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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Recycled Wreath:.

Today we are going to make a wreath using crafting supplies you may have lying around, and plastic bottles!

I must admit, this idea is not totally mine. I first saw the idea of using plastic bottles here. I love how it looks, but I wanted to put my own spin on it! (Although if you have an old bike laying around, you could definitely use that for your wreath form like she did!)

Here's what you need:

- various sizes of plastic bottles
- scissors
- spray paint
- hot glue/gun
- wreath form (you could use styrofoam, wire wreath, an old wire hanger - anything really!)
- various ribbons, material, etc.

You'll want to start off by cutting off the tops of your plastic bottles. (I'm sure there's something fabulous you could use those bottoms for - dress them up to store some crafting supplies or something?)

Next, cut your petals.

Spray paint your plastic flowers.

While they are drying, take whatever material you want to cover your wreath form. I had some extra burlap so I used that, securing the ends with hot glue.

Then I took some of my ribbon and wrapped that around as well, again securing the ends with hot glue.

Next, I brought in my plastic flowers. I decided I wanted to make some rosettes to put in the middles of them. You'll need a circle of felt and some satin fabric (again, materials I already had lying around!) to make these.

Cut your satin fabric into one inch strips.

Tie a knot at the end and hot glue it to the middle of your felt circle.

Twist the satin, and wrap it around the circle, hot gluing it down as you go.

Add a little bling and hot glue it to your flower.

I also had some old, smaller wreath forms that I found hiding in our hall closet. As you can see in the picture above, I decided to spray paint those and add them to my wreath. I wrapped ribbon around them, too.

Glue down your flowers where you want them placed on your wreath, and give them time to set.

I used some old fabric I had from making skirts for my girls that matched perfectly, so I used some of that, and the matching ribbon, to loop around my wreath for hanging it.

Put it on your front door and admire your work!

I have to say, I think it looks pretty fantastic! And it really didn't cost me much extra. We drink soda and water often, so we always have a nice supply of plastic bottles. I was able to raid my crafting stash for all the ribbon and fabric that I used for the wreath. I could have used a wire hanger for my wreath form, but we don't have any of those lying around, so that is the one thing I did need to purchase for this project - $3 for my wreath form, but less with my 40% off coupon at Joann's. If you have a wire hanger, this project could potentially be free!


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  1. Very impressive!! Both the cost and the wreath. I love the use of the bottles. So creative! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Super super cute! I know how you put the flowers in the middle. Love the colors too!

  3. Nice spin I know I will have to try some variation of this sometime!!

  4. Wow!! That looks fantastic!! I can't believe that is plastic bottels!!! Great job and thanks for sharing this tutorial!!!

  5. I love it Summer! I had never seen that bike wheel wreath - how cute. I love yours though!


  6. So cool! I love the black for Spring against the yellow vs. the traditional all pastels! Love it!

  7. i love this! the reuse aspect plus the fun fabric flowers is right up my alley. thanks for sharing. come visit me to enter my very first giveaway of some of my creations and a pottery barn giftcard @ www.barefeetonthedashboard.blogspot.com.

  8. I love your wreath - so creative and "green," too! I made a Spring mantelscape out of burlap, jute and recycled Mtn Dew bottle bottoms (flowers)this weekend. Come see my post about it here:

  9. I love this! Love wreaths, love upcycling, love how you could customize it with various colors/flower shapes... FABULOUS!
    We have a Friday Fun Finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link to this!

  10. That is SO FUNKY. I love it!! Great Job. :)

  11. I do love the funky-ness of it! Love it! :)

  12. I would have never thought to use bottles for something like this. Very creative. Thanks for linking up.

  13. I love this! you are so creative!! THanks for linking up!

  14. This is one of the coolest wreaths ever! GREAT job!!!

    = )

    I made a light fixture out of plastic bottles...now I want a wreath!


  15. I like how you made the center of your flower with ribbon and felt. I posted a similar project but I just used the bottle top as the center of the flower.

  16. So unique and creative! Would have never guessed it was plastic bottles! Stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance! This is just adorable - love the colors!

  17. Don't you just love when you do a project that turns out fantastic? And love it even more when it turns out that you have most of the supplies on hand making it a very thrifty, yet fun project? Good job!

  18. Hi Summer, I was just thinking that I hadn't seen you for awhile! So glad you're back and with a totally amazing project, great job! Hope you and the baby are feeling well! all the best, sara

  19. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! This is just so creative! Love it! Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  20. That looks great. Thanks for sharing at check me out saturday www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com


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