I've been debating what kind of wreath I wanted to do on our front door for a few weeks now, and I've loved all the book/pages/paper wreaths that lots of people have done, but mostly those are only good for a living room or other indoor area due to weather probs encountered on a front-door wreath.
Enter the plastic bag wreath! I was inspired by Stephanie Lynn's Earth Day Plastic Bag Wreath:
|Under the Table and Dreaming - By Stephanie Lynn|
I had to tweak it slightly because I encountered a few problems. First, all my plastic bags are brown. Blah. Second, there are only a few craft stores on the island, and none of them is cheap OR large. Oh, what I would give for a Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Michael's, or Hancock Fabrics! So I had to think of another alternative on the wreath...
I've seen a few wreaths made out of hangers lately, and I've been particularly loving this one:
To solve the bag problem, I decided to try Ziploc bags. It's what I had on-hand, so I thought I'd give it a shot.
Here's what you'll need:
Twist them slightly, so they're not directly on top of each other, and then every third one I tied so both ends were the same length. Like this:
That seemed to give it more horizontal fullness (if that makes any sense at all).
Make sure to push them really tight. At first I thought it was looking too sparce, and I was worried I was doing something wrong. Here's how it looked after the first 20:
Then I used THIS wonderful tutorial to make my own Christmas gift bow out of the left over glitter scrapbook paper I've used in a few of my other Blue and Silver Christmas crafts.
I LOVED making these. Watch for more of them. Possibly even tonight if I don't get too distracted watching "Elf".
I don't have any nice, wide ribbon, so I took some white fabric and folded the sides in.
Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,
Polly Want a Crafter
The Girl Creative