Small enough to post and much more fun than a shopbought card, this wreath from Crochet Wreaths and Garlands is decorated with balloons so it’s suitable for many occasions. Personalise it with your own message on the tag.
DMC Petra 3 (100% cotton, approx. 280m per 100g ball) crochet thread
1 ball each of shades:
2.5mm crochet hook
Polyester toy stuffing
Cord for balloon strings
15cm diameter light wicker wreath
Hot glue gun
Coordinating ribbon for hanging loop
Cardboard luggage tag
Each balloon: 3.5cm long
Wreath: 15cm diameter
15 sts x 15 rows = 5cm square working double crochet, using a 2.5mm crochet hook.
dc double crochet
PM place marker
dc2tog double crochet 2 stitches together
* asterisk indicates beginning of repeated section of pattern
For the wreath
Balloon (make 3 in A, 3 in B, 3 in C and 4 in D)
Round 1: Using A, B, C or D, make a magic ring, 4dc into the ring. Work in a continuous spiral. PM in last st and move up as each round is finished.
Round 2: 2dc in each st to end. 8 sts.
Round 3: *1dc, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. 12 sts.
Round 4: *1dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st; rep from * to end. 16 sts.
Rounds 5 to 8: 1dc in each st to end.
Round 9: *1dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog; rep from * to end. 12 sts.
Round 10: *1dc in next st, dc2tog; rep from * to end. 8 sts. Stuff balloon.
Round 11: [Dc2tog] around. 4 sts.
Round 12: 3dc in each st around, sl st in beg to join. 12 sts. Fasten off.
Making Up and Finishing
Tie a short length of cord onto each balloon for the string.
Lay your wicker wreath on a flat surface and use blocking pins to position your balloons where you want them to be. Glue firmly in place with a hot glue gun.
To finish off the wreath, add a hanging loop at the top and stitch or glue in place. Finally, add the cardboard luggage tag with your greeting.