Friday, September 2, 2011

A Happy Scrappy Wreath

Have you seen all of those {adorable} crayon wreaths all over the web? They're so cute & happy & back-to-schoolish. I had everything I needed to make one of my own ~ the wreath form, the ribbon, and a few boxes of brand new crayons. But I just couldn't {force} myself to "waste" those perfect crayons on a wreath that would hang for a matter of minutes on the first day of school ~ because I have no place to put it inside, and the crayons would melt on my front door.

I still wanted something colorful and {lively} to put up in honor of the start of the school year, so I came up with this....


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First, I dug around and pulled out some t-shirts I was going to be donating to good will, along with some fabric {scraps} and some bits of ribbon that I had laying around.

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I started out by cutting the shirts into 2 - 3 inch strips, and then cutting the strips into sections that were about 4-5 inches long. I stretched them out a little and tied them around the wreath form.

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I threw in some strips of scrap fabric (which needs to be longer b/c it doesn't stretch) and ribbon to add more texture and interest, and tried to be as random as I could with placement. I moved the strips around as I tied them to make sure that the wreath form was covered as much as possible, placing some of the knots at the inside of the wreath, some at the outside, and some in the middle, too.

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And a reminder of the the end result!

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I'm pretty happy with it. It's bright and cheerful while not screaming BACK TO SCHOOL! ;) It came together pretty quickly, too. It's really a great use for scraps, and it would be super cute in specific school colors as a teacher gift, or in more holiday-specific colors - like black and orange for Halloween... Hmmmm... ;)


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8 comments:

  1. This is the second thing I have checked out from your blog tonight! You have the best ideas.

    Please share this as well. :)

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-3.html

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  2. Now THIS is something I think I can manage to make : ) I am so not crafty...but I LOVE looking at all the lovely creations from those who are!

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  3. This is very pretty, and I love how easy it is! I may have to try this myself...maybe in Clemson Tiger colors or the colors of the school I work for!

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  4. Sarah~ great wreath! Did you see The Nester is having a wreath linky party {http://www.thenester.com/} you should link up some of your beautiful wreaths you've made. Such a talented girl!
    Jen

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  5. What an adorable wreath ~ I love it!

    Have a Happy Labor Day!

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  6. This is a great wreath and a GREAT use of my entire bin of too skinny scraps that I refuse to throw away :) I love it! I think I even have a few of those fabrics in there! Great job!

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