How can a simple length of garland, wrapped around a wire ring, cost fifty bucks? If you’re still in shock from a day of hunting for a nice but affordable Christmas wreath stop by your nearest craft store for a cheap alternative. Pick up an inexpensive straw wreath shape and you’ll have a lovely Christmas wreath in minutes for a fraction of the cost!
A straw wreath shape is really cheap but is ideal for making a fabric wreath in very little time. The straw circles are available in a number of different sizes so you can create a small wreath to hang on a child’s bedroom door or a large one to hang over the fireplace. Whatever you have in mind for your new wreath you can make it by using the straw circle and a length of fabric.
Cut the fabric according to the type of wreath you’re making. For instance, if you’ll be creating a small wreath you won’t want the fabric to be cut so that it’s really wide. Cut narrow strips for a small wreath and much wider strips for a larger wreath. It’s impossible to tell someone how long to cut the strips since you’re the only one who knows what size of straw wreath you’re using. Cut a couple of long strips then, if needed, cut more.
Start any where on the wreath form and begin wrapping the first fabric strip around it. Hold the end on the straw then wrap the cloth over the top, through the inner circle, then back out and over the top again. Each time you make a complete wrap, scoot the material over a little, then wrap again. Each wrap should slightly overlap the previous one.
If you run out of fabric, and require another strip, just place the end of the new piece over the end of the previous piece. Hold these in place as you make one wrap that covers them. Or, add a dot of hot glue to hold the ends as you continue to wrap.
After the wreath is completely covered in the fabric it’s done! Of course, you’ll want a bow, and that can be purchased or made by you. Attach the bow by sliding a piece of wire or a pipe cleaner into the ribbon layers on the backside. Wrap the wire around the wreath. You can make the bow hang from the top and down to the center, or from the bottom of the wreath.
The simple straw wreath costs very little to make but is quite beautiful. Make these wreaths for other occasions, such as Halloween, the Fourth of July or Easter.