Make your own recycled fabric Christmas wreath
Making a rag wreath is a creative and straightforward project. The wire frames are very cheap and are readily available online or from many local outlets. Although we are focusing on advent wreaths today, you can make wreaths to suit any season or occasion! It’s a great way to use the fabric from old clothes, bedding, and other home textiles. If you are looking for a particular colour theme you can also look out for clothing or fabric from a charity shop or car boot sale.
If you’re stuck for fabric, then you can buy a full wreath making kit and if you fancy making a social event of your wreath making then check locally for wreath workshops. Many wreath making classes will supply fabric or allow you to bring your own. Best of all, workshops are a great opportunity to meet new people or to spend some fun time with your nearest and dearest!
Now if you already know that you don’t have the time or materials to make a Xmas wreath this year, you can purchase one of our gorgeous wreaths made with recycled fabric in Christmas themed colours. They are already on special offer – reduced from £15 to £10 but as an even better offer, you can buy three for £25 with free postage included. Perfect for hanging around the house or giving as a gift.
If you are raring to go with your own creation though, here's how you can make one in 5 easy steps!
- Materials Needed:
- A wreath frame (metal or foam).
- Fabric scraps or strips of cloth.
- Ribbon for hanging (optional).
- Prepare Your Fabric:
- Cut your fabric into strips. The size can vary based on your preference, but a general guideline is about 1 inch wide and 6-8 inches long.
- You can use any fabric, but cotton or t-shirt material works well due to its ease of tying and fraying characteristics.
- Tie the Fabric:
- Take a fabric strip and tie it into a wreath knot around one of the wires or sections of your wreath frame. Use a simple knot.
- Continue tying strips, pushing the wreath knots close together to create fullness.
- Mix and match colours and patterns as you like. The more varied the fabrics, the more interesting your wreath will look.
- Cover the Wreath Frame:
- Keep tying the strips until the entire wreath frame is covered. You can adjust the tightness and fullness as you go along.
- Fluff out the fabric strips to cover any gaps and to give the wreath a fuller look.
- Finishing Touches:
- Once the wreath is fully covered, you can add any additional decorations like bows, artificial flowers, or small ornaments. For Christmas wreaths you may want to add a piece of tinsel or some holly and pine cones.
- Create a wreath door hanger by attaching a ribbon or a hook on the back of the wreath - or look out for more general wreath hangers.
- Display Your Wreath:
- Hang your completed rag wreath on a door, wall, or any place you'd like to add a touch of homemade charm.
This project is great for repurposing old clothes or fabric scraps and can be customised for any season or occasion.
We do like to support other small businesses so here are some links for wreath frames and full rag wreath making kits.
For a great selection of wire frames, you could look at The Home Crafters Flat Wire Wreath Frame.
If you want to buy a full rag wreath kit, including material then you could try the Rag wreath kits from Wigglywoo's Craft & Parties.
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