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I like to change my front door wreath with the seasons and decided that it was time for a change. If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, you know that I like to craft “wreaths” using a tennis racket as a base. I saw a cute sunflower wreath crafted from felt that inspired me to make a Dahlia version. I’m loving the fun Tennis Racket Dahlia that I made for our front door.
Do you want to know how I made this? Keep reading!
How to Make a Dahlia Tennis Racket Wreath
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Old Tennis Racket
Spray Paint in desired color
Scrap Piece of Cardboard
Felt in desired Colors – Amounts needed listed below
Scissors – This brand is my favorite for sewing and for cutting fabric.
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Steps to Make a Tennis Racket Dahlia
Spray Paint the Racket
Cut the Cardboard
Cut the Felt
Cut the pieces three layers at a time. For the petals I didn’t use a pattern, I simply cut them with my scissors into a leaf shape.
I used another Babolat racket as a guide to figure out how many pieces of felt I’d need. I ended up making two layers of 2 x 6” yellow, one layer of 2 x 6” orange, two layers of 2 x 4” orange, and then enough 2 x 2” petals made of white to fill the middle. I ended up using 7 sheets of yellow, 6 1/2 sheets of orange, and 4 sheets of white. At $.29 a sheet, this ended up being a very inexpensive project.
Glue Petals to Racket
I prepared all of the petals before I glued them to the racket by putting a dab of hot glue (I use cool melt) near the bottom of each petal and pinching to make the glue stick. To speed up the process, I stuck each petal under a book until it dried. This step went quickly as the drying time was less than a minute.
Once the petals were ready, I glued them to the racket in layers, overlapping the petals slightly.
Spray Petals with Fabric Stiffener
Hang the Tennis Racket Dahlia