Please note: the giveaway mentioned in this post is now closed. [Updated May 8, 2017]
It’s never too early to work on a Halloween DIY! And that’s exactly what I did this weekend: sat down and made this gorgeous no-sew wreath that I’ve been wanting to make for nearly a year.
And it made me excited for Halloween.
Then again…what else would you expect from me? 🎃
Today I’m going to show you how to make this wreath, which is great for you Halloween crafters with leftover fabrics from other projects because that’s EXACTLY where this fabric came from – leftovers my mom had in her craft closet, probably since the early 90s.
PLUS…I’m giving away the one I made! Keep reading to find out how you can win it. [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]
First, here’s what I made:
These wreaths are easy to make, take little crafting skill and come together quickly! They’d be great to make while sitting around watching your favorite Halloween movie. (I made mine while listening to Dead Air!)
Ready to make one of your own? Here’s how:
- Straw wreath (mine was 14 inches in diameter)
- Patterned Halloween fabric – 1/4 yard
- Solid color fabric (2) – 1/4 yard
- Fabric scissors
- Pinking shears
- Hot glue gun
- Measuring tape
Make it for less!
Y’all know by now I don’t like paying full price for things, esp. craft supplies. (Hence by #DIY Under $10 series!) Here are my tips to make this DIY more affordable:
- Download your favorite craft store app and look for coupons – these days it seems like everyone has a 40% off one item coupon weekly. Use it to buy your wreath or fabric that isn’t on sale.
- Don’t spend a fortune on fabric – check in the fabric store’s remanents section first before buying fabrics full-price. You just might find the perfect treasure!
- You could easily do this with a styrofoam wreath, but I found the straw ones were the cheapest at my local craft store.
(Want more Halloween-on-a-budget tips? Get ’em here!)
As always, I start with gathering my supplies.
First we’ll start with the printed fabric. This will be wrapped around the straw wreath.
We’re going to cut this fabric into long strips. Because of the pattern, I decided to cut along the green divider line in the print – about four inches in width – and it was a little too wide.
I made it work, but I recommend cutting no more than 3-inch wide strips.
You would not believe how hard it is to demonstrate cutting fabric while also taking your own photos. I feel like I unlocked some DIY blogger achievement here. 😂
Strip no. 1 is ready!
BEFORE YOU EVEN THINK OF TOUCHING THAT GLUE GUN…practice wrapping your fabric first so you can get a feel for what angle you’ll need to start fabric at, how it wraps, if you need to trim the width, etc. You’ll want to wrap at an angle to keep the fabric lying as flat as possible against the wreath.
Also, I left the plastic on my straw wreath to keep everything neat and tidy.
Once you’ve figured out your positioning, place a line of hot glue at the edge of the fabric and glue it to your wreath.
You’ll note I didn’t try to demo hot gluing while taking my own photos – I’m still getting over the memories of the awful hot glue burn I got making my witch hat in 2015. 😂😂😂
Here’s what my wreath looked like once I got going. Wrapping the fabric tightly – and at an angle – means you don’t have to continue using hot glue to adhere the fabric to the wreath. Once you start, you’ll also be able to gauge how many additional strips of fabric you’ll need for wrapping – I ended up only needing two because mine was so wide.
When you get the entire wreath covered, run a line of hot glue along the edge of the fabric again and adhere it. Eh voila – you have your covered wreath!
And the best part is we’re basically halfway done!
Now, grab your measuring tape and measure how long something would need to be to wrap around the wreath. We’re going to take that measurement and double it to create the strips of fabric we’ll tie to the wreath. Mine was eight inches.
Grab your solid color fabrics and pinking shears.
Because I was using scrap fabric, I found pieces that were about the length I needed – 16 inches – for my ties. Then I trimmed all the edges of my fabric with the pinking shears to prevent the fabric from fraying.
Next I cut strips approximately one inch in width. You’ll see there’s no need for perfection here when cutting! I ended up cutting about 16 strips of orange, and this plus the purple was enough to cover half of my wreath.
Once you finish color number one, do the same with color number two!
Trimming up my fabric.
And ta dah – purple strips! I cut 16 of these as well. Then I cut an additional 8 strips like this using the patterned fabric because I decided to fill in a bit with it. (And because my orange was limited since I was using scrap fabric.) Using the patterned fabric for ties is optional.
Now to tie on your solid color fabric! If the pattern on your wreath varies, like mine, you’ll want to figure out where you want to place your solid color ties before you start adding them. I felt like so much of the ghost made the wreath too bright, so I decided to cover most of that side.
To start, lay your first tie flat behind the wreath.
Then knot it once.
Pull it tight so that sucker doesn’t move!
Once you’re happy with the placement, double-knot the tie for security.
I also pull up on the fabric once the double-knot is made to get each piece to stand up a bit – this will help with building volume in the tie section.
Then continue on! I decided to alternate my pattern by going orange-purple-orange-purple-pattern, then repeating it. Pick whatever pattern you like, or no pattern at all!
As you add new ties, you’ll want to group the knots closely together which will also build up volume in the fabric.
As a result, your colors will overlap on the backside like this.
Keep tying until you’re happy with the look!
To hang it up, I used a bit of black and orange baker’s twine I had. You could also use extra fabric.
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Best of luck!
A sneak peek at next month’s DIY:
I am super excited to partner up with Hellen Die from The Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon for a fun DIY swap. We’re each creating DIY projects for each other, making them and then sending each other the finished product. EEK! It should be fun.
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