Thursday, December 5, 2013

home decor diy: Mini Wreath Garland


I've always found it so interesting how past projects can inspire future tutorials. It's even more intriguing when the latter project is completely different! This DIY - made with PVC tubing from Home Depot - was actually inspired by the Vinyl Tube Bracelets from almost exactly a year ago. With just a little fabric and hot glue, you can create a festive (and adorable) garland for the holidays. See how I made it, right this way! -- 






Supplies:

- 1/4" Clear PVC Vinyl Tubing
(At Home Depot, $3 for 20 feet. Available at Home Depot here)

- 3/8" Clear PVC Vinyl Tubing 
(At Home Depot, $5 for 20 feet. Available at Home Depot here)
- Green Fabric
(I used the remnants of an old jersey t-shirt)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hemp, Twine or Embroidery Thread
- Scissors
- Fabric Scraps/Strips
(I store mine on wooden clothespins, in mason jars)
- Optional/Not Shown:  Red pom poms...for berries!




1) Cut an 8 inch strand of the thicker tubing, and a .75 inch strand of the thinner tubing.


2) Use the shorter piece to connect the ends of the long tube, creating a ring.


3) Repeat! I created a total of 9 rings, but you can make as little or as many as you'd like. 


4) Cut the green fabric into 1 inch wide strips.


5) Hot glue a fabric strip to a ring.


6) Snugly wrap around the ring. 


7) Continue until the entire ring is covered, adding additional strips of fabric if necessary. 


8) Repeat until all of the rings are covered.


9) Take a long strand of hemp and tie on the rings. I folded the hemp in half, added the first ring to the center and tied a knot. This would act as the center wreath, so I could add additional wreaths to either side accordingly. 


10) Take the fabric remnants and tie bows. I find it easier to create bows if the strip of fabric is fairly long, about 12 inches (and .75-1 inch wide). You can always trim it down once the bow is made. 

Hot glue the bows directly onto the wreaths, right where the hemp knots are located. 


11) If you'd like, glue clusters of 3 mini red pom poms to each bow.

At just a few inches wide, these mini wreaths are too cute! And I can bet you that no one will ever believe you that they were made with vinyl tubing from the hardware store. For most crafty ladies, the fabric is probably already something you'll have on hand. Since the vinyl tubing is fairly inexpensive, this project is an affordable way to decorate your home for the holidays. 

Try using this tutorial to make ornaments! Instead of tying the wreaths onto hemp or twine, add a loop of string to each one.

Xo, Kirsten 

8 comments:

  1. LOVE IT!! That should look zoo cute on the wall right? I send you a chic kiss from http://justohana.blogspot.com.es/

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  2. Sooooo adorable, Kirsten! I love them!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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    1. So inexpensive to make, too! And addicting :)

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  3. Fab idea! I love each of them are individually different :)

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  4. Love this - will be doing these with our students next week!! The way you explain how to make them is really clear as well as the photos you take. They will go with some of our Christmas countdown ideas
    http://www.smileyculture.com/gift-idea-candle-holders-for-children-to-make/

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  5. Wow. So lovely and charming these look. Just perfect for my Christmas wall decoration. I would surely try them out. And yes, I have got an idea of my own to share - using some exotic natural reed diffusers and other frangrances, specially from pure fragrances would just dazzle up my home magically and get me in the festive mood. Check them out here: http://www.purefragrances.com/

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