When I was little my mother had a pair of scissors that she only used to cut fabric.
I thought it was ridiculous.
Scissors? Just for fabric? When I needed scissors for glitter paper and pipe cleaners and glued-up construction paper?
In a house full of seven creative people, scissors were a hot commodity. I’d open the drawer and stare longingly at them and think maybe just this once…
…and then I’d see my mother’s frown.
Yesterday when I was cutting out leaves for this drop cloth wreath, I decided she wasn’t ridiculous any more.
She was brilliant.
I made this wreath yesterday for the dining room.
I bought this tiny fresh tree to make the house smell amazing and the boxwood wreath I had there didn’t really match any more with the evergreens.
What is a girl to do with a wreathless fabric bolt holder and empty pockets because she spent her money on Christmas?
A free wreath project?
DIY Dropcloth Wreath
wire wreath form
This is what the wire wreath form looked like.
I had it left over from another project.
You could use any wreath form you have lying around: wood, grapevine, or your fourth of july wreath.
Here are the leaves I cut out of drop cloth that I had in my fabric stash.
That’s where the scissors came in. I just bought a new pair because I was making a lot of fabric stuff for Christmas and they cut through FOUR layers of drop cloth without blinking an eye.
It made the project so much easier.
I cut out about 50 leaves for the wreath.
DO not over think the leaf. Just cut out something resembling a leaf and call yourself blessed.
All the perfect and imperfect leaves blend together to make a perfect wreath.
Kind of like my curls on a good hair day.
This is the step you don’t want to skip.
This is the step that makes or breaks the wreath.
Before you hot glue the leaf onto the wreath, add a drop of hot glue to the end and pinch the end together.
Let it set for a minute before you glue it onto the wreath.
This gives the leaves a little personality.
Then take your pinched leaves and glue them onto the wreath form.
I staggered them on the wire.
Added one to the outside and one to the inside and then one in the middle.
Keep adding the leaves in one direction.
Layering them in until they look like this.
Don’t you love a free (or almost free wreath)?
My dining room is happy.
And my mom is going to be super happy when I call and tell her how amazing she is. 🙂
And now for some fun ideas and projects from some of my favorite friends: