Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fall Outdoorsy Wreath

I'm a little late on this one, but oh well.  I made this a few weeks ago and thought I'd show you how I made it too!
Want to make this thrifty wreath?

This was a free project for me.  Yep.  FREE.  I love to decorate my home with freebies, don't you?

Let's get on it with it.
Here's what you need:
utility knife
fabric scraps
hot glue gun
ribbon, or any other embellisments

First of all, you'll want to use a piece of thick cardboard.  The thinner stuff won't be sturdy enough.  I have LOADS of diaper boxes, so that's where this one came from.
My square is about 18 x 18 inches.  Be sure your lines are nice and straight.

 Then, you'll measure a 4 inch border all around and using a ruler and knife.

Now you can skip this if you want.  I did it to add thickness and hardiness to the wreath base.  Using packaging tape, wrap the wreath once or twice.

Now get your burlap (or if you wish to use any other fabric, that works great too) and cut 3 inch strips.

And wrap that sucker up.  I went over it twice, but if you rather thick, once would suffice.

Use a hot glue gun to the beginning and ends of each strip, or to any unruly pieces.

Ready for some pretties.

I had some rosette's I made awhile back, so I used them.  Use up those scraps in the colors you like!  I also added some felt rosettes to my large flannel flower.  Here is a great site for numerous fabric flowers.
Using your hot glue gun and a generous amount of glue, place them onto your wreath.

I added a ribbon that was also free and had a 'outdoorsy' or 'rugged' feel.  The ribbon was originally from some blankets that were wrapped with it.  From this post.

Told you this was thrifty!  I don't throw anything out.. well, anything that can be made into something pretty, that is.
I cut the ends pointed and used a lighter on the ends so they wouldn't fray.

Then, hang it up!
Does it remind you of fall!?

Thanks for stopping in.  Have a great day!

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Meredith Resnick, M.Ed, MA said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it... the square is different and I am a big fan of burlap these days. I made a wreath this week as well.
~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

Twigs and Twirls said... Best Blogger Tips

Loving the square look on wreaths lately. This looks great. Love the idea of just using cardboard for the backing. And well I have a love affair with burlap here.

Amber *SaltTree* said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it... it's super sweet :) I also like that you did a square shape and burlap. And of course, who doesn't love FREE! I might have to rummage through my recycling box for some cardboard!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

What a charmer!!! Now following- Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday!! :)

Dorian said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...this is so pretty and so thrifty! I use the ribbon on packages all the time too! My fave? Gaps kid ribbon their bags....beautiful! Anyway, love this. Stopping in from Chic on a Shoestring!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the sqare wreath! I just saw your post on Chic on a Shoestring. I am now your newest follower. I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!

J's mom said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love it if you would link this to my link party. It just started :)

Toaster4JC said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Meredith Resnick, M.Ed, MA Thanks so much! Don't you love making wreaths? So fun and the possibilities are endless.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Twigs and Twirls Thanks for the kind words!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amber *SaltTree* Hope you have fun making your own! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Courtney ~ French Country Cottage Thanks so much! And thanks for the invite!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Dorian Thank you! I hate to waste that lovely ribbon! :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR Thank you so much and welcome!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@J's mom Thanks for stopping in! I'm all linked up!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Toaster4JC Thanks!

Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty said... Best Blogger Tips

Yup I think I am in love with that wreath! Great job! Stopping by from Along for the Ride link party.

KSK said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm loving square wreaths! ..But I could never find a form.. now I know! :)
Love it!!

Stopping by from Serenity Now!

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I love free decor!

New follower.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Ummmm, yes! Yes I love this!! Love how you made your own wreath form from cardboard! Genius!! I'll definately be keeping this in mind for my winter wreath! Love your rosettes!!

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVELY! I love thrifty AND beautiful stuff juts like this!!

Kirstin Joy@ Burlap and Buttons said... Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable! I love that you did a square instead of the traditional round wreath. I love you ideas!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty Thanks! So glad you dropped by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@KSK Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano Thanks so much! And thanks for following!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie Thank you, Katie! You're so sweet!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Andrea Thank you Andrea!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kirstin Joy@ Burlap and Buttons Thanks for the sweet words!!

Lorie said... Best Blogger Tips

It is beautiful! And such a great trick to use cardboard instead of buying a wreath form!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is soooo cute! Love the square shape! Great fabrics and colors too; would you share it here? Pleeease?

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lorie Thank you, Lorie!! I love a free wreath form! :)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amy Thanks so much, Amy! I'm all linked up, thanks for the invite!