With the Holidays approaching…There will be all kinds of wreaths in all sizes shapes and colors. I like a wreath year round for home decoration…but when Christmas comes…generally the wreath changes too. I thought I’d give Y’all a unique multi-use wreath idea. AND….it’s cheap cheap cheap….and easy! Did I mention CHEAP!!!!? I personally haven’t done the traditional green and red Christmas in about 20 years….But even today’s project could be used with those colors….it actually could go with ANY color. Now…most of Y’all know by now how much I LOVE making stuff outa other stuff!!! Recycled Treasures…are just the cat’s meow in my house. My problem is…I don’t want it to just look like a “craft”…I would LOVE it if EVERYTHING looked like art…but anyway…that’s beside the point! =D I think my sister was the one that showed me this….probably that 20 years ago…and back then…it was really all I could afford if I wanted to do something different with Christmas! I think this may have actually been WHEN I changed from the traditional.
This Project is so easy…it’s almost embarrassing. It really doesn’t take very long….and I bet…even with the little paper flowers….it didn’t cost $2.00 to make. Now…mine isn’t as bushy as yours will be….I wanted to get this done AND it just so happened that I JUST bought a new box of trash bags…that are the kind of translucent ones…and I only had two bags of the white left, but I decided to go ahead and make it so I could show y’all…but making it fuller is just a matter of adding more!!!
What you’ll need is a frame for your wreath…this one….is made from a coat hanger!
Depending on how full you want your wreath between 3-10 kitchen size trash bags. I used white…but black would be AWESOME with turquoise…or halloween…or with another team color!!! I could go on and on!!
What ever to dress it up….I used three little paper flowers…made from craft paper!
I you use a hanger it’s super simple. No cutting….just bend the hook into a circle…and bend it down where you can use it for a hanger…but it’s sitting behind the rest of the wreath….Then just bend and work with your hanger till you get the shape you want…if you decide on a different shape…you can even change it after your done….play with it! I guess you could always use a heavy gauge craft wire if you didn’t like the size of the wreath….but it’s really Just right for a small door….or to lay on the table for a candle (not burning of course) I’m pretty sure these would just melt into a puddle if you did burn a candle in them…but one of those flameless ones…would look amazing!!!
AND…..don’t limit yourself to Christmas….these would be adorable for a girls room….a baby shower…valentines day…spring…You name it!!! Mine is round…but think outside the box…you can go square…or oval…what ever!
The first one I made…I happened across some tiny little mini ornaments and they came twelve in a package…and they were just perfect attached all around it.
This particular wreath is really more girly in nature…
Take your trash bag and lay it flat. with the and cut along the edges to get rid of any glued seams…and the drawstring if it has one. Then…you’ll notice that most of them have four natural folds that go the length of the bag. I’m showing you with one of my clear bags…but you’ll get the idea.
Cut the sack down those four sections, so that you have four strips the length of the bag. Remember…this doesn’t have to be perfectly even…or straight…and you’ll find…that there is no way in H E Double Toothpicks that you would be able to cut it straight if you wanted to. Each of the four sections will be two layers thick…then start cutting across the layers in about one inch intervals…remember…perfection isn’t necessary…and…I kinda think it looks better if they are a little off. So…Don’t get all stressed about getting this right!!!!
I cut about three bags…and start making my wreath….and then cut a bag as you need it…that way you don’t wind up cutting ten bags…and deciding that five was plenty. But…if you do…you can always make one for a gift! =}
Now…I figure you could make use of all those super store bags….but it would be a little more work and take a ton more bags…but I always have a surplus of them…so that would be a SUPERB use of them!!!
Take the first of those strips…about 8″ long by 1″ wide and tie it around the section where the hook is bent…then take another one and loop it through and tie it…this just keeps everything tidy around that area…and helps hide the hook.
Now…take the rest of the strips and tie them individually around the wire frame…and scrunch them together as you go….the more you want on there…the tighter you’ll have to scrunch them….there you have it!!! Easy Peasy!!!
Just embellish like you wish!!!
What are you gonna use your wreath for?