It’s no secret that I’m a big sucker for a great wreath. It’s one of my favourite things about Christmas is that I can hang a wreath on the front door. I’ve long wanted to make a wreath that I didn’t need a special occasion to hang on the front door and so when I was in Spotlight and saw the wire wreaths on sale I couldn’t help myself. I bought one (or maybe three) and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
I have a mountain of scraps and so this is the perfect way to use up all those odds and ends that I’ve been collecting with no real purpose in mind. I loved how simple this was to make – I didn’t need a bazillion craft supplies and I could just sit on the couch and chill while I made it. (Which was lucky because it takes more than an hour to make!)
I am so thrilled with how it’s turned out and it looks fabulous hanging on our front door. I’m so in love with it that I’m thinking I might just need to make another one to hang in the house. I’m also thinking that should the worst ever happen, please use this type of wreath on my casket instead of flowers. *wink*
Without further ado, here’s how to make your own fabric scrap wreath…
What You’ll Need to Make Your Own Fabric Scrap Wreath
How To Make Your Own Fabric Scrap Wreath
1. Get your supplies ready. You’ll need to work out if you’re going to make it all one colour or if you’re going to break it up into a rainbow (or another colour pattern). To make this version I used each “segment” of the wreath (the parts made up by the rods that divide up the circle) as a single colour.
2. Select your first scrap to start with. It will need to be bigger than 1″ wide x 6″ length.
3. You’ll need to cut your scraps down to be approximately 1″ wide x 6″ length. Now, there’s no hard and fast rule to these measurements, some of my pieces were longer, some wider, some shorter. It’s completely up to you. Remember you can always give it a trim and tidy it up to make it more uniform once it’s all completed.
4. Fold the scrap in half (wrong side to wrong side) and thread it under one of the circle wires, as shown in Diagram 4. Folding the scrap in half makes sure that when it’s tied and in position you get a good showing of the colour and print.
5. Bring the two end of the scrap up, put one end under the other and tie the scrap in a single knot. Pull tight. (As shown in Diagram 5.)
6. The scrap will move easily up and down the wire. Simply slide it to one end of the section (up against the cross wire) and repeat the process with another scrap.
7. Settle down with a good movie and continue to select scraps, trim and tie them to the Wire Wreath Frame. You can either fill one complete circle and them move to the next, or you can work across all the circles to fill each section. I worked this way. As you continue to add scraps make sure you push them down the wire and ensure you’ve squeezed as many scraps on to it as possible.
This wreath took me approximately 8 hours (or nearly a full season of Downton Abby) of work to make, so be prepared to spend some time on the couch.
This is what the back of the wreath will look like when you’re finished. Make sure there’s no scraps poking through to the back and that there’s no possible room left to put scraps in on the wires. Once it’s full just fluff it up and trim to your own liking.
When it’s finished hang on your door! Or you could use it as a table centre piece. Or even as a wall decoration (it would look fabulous in your craft space!).
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