Nonna wreath {tutorial}

You first saw it here:


and then here:


And now it’s finally here!


Here is what you’ll need:


:: fabric {I used a wool blanket found at a thrift store}

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun & lots of glue

:: wreath form {10 inch}

STEP ONE: cut fabric into long strips {approximately 2-3 inches x the length of your fabric}


STEP TWO: wrap one strip around wreath form to cover, adhering with hot glue



STEP THREE:  Begin by bunching and scrunching each strip and adhering with dabs of hot glue.




Continue around the wreath until it is covered. This takes a lot of glue and some playing around to get the fabric bunched how you like.  Keep going in rows from the outside to the inside.

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STEP FOUR: create a hanger

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cut a strip of fabric, loop over and attach to back with glue.

So pretty and quite simple too.


I’ve linked up with
and Tip Junkiehandmade projects


So I have a very great collection of holiday projects that I was hoping to present to you today,

but yesterday this darling girl


delivered this darling boy


and I was so honored to be in the delivery room to be part of the miracle.

Have you ever seen a live birth? While of course I was present and my own babies’ births, there is something so incredible about watching instead of doing {the lack of pain, for one!}. It was truly amazing and I love sweet baby Eli.

I’m still recovering {ha} and regrouping, so I’ll hopefully have some holiday inspiration to share with you tomorrow

51 Responses to Nonna wreath {tutorial}

  1. Stacy Silvano October 8, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Hello Emily! Thank you for the tutorial – I’m going to attempt to make some for Christmas gifts this year. I was wondering if you could do two different color fabrics? Thank you again!

  2. karen sunday August 31, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Hi Emily I love everything you do I want to make the nonna wreath but cannot find the mustard color wool you used ? Where did you find it ? appreciate all you do thanks, Karen Sunday

  3. Traci November 28, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Love this wreath! Instead of a wool blanket I used burlap and think it turned out great! I posted it on my blog with props to you. Working on the fabric flower today!

  4. Tanya September 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    I just finished my Nonna wreath with more of a burlap fabric. Simply chic!

  5. Laura Ingalls Gunn September 5, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    What an adorable wreath ~ I love it!

    Have a happy and blessed Labor Day!

  6. Jan May 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    I have been loving your blog for awhile and have tried many of your projects, thank you for sharing your creativity. Can’t wait to try the Nona wreath.

  7. Katie April 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    I just finished a version of this wreath for spring… I used a linen fabric. However, it takes a full yard.

  8. Jill April 22, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    This is so darling!

  9. Carie Marie April 22, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    I love the wreath!!!! You could make them in different colors to fit each season! THANKS!

  10. Jacqueline February 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    I have enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much! Here’s my take of your tutorial:

  11. HopiQ November 10, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the inspiration! I needed a fall wreath and ended up using some burlap I had on hand. http://heartnhome.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-take-burlap-wreath.html

  12. wendy November 9, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Congrats on the new little one in your life! He is adorable! Is that a pic of your daughter? She is seriously one of the cutest pregnant mama’s ever! Oh, and the wreath… Love it, it turned out great!!!

  13. Candylei November 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    HI: I linked over from crescendoh.com. YAY! The wreath is so cute. I’m thinking of all of the different fabrics one could use. I’m definitely going to make this soon!
    Your grandbaby is so sweet! I know everyone is thrilled with the newest family member!

  14. kasey November 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    great tutorial..i wish i was creative like you;-)

  15. lisa November 4, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    oh, how wonderful to be part of your darling friend’s verrrry special moment! Can I just share with you HOW EXCITED I am to see all your Christmas crafts and decor??? I think I just did. ;)

  16. Lily November 4, 2010 at 3:02 am #

    I cannot wait to make this wreath! I’m in love! I found you through the Nester and absolutely love your blog. Little Eli is precious. I wonder if his mommy has a Padalily for him? I’d love to send you one to give her. You’ve given me so much inspiration and fun craft projects…it’s the least I could do!
    Lily Winnail

  17. Carolyn Wilson November 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    My sister let me be in the delivery room when she had her first in July. It was AMAZING! I could watch babies be born all the time!!!

    Love all your projects!!!

  18. Nuha November 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    I love this one! and congrats on the new addition!

