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Monday, March 26, 2012

scrap wreath {tutorial}

We are settling in at home with sweet Jake. He's a precious baby... and a night owl. Bless him.
 I promise to have more pictures and share more about his birth story later this week.

But for today, how about a craft?

Of course, my babe had to have a cute wreath to hang on the door at the hospital. Here's the one that I made the week before he debuted:

This is a super simple and fun wreath to make for a fun event! And if you're like me, you have tons of scrap fabric around that you need a good project for.

My wreath is around 12-14" in diameter. I used around 1/4 to 3/8 of a yard of six different fabrics - so you don't need much. 

Start by ripping up your fabric into 6 inch or so strips {if you like that shredded look like I do}. Here's how I do it...

I started with a 1/4 of a yard, and folded it in half lengthwise...

Snip a small cut along the fold.

Now rip it down the fold...

 Should look like this:

Now you can start ripping your strips of fabric. Making small cuts ahead of time helps.

Start tearing....

Until you have a big pile of fabrics.

Next you'll need your wreath form. I'd suggest using a wire frame. My local craft store was all out so I decided to just make my own with some thick floral wire. 
Just make sure it's not floppy, otherwise weight of the fabric will cause it to lose its circular shape. 

Then start knotting your fabric strips.

Here's my wreath, all knotted up...

I bought this wooden piece to go in the center of the wreath. I had my hubby drill a few holes in the corners.

After decorating, I just tied on the name plate with - you guessed it - scraps!
Perfect for my little man!

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