Saturday, February 12, 2011

Funky Fabric Wreath

Inspired yet again by Whipperberry, I made this little fabric wreath.
So what does my first tutorial project on this blog and the items in this picture have in common?

Well, the cardboard in the boxes was cut down to help me make this super simple wreath craft project! I'm all for finding uses for non-perishable trash - whether it's called recycling, upcycling or shabby chic. After all, we pay for the packaging on these products so we might as well consider them craft supplies when possible!

First I cut out a bunch of pieces from various box packaging I had saved up: pop, cereal, cake mixes, lasagna, etc. I initially was cutting them in uniform sizes, but I figured adding different sizes and shapes might make things more interesting.

I then cut out circles in the middle. This was another case of changing things up as I went along. Instead of cutting all the circles right in the middle of the shapes, I cut them out off center - sometimes closer to other sides than others. Again I figured it would make for more interesting eye appeal since it wouldn't be all uniform.

Next I cut out long strips of fabric that I knew I'd never use in any of my quilting and wound them through the hole and over the outside of the cardboard - again and again through all these pieces until they were covered with fabric. When through, I mod podged the loose ends, although for some reason that didn't work out too well. Not sure why, but I cut the ends so that they didn't stick out - as you can see.

I placed all these fabric covored pieces onto one of those wooden embroidery hoops - the outside one with the screw closure. I wasn't sure if they would slide down towards the center as they got up to the top and look really uggo, but I think it turned out pretty good. If the sliding looked too bad, I was going to glue them together. Thankfully, they looked good since the mod podge didn't work on this kind of fabric. I thought it was because it was polyester fabric, but one of them was 100% cotton, so I'm a bit flummoxed on that part.

Anyhoo, I cut some old jeans up and made a ribbon so I could hang it up. I also glued one of my fabric flowers onto it. Oh hey, I just realized I glued it with tacky glue, so that might be the glue to use when working on fabric.

I'd like to try to experiment around with different textures using this kind of wreath - like burlap, velvet, and lace! Oooh, now that sounds interesting! You could even put pretty ribbons or embellishments on this wreath. I thought of wrapping some of that textured eyelash yarn throughout, but forgot to do so. You could also do this kind of wreath in specific colors for various holidays: red, pink, and white for Valentine's; pastels for Easter; red, white, and blue for the 4th of July; orange and black for Halloween; green and red for Christmas. That's what is so fun about these kinds of crafts: you can personalize them to suit your tastes!

Since all of the fabric used in this project was given to me, the hoop only cost me about ten cents, and the cardboard from the food boxes was practically free, this project basically cost the time it took to do it all. (I did it while watching TV, so it didn't take up much of my time). Now that's my kind of craft project!

I'm participating in several link parties, as you can see along my side bar, as well as Night Owl Crafting, Blue Cricket Design, Today's Creative Blog, I am Only 1 Woman, and Whipperberry so join in all the fun!

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  1. Nice! IT's very "green/eco-friendly" too! And perfectly thrifty :)

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!

  2. Thanks, Christina, for having a link party!

  3. What a great idea! I would have never guessed the wreath came from those containers!

    Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by again soon! Have a great day! :)

  4. That was great! Love the idea! I'm a new follower.

  5. I am always on the lookout for new wreath ideas. Love this one!

  6. note to self.. add this to bookmarks. I am a huge fan of wreaths and I love new ideas for special occasions. This my friend, is brilliant. thank you for sharing.

    {thanks for the comment on my blog =) }

  7. That is very creative and funkalicious! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

  8. Cool! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  9. Thank you for hosting the party, Becky. :)

  10. And thank you, Ginger, for having some Mad Monday Skills. :)

  11. Well, as you can see, I've fallen behind on my replying to comments. Sorry about that!

    Anyway, I appreciate every single one of your comments. They truly make my day! I'm so grateful to all of you who host these fab link parties. The Be-Bop-A Blog Hop is another fun one, as well as the ones I mentioned above. :)

  12. Great tutorial Tracy, thank so much for sharing it!

  13. Great Tute... thanks for stopping by at The Quick Unpick ... am now following :)

  14. How fun! This is really cute. Thanks for linking up!

  15. Thank you all very much. And thank you WhipperBerry for having a linky party!

  16. I featured this on my blog today. Thank you for such a great idea!!

  17. You have been featured at SSB! Check out your feature below:

    Feel free to snag the I was Featured button for your blog! Hope you'll stop by and visit again soon!

  18. I love the idea you had here...looks so darn cute...hop over and show it off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY next week.


  19. What a fun idea. Good tutorial too with nice clear instructions. Thanks for hooking up at my Weekend Link Party! Have a great day.
    Humble Homemaking

  20. I was wondering how you made that. So cute and easy! I'll have to look through my scraps and see what I can create. Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today!

  21. this is a really cute idea! I think it's good too, that the circle/cut outs aren't uniform, like you say, it adds to the texture and detail of the wreath!
    Great idea.

  22. Thank you all so very much! If you do this project, I'd love to see how you "interpreted" it! :)


  23. I love the way you did this! Super original, I've never seen anything like it! Fantastic. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)