In the past, I have usually made my rag wreaths with a simple wire coat hanger - but it seems to end up smaller than I want and I always wish it was fuller. So this time I ditched the coat hanger and bought a large 4-wire wreath form at Michael's for about $3. I am giddy with how thick and full it turned out and smile every time I look at it! It did make for 4 times the fabric and 4 times the tieing, but it was well worth it!
I bought 1/4 yard of 12 prints which was just about the perfect amount for a wreath this size. I wanted tons of variety and color for Halloween - but to give you an idea... I already bought fabric for my Christmas one and instead of 12 fabrics, I only chose 6 fabrics, 1/2 yard each to keep the overall "busy-ness" a little bit more muted. For my strips, I ripped them to be 6 inches long and about an inch wide. Ripping is certainly not an exact science, so some strips ended up thicker than others, which is the point. If you are a perfectionist - this may be a tough project for you... it's all about the randomness, no patterns or symmetry here!
When I was done, the middle seemed empty. So, back to Michaels I went and found this foam/glitter web for $1 and due to my un-natural addiction to googlies... I had to add a few to the center to finish it off. I secured it with fishing line and made a monumental decision not to include printable art on this one. I know... miracles never cease.
A quick tip on your fabric... I chose 4 "holiday" prints (which tend to be more expensive, but are often times on sale), then complimented them with much more basic and less expensive calico prints. Then, if you can score a sale or a coupon on top of that, you'll be in great shape!
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