My Christmas craft: A recycled sweater wreath
I’ve been writing so much about crafting here lately, sooner or later I was bound to attempt one myself. This craft was dead-easy to make and used only a minimum of supplies. It’s a wreath made of old sweaters, all cut up into squares and strung onto a wire coat hanger. The idea came from a recent issue of Chatelaine magazine, though I tweaked the instructions slightly—they used a thicker gauge of wire to provide a sturdier base. The coat hanger makes for a slightly flimsier, and slightly smaller, finished product, but I’m happy with it nonetheless. I also chose a different colour palette, one that would go nicely with my front door and also echo the colours of a real wreath. Of course, you can use whatever you have lying around; maybe this is a good excuse to finally retire some of your old clothing, the ones that are moth-eaten and stained?
I started with five old sweaters that I purchased for a couple of bucks each at my local Value Village. When choosing your sweaters, try to look for different knits to bring a rich texture to your creation.
Next, I cut up each sweater into four-inch squares. Don’t worry so much about getting your squares to be all the same size. Any inconsistencies will be difficult to detect once the wreath is finished, and a little variety only helps to add more texture. I recommend using fabric snips for this process, especially if your sweaters are acrylic and harder to cut.
With squares cut, I made separate piles for each colour. You could separate them any old way you wanted, really, perhaps placing like colours next to each other instead of interspersed. Up to you!
To shape the base of the wreath, I simply untwisted the top of a wire clothes hanger with the help of a regular pair of pliers. Shaping one end into a loop (again, use the pliers), I kept the other straight, where I threaded on the squares. Very simple.
To close the circle, I simply wound the straight edge through the looped end, creating a loose knot. I then bunched the squares over top to hide my handiwork. With the wreath now looking complete, I tied a green and gold ribbon to the bottom to give it some festive glow and it was ready for the door. What do you think?
Now then, does anyone have any bright ideas on what to do with the unused bits of sweater?