Looking for unique holiday decor? This DIY drop cloth wreath is a perfect piece for your home during the holidays and is so simple to make.

DIY Drop Cloth Wreath

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 anymore.

She was brilliant.

Drop Cloth Wreath displayed on the shelves

Pine branches in the home

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 anymore 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?

Yes, please.

How to make a festive drop cloth wreath

DIY Dropcloth Wreath


  • wire wreath form
  • drop cloth
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • imagination

Wire wreath frame

1. Start with a wire wreath form

This is your base for your drop cloth wreath. 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.

Drop cloth leaves for the wreath

2. Cut leaves out of drop cloth

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.

Drop cloth leaves

3. Form the leaves

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.

Attaching the leaves to the wreath


4. Glue leaves to the edges to form your drop cloth wreath

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.

Gorgeous DIY drop cloth wreath

Layering them in until they look like this.

This is the start of your drop cloth wreath.

Drop cloth wreath and evergreens

And this.

Don’t you love a free (or almost free wreath)?

I’m happy.

My dining room is happy.

And my mom is going to be super happy when I call and tell her how amazing she is. 🙂


  1. Image for SHERRI SHERRI

    Hi C, You might want to change this sentence"Yesterday when I was cutting out leaves for this drop cloth wreath, I decided she was ridiculous any more." to this "Yesterday when I was cutting out leaves for this drop cloth wreath, I decided she WASN'T ridiculous any more."

  2. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    This wreath is so cute! I think I will make one to brighten things after the holidays. It always looks so empty and bare when you pack the holiday away! Thanks for the cute idea! Merry Christmas to you and your family, KariAnne!

  3. Image for brocanteuserose brocanteuserose

    My mother had the same rule DO NOT TOUCH her fabric scissors! They were orange (must have been Fiskars I think) and I didn't dare touch them, but I sure thought about it a lot! hahaha

  4. Image for Mary Patterson Mary Patterson

    This is clever. I am a faux finish painter and have spatters of massive amounts of paint color on my drop cloths. Would be fun to cut up my drop cloths, create your wreath and I could hang it on my office door all year round -- reminding me of the projects I've completed for clients! Thanks for the drop cloth wreath idea!!

  5. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Very cute! My Mom also had the fabric only scissors. I do too and my hubby wants to open boxes with them!! So I hide them:)

  6. Image for Terri Terri

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww........... Sweet memories for me !!! "My Mom had the same rule.. do not use this pair of scissors for anything else... theses are for fabric only" I too .. thought "That is just crazy !!" lololol..... and yes I am amazed at your "Great Big Imagination" !!! LOVE... LOVE... this wreath!!!!

  7. Image for Ellen Ellen

    Purchasing good Fabric Scissors and hiding them is in the "Every Mother's Must Have" manual, I know this because my Mother told me! Love this Drop Cloth Wreath- easy and beautiful too. I think it looks adorable with the little tree, but it would blend beautifully almost anywhere. Thank-you for sharing this wonderful DIY with the lovely photos. P.S. My fabric scissors are hiding too!

  8. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    haha, my mom had an only fabric pair too and guess what? I have them now and they still cut amazingly because they've only cut fabric. 50+ years old, I'm sure. My mom sure gets smarter the older I get! I loe your drop cloth wreath...I love just about anything drop cloth :o)...but this looks easy and fantastic! Merry Christmas, KariAnne! hugs, Cecilia

  9. Image for Marianne Marianne

    What a great idea.....and free is my kinda project. I love your mom....I have special sewing scissors that I actually put a piece of tape on. The kiddos know not to touch. We seem to have a lot of disappearing tape and scissors in my home. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face everyday.

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      Do you live in my house? Because we have the same disappearing items ... I think most of us had "sewing moms"--that's why we all have the same memories of "don't touch my sewing scissors!".

  10. Image for Toni Toni

    Fun and fantastic idea! I think we had the same smart Mama! And, I think I gave my boys the same look if they dared touch my sewing sissors! Sissor Mom's Unite!

  11. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Oh yes, my mom said the same thing when I was little about not using the sewing scissors for anything other than cutting out fabric. And I thought the same thing you did. And then, as I got older, began to realize she was right! But not about everything. Although she was a excellent cook, I could never convince her that you have to cook the rice before adding it to the ground beef. Made for some uncomfortably crunchy stuffed peppers.

  12. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    Very cute Karianne! I have scissors just for fabric too, I love them and I keep them in their holder and stash them out of easy reach so I have to go get them from the sewing drawing if I need them. That way I'm not tempted to cut paper with them if I'm in a hurry ;)


    KariAnne, your scissor story brought back memories of home! Love this wreath you have created using a drop cloth. I am definitely going to make one. Such a cute idea! Thanks, again! You are truly "one in a million" -- and loved by all who know you! Have a blessed day, my friend!

  14. Image for Susan W. Susan W.

    My mama was the same way! She was very strict about those scissors. And now, I am the proud owner of those same scissors! And I LOVE using them. ?(Thank you mama). By the way, she's been gone 19 years. And I don't let anyone use them except for fabric.

  15. Image for Donna Donna

    Better than Pottery Barn. . .it all started with imagination. Keep hitting it out of the park. I was wondering if it needed a little spray starch, but I guess no to that.

  16. Image for Meta Meta

    My mom had those scissors! She took sewing classes at Watkins on Church Street over Woolworths in downtown Nashville. She could make anything! She passed away from Alzheimer's three years ago at age 90. I have her scissors! I wonder if my husband will miss his dropcloths!

