Valentine’s Fabric Wreath

January 20, 2011

I don’t remember where I first saw a fabric yo-yo being used, but I remember being intrigued. It was a long and lovely garland of yo-yo’s hung from an archway, and it looked so festive and perfect. I quietly set the idea into the back of my mind, and now a few years later it has slowly come to surface.

I recently found myself with a very overstuffed fabric scrap bin, and decided that I had enough scraps in coordinating colors to put a few yo-yo’s together. You realize that I said a few. A word of warning, when you decide to make a few of these, you will inevitably find yourself buried in a mound of yo-yo’s for which you can not escape. It becomes a bit addicting, and the idea of “just one more” plays like a broken record in your mind.

Over the holidays I fell in love with Maya’s pinecone wreath construction, and I made a few to adorn our house and doors (one thing we do not lack around the holidays is pine cones and cardboard). As my fabric yo-yo collection has grown and grown, a heart wreath for valentine’s day seemed like the perfect way to use up my pile, and to give the house a bit of decoration for the upcoming holiday. Thank you to Maya for the idea of using basic cardboard as a wreath form for this project.

This is a great project to have help from the kiddos, as pulling the strings on the yo-yo’s allows for endless joy, and they are the perfect helpers for gluing each yo-yo to the form itself.

Simply start with a piece of cardboard in any size that fits the wreath that you want to create.
Draw your heart shape, and then using about an inch difference, draw another heart inside of the first.

Using an Xacto knife, cut away both drawn lines to create a thin wreath form.

Using your form as a guide, decide on the placement of your yo-yo’s, then simply set them on the outside of the wreath form.

Using an all purpose glue, glue each yo-yo to the form and allow to dry completely.

Hang wherever you would like and enjoy.

To give some life to my mantle, I glued patchwork pieces of fabric left over from the yo-yo’s to mason jars and lit tea lights inside. They are a fun way to create some soft light while bringing in the fabrics and colors from the wreath below.

Resources for making yo-yo’s
Heather Bailey (making them on your own)
Pat Sloan’s Video for making them with a Clover Yo-Yo maker (my method of choice).

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

adkmama January 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

How CUTE! I love it. Definitely on my to do list.


del January 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

What an adorable idea! Love the colors, too — they're not the typical red, white and pink you expect for Valentines' Day.


Andrea January 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

What a cute idea! I've always loved old yo-yo quilts, but they seemed like too much work. A small project like a wreath seems perfect!


Angela January 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Oh I love it-perfect for Valentines or anytime. I think I am heading to the store to get a yo-yo form. 😉
xo, Angela


Its_Lily January 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm

That is SO cool! I haven't made yo-yo's yet. Looks like something for my next Ladies Craft Night.


Tonya January 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

So simple and cute! I have been making yo-yos the old fashioned way – but just ordered the Clover.
Thanks for the great idea.


brooke January 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Love it! I did the negative space project this weekend and the kids seemed to really like it! Although after we took the tape off, Colton just wanted to paint the white space!! Thanks so much, Heather!


Anna January 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

What a cute idea. I've never tried to make fabric yo-yos, but always thought they were so cute. This looks like a great project to add a little homemade charm to the holiday.


emmalina73 January 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

This is so cute! I've decided to start getting in heart vibe early this year. I always find that the celebrations creep up on me and then are gone and we do a rushed craft and that is it. Not this year! As of next year we are on a countdown to Imbolc and some heart action afterwards!


Denise January 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

thank you for always inspiring me to create!


Lisa Q January 21, 2011 at 12:52 am

I love the yo yo wreath….it is so pretty. I like that it's not the traditional colors of Valentines day. I really don't like making yo-yos…perhaps I need to try the clover yo-yo maker.


Luisa January 21, 2011 at 1:44 am

I love this! I don't have yo-yo maker yet because I'm afraid I'll get addictted but i love this. I like the idea of using fabric scraps so the heart does not have to be red or pink. ok I'mbreaking down and buying a yo-yo maker


karen January 21, 2011 at 7:02 am

what a great valentines decoration, very creative


Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} January 21, 2011 at 8:31 am

What an adorable wreath. I just love yoyos and this is fantastic :) So fun!


Beads January 21, 2011 at 3:57 am

They are so cute. Easy to make yet so creative!


Michele January 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

This is the perfect project for this snow day in NJ!! My girls and I will be raiding my scrap stash today!!!Thanks for sharing.


Julia January 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

This is a lovely idea. I feel like adorning my house with hearts today to try to take my mind off all the snow piling up outside.


Curly Bird Express January 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I'm absolutely nuts over yo-yos, this is a cute way to use them and your tea light jars are wonderful too!


Larissa January 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

oh, i love the heart shaped wreath! Best part is that kiddos can do a lot of it – mine just love to be included in the decoration and making! I'm off to check out the clover maker – i don't like hand sewing the small circles too much. Have a wonderful weekend!


Megan January 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I too love yo yo's. But what I love even more is buying them by the batch on Etsy…for cheap! Have you seen them on there? The yo yo heart is adorable.


clarice January 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Oh Heather, what a sweet use of yo-you's!!! Clarice


erin January 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Such a great idea. :-)


agambroult January 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

so cute! alright, fabric yo-yos, here I come! (thanks for the links)


Shivayamama January 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

They are addicting :)


J at Luna Pacifica January 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

So darling!


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