  19. KC November 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    you are sweet. thank you em.

  20. jaclyn reifsnyder November 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    yay!! i have been waiting for this one:) can’t wait to make it! baby eli is a doll

  21. House Mouse November 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    This wreath is going to be made in the next couple of days despite my hectic schedule…

  22. Jennifer November 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    Can’t wait to start on that wreath! I’ve been making fabric flowers and having a ball doing it. :) Baby Eli is as adorable as his momma! Congrats all around!

  23. Merripie November 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    It’s funny how much more you appreciate the whole process when your not the one in agony. It is definitely a bonding moment for you and your friend. I hope it was a peaceful happy process for everyone, and congrats to the new parents!

  24. Mary November 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this! Beautiful! Thank you for posting the tutorial!

    What a sweet little guy! I have been present at 3 births (2 before I had children) and it is such a special experience. I think the two I witnessed before I had my children REALLY helped me when I had mine. I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be…I understood the process. :)

  25. The Farmer's Trophy Wife November 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I’ve seen over 1000 births and every single one is different and special!! (I’m an L&D nurse…) You are so lucky to have shared her day and congratulations!

  26. Gina November 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Oh I love this wreath! I am definitely going to give it a try! Thanks!

  27. Kimber-Leigh November 3, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    thanks for the tutorial. it looks great!

  28. Susie M November 3, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    I love this wreath. It will make a perfect accent to hang over my fireplace this Christmas. Thanks for sharing the tutorial because I have been wanting to try to make one and now have a guide to follow. Time to start digging through my fabric.

  29. Natalie November 3, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I’ve loved this wreath since you first put it on here. I can not wait to make one for the holidays. Thank you so much!

    What a wonderful experience to see a baby born, I have only experienced my own and hope to someday to witness one without the pain! Congratulations!

  30. Danielle November 3, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Like everything you post, I JUST LOVE THIS WREATH! I too was able to witness my dear friend give birth while our husband’s were in Iraq, it was so amazing, although I might still be more traumatized by her birth then my own…hehe.

  31. kelly November 3, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    this is really beautiful! can’t wait to try and find some red wool to make it!

  32. Robyn B November 3, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Oh, I’m soooo going to the thrift store today for some fabric/blanket/old clothes and making this wreath – Love it! Almost as much as that picture of the brand new boy…..

  33. Trish @TheOldPostRoad November 3, 2010 at 5:55 am #

    GREAT! I have been curious about that wreath – it is beautiful!

  34. Katie Johnson November 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm #

    OH Thank you Thank you Thank you.

  35. Caitlin November 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Oh how exciting to be there for little Eli’s birth – gorgeous!
    do you think the wreath would still work in a lighter fabric? It’s just that it is summer here and I’m trying to think of another option (though the wool is stunnning). Thanks!!

    • emily November 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

      I think a light weight fabric would work beautifully. I should try one in linen. You may need more strips to cover, but please let me know how it works out!

  36. claudia November 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    yay!!!! so excited about the tutorial.

  37. Jesse {Good Girl Gone Glad} November 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I love this and am going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing
    how you made it. xx

  38. sharron November 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Awww what a sweet baby and yes being on the other side is such a Blessings!!
    Welcome Eli!!
    Love the wreath and am planning to make a few for holiday decor!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  39. Mindy November 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I was wondering about how much fabric also. I can’t wait to make it. Also that is awesome to be apart of a birth (that is not your own childs). I had a similiar experience, but was unable to stay for the whole thing due to complications. :( Thank goodness everyone turned out fine and that precious little baby will turn 5 in Feb!

  40. christie November 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Love it! Thanks so much for posting the tutorial! How much of the blanket did you end up using to make the wreath? (Just trying to estimate how many yards of fabric I’ll need :)

    • emily November 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

      Total estimate, but I’d say 1/4 yard should work for a 10 inch wreath.

      • christie November 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

        Thanks! Now I’m off to make one. Just gotta pick a fabric lol

        PS~ Your friend is adorable, as is little Eli. I love the name she picked

  41. Lisa B November 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING!!!! You just made my day! I did the burlap wreath a few weeks ago and incorporated one of your flowers from your flower pin tutorial and LOVE it….I have gotten numerous compliments and keep referring everyone to your blog. Now, onto Nonna’s wreath – seriously! Love it! Now to decided what color…..
    Thanks for sharing!!!!

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