Make It: Crafty Mini-Wreathscomments (13) November 20th, 2008
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:
- Cutting mat
- X-Acto knife
- Fabric scissors
- Scraps of fabric
- Hot-glue gun
- Scraps of yarn and rickrack
- Handful of buttons
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.
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.
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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