I don’t like to spend a lot of money on “seasonal” decor because 1. I don’t have a “seasonal decor” budget, and 2. It is only displayed for a short period of time. I try to find ways to create things that can be used seasonally but aren’t too “holiday specific” in case I want to pull them out at other times of the year. I made these two wreaths ( I actually made 3 of the white flowered wreath to hang in my living room) with things I had on hand or bought at the Dollar Store. They are simple and chic and are almost un-christmassy enough to use almost year round if you’d like. Plus, the techniques you’ll learn in making these fabric flower wreaths can be transferred to countless other crafts.
So heres the breakdown:
Cost: I made these for about $1 each since I had a lot on hand, but even if you don’t have everything on hand you can find most of the supplies at the Dollar Store so I’d guess that it would come in around $4 per wreath.
- Plain wooden wreath(s). The Dollar Store had these wicker wreaths in various sizes.
- Scrap fabric in colors of your choice.
- Feathers in colors of your choice. I used an old feather boa I had but you can find feathers at Walmart or sometimes the Dollar Store in the craft section.
- Decorative accents like plastic rhinestones, buttons, beads, pear sticks, etc. to use as the center of your flowers. I used plastic rhinestones I had for the white wreath and little pearl wire sticks I had for the red wreath. I found the pearl sticks in the wedding decor section of the Dollar Store…yes…they actually have an aisle for wedding decorating stuff at the Dollar Store.
- Foamies sheets. I used thin white foam sheets to adhere the flowers to the wreath.
- Large ribbon.
- Glue gun and glue.
Alright here we go! We’ll do the red wreath first.
1. The first thing to do is cut out all your pieces from your scrap fabric. I wanted sort of a Christmassy wreath so I used leftover red and green fabric. I used the red for the flowers and the green for the leaves. I know…I probably didn’t have to explain that. Anyway, you want to cut out a bunch of circles for your flowers and leaf shapes for your leaves. I cut my leaves into a sort of holly leaf shape. Cut smaller circles and larger circles to give your flowers some added dimension.
2. Stack 3 circles on top of each other with the smallest one on top. Put a dot of hot glue in the middle of each circle as you stack them to get the petals to stick together. If you’d rather sew this then go for it. I try to sew as little as possible just to save time.
3. Grab your little pearly wire sticks (I used 3 per flower) and fold them and twist them together. Put a decent sized dab of hot glue in the middle of your flower and squeeze and hold the pearly sticks in the middle of the glue dab until it dries. This will give your flowers that ruffly look and makes for a pretty center.
4. Make as many of these as you’d like. I made about 7.
5. Next make your leaves by stacking 3 leaf cutouts on top of each other and then gluing down the center and pinching the middle to give them some dimension.
6. Now you can start assembling your wreath. I did this by alternating flowers, leaves, and feathers and hot gluing them directly to the wreath. Have fun with the design.
The closer you put the flowers, the more ruffly and full your wreath will look. This would also be amazing to do all the way around if you wanted to use a foam wreath instead (also at the Dollar Store).
Now for the white flowered wreath.
1. This is an awesome fabric rolling technique that can be used for tons of chic craft projects like hair accessories, bib necklaces, rings, lamp shades, you name it. These fabric roses look great on just about anything. First thing to do is cut out strips of scrap fabric. I cut mine about 2 inches wide and a foot and a half or so long. Smaller roses obviously would need less fabric in thinner, shorter strips.
2. You will also need to cut out circles from your foamies sheet to use as the base of your flowers.
3. Make your rolled fabric roses by putting a dot of hot glue in the middle of your foam circle and attaching the end of one strip of fabric. Then you simply go around the foam circle dotting glue and twisting your fabric and adhering it into place around and around until you have a rolled fabric rosette in your desired size.
4. To finish off your flower simply tuck the extra end under and glue down to the under side of the flower. If you’d like you can also clue a center accent like a rhinestone, bead, or button.
My sweet little guy was helping me out. (I just had to snap a pic)
5. Time to get your flowers on your wreath. First, I glued and wrapped white ribbon around my wreath and glued the feathers in place. Then I began laying the flowers on. The wreath wasn’t solid enough to just glue the flowers right onto it so I cut out strips of foam and used them to anchor each flower on to the wreath. To do this simply glue your flower on as best as you can to the front of the wreath, then glue your foam strip from the back to the front around the wreath attaching it to the flower. This will make it so your flowers will stay secure and flat to the wreath.
And there you have it! Two easy wreaths for the holidays or anytime! Happy Handmade Holidays!