I know, I know, I know…I said no Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving.
But I had a fabulous idea (if I do say so myself!) and wanted to enter it into a holiday decor contest, so I had to make it now. I wanted to share it with you, because it’s so easy to make and festive.
It’s a wreath made from upcycled scarves and sweaters. This project could not be easier, and it’s relatively inexpensive to make.
I got the idea when I saw a wreath made from upcycled fabric for close to $50! I thought I could make something similar, but with my own style and color choices, for much less. I was right.
Three scarves from Goodwill @ $1.91 each = $5.73
One sweater from Goodwill: $3.00
One wreath form (Dollar Store): $1.00
Total Cost: $9.73
So, for less than $10, you can make this festive wreath. Also, it takes very little time to make. Once I had gathered all the materials, the entire project, including hanging it, took about 40 minutes.
Here’s how you make it.
First, you have to choose your materials. I had a wreath form already from the dollar store (ignore the orange one – it was too small. I went with the twig one). I went to Goodwill and first chose some scarves. I chose different textures – some nubby, some smooth, some knit, some crochet – and different colors. I chose one dark pink (almost red) scarf with different colored flecks in it, one red nubby scarf, and one gray scarf. I also decided to use a sweater, because I liked its texture and color – purple heathered knit.
|Ignore the orange wreath form; it was too small.|
Next, cut the scarves and sleeves of the sweater into whatever size pieces you want. I cut mine about 2 in. wide. For the knits, if you pull them a little after you cut them, they make a bit of a “ruffle” along the edge.
|Pulling the knit created a ruffle effect.|
Then tie the pieces around the wreath form. As my five-year-old informed me, I used a pattern of pink-red-gray-purple. (“It’s a pattern!”)
Depending on how long the cut piece was, I either wrapped it around the wreath once first and then tied it in a knot, or just tied it around once. Obviously, with the sleeve of the sweater, they start small and get bigger, so adjust accordingly.