Coca-Cola Holiday Wreath

My mother is an avid collector of Coca-Cola items, so every year I try to make her something with a Coca-Cola theme.  Since this year I’ve been making lots of wreaths, that’s what I went with.  This is a great wreath design that could be done in any theme and/colors.  I also like that it can be reversible.

Coca-Cola Holiday Wreath

Coca-Cola Holiday Wreath

I came up with this design idea when I was shopping for foam wreaths.  They were so expensive!  When I was looking in the floral section of AC Moore, I found these wire wreath forms for less than $2 each! And the idea was born.

I did experiment at first with how I wanted to make the wreath, but I knew I was going to cut my material into strips and tie it on the wreath somehow.  I used a rotary cutter with a pinking blade to make quick and easy work of cutting the material into strips about 1″ wide and 8-10″ long. Coca-Cola fabric is hard to come by and I had to purchase a few different kinds (both cotton and flannel) to have enough.  So I just kept with red and white only Coca-Cola prints and then bought some plain white cotton fabric at my local JoAnn’s.  If you want to make a wreath like this, I would suggest sticking to cotton, as the flannel (or even fleece) is thicker and not as easy to tie.

Coca-Cola Wreath - Reverse Side

Coca-Cola Wreath – Reverse Side

If you want to make a wreath like this, it’s actually quite easy, though a little more time-consuming than you might think. The wire wreath form I purchased has 6 wires from inside to outside. I think they are all pretty much the same regardless of brand or size.   After you cut your fabric into strips about 1″wide x 8-10″ long (I suggest using pinking shears or a pinking blade on a rotary cutter, but a straight blade will work too), just tie them to the form working over 2 wires as I have pictured here:

Tie fabric, knotting twice, working over 2 wires. Alternate colors as I show here in order to achieve a pattern.

Tie fabric, knotting twice, working over 2 wires. Alternate colors as I show here in order to achieve a pattern.

Just continue to tie your fabric in the this same pattern all the way around. After tying a bunch of knots, push the pieces of fabric as tightly together as you want to. I like to push them together pretty tightly so that it looks nice on the reverse side.  When you get to the vertical wires, tie your fabric in a way that will help to cover the wire. Depending on the size of your wreath form, it can take a couple of hours just to tie the fabric on.  When you’re done, add a bow if desired, and use a piece of floral wire to create a hanger.

I also made a similar wreath using bandanas in red, white, and blue and achieved this really nice 4th of July themed wreath:

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I’d love to hear what you think of these. Do you think you’ll try making one?  It would make a great last-minute gift idea since you can make it to go with any theme or decor. It would even be great for a kids room!

Gift Ribbon Wreath

Gift Ribbon Wreath

Gift Ribbon Wreath

On my quest to use up my crafting stash and make some wreaths I’ve had in mind, I created this Gift Ribbon Wreath. Why do I call it that?  My mother wraps gifts beautifully and often I receive a gift wrapped in such pretty ribbon that I can’t bear to give it up, so it goes into a stash. Sometimes I re-use it to wrap a gift for someone, but more often than not, I’m in too much of a hurry to wrap things as nicely as my mother. So I’ve acquired this stash of Christmas ribbon and what better way to use it up than to make a wreath.

Wreath 1

Here is what I started with

I had lots of gold ribbon for some reason, plus a couple of partial spools of ribbon that I don’t even know where it came from! Since I had so much gold ribbon, I just wrapped it around and around the wreath.  When one piece ended, I grabbed another piece and kept wrapping. I ended up with a couple of layers of gold, which fully covered the green foam of the wreath.   I saved the longest piece for last, and was able to go all around the wreath one more time with that piece.   The burgundy ribbon I saved for last and used that as an accent color.  I glued the final end of ribbon and held it in place with a tack while it dried.

Gift Ribbon Wreath

My bow was a bit crinkled, so I undid the bow and flattened the ribbon the best I could and re-made the bow using my last piece of gold ribbon to tie the bow off and tie it to the wreath.  The gold ribbon has a mesh-like texture and wanted to naturally curl after being wrapped on a spool. I enhanced the curl by wrapping the ribbon tightly around a cardboard roll (a paper towel or toilet paper roll will work) and letting it stay that way for a while.

Voila!  One more item made from my existing craft stash and zero money spent!