All winter I had an adorable berry wreath hanging from my front door. Then spring came and down it came. My intention was to replace it with something else equally cute, but I could never find just what I wanted. Does that ever happen to you? And I’m not really a person who buys something just to fill a space until I find that something perfect. Nope, in my house the space usually stays “the space” until I find or make that something perfect. That probably explains why I have a lot of empty spaces around my house. That also explains why I get so excited when I do finally find that something perfect.
My door “before”:
So, after months of looking at my lonely hook on our front door (yes I know it’s a Command Hook and can easily be removed. At least it’s the “fancy” Command Hook :), and if I had removed it nothing would probably ever have replaced it – you know – out of sight, out of mind) I finally filled the empty space with this.
I first saw these rag wreaths while blog hopping. Lindsay has a great tutorial here from Burlap + Blue on how she made hers. Cute. I’ve also seen them done by shaping hangers into the form you want. For my version I used a wire frame. I knew I wanted my finished wreath to be very full, so I used a frame with four rings.
I started with a pile of fabric in the colors and tones I wanted.
I chose quilting weight fabrics and a few linen like fabrics in a little heavier weight and with different textures. I made the strips about 1″ or so thick, no need to be exact. I chose to rip them instead of cutting them because I wanted the rough edges. To do this, I made small cuts about an inch apart and then just pulled the strip off the rest of the fabric.
Then I cut my fabric into small strips. I chose to make mine 9″ long, but you can choose any length you want depending on the size of your wreath form.
Once I had quite a pile cut, I just started tying the fabric strips onto the form using a square knot so they would stay tied. I started with one color to get a base and then went from there. Here is what it looked like in the beginning.
Truth be told, my oldest daughter did the majority of the tying while I made the fabric strips. Because I chose a large frame with 4 rings, we used a fair amount of fabric. We popped in a movie and went to work.
It was a fun way to spend an afternoon and I love the finished result. Fun, simple, understated.
Full and fluffy!
Doesn’t my front door look so much happier?
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