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 the centers of the two paper plates.
Sandwich the plates together and tape them on opposite sides.
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.
Tape one end of your t-shirt strip to the plat. Wrap the shirt around the plates until they are completely hidden.
Cut out 8” x 3” strips of t-shirt to use for the “bows.”
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.
Pull the two ends apart to form a “bow.” Tuck the edges down to form a bow/flower shape, hiding the 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.
Get a pail or bowl of warm water and place moss in it.
Take your succulents out of the container and remove all excess dirt, just exposing the roots.
Make a work station for assembling your wreath. You’ll probably want to work outside and lay down paper bags since this gets quite messy.
Lay a layer of your moss down in the dip of your wreath frame. Make sure you squeeze the excess water out of your moss before you lay it down.
Next, add a layer of dirt. Then place one more layer of moss on top of the dirt.
Wrap it all together with the fishing line to keep it in place. Be sure to cut a very long piece of line so you can just wrap it in one go and tie the ends together.
Flip the wreath over to the back (the side the is raised a bit) and place a layer of moss on that side as well. Wrap with fishing line again.
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.
Once you have completed assembling your living wreath, let it dry overnight to get rid of any excess water. To care for it, just spritz with water once a week.
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.
Because of the circular shape, you’ll have gaps around the outer edge of the wreath. Just keep wrapping.
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.
Make a hanger from a leftover elastic, and hang on the wall! A modern, multi-color addition to any room.
Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.
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