If you read my post before Christmas on DIY wreaths, I mentioned that I was dying to make a rag wreath for Lil M’s nursery. I have so many gorgeous scraps, many from projects I have made for Lil M, and I thought they could be put to some gorgeous use!
These are super easy – I tried to buy a wire wreath form, but was unable to do so, as would you believe that we do not own a wire coat hanger!?!? But in the end, this DIY cost me nothing, zilch, yes that is right, as the Mister happened to find one hanging in our loading room, and I used only fabric scraps, and it only took me part of an afternoon! So get cracking, and if your in Sydney today, it’s not so nice outside, so get your scraps out, find a coat hanger and get tying!
I cut strips out that were roughly 21cm x 5cm – the longer the strips the more shaggy your wreath will be and the shorter the tidier, more fluffy it will be. I found my lengths to be just right! I tried to put a good combo of contrasting colours in my mix, I tied mine in no particular order, you may decide to make a pattern with yours, I just made sure the colours got broken up and that I didn’t have the same pattern too close to each other so it was really random. (Mind you you can also cut your strips at different widths or use ribbons in the mix, for a more random look)
So start with a wire coat hanger and bend it into a circle form. Then tie your strips around it, making sure that pattern is facing up (just makes it easier to fluff up and make the wreath more vibrant when it is finished).
Now with the hook of the hanger, you can either cut the hook off and then just twist the wires over to close the gap, or in my case, I just straightened out the hook and then twisted it back on itself, and then used some string to tie it together as extra support – this will all be covered up by your rags when finished.
Keep pushing your tied rags tightly together as you go around, then the result is a more full and fluffy wreath.
Once you are done, you can pull and fluff the rags out so that the patterns are facing forward and so you can’t see the ties.
And then finished! Yes it really is that easy! A really inexpensive (in my case free up cycled) DIY wreath that adds so much fun and personality to any space! There was the perfect blank spot amongst the yellow strip on Lil M’s wall just waiting for a fabulous rag wreath to be hung!
(if you look closely you will see scrap patterns from many of my Lil M’s projects such as her giraffey, her patchwork quilt, and all of her bassinet, cot and pram blankets and sheets, and you will notice scraps from the most fabulous patchwork quilt sitting on Lil M’s rocking chair in the image, that my gorgeous girlfriend’s, wonderful mother made for the mister and I as a wedding gift.)
Enjoy your weekend!