Saturday, November 12, 2011

Winter Sweater Wreath

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After spending a few hours clearance shopping yesterday, and oggling all of the wonderful Christmas decor hitting stores Nationwide, I was ready to bypass Thanksgiving this year (decor wise) and start decorating for Christmas.  Mind set, gears in motion, engine revving ... destination Christmas town!  Did you know that some people are already decorated ?!?  Tree up, stockings hung...  I'm not judging.
             really!  (I want to but I can't cause I'm secretly a little jealous)

Now, I have decided that I will not dismiss Thanksgiving but I cannot promise some wintery decor will not begin to appear in the home.  Enter my Winter Sweater Wreath.

I will not put up a tree, I will not put up a tree, I will not put up a tree... practicing restraint at least until Thanksgiving Eve!

All you need for a winter sweater wreath is (you guessed it) a sweater!
and a wreath from the Dollar tree,
 some berry sprigs,
and a glue gun.

I reused the white sweater from my sweater pillow (post here).  Not because I did not like the pillow.  BuT because my little chihuahua, Ornery Ortie (here and here) decided to eat all of the buttons off of it!

I started cutting strips of the sweater, about 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide.  The length was just the length I had already cut for the pillow.  The measurements do not need to be exact.  The width needs to be enough to wrap your form loosely.  You'll need enough strips to cover.  I used 6 for mine. 

Secure the sweater strips by hot glueing them around the form, sweater edge to sweater edge.  The glue will keep the sweater from unraveling. 

Do not glue directly to the wreath form...

...because, next, you will scrunch the sweater up to fluff!  Keep adding strips of sweater 'til the whole darn thing is covered.

I had almost forgotten how hot hot glue was!  Be careful.

Now, I realize I did not take a photo of the next step, but it's pretty self explanitory.  Glue the berry branches to the wreath.  Were you want them, where you think they look pretty!  Just leave a good 3 inch space open to glue on a rolled sweater flower!  Because there are millions and billions of tutes on rolled fabric flowers in blogland, I did not do a step by step on it.  If you need a tute, just google for rolled fabric flowers... you'll find plenty.  The width of the flower strip I used was about 3 - 4 inches wide.  Just remember to fold in half for a finished edge.

Because I was still feeling guilty about the whole bypass Thanksgiving thing,  I felt that I should add something Fall-ish to my sweater wreath.  I didn't want to glue anthing else on, but figured I could tuck some leaves into it for that 'pop' of fall color, remove them later, and then add some trinkets to Christmas it up.

Then, I removed them.

I liked it better plain. 
Plain, creamy, textured.
With White berries and a single BiG puFFy white sweater flower, suitable for the whole cooler weather season!

Hope you like too!

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Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

So cute and clever! I have everything on hand to copy this project, what a cool deal. I like it without the colored leaves too, more stylish. Well done!

Tenille said...

What a cute wreath. I haven't seen one made from a sweater before. Going to have to go through my closet and find an old sweater and make myself one of these. I would love it if you would link this up to our linky party going on right now.

Maggie said...

so cute what a great way to upcycle.
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have a great crafting week!

Jaymie @ Dances, Dishes, & Dreams ... said...

I love the big sweater flower! How fun!! It looks very elegant with the plain white berries, but the leaves add a festive touch as well. Stopped by from the Sunday Showcase link-up.

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andie jaye said...

i love the texture of this! i just might have to try that. you're so creative!

Anonymous said...

I love this wreath! Where did you get the berries?

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I just love this! Simply beautiful :) Thanks for sharing it.

Heaven's Walk said...

This is SO cute! I know what to do with my old sweaters, now! :)

xoxo laurie

Jamie said...

Beautiful. Great idea. Thank you for linking up to More the Merrier Mondays.

coronaryrn said...

Love this sweater wreath idea! I am definitely going to pin this and attempt one myself this winter! I am looking for bloggers to participate in 25 Day's of Christmas Blogshare...check out the post and leave a comment if you are interested in participating!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Awesome way to reuse a sweater!

Ribbons Undone said...

Found your blog through the Thanksgiving Blog Hop at BSN! Cute wreath! I actually like it both ways: with and without the flowers. I'm not very crafty. I do like interior design though. I've been working on painting and whatnot in my apartment for the last two years. It nees love. :D said...

What a clever wreath. Since we live in Texas and I son't wear my old sweaters, maybe I should make one into a wreath. Thanks for sharing.

giftonartistry said...

Beautiful! And so comfie-cosy, it's perfect for fall or winter.

G Inspires said...

Very pretty! You did great! Thanks for sharing...Visiting from Tales of a Trophy Wife linky party

Colleen said...

So beautiful! I LOVE love it!

Chris said...

Hi there, what a gorgeous wreath. I just adore the white, looks so wintery, in a nice way. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Anonymous said...

Your wreath is so pretty!! I love it! I do like it plain too!

Ruth said...

Love your wreath. I like it better all white, too. I haven't even started thinking of Christmas decor yet. Thanksgiving came awfully fast and I was hardly ready for it.

Ty and Whitty said...

What a fun idea. it turned out great! Thank you so much for linking up to last weeks show and share. Make sure to come back and link up this week with your latest project.

A mommy's life...with a touch of yellow

ReMadeSimple Kristina said...

Cute idea! I have plans to make a similar one, except I have a white scarf-so great for winter!

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Toodie said...

Very cute! Love the elegant, but homey look of the wreath. I'll take it when you're finished with it. :D

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