|Posted on November 20, 2010 at 12:10 AM|
A friend asked me if I could come up with some easy-peasy wreath ideas besides that ones I've already posted. As well as watching her pennies, she didn't want a traditional evergreen or pinecone wreath or any that were too complicated. Well, I can't say that I came up with any original ideas but I did find a few that I liked. I did modify some of the instructions and materials required so that the projects were quick, easy, and good for the environment. So here goes ...
Tinsel Garland Wreath
Probably the easiest to make, this wreath is made using spare or unused tinsel garlands that you can recycle into little holiday wreaths. It's good to recycle tinsel, if you can, as it's one of those things that's really hard to recycle. Creature Comforts has a DIY 5-minute tinsel garland wreath you can make in a few minutes. but you will need a glue gun and a needlepoint hoop. My version is easier as all you need is a wire coat hanger stretched into a round shape. Then you just wind the garland around the hanger. Easy, for sure, and better for the environment.
Image Creature Comforts
Christmas Tree Ornament Wreath
What about recycling some old Christmas ornaments into a wreath? Not as simple to make as the tinsel one but it looks spectacular. Eddie Ross has instructions for a simple enough one using a wire coat hanger as the base. Be careful if you are using old glass ornaments or balls as these shatter easily. I skipped the glue gun and just slipped the ornaments on to the wire hanger.
Image Eddie Ross
Recycled Newspaper Wreath
If you don't have any or don't want to use ornaments or tinsel garlands for your wreaths, why not make a Christmas paper wreath by recycling a newspaper. Sounds weird, eh? But it actually is pretty nice looking and all you need is your newspaper and, of course, the ubiquitous wire coat hanger.
How to Make a Newspaper Wreath
You will need a newspaper, recycled plastic twist ties (or use floral wire), and a wire coat hanger. Stretch the wire hanger into a round shape - doesn't have to be a perfect circle as the newspaper 'flowers' will cover it. To make the wreath, cut 4" x 4" squares from three pages of newspaper. These will form the 'flowers' that cover the coat hanger form.
Fold each stack in accordion fashion and firmly wind the twist ties around the center of each stack. Fluff up each one and attach each folded stack to the wreath base by winding the ends of the twist ties around the base. Clip off any excess. Repeat steps until the coat hanger base is completely covered. You will need between 30 to 40 stacks.
Holiday Card Wreath
Kathy of Merriment Design created a wreath using polaroids but you could do the same thing with postcards or Christmas cards. Very easy and a good way to recycle stuff into something festive.
Image Merriment Design
Finally, if you've got time on your hands, unravel some old sweaters and socks to make a pom pom wreath. I'm kidding--maybe. But if you've got some wool around from projects you never completed or even started, here's a quick way to make a pretty nifty yarn pom pom wreath. And it doesn't have to be red and green.
I know, I know, I seem to be depending a lot on wire coat hangers. If you don't have any on hand, try your local dry cleaning establishment and ask if they have some to spare. Most are now going over to cardboard (yes!) or plastic (why, oh, why??) hangers and probably have some wire ones to get rid of. My local establishment had a boxful for me to pick up when I called.