Make a Patriotic Wreath Using Upcycled Items
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What do you think about upcycling or repurposing?
With prices going through the roof, and a deeper understanding of what trash is doing to our planet, it only makes sense that everyone seems to be upcycling and repurposing these days. Now, whenever I get ready to throw something out, I find myself giving it a second glance and thinking about what I can make with it.
My latest creation with repurposed items is this patriotic wreath. Everything used to make it was found in my house, either in my craft supply stash, the kitchen, or in a pile of clothes that could no longer be worn. So, for exactly $0, and about 2 hours of my time, I now have a lovely wreath for the upcoming summer holidays.
One of the things I really like about this project is that it can easily be transformed into a wreath for another holiday if you don't have the items that I used. Try greens, reds and whites for a Christmas project or shades of pink and red for Valentine's Day.
See what you have on hand and give this festive wreath a try for your next upcycled craft project.
Repurpose These Common Supplies
Supplies You'll Need
White blouse (adult size)
Old pool noodle
Steps to Follow
This wreath is made in various stages, with time needed in between to allow glue to dry.
Prepare the Pool Noodle
Using an old pool noodle, join the two ends together and tape, using packing or duct tape. The noodle I used was about 50" long and 2" in diameter. I did not trim it to make it shorter, but if you don't want a large wreath, then you can trim it.
If you are using a light colored blouse, use a pale pool noodle so the color does not show through the fabric.
Disassemble the Blouse
- Choose a blouse or shirt for your wreath and begin to disassemble it. I chose this white crinkle gauze blouse that I could no longer wear because of the big mustard stain that wouldn't come out. You'll need a lot of fabric strips so use an adult size blouse.
- Trim away all of the seams, hems, cuffs and buttons. Don't forget to save the buttons for another project!
- Cut fabric into long strips, each approximately 3" wide. Set aside.
Wrap the Pool Noodle in Fabric
- Determine what side you want to be the back of the wreath and start to wrap the fabric on that side. Use a hot glue gun to secure the fabric.
- Once the first strip is wrapped, glue the end down on the back side of the wreath. You may have to trim some excess fabric so the seam doesn't show on the front.
- Continue the wrapping process with the fabric strips.
- Completely cover the noodle with fabric. Depending on the color of the fabric, you may need to wrap a few sections again so the pool noodle color doesn't show through. Set aside so the glue can dry completely.
Glue Gun Tips
Hot glue and foam pool noodles are not a great combination. You'll notice that the glue starts to dissolve the foam. Try not to use too much glue.
Also, use care when wrapping. The glue is extremely hot and will burn your fingers!
Add the Denim Embellishment
- Using old, clean jeans, cut long thin strips, about 1/2" to 1" wide. I had jean scraps left from some other projects and used a pant leg to get nice long strips.
- Starting on the back side of the wreath, begin gluing the denim on.
- Wrap around, gluing the ends of the strips down. By pulling the strips tightly while wrapping, they will stay in place.
- Continue wrapping around the entire wreath. While wrapping, remember to make sure that the denim strips are evenly spaced. Set aside and let glue dry completely.
- Always pull snugly when wrapping the fabric. This ensures that the fabric will not move.
- You only need to glue at the beginning and the end of a strip.
- Start and end the fabric strip on the back side of the wreath. You may need to trim some excess fabric.
Wrap Yarn Around the Wreath
You may notice that in some of the later photos there is no yarn on the wreath. I added it at the end, because after I had glued on the embellishments I realized that the wreath still needed something. I took some red yarn I had on hand and wrapped it around. I should have added it right after the denim strips were put on so that I didn't have to work around the buttons.
I think the yarn adds just the right touch.
To add the yarn, glue one end on the back side and wrap around the entire wreath, centering it on the denim strips. Pull tightly and glue again at the end. Trim off the excess yarn.
Cut Out the Plastic Flower Decoration
- Get a plastic bowl or cup from your cupboard. It's easier to cut when it is thinner.
- Trace a flower, or any shape you wish to use, on the outside of the bowl.
- Cut out the shape.
- Set aside until ready to use.
Cut Out the Denim Flower
- Trace a flower, smaller than the flower cut out of the bowl, onto the old jeans.
- Cut out the shape and set aside.
Assemble the Repurposed Flower
- Glue the plastic flower to the front side of the wreath once you've decided where the perfect placement is.
- Center the denim flower in the plastic flower and glue it down.
- Glue a button embellishment in the center.
- For more dimension, add another button and glue in place. Set aside wreath to dry.
Add More Embellishments to the Wreath
- Glue pipe cleaners that have been twirled around a pencil to the underside of the red plastic bowl.
- Glue buttons in a random pattern around the flower and set aside to dry. Add a ribbon to hang it and you are done!
Have fun when adding embellishments and use your imagination. There are so many fun things you can add to the wreath.
Why Make an Upcycled Wreath?
After having spent a lot of money on fabric and baubles for crafts over the years, I've come to realize that there are so many things I can do with items from around the house. Having a daughter who is environmentally conscious has also inspired me.
It's easier to repurpose than you may think. If clothing items aren't in good enough shape to be donated, I don't throw them out. I turn them into fun projects like this throw pillow or this cute apron. Look around your cabinets or storage room and you can probably find loads of items that can be transformed into something else.
If you aren't sure where to start, why not try this wreath. It will brighten up any doorway.
© 2014 Claudia Mitchell