At my age, I’ve done too many crafts, DIY and decor projects to ever remember them all. As I searched through HOMETALK the other day, I was reminded of a wonderful rag wreath project we did as kids. This really is one of the best crafts out there, because almost any age can do this, and the beautiful results are foolproof. Supplies are things we all have around the house, or items easily found at any Big Box store. All you need is fabric, a wire frame and scissors, and any decorations or ribblon you want to add. That’s it!
Above is my version of a rag wreath. You can use almost any fabric. As kids we used to experiment with all types of fabrics, including tulle and netting. Today’s project is a Make-Do for me as I’ve had this pretty material around for many moons. I saw it at a garage sale and knew there would be some use for it! And I’m using a wreath form that was on hand (couldn’t come up with a hanger). My form is multi-leveled so I made a double wreath, which is the same process as Claire’s HOMETALK project, with a few alterations.
Cut your fabric into strips that are approximately 6 inches long and 1 – 1 1/2 inches wide. You don’t have to be exact here so don’t worry if some are a bit bigger than that. Now all you do is tie the strips to your form. It’s best to work from the top (front) of you wreath form. On a hanger you won’t have to worry about that.
I’m using the first inside circle and the second ring from the top.
Just slip your fabric strip under the wire and then tie. You don’t need to knot it, just tie once and pull tightly. Do your next and slide it over, and so on.
Remember to have your wreath form face up (back side down) as you work.
Above we’re in progress and this is a top view.
Below shows what the back side of the wreath looks like, on the almost completed wreath.
Finally, we see again the completed wreath, sans decoration.
If you have a few random longer pieces, just give them a quick haircut.
I added some silk accents and burlap ribbon. As you can see flower stem was only $1 at my local Family Dollar store. I’ve had the ribbon for ages so can’t tell you price there. But you know I’m a frugal spender so it couldn’t have been much. You can use whatevery ribbon or trims you like.
And here is the finished product. I think it turned out quite nicely, don’t you!
I didn’t glue my decorations to the wreath. They are wired and I just slipped them through and bent the wire on the back to hold them in place.
I called this a “Wreath for All Seasons” because if you use a neutral or metallic color fabric, you can just change out your decorations for each season.
On her HOMETALK board, Claire featured a “rag wreath”. Hers is made from a different type of fabric, so you get two examples of what can be done. She’s using an old wire coat hanger for a frame. The wire hanger is a hint to how long this cute project has been around, because these days, those are hard to find! If you don’t have one, wire will work too.
Time for my project was a partial afternoon, and one evening in front of the TV. And for a one- tiered wreath, it’s even faster!
This makes a wonderful gift for a hostess, a co-worker or friend, AND kids can make them for grandparents and teachers! Finally, an easy, inexpensive teacher’s present!
Hope you liked this post. I’ll be sharing it on my HOMETALK board too.
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Thanks so much for visiting. Until next time, remember, don’t stress – just start something.
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I have been crafting a long time, too, and can you believe that I have never made one of these? I have tons of fabric scraps around and I actually have an old wire frame as well! I could get started tomorrow and make a fabulous wreath! Thanks Cheryl!
You’re welcome. I’d love to see your finished project.
I’ve never encountered this simple a way to make a wreath! Have plenty of bits of fabric, and am now inspired. Thanks!
You’re welcome. They really are fun AND easy!
I have some sheer fabrics but no frame I’ll be on the lookout now. Thank you.
Hi Charlotte. Something tells me your wreath will be in pinks and purples with lots of glitter!
Loved the wreath instructions. I’ll remember to share this with my granddaughter. She is getting to be crafting age and loves to do these things with me. I have leftover tulle from decorating for the nieces’ weddings so this would be a good way to use it up.
Sounds like a great use for the leftovers!
I plan on trying to make one this weekend. I love how you could decorate it differently depending on the season/holiday.
Hey, a friend of mine told me a great place to find the old wire hangers like Claire used (link above = rag wreath). She works for a Used Center and says they have lots of those and they don’t want them. So you could try somewhere like that if you don’t want to buy frames.
Let me know how it turns out. REMEMBER, don’t glue your decorations on if you want to use your wreath for other seasons too.
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