Saturday, February 16, 2013
St. Patrick's Day Wreath Tutorial
So I'll be taking down all the Valentine's Day decor this weekend and replacing it with my few St. Patrick's Day decorations. The husband/lover/driver made some taunts about being willing to drive me to the nearest Hobby Lobby today, so we will see what abundance of green things may be added to the current tiny collection.
In anticipation of this next holiday, about a week ago I put together this wreath for my front door. I've seen many rag wreaths over the years and I have always told myself that I will make one, "one of these days." So I did. And I am so pleased with the way it turned out, that I thought I'd share with you how it's done.
a metal hanger
a pliers and a scissors
a number of green fabrics
one yard of ribbon
one large paper clip
For my wreath I found 9 green fabrics at my local Wal-mart and bought 6 inches of each (1/6 yard of each). A few of them had shamrocks and St. Patrick's type stuff on them but most did not.
Do not leave any spaces. I think the wreath will look best if it is very fluffily filled with cloth strips. Is that a word?
I tried to keep a rough count of how many strips my wreath took, and I may have lost count, but I believe I used about 250 pieces. The nine six inch pieces of fabric I purchased worked out just about right, without leaving much waste at the end.
I used the large paper clip to make a hanging hook at the top of the wreath. Just twist it so it goes around the hanger and has a loop for hanging. I used a large green paper clip, not realizing that none of it would show when finished anyway. Just use what ya got.
I love doing crafts that are fairly easy and that can be finished in a reasonable amount of time with a minimal amount of stress. And, that look decent when done.
I suppose you could adapt the fabric colors and motifs to be appropriate for any of the holidays, too.
So try it, you'll like it.
I'm off now. Gotta do some green shopping.