Dare to Make It: Holiday

Dare to Make It:  Holiday

Make It: Crafty Mini-Wreaths

comments (13) November 20th, 2008     

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You can use up all sorts of scraps to make these decorative holiday wreaths.
Choose a couple of different colors of buttons to decorate your wreath. They can be complementary or contrasting!
I like to use nontraditional colors for my holiday decorations.
You can use up all sorts of scraps to make these decorative holiday wreaths.

You can use up all sorts of scraps to make these decorative holiday wreaths.

Photo: Kayte Terry

I am always brainstorming projects for using up my crafty scraps—bits of yarn, strips of fabric, mismatched buttons—and this holiday project is perfect for that! I did not have to buy one thing that I used to make these wreaths.

This is the ideal project for an afternoon of crafting with friends or even something to do with the kids over all the holiday breaks. Imagine dozens of these wreaths hanging from the branches of a tree!

What you'll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto knife
  • Fabric scissors
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Scraps of yarn and rickrack
  • Handful of buttons

Use a lid top or a bowl to trace your circle.

1. Lay out a piece of cardboard (I used an old box) flat on the cutting mat and trace a circle that is about 5-1/2 inches. I used the lid of a canister, but you can also use a bowl or a jar. Find another object that has a circumference of about 2-1/2 inches, center it in the 5-1/2-inch circle, and trace it.

2. With an X-Acto knife, cut out both traced circles.


Wrap fabric tightly around your cardboard wreath, making sure to cover all the cardboard.

3. Cut or tear 1-inch strips of fabric. You will need one 36-inch fabric strip or a few that add up to 36 inches. Apply a dot of hot glue to the back of the cardboard and wrap the fabric around the wreath a few times, making sure the fabric doesn't bunch and lies flat. Apply another dot of hot glue on the back and repeat. When you have wrapped the fabric all the way around, affix the end of the fabric strip to the back of the wreath with hot glue.


I like to use nontraditional colors for my holiday decorations.

 


Choose a couple of different colors of buttons to decorate your wreath. They can be complementary or contrasting!

 


Wrap different yarns around the wreath as you did with the fabric.

4. To decorate, assemble a mix of yarns, trims, and buttons. On one wreath, I wrapped bits of different-colored yarns around the wreath using the same technique in step 3. On another wreath, I wrapped some rickrack over the fabric, tied a ribbon of six strands of yarn to the button, and hot-glued some buttons on the front of the wreath.

5. Cut a piece of yarn and tie to the top of the wreath to hang.

 

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Comments (13)

kaytet writes: to everyone who commented about the problems with printing: the issue appears to have been fixed. i am so sorry for the inconvenience!
Posted: 1:18 am on December 9th
StylishO writes: I think this would be a great craft to personalize and give to friends for the holidays. Maybe incorporate initials or things particular to their individual personalities.
Posted: 7:43 pm on December 7th
JoleneKaye writes: What a cute idea, great one for the kids to help with too.
I printed out the instructions. 8 pages, only 3 of instructions, 2 blank wasted pages, and 2 with the posted comments. I really think that needs to be adjusted.
But keep the great ideas coming. Wish I could say that I will
make these and post my results. I will not get to making the little wreaths this year. Thanks Jolene
Posted: 7:08 am on December 6th
jekinthebox writes: what a spiffy idea, i love this!
Posted: 11:26 pm on November 30th
AKUA writes: GReat idea! One could glue cotton balls ( i save mine from vitamin bottles) or stuffing on the cardboard before wrapping and then they would be puffy.

I'm more a yarn than a material person and so see myself crocheting around the rings.

Now-- off to get a coffee can and dig out cardboard ....
Posted: 1:47 am on November 23rd
eveh writes: These are so versatile. Thanks for a great idea! One made with wide ribbon and lace would have a touch of Victorian about it. I want to make one and use some of my beads and also some yo-yos. LItte bitty bows would be cute too. Pom poms, little charms, little silk flowers. I plan on making some little candy canes from white felt and red ribbon wrapped around, and sew them on a green wrapped wreath. I wish I had a pattern for some little stuffed Christmas mice. Wouldn't that be cute?
Posted: 6:01 pm on November 22nd
kaytet writes: msparrow- hmmm...not quite sure what would have happened in the printing. i don't really know what the problem would be so let me find out from the web people and see if something weird happened.
Posted: 3:37 pm on November 22nd
JohnWLennon writes: I'm such a fabric addict and have tons of Christmas fabric. I'm going to make one of these for every one in my apartment building! Mine will include a little more bling, good way to get rid of odd beads too.
Posted: 3:05 pm on November 22nd
javadiva writes: These have such a holly hobby feel to them. I love projects that use things I already have!
Posted: 11:04 am on November 22nd
MSparrow writes: Something is wrong, when you print, half of the instructions do not print. But I got the concept and will be posting mine next week.
Posted: 8:10 am on November 22nd
RubyKitty writes: Silver or gold thread or ribbon would add a lovely sparkly touch too.
Posted: 2:43 am on November 21st
susanstars writes: those are gorgeous! such a great way to use everyday things.
Posted: 2:46 pm on November 20th
LindaPermann writes: these are super cute! I love the addition of fabric!
Posted: 2:06 pm on November 20th
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