{rags-to-riches | dish towel christmas wreath}

Happy Sunday friends!  I pray it was a restful day for you and your family.  I got my nap in, which is one of the loveliest things about Sundays, if you ask me :)

I’m plugging away at my DIY Christmas decor, but still not totally satisfied with my mantel/shelf.  I’ll be working on it this week and will let you know how it comes along.  But today I wanted to share my shabby rags-to-wreath project with you.

This is a true rags-to-riches project, as it was made using dish rags!

Here’s what you need:
– foam wreath form (mine was from the Dollar Store)
– 2 or 3 dish towels (mine also from the DS)
– scissors
– pins or hot glue

The Steps:

{1} Using a standard dishtowel, start by cutting the towel into long, 1-2″ wide strips.
{2} Cut the long strips so they are about 2-2.5″ long.
strips about 1″ wide x 2.5″ long

{3} I used a foam floral wreath circle {from, you guessed it, from the Dollar Store} and actually cut it in half to get a two-for-one deal, because of how wide it is. You can do things normally & use a regular wreath form…but, ya know, I’m cheap ;)

{4} Using the 2nd dish rag, cut strips a few inches wide and the full length of the towel. Use these now to wrap the base of the wreath form.  Adhere with pins or hot glue.

{5} Once covered, you’re ready to begin adding your shabby scraps. Fold them in half, then in half again, and begin pinning or hot gluing in layers around the wreath.  I used this folding method from Whipperberry’s GORGEOUS Candy Cane wreath — how’s that for inspiration!?

via WhipperBerry.com

Whipperberry’s is quite glamorous, no?

Summit St’s = a much shabbier version ;) but i heart it still.

AND you’re D.O.N.E. done!

I did use a small fabric rosette but you don’t need to.

I LOVE how it turned out… and really really like the shabby-ness and how the fabric tattered. Wonderful!

OK… that’s all for tonight, folks. I’m off to enjoy what’s left of this Sunday and get ready for the week ahead. Remember you can still link up to the SPEND LESS. GIVE MORE. Holiday Gift Link Party
Lauren

sharing with: 
Tickled Pink at 504 Mainhttp://www.flamingotoes.com/category/think-pink-sundays/http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/ http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/ http://www.dittledattle.blogspot.com/ http://my1929charmerblog.com/sundays-best-party-4/ http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/ http://www.tipjunkie.com/homemade-projects-126/
http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/ http://theshadyporch.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/
http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2011/12/show-and-tell-linking-party-8.html

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  • Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com

    hi, NEAT idea making a wreath from tea towels… thx for sharing.

    WHAT I SEE: i totally see & fancy using OLD stained towels for this… perhaps giving them a bleach bath first, and then making a wreath giving the old towels a new life…

    i know, i am still inspired by that family who has 0 waste, and recycle everything. now, when i go shopping, i spot the 'recycle-opportunities' to take home, instead of considering buying opportunities.

    having said this, i still DO buy some craft materials, plastics, etc etc., but we are sure getting closer to that 'no waste' scene now…

  • Jessica @ O. Alouette

    Cute idea! I love the little rosette!

  • Lauren

    Rose- Yes, I agree… love making things out of things I already have— what a thrill to not spend a dime & recycle things from your own home!

    Jessica – thanks for the comment & love your Christmas ideas too! :) :)

  • Jamie

    Great idea. I love the raw edges.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  • Cathy @My 1929 Charmer

    I like the raw edges, not into the perfect look. I never would of thought of using a dish towel but it really has some great texture. Very nice job! I really like yours better. Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best.

  • Lauren @ SSJ

    Thanks Cathy :) Nothing in my life is perfect, so the shabby, raw edges suit me & our crazy family better I guess ;) Thanks for hosting!