Do you find crafting as enjoyable as I do? It’s great to come up with an idea and then work with your hands to create something new! I will usually get craft ideas from looking around on Pinterest or reading magazines. Sometimes I find ideas in home decor and garden books. Certainly, the craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels are a good place to get ideas. Lastly, I often find ideas at flea markets and antique stores.
Wreaths are one of my favorite crafts and I have been debating what my next wreath will be. I am really into simple right now so I thought that a sweater wreath would be a good choice for Pinecone Cottage porch. This wreath doesn’t need much. An old sweater or 2, a styrofoam wreath form and u-shaped pins. I also added a winter scarf for contrast. Very quick and easy.
Thrift stores are a great place to find old sweaters. I am always on the lookout for older wool sweaters to use in crafts, especially the ones with winter scenes or decorations. But I want to be totally honest with you. Once I buy a vintage sweater I have a really hard time cutting it up. So I have a stack of old wool sweaters just waiting for a craft when I get up the nerve to cut!!!!! For this wreath I used cotton/acrylic sweaters.
This wreath can be made with one sweater if you want a smooth texture. I am going for the slouchy sock look so I am using 2 sweaters and scrunching as I go. The nice thing about this is that you will have 2 leftover sweaters to craft with. You can use those remaining parts for sweater pillow covers, book covers, candle holders or make an additional wreath or 2. Also, you can use 2 of the same color sweaters so that the whole thing matches rather than contrasting colors.
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- 2 Old sweaters (different colors)
- Styrofoam wreath (mine was 16 in. but you can choose larger or smaller)
- U Shaped Pins
- Scarf or ribbon
- Floral wire or Pipe Cleaners
- Remove arms from the sweater at the shoulder.
- Slice through the styrofoam wreath form using a sharp knife and cutting board.
- Carefully slide one of the sweater arms onto the wreath.
- Using the U pins tack down the sweater on the back side. Scrunch the sweater sleeve as you go.
- Slide on the second sleeve covering the end of the first with the sweater cuff.
- Continue to scrunch and tack down the second sleeve.
- Add on sleeves 3 and 4 continuing to scrunch and tack in the back.
- Tuck the cut end under and pin down.
- Tie your scarf or ribbon over cut edge to cover up any unsightly seam.
- Make a small loop out of floral wire or pipe cleaner and tack to the back with a U pin or 2 for hanging.
This is such a quick and easy wreath to make. I was able to put it together in less than 30 minutes. If you don’t like the scrunchy look, then just pull the sweater smooth and flat as you go. You should be able to make the wreath with only one sweater if you are making a smooth texture. The nice thing about pinning the sweater to the wreath is that it is easy to pull apart and reuse the components when you get tired of it.
I hope that you enjoy making this sweater wreath. It’s nice to be able to change out your wreaths and porch decor without spending a lot of money or time. If you would like more craft ideas then please sign up for my Free 5 Easy Winter Crafts Ebook.