  17. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    My mom also had those scissors...hers were saved/cherished ones from her father's barber shop...hair cutting scissors...but boy oh boy those scissors sure were great for cutting construction paper or fabric or just about anything. They were hidden in a sewing basket...I knew this...sometimes you just need great cutting scissors. Funny thing is, I am now the proud owner of the (over 100 year old) barber scissors...and I heard myself telling my daughter...NO...Don't cut paper with those scissors! Oh brother...the scissors still cut great...maybe I need to break with tradition and cut away. :) Love the wreath!

  18. Image for Debby Pieplow Debby Pieplow

    My dad was a commercial painting Contractor in San Francisco. He has been gone now for almost 10 years, and I have many of his equipment. One thing that is very special to me, are his old drop cloths. They are getting stiff and are splattered with paint. I didn't want to just throw them out - so I will do this. Thanks for the idea.

  19. Image for debby daniels debby daniels

    My Gingher scissors are a precious commodity, never to be touched by sons or husband. I have only had two pair (and didn't replace the first pair for 30+ years). Even with three grown adult sons, the jokes continue about cutting paper, wood, tin, etc. with mom's ginghers. The wreath is lovely. I might need to get my Ginghers out........

  20. Image for Leigh Leigh

    My children were faced with certain death if they so much as looked at my sewing scissors lol. Love the wreath and the softness it brings to the wood surrounding it.

  21. Image for Sheila F Sheila F

    Where do you find the time to do all of your creating? Your wreath adds such a nice touch to your decor. I love the texture as well as the visual simplicity. The wheels in my brain are turning... thinking that used drop cloths could also work. Or, create a "used" drop cloth by randomly brushing or splattering colors of choice! I just love that so many of the wonderful projects you share can also serve as the foundation for lightbulb moments! This wreath is no exception. The possibilities are endless. ✨ ?? ? Girlfriend... YOU are a TREASURE!

  22. Image for Michele Riggbee Michele Riggbee

    I love this! You could even add a few moss green colored burlap leaves for a bit of color if you want! Thanks for sharing, friend!

  23. Image for Loryl Loryl

    My Mom too had "the GOOD scissors" only used for fabric. She was a wonderful seamstress. Made all our Christmas, Easter, dance/prom dresses. She even made my wedding dress. Your blog brought back such fond memories. Cherish everyday with your Mom and tell her how right she is to have scissors just for fabric. Those must be some pretty darn good scissors that you have to go through 4 layers of fabric!! The wreath looks great!

  24. Image for Sue Sue

    Hi,Karianne,if my kids used my sewing scissors they had the "wrath of mother" to contend with for hours. They learned really quick to leave them alone. I'm thinking about trying this wreath, have all the supplies except the imagination.

  25. Image for Jane Jane

    Love this!!! Definitely a keeper project.. I remember getting my first sewing scissors and being told over and over to NEVER use them for anything else or bam! They could never ever be used on fabric again. Yep. So true. Jane

  26. Image for Becky Johns Becky Johns

    This is a good project to do around the table with friends or sisters, or family. Cutting leaves would go faster and it is not so hard that you can't talk, and possibly eat cookies, while you work. I love to find projects that family members of many ages can work on together and visit as they create.

  27. Image for Michelle Michelle

    LOL, my mom said the same thing and I never listened until I got blisters from using paper scissors to try cut fabric - serves me right. Your wreath is gorgeous Kari Anne and pinching the "leaves" before gluing does make it look so much more professional.

  28. Image for Portia Portia

    It's darling and inviting! And your story helps me to remember the big picture while dealing with the needs of my Mom. I'm very fortunate to have her with us at 95.

  29. Image for Denise Denise

    Love it, I think I will make it for the inside of my front door. I changed over my decor to Farmhouse, grays and neutrals. Still miss the colors. This will add texture to a white door. Love you.

  30. Image for Michele @ The Vintage Vixen Michele @ The Vintage Vixen

    I love this so much!!! I really want/need a year round wreath and this would be perfect. I was hoping you were going to supply a leaf template for those of us who are creatively challenged LOL!!!! I will give it my best effort. Thanks so much for sharing such great ideas with us!!!

  31. Image for katherines corner katherines corner

    This made me giggle. I have a pair of $25 scissors that are only to be used on fabric. I actually have a tag on the scissors that says "for fabric only". Love this thrifty and creative wreath my friend. xo P.S> thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things link arty too

  32. Image for laura laura

    my fabric scissors were called "the scissors of death!" got them about the time two of my girls were beginning to "get" sewing. now they are professional costumers and my scissors have only been used on fabric!! the wreath will be a new years project for sure!! thanks for the inspiration!!

  33. Image for Rosemary Rosemary

    I just love your page!! You have inspired me to use poised taupe for my walls, so beautiful!! Please be so kind and let me know where you got those absolutely gorgeous gold curtains from! I have to have them!! Well hope to hear back from you and happy holidays!

  34. Image for Linda Southworth Linda Southworth

    Hi Karianne, I just had to say I made the wreath and used a grapevine wreath for the base. It is just gorgeous! I am so happy with it. I have it at the front door hanging on a wreath stand looking quite simple adding some Christmas joy! If anyone is looking at Lowes or HD for the dropcloth definitely go for the HD dropcloth by Everbuilt. It is more sturdy and whiter. Loved the project. Fun cutting and watching tv. Next night was gluing and watching tv. Merry Christmas!

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