Monday, August 30, 2010

weekend recap: fall raggedy wreath

I was feeling borderline sickly this weekend, like I might be trying to catch a cold. So I decided that a lot of rest was in order. I stocked up on home decorating and sewing books from the library, unloaded my Netflix Watch Instantly queue [Fried Green!] and dug out a stack of magazines that have been neglected over the last few months. It was a good weekend, my friends.

I started getting a teensy bit restless, but didn't feel like doing much, so I picked a craft that could be done while I kept my fanny on the couch :) I'm trying really hard to savor the last few weeks of summer - I don't want to wish it away for daydreams of crisp air and cinnamon in the kitchen. But it is HARD. Especially since I just saw a line of trees that have already turned. So I've tricked myself into thinking that preparing to decorate for Fall is not quite the same as actually doing it and I opted to make this little beauty under the guise of planning ahead. I'm smart like that.

I found this in blog land a while ago, but I can't remember where. If I'm ripping off your original idea, please let me know so I can give you credit :)

Start with a wire wreath like this:

It was the smallest of the variety at Michaels and cost about $3.

Then, pick out some fab Fall-inspired fabric...

I got about a yard, but had plenty left over. Start by cutting your piece into strips that are about 6 inches wide. Then take each strip and cut those into smaller strips [about 1 to 1.5 inches wide]. I actually ripped them, because I wanted a raggy look. When all is said and done, you want a pile of strips that are about 6x1 inches. Make sense?

Now get comfy and start tying :) Just tie the strips all the way around the wire. It's up to you how fluffy you want it - the more you squeeze on there, the fuller it will be. I made mine pretty tight, but only tied strips to two of the four rings within the wreath. You couldn't see the empty rings, and I liked the way it looked as is, so I stopped there. Two reruns of Friends later and you've got yourself a cutie little wreath.

Isn't it adorable?? I'm thinking of ways to use this in my mantel display and I've come up with a few things that make me reeeaaally excited. I'll keep you posted!

Have you started pre-planning for Fall? :)

And don't worry, I'm not the only one dreaming of Fall. Today I'm linking up with Thrifty Decor Chick, a fellow Fall fan!


  1. Great idea. I'm your newest follower.

  2. Oh I love this! I have seen The Nester do rag wreaths before, but I LOVE yours for Fall! I think this may be my newest craft project! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is fantastic! Makes me wish I hadn't already purchased my wreath stuff. Maybe I can figure out something else to do with the fake leaves and such!

  4. I love it! I will be featuring your wreath in this weeks' DIY Show Off Fall Festival! :)

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!



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