Hi everyone! Since Valentine’s Day is coming right up, I thought I’d show you all a holiday wreath that I made the other day using an old sweater. I ended up doing a whole series of fall sweater crafts that you may remember, but I promise just one this time!
Using a vintage red sweater and grapevine wreath, both of which I had on hand, I put together this simple, understated wreath in no time at all. I made the flowers out of the same sweater using my Sizzix Big Kick machine and Tim Holtz’ Tattered Flowers Die, but you can use silk, paper, or felt flowers, or pick something up at the craft store.
I started out with this 10 1/2″ wreath that I picked up at Goodwill not too long ago for 50¢!
And with this sweater, purchased at a thrift store in PA for $1.00. I initially listed it for sale in my Etsy shop since it was a fine, 100% wool sweater made in Scotland. I say was because it has now been felted and can no longer be worn. I decide to craft with it when no one bought it. By washing it in hot water in the washing machine and drying it on hot in the dryer, I shrunk/felted it enough to ensure it wouldn’t unravel when cut. Keep in mind that the sweater must be made entirely of wool and felting varies from sweater to sweater. It’s a bit of a hit or miss game, so don’t spend too much on your crafting sweaters.
First, I snipped off the ribbed bottom of the sweater and then began cutting it into approximately 2″ strips. It took about 6′ of sweater strips to cover the entire wreath. I hot glued the end of the first strip to the back of the wreath and then glued the end to the back when I ran out. Then started with a fresh strip.
Once the wreath was completely wrapped, I had to consider how I would like to decorate my wreath. I decide to cut some flowers from the same sweater using my Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine. It’s very simple to use and the results can be pretty amazing. I can honestly say that I love my Sizzix. (I just wish I had more dies, but as you know, I’m a
cheapo frugal kinda gal, and so I only buy at garage sales or when they are seriously marked down or I have a good coupon.)
These are the shapes that can be cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Petals die that I used.
Here’s what they look like after cutting. I used up most of the rest of the sweater making enough for the wreath. Like I promised, there will be no more red sweater crafts after this one!
Next I had to decide how to layer and where to place the flowers.
As you can see, I made three larger flowers by stacking the three sizes together, two flowers using just the smallest and middle-sized, and two flowers with just the smallest flower alone. I used small half pearls for centers, which add just the right amount of contrast. And I settled on decorating just the lower third, rather than the entire wreath.
The bright red looks lovely against a light or dark background, making it versatile.
But I’m happy with it right now on my ironstone-filled corner cupboard.
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