Ready for a scrap project to use up your leftover Christmas fabrics that you can adore all season long? Great, grab your pinking shears, a wire wreath and scraps to get started. This is an easy project to work on while you watch TV or are stuck on a long car ride.
Tip: I have found the cheapest wire wreaths at a Dollar Tree. JoAnn’s has them too, but now I’ve let my secret out.
For fabric you are going to need 50-60 5″ charms to cut. If you are using scraps, they should be 5″ in length and the width doesn’t matter. Also, you could add silver or gold ribbon as an accent.
Most wire wreaths are 12″ in diameter. If you have less fabric, you can choose a smaller size to make it look fuller. Plus, it will take less time. The 12″ diameter wreath will take 5-6 hours to complete.
Start with 5-10 charms and cut into varying widths. Usually enough for 4-6 strips per charm. I like having a number of strips at a time to work with.
To tie the scraps, lay the wrong side of the fabric under the wire and tie a knot around the wire. Pull the right sides of the fabric to the top and keep pulling until the knot is tight.
For a random look add strips in each section of the same fabric. Vary which rung you put the fabric on in each section.
Continue to go around the wreath adding in strips of the pre-cut scraps. Adjust the fabrics so the ties are facing up.
Keep filling in around the wreath. As you get closer to the end, you want to work in each section to make sure it’s full enough. To determine fullness, prop the wreath up on something and take a step back. Can you see the wires between the fabrics?
Yes, continue to add more.
No, I would add a few more and be done.
The finished product may look like this. A better picture is coming. This was taken as we were at a dead stop on the interstate on our way to vacation. I had finished the wreath during the drive.
Updated: Much better picture taken at vacation destination. Perfect for Christmas in July.
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