A couple notes before you get started...
Allow yourself several hours~ tying on the scraps is tedious but well worth it!
This project does use a LOT of fabric, you can use less by tying the strips less densely around the wreath frame.
- Wreath frame (I got ours from our local florist, 12"diameter for $6)
- Rotary cutter (highly suggested, of course, scissors work!)
- Fabric scraps, cut 2.5" x 6" (you could purchase a 'Jelly Roll' of pre-cut fabrics to save on coordinating and on cutting, and cut each strip in 4)
- Hot Glue gun, raffia, wooden acorns, beeswax polish (if desired) or other items to finish the wreath~ ribbon, fall decorations etc.
1) Cut Your Fabric
Cut 2.5" x 6" strips.
I wouldn't suggest going shorter than 6" unless you cut thinner strips.
I didn't count my strips, but I would guess I used upwards of 150.
Since this was a scrap busting project for me, I did use some shorter or narrower strips, but made sure the majority were of equal width and length to create a uniform finished look.
2) Tie Your Fabric
If you have a basic floral wreath form, you should have three levels of wire.
Fold your strip in half, weave it under the wire and tie the knot on the top/ front.
Spread out the fabric as it emerges from the knot to gain the fullness of each bow.
Folding in half before you tie will help you keep the right sides of the fabric facing up on the front of the wreath.
3) Continue Tying...
Tie strips onto each wire, filling up the sections with as many bows as you like~ I stuffed mine in very tightly for a super-full effect.
Try alternating the direction of your knots to keep the randomness of the scraps (ie. left strip over and under and then on the next one, right hand strip over and under). Left hand and right hand knots pictured below.
From the back, you can push all of the bow ends forward as you work, in the end you can go back and adjust them as needed to create a full finish.
Continue tying strips until...
a) you run out
b) you are exhausted
c) you are satisfied
When you have finished tying, take a few minutes to pull and push the pieces into the shape you desire, making sure to keep the sides, as well as the front, looking full.
I hadn't planned on embellishing my wreath, but it looked unfinished.
So I dug into my other supplies and emerged with some raffia, wooden acorns (beeswax polished to seal them) and the hot glue gun.
Once these bits were firmly attached, I made a small loop on the back for hanging and hung it.
I suppose for outdoor use, you could spray the finished wreath with a sealant to protect the colour and to keep the fabric from too much fraying.
Our porch is sheltered, so I left it natural.
Have fun! And be sure to link us up to pictures of your own scrappy wreath!
Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree