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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