DIY Handmade Craft: How to Make a No-Sew Scrap Fabric Welcome Wreath
Sunny days are finally here, and I couldn't be more thrilled. To celebrate, I decided to make a bright and cheerful wreath to welcome the warm days ahead.
We've recently put a fresh coat of paint on our front door, and I've enjoyed displaying decorations for each season. I wanted these seasonal decorations to all be different and unique, so I've made them all myself. I've made a wreath for Fall, and a door decoration for the winter holidays, so this season seemed like the next project on the list
I came up with an easy plan to make my new wreath. I would tie strips of fabric around a wire wreath frame to make a fun display and then add some artificial flowers for a pop of color. Although I made a Spring/Summer wreath, you could use the same technique and materials to make a wreath for any season or holiday. By changing the colors and fabric used in your wreath, you can create a special decoration that is unique welcome sign for your home.
Fabric Choices to Create Different Styles
I knew I wanted to use yellow fabric and purple flowers for my wreath to make a door decoration that was bright and that you could see from the street. (My front door is covered by a portico, so my wreath is protected from the weather. But generally, this fabric decoration is not meant to be used outdoors.)
I also wanted to use fabric with geometric designs so that my wreath would have a modern contemporary look. But there are many ways you can use different fabrics to create a different style of decoration with the same materials:
Country - you can use calico fabrics in soft colors, gingham, and burlap
Rustic - think about using fabric from old plaid shirts and faded blue denim
Glitzy - shiny fabrics like satin and lame mixed with glittery ribbon would be perfect
Fall - use heavier fabrics in the colors of the changing leaves
Winter - soft fabrics with sheen like velvet and satin mixed with lace would be wonderful
Holidays - use any of the combinations above that fit your style, and use your favorite holiday color combination to make something perfect for the season
Show Support for Your School or Team - use just ribbons in the colors of your school or favorite team!
Recycle Old Clothes - make a fun decoration by cutting up old t-shirts or button down shirts (A great way to put those old road race or camp t-shirts to use)
To Make My Wreath
Here are the materials I used:
18 inch wire wreath frame, bought at my local big box craft store
soft wire - I used some copper wire but floral wire would probably be better
about 3 yards of various fabrics
3 rolls of different ribbon (3 yards each)
some artificial flowers for decoration
Assembling My Wreath
The first thing I did was wrap my wreath frame in copper wire. This created more spots on the wire frame for me to tie my fabric and fill in my wreath. At the same time, I used some twine to tie on a loop to use to hang my finished project.
Next, I cut my main fabric (the yellow geometric) into strips that were about 1 inch wide by 7 inches long. I would suggest cutting one strip of fabric and tying it on your frame to see if you like the way it looks. If you want more length, you can cut the rest of your strips longer.
I used pinking shears to cut my fabric to give the strips a decorative edge and to keep the fabric from fraying. There are now a lot of scissors and rotary cutters with fancy edges that would create a some pretty effects.
The next step was just to start tying the strips of fabric on to my wire frame. I only tied them once, without really making a knot. I tied each strip tight and they seemed to stay in place.
I moved around the frame as I tied on the fabric. Once I had a scattering of my main fabric around the wreath, I began to incorporate my various ribbons, which I also cut with pinking shears.
When my wreath was about half full, I realized it was looking too yellow. I decided to add in some strips of artist's canvas I had. I like how this neutral toned down the bright colors and added another texture to my wreath.
I continued to tie on my fabric strips and ribbon until my wreath frame was very full. I tried to not leave any of the wire base showing.
Decorating My Wreath
I added flowers to my wreath to create a bright sunny look, but you can use whatever decoration you choose. A big bow is always a nice finishing touch. For winter or holiday wreaths, you could add some Christmas balls or ornaments to complete your decoration.
To add my flowers, I trimmed the stems so each was only about 2 inches long. I then wrapped more wire along the stem, poked it into my wreath and wired the flower in place.
I was excited to put my new wreath on my door and I think it looks great. I hope my project has given you some ideas about decorating for your favorite season!
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