Woolly Winter Wreath Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

Do you remember my Winter Woollies Recycling post from last year’s Frosty event? I still had lots of material left from the jumper-dress, so I put it to good use on this wreath:

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace


Here’s what the dress looked like originally:



And this is how I turned it into a wreath…

Step 1: Buy a polystyrene or similar wreath approx 8″ diameter. Cut three strips of fabric measuring 1½” x 25″:

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace

Step 2: Hot glue the end of one strip to the back of the polystyrene wreath, and start wrapping it around the wreath, overlapping it slightly as you go:

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace

Each time you wind around the wreath, put a blob of hot glue to secure the fabric:

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace

Step 3: Continue until the wreath is covered. Keep all the ends at the back of the wreath:

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace

Wrapping it this way does mean you have lots of unfinished edges showing, if you prefer a more finished look you can try this method.

Step 4: Decorate your wreath with chipboard shapes, wood veneer, gems, and liquid pearls:

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace

Hang it somewhere to spread joy this festive season!

Be Inspired:

Cut up and old sweater and use it on a craft project

Make a wreath or use a wreath embellishment

Wrap ribbon, wool, twine, or material around something

See you again shortly! Jennifer x

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  • Well, that’s a quick and easy project. You could even decorate with paper flowers.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    November 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm
  • Margie

    What a creative recycling project!

    November 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  • What a simple but effective way to make a wreath 🙂

    November 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm
  • with my nurses eye the fb photo looked like a cast on a broken arm that had been christmasised with glitzy decoration!!! Much easier to see what it is now…clever and easy idea thank you!

    November 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm
  • Frances

    Looks so cheerful. Thanks for this quick crafting idea.

    November 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  • Marilyn Tucker

    I may try this with a blue shirt that I hate. Thanks for the tute.

    November 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    What a cozy wreath! I just bought DD a new sweater dress…think she would mind….

    November 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm
  • Janis in ID

    Clever idea and brings so much warmth with it. Lovely texture. TFS!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 9, 2013 at 10:14 pm
  • senoritascrapper

    Such a great idea! I have been wanting to make one for thanksgiving.

    November 10, 2013 at 2:34 am
  • This would be charming with just a winter theme to take it into January & February!

    November 10, 2013 at 2:56 am
  • Marvelous idea! Very creative

    November 10, 2013 at 3:07 am
  • Great idea to recycle the dress material.

    November 10, 2013 at 3:37 am
  • Kelly B

    I am so excited to make one of these! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:38 am
  • Very cleverly upcycled!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:54 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love it!!!!!!! Yes….I remember last years!!!!!!!!!! Like me you don’t throw anything away!!! LOL

    November 10, 2013 at 6:39 am
  • I love prjects that recycle things

    November 10, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  • Dawn

    I love this project! Thanks for sharing.

    November 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  • Annie

    Clever idea – now, don’t laugh, but I’m thinking of all those brightly-coloured odd socks which end up in the bin when you go through the toes, hmmmmmm ….. 🙂

    November 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm
  • A great way to recycle something knitted you don’t want anymore.

    November 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm
  • Miriam Prantner

    Oh wow! What a great way to upcycle, I never would have known this involved a dress!

    November 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm
  • Lovely dress, but it also make a lovely wreath

    November 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • Awesome idea. I love taking old things and turning them into something completely different. Wonderful Wreathe..

    November 11, 2013 at 1:31 am
  • Amanda

    Fun! Im sure I have an old sweater laying around..

    November 11, 2013 at 4:21 am
  • jengd

    Great wreath and great reuse of a dress!

    November 11, 2013 at 4:22 am
  • Cassandra duchaine

    What a warm & cozy wreath!

    November 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm
  • Another fabulous idea 🙂

    November 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm
  • Lisa H

    it looks great – pity I only have one front door!

    November 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm
  • Just the sort of dress that I would love to be able to wear but I am too short and fat! Those bauble die-cuts are amazing and so perfect for this.

    November 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm
  • So very clever to upcycle like this. It looks so good x

    November 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

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