Sunday, December 2, 2012

Dec 2 - Christmas Wreath

Hello Crafters,
I am sharing a quick and simple Christmas wreath made with strips of fabric and no sewing involved. (perfect for the craft room door!)

Supplies: fabric, pinking sheers, wreath base ring, ribbons, buttons, Christmas embellishments, bells etc 

(These basic directions can be used to make any size wreath. Therefore, you will have to decide the appropriate size fabric strips for your chosen wreath base.)

1. Cut strips of fabric with pinking sheers.
2. Tie each fabric strip onto the wreath base ring keeping them close together in order to cover the wreath base ring completely. (Even the kids could help.)
3. Continue adding strips until the desired fullness is achieved.
4. If you have some strips that are uneven, just give them a quick trim at the end.
5. Decorate with a bow and other Christmas embellishments.
6. Tie a piece of ribbon at the top to hang the wreath.

Helpful Hints:
For my wreath base ring, I used an empty cardboard reel of double sided tape. You can use a Styrofoam wreath or sturdy wire ring. Because you are tying fabric around the wreath ring, a thinner ring is best. The wider the ring is the longer the fabric strips will need to be. If you are being frugal, you could cut a ring from a sturdy bit of cardboard. I used a base ring 3.5 inches which made the finished wreath 7 inches. My fabric strips were .75 inches by 4.5 inches. I used four shades of solid green fabrics but you can incorporate patterned fabric too. Any lightweight fabric would work well. (burlap & corduroy are not recommended as they are too thick) I suggest using a variety of colors & textures of fabric to give the wreath more dimension. This is a good opportunity to use up small fabric scraps or even recycle that blouse that got a stain on it. I also tied ribbon strips alternating among the fabric strips. You could even incorporate other trims like rick rack for a fun twist. I used buttons as berries but you could easily add jingle bells or other small embellishments.

Hopefully, you will see the unlimited potential to make a variety of seasonal wreaths by combining different fabrics. Come visit me, Karen.

 Happy Crafting!
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Denise said...

What a beautiful wreath! Love it!

Lisa P said...

Very cool and easy enough that I can do it :)

KrissyClarkMcKee said...

What a wonderful idea - this looks like a fun project that my tween daughter and I can do together before Christmas!