I have had my Christmas wreath hanging on the front door for too long. Today I decided that it was about time that I replaced it with something more seasonal. I wanted to make one that will be able to hang through the summer without going “out of season.” While I was at it, I decided that I would write a tutorial on how I made this wreath. Wreathes in general are super easy to make. I think its crazy that people pay 40+ dollars for one on Etsy when you can make one yourself for less than $15.
All you need for a rag wreath is some fabric, a wire wreath form, scissors and time. I like to use the little pre-cut packets that you can get at Wal-mart in the fabric department. they are $10.97 for a pack of strips that make one small wreath, so if you want a larger wreath, get two packages. You can get any fabric you want, but for convenience, I use those. I also got the small wreath form at Wal-mart for $1.77.
Start off by cutting and sorting your fabric strips. Each strip is folded in half when you take it out of the package. Leave it folded, and fold it into thirds. Then cut the fabric at each fold. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you will never notice once you get them on the form.
You will end up with six strips from each of the pre-cut strips (~7 1/4 x 2 3/4 if you cut them from a larger piece of fabric). Now all you have to do is tie them to the form. I tie them to the innermost ring first, using eleven strips per section (section=space between vertical wires). Then use the rest on the second to the outermost ring (about 9 per section with some left over).
This part takes some time but I finished in under two hours, and you don’t have to do it all at once. It is an easy project that you can set aside to make dinner without losing your place. The packets come in an assortment of fabrics that go well together so all I had to do was pick the color scheme that I wanted. It is a cheap alternative to purchasing one online or at a store and I don’t know about you, but I get a sense of accomplishment when I find a crafty DIY! Leave a photo in the comments of your DIY wreath!
Lovely DIY wreath. Looks like you need a lot of patience to make it. Thanks for the tutorial.
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