You will need:
Felt, cut into 3″ diameter circles. I decided to use lots of colors but made up with a single color, the wreath turns out very nice too.
About 500 short (1″) straight pins.
A styrofoam wreath form in the shape of a heart, which can be purchased at any craft store or online. Scissors and/or a rotary cutter for cutting out lots of circles.
Cardboard, ribbon for hanging (optional).
Begin by making a paper circle template and -get comfortable, this could take a while- then cut out about 500 felt circles. The amount shown in the picture is about a quarter of what is really needed.
Place the pins about a 1/2 an inch apart from each other. This distance puts the felt folds next to each other without leaving a gap in felt where you can see the styrofoam. I started building at the bottom of the heart.
I found it worked best to hold the part you’ve already finished closer to your body and build away from you, adding the folded felt and pin pieces following a grid system. In the picture above, 50 circles have already been used.
Almost done, I did have to stop quite a few times to cut out more circles and when I ran out of shorter pins, I had to dig through the sewing room to look for the next shortest option. The 1 1/2 inch pins with small bead heads worked just fine too.
I was worried about the sturdyness of the finished product because the pins go in and come back out quite easily. I plan to hang this wreath on my front door that gets a lot of wind, so I added some extra insurance to the back. I cut out a piece of cardboard slightly smaller than the finished wreath (by laying the finished wreath on a piece of cardboard and tracing the shape) and hot glued it to the back, making sure to use a lot of glue and hit the styrofoam as well as the felt. I cut a slit in the cardboard and tied a piece of ribbon on for hanging. Hopefully this will make it sturdy and long lasting.
Congratulations, you’re finished. Enjoy your gorgeous envy-of-the-neighborhood wreath!