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DIY Handmade Craft: How to Make a No-Sew Scrap Fabric Welcome Wreath

Donna enjoys using her arts background to create fun craft projects with a special focus on using repurposed or handy household materials.

fabric welcome wreath

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.

handmade fabric wreath  (c) purl3agony 2013

handmade fabric wreath (c) purl3agony 2013

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)

supplies for handmade fabric wreath  (c) purl3agony 2013

supplies for handmade fabric wreath (c) purl3agony 2013

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

making fabric wreath  (c) purl3agony 2013

making fabric wreath (c) purl3agony 2013

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.

making fabric wreath  (c) purl3agony 2013

making fabric wreath (c) purl3agony 2013

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.

finished handmade fabric wreath  (c) purl3agony 2013

finished handmade fabric wreath (c) purl3agony 2013

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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Comments

Donna Herron (author) from USA on August 01, 2015:

Hi Dolores! I'm so glad you like this wreath. It's a great project for using leftover scraps of fabric. I hope you make something wonderful that you really love. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 01, 2015:

This is so pretty! I love the cheerful yellow and white and can imagine how many different effects you could get with various color combinations. I have a ton of scrap fabric so this would be right up my ally.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 09, 2015:

Thanks, RTalloni! I must admit, it puts a smile on my face every Spring when this wreath goes back up on the door. Thanks, as always, for your comments!

RTalloni on May 08, 2015:

Your example of this wreath is so bright and sunny, perfect for summer. I love the bold yellow with the hot pink! Thanks for the tutorial.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on January 02, 2014:

Hi Heidi - Thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful 2014 too!! Thanks for stopping by :)

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 02, 2014:

Cute! You always have such neat ideas. Happy New Year!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on November 09, 2013:

I'm excited to hear and see what you make! Please stop back and share your finished wreath!!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on November 09, 2013:

I know!! And I have tons of fabric around the house. I can't wait to get started!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on November 09, 2013:

Thanks, VVanNess! I'm glad you like it. It's a very easy design that can be changed to match your style, holiday décor, or the materials you have at hand. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on November 09, 2013:

Beautiful wreath! I've been looking for a new wreath idea for a while.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on October 12, 2013:

Hi Anamika S - Thanks so much! I appreciate your comments :)

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on October 12, 2013:

This is beautiful!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 12, 2013:

Hi Heather - You could make a great Halloween wreath using this method. I bet you could even use corn husks as some of the "scraps" to tie in the wreath. So many ideas!! Please let me know how it comes out! Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your idea :)

Heather from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

I love how this came out. Glimmer's is pretty too. I've been wanting to do a Halloween wreath and this is so easily adaptable to any occasion. Thanks for the great tutorial. :)

Donna Herron (author) from USA on August 23, 2013:

Hmmm... let me try this again :)

http://glimmercreates.blogspot.com/2013/05/ive-bee...

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 23, 2013:

I tried that link, but I received a 'page does not exist' error message!

Connie

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 23, 2013:

I will do that right now, thank you ;) Pearl

Donna Herron (author) from USA on August 23, 2013:

Thanks, Connie, for the pin and sharing! Be sure to check out Glimmer Twin's wreath on her blog at http://glimmercreates.blogspot.com/2013/05/ive-bee...

She did a great job using my tutorial and her fabric scraps to make a really beautiful wreath!! So creative!

Thanks again!

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 23, 2013:

Another brilliant creation--and guess what! I am a quilter with a stash of scrap fabrics that would choke a full-grown tyrannosaurus! This looks like so much fun. I have a protected front door that is crying out for just such a showstopper. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea--it's on my 'to-do' list ;) Pearl

Voted Up++++ pinned and shared

Donna Herron (author) from USA on August 08, 2013:

Hi Allison - I'm glad my wreath project has inspired you :) I hope you try it and make something that you love! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

allisonlawrence from Kansas on August 08, 2013:

Thank you for sharing! I like the ideas you listed for different seasons or occasions. Can't wait to try it!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on July 07, 2013:

Hi Pinto2011 - Thanks so much! I appreciate your comments :)

Subhas from New Delhi, India on July 07, 2013:

HI purl3agony! This is really very useful as sometimes we run short of ideas to welcome someone in an innovative way.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on July 05, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway - I agree!!! And GlimmerTwinFan has done just that. You can see her finished patriotic wreath on her blog at http://glimmercreates.blogspot.com/2013/05/ive-bee...

