DIY White and Gold Rope Christmas Wreath / Gemma Patford for ETSY International

DIY ProjectsPress  |  December 8, 2013

Every day between December 1st and December 25th, ETSY will bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of their DIY Advent series. Out of the 25 amazing artists, I was lucky enough to be asked. HOLY HECK!  Today, I wanted to share with the wider internet my DIY tutorial how to make a very festive Christmas wreath. Here is how:


You will need:

  • 7 meters of rope (5mm thick)
  • A sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch
  • Dress makers pins
  • Scissors
  • White paint, gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • White wool& pompom maker
  • Tassels in gold copper and cream
  • Gold embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle & awl
  • White cotton thread


Coil your rope into a large circle – roughly 22cm in diameter. Pin into shape.


Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew your coil into a large circle shape. Keep stitching your wreath until it is 8 cm thick.


Paint one side of your wreath white. Leave to dry (approximately 2 hours), and then paint the other side. Leave to dry over night.


O.K. Now lets start the fun stuff. Decorate your wreath. Decorate your wreath one-third at a time. In the first third make approximately 6 pompoms (assorted sizes). Take your tassels and pompoms and stitch them into place. Using your awl, you may need to pierce the wreath so you can push your sewing needle through.


In the second third, using your gold paint, draw some fun shapes. I used a few random split pins in this section also. Leave to dry for approximately 20 minutes.


In the last third, using your awl, pierce two even rows of small holes. Use these holes to stitch some fun embroidery. I ran a simple herringbone stitch.


Your finished. You may like to make some final touches. Attach a few more pompoms and tassels, but essentially, your complete. Hang this puppy on your front door, and have a very merry holiday!

Gemma Patford xx


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