Tuesday, April 05, 2011

How-to Tuesday: How to Make an Easter Rag Wreath

Welcome to another installment of How-to Tuesday.  


My post this week is all about getting your craft on, which is hilarious for me since I am just about the least crafty person on the planet.  But, the following proves that even non-crafters can create something, every once in awhile.

How to Make an Easter/Spring Rag Wreath

Step 1.  Decide that with Easter upon you, some sort of themed decor is required.  Scour the internet for inspiration and zero in on projects that require minimal skill, you know, since that's what you possess.


Step 2. Gather your materials.  For this project you need fabric and a wreath form.  I raided my fabric stash (yes, I have one) and then supplemented with remnants and fat quarters in Eastery colors.  I didn't have a wreath form, per se, so I took a wire hanger, formed it into a circle and covered the whole thing in plastic wrap to give it some bulk.


Step 3.  Be grateful that a million years ago you thought you might grow up to be crafty (you didn't) and invested in some tools. You can, of course, cut the fabric free-hand, but using the items below makes this project much, much easier.


Step 4.  Iron your fabric BEFORE you cut it.  I learned this step the hard way.  Learn from my mistakes people, put aside your detest for ironing and just do it.


Step 5.  Cut your fabric in 1 inch by 10 inch strips or whatever.  All the wreaths I saw online used different lengths, so I don't think the length of the strips really matters as long as they can be wrapped and tied with some length left over.


Step 6.  Tie the fabric on the wreath frame, making sure you double knot each piece.  I stuffed in as many pieces as possible for a fuller looking final product.  This view of the back should help better illustrate this step.  It took me about an hour once I started tying to finish the entire wreath.  My kind of project! 


Step 7.  Instead of bothering with a bow, because you know that your lack of craftiness will be overwhelmingly obvious when you try to tie it, wrap the hook in some fabric and tie several strips around the base to secure it in place.  I was determined not to get out the glue gun (yep, I have one of those too!).


Step 8.  Stand back and admire your handiwork and try to avoid pulling a muscle as you pat yourself on the back.

Happy Easter!

14 comments:

Cares and Mimi said...

The wreath looks really great! And I don't think you're allowed to call yourself 'non-crafty' after making something as cute as that! Cares :)

Julie said...

Very Springy and fun. Quick and easy is always good. :)

Smallbits said...

I'm impressed! Looks great.

Christie said...

Thanks for re-linking. Sorry I'm such a moron. :-)

This is really, really cute. It looks like my kind of craft. I don't have a fabric stash, however. Must start one of those.

Karey said...

The hanger idea is brilliant. And plastic wrap? You're craftier than you think.

bwebster said...

OK, the fact that you have a 'fabric stash' pretty much belies your claim to not being crafty. Kind of like Sandra claiming she's not crafty but having an office (and closet) stuffed with supplies that could stock a modest scrapbooking store.

Donna said...

Very cute!

Suzanne said...

This is great! So easy. I love it.

crystal said...

I don't have a fabric stash, but I do have a slave labor stash (kids)! I am totally going to copy this idea using some other cheap-o material and my kids' labor :)

alisa and sometimes brandon said...

Love it. No nonsense & adorable. My kind of craft!

Cassidy said...

Duly impressed. I want one.

Adrianne said...

I need easter decor. I should get on that.

K. Crisler said...

Look at you being all crafty! Super cute.

Tammy said...

Nice! Easy Project...and super cute!! thanks for sharing

 

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