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October 28, 2011

Recycled Dress Wreath


Hi, my name is Kristina and I am thrilled to be featured here today on Infarrantly Creative! I recently started this little blog called ReMadeSimple as a collection of all my crafting and home decorating ideas.

Many of my ideas have to do with recycled or repurposed items, using nature in decorating and bringing new life to old things. My goal is for my ideas to be low-cost and relatively simple to create-I have lots of tutorials and fun ideas I hope you check out!

Now, onto today's easy and quick wreath tutorial!

I have been having lots of fun lately repurposing fabric from worn out or outdated clothes--I feel good about reusing them rather than just donating them or throwing them away, especially if the fabric is still in good condition.

Here is a wreath I made from a dress I had loved but had become a little worn out and outdated over the years. The white woven cotton cloth was still in good shape and was so easy to work with. I love that the colors of this wreath are versatile enough for Christmas, winter or spring.


Here is another wreath I made with the same concept of using recycled fabric as another option in a different style using scraps of old lace I snagged at a garage sale.




So,  do you have any clothes, lace or ribbon stored away that deserve a second chance? And are you ready to make a really easy, fast wreath?

Here are the materials I used:
1. foam wreath circle
2. low temp glue gun
3. fabric or lace of your choice
4. reindeer moss-(soft, spongy moss I found at Michael's and Hobby Lobby)
5. buttons
6. ribbon

Here's how I made them:


  1. I started with a foam wreath circle like the one above. 
  2. Then, I cut strips of fabric a few inches wide and about two feet long. (They don't have to be perfect because they will overlap). 
  3. I decided which side would be the back of my wreath. Then, I glued the edge of the first strip to the backside.
  4. Then, I began wrapping the fabric tightly around the foam circle, hot gluing the edge again when I reached the end of the fabric strip. 




4. I continued the same process, overlapping fabric to cover all of the green foam, glueing the ends of the strips to the back of the wreath.

5. After the wreath was covered evenly in fabric, I decided to add a few rosettes. I made my rosettes by folding the strips in half lengthwise and rolled and twisted them into a tight circle, glue gunning them in place as needed.

6. To finish, I glue gunned the moss and a few buttons to make the rosette stand out more.


Here is the finished recycled dress wreath with the green and white striped hanging ribbon. I was able to give both of these wreaths away as gifts-I'm pretty sure they loved them!


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7 comments:

  1. What a great idea! These wreaths are so pretty, and a fantastic way to use up old clothing.

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  2. Thank you, del for your kind comments!

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  3. Keep blogging! I love all of your ideas - they are some of the best I've seen. Love your decorating style and imagination for re-purposing things!

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  4. Jess-thank you for your compliments! I'm glad you love my ideas and I definitely plan to keep on blogging. Thanks for reading!

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  5. These wreaths are fabulous! I'm a new follower and I found you through Life Made lovely:)

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  6. Thanks, Jen-they are so easy and fun, I want to experiment with even more fabrics soon!

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  7. I love this idea! They're just gorgeous and who doesn't have old clothes laying around?? I've just gone through a ton of your posts and you are so creative!! Definitely following now and I'd love it if you wanted to do a guest post on my blog sometime!

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