When my husband and I moved into our home almost 5 years ago, one of the things I was most excited about (besides an attached garage of course) was having a front door to hang cute wreaths on. Oh sure, we’d had front doors in our previous apartments, but all of them had been basement apartments and not very big so we didn’t have company over very often. And in my opinion, part of the fun of having a wreath on your door is so people can see it. Right?
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I love decorating in the lovely shades of pink, red, purple and white that accompany the holiday. I didn’t have a Valentine’s wreath for my door so I decided to remedy that problem with a cute new rag wreath! Rag wreaths are so easy and inexpensive. They store well and fluff up easily when you pull them out of storage.
Haven’t made a rag wreath before? Let me show you how!
Valentine’s Rag Wreath
- scissors or rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- 12″ wire wreath form (I bought mine at the dollar store, but any craft store will have them)
- 2 yards of fabric, split between 3-4 different patterns/colors (I bought mine at JoAnn’s)
Start by laying your fabric out in front of you. Using your ruler, make snips in your fabric every 1″ to 1 1/2″. Any smaller than that and your strips will be too narrow and you won’t be able to see the color/pattern.
After you’ve made all your snips, you have a couple options of how to proceed:
- Grab the fabric firmly and rip along the snips you made down the length of the fabric. Continue ripping until the fabric is in strips. *Doing it this way will create more frayed/ragged edges on each strip.
- Using your scissors/rotary cutter and ruler, cut down the length of the fabric until all the fabric is in strips. *Doing it this way will create less frayed/ragged edges on each strip.
Either method works great, so it’s a matter of preference in terms of how frayed/ragged you want your strips to be.
Once you have all your fabric in strips, cut each strip down into 5-6 inch pieces. Any shorter and you won’t be able to tie it and any longer will cause the strips to flop over when you tie them onto the wreath and you’ll lose out on fluffiness.
Then I laid my strips out in a pattern and started on the innermost ring of the wreath. Just a simple double knot will do. Go all the way around the inner ring, then start on the next ring. Continue tying around each ring until you’ve completed all the rings.
When you’re finished, the back of your wreath should look like this:
You can hang it up like this if you want or add some embellishments. I decided to add a little bunting across the front using some washi tape I had that matched the red/white polka dot fabric I used on the wreath.
I am totally in love with my new wreath (no pun intended)! I like that it still has that Valentine look to it, but by using the mint green with the red and white, it’s not your typical red/white/pink decor. It is also totally affordable costing less than $10 to make. (I spent around $8 using coupons and promotions for my materials.)
Do you like decorating with wreaths?