DIY Hula Hoop Wreath
We’ve all seen those huge beautiful wreaths in department stores & shops like Anthro this time of year. If you haven’t… get out of the house! Wreaths are actually pretty freakin’ pricey! Who knew?!
Don’t you worry! Because my cheap ass is here to show you how to make a BEAUTIFUL HUGE WREATH for $10-$15 & about an hour of your time. 🙂 Yay!
One thing I LOVE about this project is that there are SO many possibilities – it all depends on your style. The classic hula hoop wreath (yeah, that’s a thing) is usually spray painted; but my goal here is to not look like I have a hula hoop hanging on my wall (as if I were an 8 year old) but actually make this wreath a beautiful conversation piece. So I added some texture – chunky yarn, to be exact. This is the second project unrelated to knitting that I’ve used chunky yarn – and it’s safe to say that I’m a huge fan.
So first things first! Go to your handy dandy dollar store & grab a hula hoop! I was lucky enough that good ol’ dollar general had ‘mini’ hula hoops & not a full size ones. My ceilings are 9 feet tall, so that would just look all sorts of ridiculous. Next? Stop into Michael’s & grab your floral wire, chunky yarn, metallic spray paint (not a must) & greenery. DON’T FORGET YOUR MICHAEL’S COUPON! If you don’t own a box cutter, you might wanna grab one of those too – it makes slicing the hula hoop a lot easier. Don’t worry, you only have to make one slice.
So once you are ready to rumble, grab your box cutter & hula hoop. Be careful, please. Make about a two inch slash on your hula hoop where you want to tuck in your chunky yarn. Then shake shake shake shake those pellets out. And begin wrapping. THIS IS SO HELPFUL. Instead of just making a knot that will slide all over, the slice in the hula hoop will hold that yarn nice and tight. See below!
Now it’s time for the most time consuming part of this project! Wrap your chunky yarn around and around and around your hula hoop! This did take me about 15 minutes – you need to make sure the yarn is full & tight, so you don’t see the obnoxious colors of the hula hoop coming through. If you have time on your hands, or have a child who naps longer than 40 minutes, you could just spray paint the hula hoop before you wrap the yarn around to avoid the chance of seeing the original hula hoop color altogether, but I ain’t got that kinda luxury. #momlife
Once you are done with the wrapping of the yarn, you should be quite impressed! I know I was!
Now it is time to get creative! I know, the hardest part for some. I freakin’ love eucalyptus. L O V E the smell. L O V E the color. L O V E the look. So I was immediately drawn to it at Michael’s for this project (and 4 others). I began by choosing which branches of euc were aesthetically pleasing to me & went from there. Once I chose two, I put them on the wreath how I imagined they should be. TIP: When using floral wire, wrap around the branches (see photo). Floral wire can be difficult to work with if you aren’t familiar with it.
Let’s just say that you may be able to see some of your floral wire… well this is just another great thing about using yarn! You can wrap the yarn around those spots & honestly, it turns out kinda amazing.
It’s hard to tell in the bright morning light, but the chunky yarn I used is actually a grey, I wanted to be able to use it for all seasons. But that is something you can absolutely play with, along with the materials, you add onto the wreath. I actually bought some white daisies, gold metallic floral accents & a love sign.. not knowing which direction I would take with this wreath. Once I saw the eucalyptus part done though, my heart felt full (hahahaha SO dramatic). But in the sense of this project, this looked right to me!
I may end up adding in the gold accents but I’m just not sure! I want to see your wreaths! Be sure to tag us on Instagram or comment below if you make your own hula hoop wreath!
Thanks for reading!!!