|Posted on November 12, 2009 at 7:45 PM|
When I was little, we used to make these plastic wreaths, only then we used green plastic trash bags (friend told me that these wreaths are still being made in schools for the holidays). So if a little kid can make these, you can, too.
Of course I wouldn't dream of going and buying plastic bags for this project (I recycle, remember?). Instead I used four clear plastic dry cleaning bags that I scrounged from the neighbours and friends. The guys where I work liked them so much that I held a lunch hour workshop showing them how to make the wreaths. As I mentioned before, these wreaths are really simple to make and you might be able to rope the kids into helping out.
The following are instructions for making the wreath out of dry cleaning bags, but you can use whatever plastic bags (e.g., bread or produce bags??) you have on had. You'll just have to adjust how many bags you will need.
What you need:
3 to 4 plastic dry cleaning bags (if you have to use bin bags, you will need about 20)
1 wire coat hanger
How to do it:
NOTE: You may get a lot of static when cutting the plastic strips so work somewhere you don't want to find bits of plastic when you're done.
First, bend the wire coat hanger into a circle (doesn't have to be perfect) and set aside.
Next, cut the plastic bags into strips 1/2″ wide and about 5-6″ long. Don't worry about getting the strips perfect - the wreath actually looks better when the strips aren't perfectly cut.
When you've cut out all the strips, take a one and tie it around the wire circle. Keep doing this with all the strips until the wreath is fully covered.
Fluff the finished wreath up a bit to add volume.
For added sparkle, I pulled a copper wire scouring pad apart and decorated my wreath with it.
I made the star garland using empty cereal boxes and glued these to more of the copper wire.