Scrap-Tastic Wreath

Now that I accomplished one man-craft over the weekend, I thought it was about time I make something with my husband in mind. With football season coming up, I’ve already had to put my foot down and tell him we’re not buying the $50 Michigan flag. Again. Sorry, honey.

I did decide that a little maize and blue around the house wouldn’t be all bad, though. Hey, I’m a good sport, I just don’t like to part with ridiculous amounts of cash to prove it. I’ve been seeing different variations of fall wreaths all over, and I decided we could use a wreath.

I have never owned a wreath. Not even a Christmas one. So our next purchase will need to be a hanger of some sort, because I think I could definitely get on this wreath bandwagon.

I’ve seen some lovely ribbon-wrapped wreaths posted out there, but it’s just not my style. Instead, I opted for a fluffy, scrappy version. And it was extremely easy, if a little time-consuming. A great project to recruit your kids’ help with if they are at an appropriate age!

Scrap-Tastic Wreath

Time: 1.5 hours

Supplies:
  • 12″ Foam Wreath
  • At least 2/3 yard fabric, cut into 1.5 inch squares. I had about 1/3 each of some inexpensive broadcloth on-hand in our team colors, and I used every last inch.
  • Glue (I used a fabric and paper craft glue)
  • Pencil
  • Embellishment as desired (initial, logo, ornament, etc.)
I used pinking shears to cut my fabric into 1.5 inch squares. It gave the edges a little extra frilliness and also ensures that I won’t get a bunch of frayed edges. Your squares don’t have to be perfect. Then squirt out some glue on a work surface. I like to use a paper plate for this.
Take your pencil and press it into the center of your fabric square, making a point. You can’t see from this photo, but I have this fabric point wrapped around the tip of my pencil. Dip this point pretty liberally into your glue.

Poke it into the foam with the pencil tip. The foam will hold it in place until the glue dries, so it should stay put, just don’t get rough with it until everything is dry.
Do this with about {ninethousand} more squares.
Fortunately, I’m exaggerating, but it is a bit tedious. I spaced them about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch apart from each other.

Cover the top, sides, and front of your wreath. The back can be left blank so it’s nice and smooth for hanging.
I bought a little football ornament in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. In fact, this was a nice cheap project at $3 in foam until I added an $8 ornament. {sigh} I wasn’t sure how I was going to affix it, so I dug through my supplies to look for something that might work, and found a hairpin with a bail, which worked quite nicely! I just used some Amazing E-6000 to adhere it and waited (impatiently) for it to dry.
By the time it was dry enough to add to the wreath, all my daylight was gone, so you get kitchen-lighted photos. And, I also have no place to hang this yet, but I was too impatient to wait to take pictures later today, I wanted to share now. :)

It turned out, my husband was a lot more excited than I thought he would be. I really never make anything for him (if you recall, I’m a terrible cook, so food is out), but he was really happy to be the recipient this time… though I’m just waiting to hear what else we should get to “go” with our new addition to the decor. :)

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Comments

  1. At Home With Michelle says

    This turned out so cute, found your blog while looking at the catch A Glimpse Party over at A Glimpse Inside, I have to admit though I am a rival and I am from Ohio, so I am a Ohio State fan:) I still like the wreath even though its Michigan, thanks for sharing :)

  2. Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink says

    I love it! Sometimes the simplest ideas with the simplest supplies turn out to make the biggest impact! I think maybe I may need to give this one a whirl for my own football lovin hubby.

  3. Jean Davis says

    That's a pretty cute idea. I might have to use some of my piles-o-scrap fabric and do something christmasish to replace my very beat up faux-greenry wreath. I also have kid laborers for that tedious gluing portion. Yay!

  4. Amber says

    I love this! I'm on the wreath bandwagon too, but the yarn wrapped ones just weren't me. This has potential. I might be copying you, with Titans colors later on….lol

    thanks for coming to link up at this week's weekend wow me party. Hope to see you next weekend!

  5. Rose and Heather says

    We are Michigan fans over here!!! I have always wanted to make a wreath like this, someday I will…. GREAT JOB!
    We would love to have you come link up to our Crafty Lassie Tuesday Link Party. http://sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com/
    We are also having a giveaway! Hope to see you there.
    Thanks!
    Rose & Heather

  6. Amanda says

    I love this! Visiting from Chef in Training linky. I just posted a school spirit door decoration, too. I really like yours!! Passing it on to a few friends.

  7. april says

    what a really great idea…I love your blog…what a great concept. My wreath would have to be red and yellow for USC though….lols
    xoxo

  8. Jenni says

    Thanks for linking up with the frog last week! Your linky was the most clicked which means, you will be the featured frog favorite friend of the week and have top advertising on my side bar until next week. THANKS AGAIN!
    Jenni

  9. Tiffany says

    I found you via the Southern Lovely party.

    Neither I or my hubby has quite gotten into wreaths, but maybe if I make this in our OU Sooners theme, we might just be okay with them! Awesome project!

  10. Lindsay says

    I do love a good wreath! And this is pretty adorable! Great job! Thanks for sharing this at Show & Share!

  11. Mel the Crafty Scientist says

    I LOVE this! I just made a college wreath (Duke) for my sister and I'm thinking I'll make some more college ones and this is such a great tutorial and awesome inspiration… love it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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