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3 Totally Unique DIY Wreaths

From headbands to t-shirts, you can make wreaths out of a whole lot more than pine trees. Here are three ideas for holiday wreaths that won't shed all over your floors nearly as much.

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If you want to put something on your door in honor of the holidays, a wreath is an obvious go-to. What's less obvious — and way more of a conversation piece at your cocktail parties — are wreaths not made with traditional fall foliage. After all, your home isn't a department store, so you don't need to make it look like one. So, onward for the Craft Wars wreath challenge!

First up, Sarah and Tiffany from Offbeat & Inspired make a minimalist white wreath with t-shirts.

Follow these easy steps to do the same in less than hour.

First, gather your supplies. You'll need two heavy duty paper plates, small rubber bands (or clear hair elastics if you want to ensure the bands are completely invisible), any kind of tape and scissors, and a t-shirt (or several — they can be all white as shown or colorful).

Cut out a long strip of T-shirt about 3" wide. The length needed will vary based on your plate size, but if you cut the strip too short, don't worry — you can always add another strip if you run out.

Wrap one of these strips around the wreath. You should wrap this first one over the loose end of the long t-shirt strip used to cover the plates. Tie the ends of the short strip together using a rubber band/elastic.

Keep on making bows until you have the arrangement you desire. Leaving some random spaces in between the bows will make the arrangement look more organic. You could also cut some 1.5" x 6" stripes to make smaller bows/flowers scattered between the larger ones.

And you're done! This elegant wreath would pop against any colorful wall.

Lay out the succulents around your wreath to give you an idea of how you want them placed. Poke holes to place the roots in. To secure the plants in place, use the greenery pins around the base of the plants.

Cute, easy, and inexpensive! Here's how she did it.

Buy your supplies. You'll nee a wire wreath form (you can get these at Hobby Lobby for about $3), five packs of headband elastics (the ones shown are from Forever 21 and cost $1 each, a glue gun, and scissors.

Cut the headband elastics open so they are long individual pieces. Start glueing an elastic on the backside of the wire frame. Wrap the entire elastic, and glue the end to the backside of the frame as well. Wrap the elastics tightly together.

After you have completely filled the circle, take a contrasting color and wrap a second layer to cover the gaps at the top of the wreath. You will not need full length pieces for your secondary layer. Cutting the elastic headbands in half pieces should be long enough.

Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.

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