She did a great job and I love to see different interpretations of this project. I hope it inspires you too :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 05, 2013:

I'm a day late, but this would have been a neat project for the Fourth of July with red, white, and blue.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 08, 2013:

Hi shooterupton - Oh, you know, just sitting on the couch... :) Glad you like it. Thanks for your comments!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 06, 2013:

Hi Jeannieinabottle (great name!!) - I'm happy to share :) I think there are many ways to make a similar style of wreath, but this seemed the easiest and most obvious. And it still looks great after hanging for a few months. So glad you like it! Thanks!!

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on May 06, 2013:

I've always wondered how to make a wreath like this. My neighbor has one and I was kind of jealous. :-) Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 06, 2013:

Hi Athlyn - this project is great for using up all your scraps! I bought the fabric for this wreath because I wanted a specific color scheme, but if you have a lot of leftover fabric pieces, this project would be perfect for you!! Thanks for your comments :)

Donna Herron (author) from USA on May 06, 2013:

Hi Dolores - It didn't take that long to tie on the strips. However, cutting all the strips was a pain in the neck :) It was worth it though!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on May 06, 2013:

What a good idea to use up scraps.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 06, 2013:

This is just adorable! What a clever idea! And the colors look so pretty against the door. While I imagine that it takes awhile to tie on all those pieces of fabric, I think it may be very soothing!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on April 25, 2013:

Hi ThelmaC - Thanks so much for your comments and vote up!! I hope this hub helps you make a wreath you love. I'm sure it will be beautiful :)

Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on April 25, 2013:

I want to make a fabric wreath! Thanks for writing this hub. Voted "up" and "beautiful".

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 14, 2013:

Hi Austinstar - I agree! I'm trying to make some type of door decoration for each season or holiday as they approach. Thanks for your comments!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on March 13, 2013:

Very pretty! I love hanging wreaths on the front door. It just feels homey. Easy decorations for holidays.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 06, 2013:

Hi Unlearner - Thanks!! It's a pretty easy project and I'm very happy with the results. Good luck with your wreath!

Jo from Isle of Wight UK on March 06, 2013:

I have always wanted to make one of these, perhaps I should really make the effort this year. I love the colour combination. Well done, on another beautiful article.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 05, 2013:

Hi anglnwu - Thanks for stopping by and being so sweet to comment. I appreciate it!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 05, 2013:

Hi GlimmerTwin Fan - 4th of July is a great holiday to celebrate with a special wreath. What a great idea! Good luck with your project and thanks for your comment :)

anglnwu on March 05, 2013:

This is very cute and definitely an eye-catcher. I could definitely use a bright wreath like yours. Thanks for sharing.

Claudia Mitchell on March 05, 2013:

What a great idea and as a quilter I have tons of fabric. I can already see a 4th of July wreath in my future. Pinned and shared.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 02, 2013:

Ugh, snow!! Hope your weekend is sunny and warm :)

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on March 01, 2013:

I am ready for Spring too!!! We just got another 10 inches of snow two days ago! We don't know where to put the snow anymore :-(

Have a great weekend!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 01, 2013:

Hi kidscrafts - Thanks!! Now if the warm weather would only find its way to my door :) I want to wear sandals again!! Hope you have a great day!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on March 01, 2013:

Beautiful wreath! Very creative and you are totally ready for Spring! It really goes well on your door!

Voted up and beautiful!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on March 01, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48 - Thanks for your comments! I'm sorry to hear the moths made a meal of your rug :), but I'm sure your daughter will make a beautiful wreath! I hope you love it. Have a great day!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 01, 2013:

These are so cool. My daughter has told me she will make one for me. She has made me several amazing wreaths over the years. In college years ago, I made a rug using this approach of course without the frame but using the scrap fabric. Sadly the moths found it tasty and I no longer have it.

Thanks for sharing

Sending you Angels today :) ps

Donna Herron (author) from USA on February 28, 2013:

Hi VivaLaVina - Thanks for your comments! I 'm very happy with the finished wreath, and it's easy to make. Thanks for stopping by!

VivaLaVina on February 28, 2013:

That is a one beautiful wreath!

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