather-embellished grapevine wreath. Construct each feather by wrapping and tying yarn onto florist's wire. Then, dip the yarn-covered wire into liquid starch and let it dry into a stiff feather shape. Since you're making the feathers from scratch, get creative with colors and sizes for a one-of-a-kind look.
What You Need
- 18-gauge green cloth-covered florist's wire
- Wire cutters
- Glue stick
- Acrylic yarn (we used taupe, gray, aqua, seafoam green, light tan, and dark tan)
- Liquid starch
- Disposable rimmed plate
- Plastic wrap
- 1⁄8 yard tan linen
- 18-inch-diameter grapevine wreath
- Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
- 18-inch length of ribbon
Step 1: Wrap Yarn
Use a glue stick to apply glue to end of green cloth-covered florist's wire. Secure yarn approximately 1 inch from wire end on glued area. Wrap yarn tightly around the wire to cover the 1-inch end.
Step 2: Wrap Yarn Again
When wire end is reached, begin wrapping yarn back to beginning; continue wrapping toward opposite end of wire. Apply glue to opposite end, wrap yarn over glue, and then back about 1⁄2 inch from end. Glue end in place, and trim yarn end.
Step 3: Cut Yarn
Cut seventy-five 3-inch-long pieces of yarn. Tie one length of yarn onto the yarn-wrapped wire, approximately 2 inches from one end.
Step 4: Tie Yarn to Wire
Continue tying tightly spaced yarn lengths onto the wire until the wire is covered to the tip; leave the 2-inch end uncovered.
Step 5: Soak in Liquid Starch
Pour liquid starch onto a disposable rimmed plate. Soak the yarn-wrapped wire in the liquid starch until thoroughly wet.
Step 6: Shape Feather
Remove from liquid starch, squeeze out excess, and lay the soaked wrapped yarn on plastic wrap. Shape into a feather. Let the feather dry until very stiff. Repeat the steps to make desired number of feathers.
Editor's Tip: You can use one color or multiple colors of yarn per feather. It's up to you to design the look of your wreath.
Step 7: Trim Feather
Cut a 9-inch-long piece of 18-gauge green cloth-covered florist's wire. Trim feather edges as desired, cutting a few of the yarn ties shorter for a realistic look.
Step 8: Make Accent Flower
Cut a 3x42-inch strip from linen. Cut 1-3⁄4-inch-deep fringe spaced 1⁄2-inch apart along one long edge of the linen. Roll one short end of the linen strip tightly; securing with hot glue as you roll. Continue rolling and gluing the strip to make the accent.
Step 9: Attach Feathers and Flower
Glue feathers and accent flower to wreath. Tie ribbon around top of wreath for a hanging loop.