Quick and Easy DIY Wreath

on December 12 | in Crafts, Decor, DIY, Holidays, Home, Interior Decorating, Tutorials | by | with 11 Comments

I love everything about the Christmas season. I love the cheesy commercials, the ABC Family Original movies, the twinkle lights, the extended store hours, the peppermint-themed beverages, the excitement of family gatherings and the joy of having something so bright to look forward to in the midst of cold and short winter days. With all this love and “Christmas spirit” going on, you’d think my house was fully decked out and ready to roll by December 1st. It’s not. I procrastinate like a pro when it comes to decorating. That’s why I’m a hoarder of quick, cheap and easy projects like this t-shirt wreath! If you have paper plates, rubber bands, tape and old t-shirts, this wreath can be hanging on your wall within an hour.

What You Need

- 2 heavy duty paper plates
- a bunch of rubber bands, preferably the small thin kind (you can also use clear hair elastics if you are worried about the brown rubber bands showing)
- tape
- t-shirts in any color you like
- scissors

1.)  Cut out the centers of the 2 paper plates.

2.)  Sandwich the plates together and tape them on opposite sides.

3.)  Cut out a long strip of t-shirt about 3 inches wide. Length will vary based on your plate size, but if you cut the strip too short, don’t worry.  You can always add another strip if you run out!

4.)  Tape one end of your t-shirt strip to the plate.

5.)  Wrap the shirt around the plates until the plates are completely hidden.

6.)  Cut out 8×3-inch strips of t-shirt to use for the “bows”.

7.)  Wrap one of your strips around the wreath (covering and securing the loose end of the long t-shirt strip) and tie the ends together using a rubber band/elastic.

8.)  Pull the 2 ends apart to form a “bow” and then tuck the edges down to form a bow/flower shape (and to hide the rubber band/elastic).

9.)  Repeat steps 8 & 9 until you have the bow/flower arrangement you desire!  I like to leave some random spaces in between the bows to make the arrangement look more organic.

10.)  OPTIONAL:  Cut some 1.5×6-inch t-shirt strips to make smaller bow/flowers and wrap/shape them the same way you did the larger ones.  I like to scatter these in between the bigger bow/flowers to give some variety.

Once you’re all done, trim off any edges you don’t like, and hang your wreath!

This wreath will look great year-round and you can get really creative with it by using different shirt colors or by adding all kinds of embellishments!

Will you be giving this project a try?  Are you a decorating procrastinator like me?

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11 Responses to Quick and Easy DIY Wreath

  1. This is awesome. Something I could definitely do because of the ease!!! I DEFINITELY have a few old t-shirts to use……..maybe one with a Dalmatian on it from like 1999. Love this!

  2. Wilma says:

    I have to try this!

  3. Oh this is sooo cool! It’s gorgeous… and just from a cut up t-shirt!

  4. Kelly Eclectically Vintage says:

    Why didn’t I know about this before I retired a bunch of my hubs worn out t-shirts?!

    Looks amazing – procrastinating definitely paid off!
    Kelly

  5. nancy d says:

    I love the idea of using the paper plates as a wreath base! Its the perfect size!! Tshirts are great. I want to make some of those cool bracelets with them. Now a wreath! I’m going to have to go to the good will store!

    • Tiffany | Offbeat & Inspired says:

      I LOVE t-shirts. I feel like there’s always something new I find to do with them! The plates really are a great wreath size. If I wasn’t such a t-shirt hoarder I’d be making trips to good will too haha! Happy wreath-making! :)

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