I have to admit when I saw this tutorial I knew I had found our wreath. It is very “make do & mend” as all you need is some wire and fabric scraps – too easy!
We have never had a wreath before…I just don’t think Australia quite gets into Christmas the way people do in the states. I have always wanted a wreath, but finding them in the shops seems quite difficult. Even then the ones I have seen were so expensive. Making one seemed like the best way to go. I used THIS TUTORIAL and the girls and I were able to get it done in about 1.5 hours.
First you need to gather your supplies. The girls do a lot of crafting so we keep everything but out tiniest fabric scraps as they always seem to use them in weird and wonderful ways. As our “theme” this year is red & white I went through and pulled out all out red and white fabric and cut it into strips. The tutorial suggests 15cmx3cm strips – but I didn’t measure. I just cut. Some bits were too small, some too long, but most were fine. Then you need a frame. We used a metal coat hanger and two metal hoops from Spotlight. Then we wired them together using left over floral wire from our Tissue Paper Pom Poms.
Then all you do is tie a strip of fabric around one of the bits of wire and repeat. It is that simple. My girls did most of it on their own. I just came along and pushed the fabric together occasionally leaving them more space to tie. I did finish off the last bits with Miss 11. I pulled the fabric back to leave space for Miss 11 to tie.
After fluffing it a bit we went to hang it on our front door and that was it. I absolutely adore it. I am certainly no Martha Stewart, but I am quite enjoying our little crafting activities.