For many years I made a Christmas wreath every year out of spruce, holly and ivy, around a straw wreath-form which had been knocking around for years. Eventually it fell apart, and instead of buying a new one, I made this – it was made really quickly, and I didn’t expect it to last as well as it has, but it’s now been our front door decoration for four or five years, and looks as good as ever.
It’s another recycled craft, really. At the base, it’s a wire coat hanger, shaped into a circle with the hook folded over into a triangular hanger for the wreath. I wrapped this around with the sort of brown packing paper that turns up in all your festive purchases from online retailers at this time if year – just scrunch the paper lengthwise into a sausage shape and wrap it around and around, securing with some sticky tape here and there when you need to. Use newspaper, if you haven’t got packing paper. You could even use plastic packing wrap, or bubble wrap – whatever you have to hand, really, as long as it ends up with your coat hanger fairly evenly wrapped.
Now measure the circumference of your wrapped hanger, and get the long measurement from the hook all the way around the outside edge. Add about an inch for hemming, and this is your fabric requirement. I was lucky to have some blue and green-based tartan curtain offcuts, but you can use whatever you like. Fancy a runched-effect? Use a longer piece of fabric than you need. If you have a sewing machine to hand, roughly sew your half inch hems on all four sides of your rectangle (I did this really really roughly, with a wide zig-zag stitch!). If not, then just press them down with an iron to fold them over.
Wrap your fabric around your homemade wreath form, starting at the hanger. Slip-stitch the long seam by hand in as discreet a colour thread as you have. Don’t worry about making this beautiful, though, since it’s going to end up on the back! Once that’s done, join the two ends of the tube around the hook. Perhaps ladder stitch this part to make the join as tidy as possible, though if you look at mine I’ve covered the evidence with ribbon!
Really, that’s it – find some pretty Christmas ribbon in a coordinating colour and wrap it around, perhaps add a bow at the top. Hang it on your door to welcome your festive guests!
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