Here in Australia, we celebrate Christmas in summer, so in many parts that means it's pretty damn hot!
A great alternative to the traditional green & red is a handmade Christmas wreath in natural fabrics such as linen & cotton in cool neutral colours. These are much more fitting for an Australian summer.
What you will need:
- Foam Wreath Rings (I've used 3 different sizes)
- Spray adhesive is easiest. You many also need a little craft glue for touching up.
- Natural fabrics - linen, cotton, silk plus lace & buttons
- Dressmaking pins
- General sewing accessories
- Cut your fabrics into strips. They don't need to be uniform.
- Spray your foam wreath with adhesive.
- Wrap your fabric pieces around the foam making sure all the ends finish to the back.
- Repeat this process for however many rings you plan on using.
- Using the dressmaking pins, join your rings together. They are super light so pins will easily do the job. If you are not convinced, add a little craft glue also.
- When all three rings are together make your flowers. See below for a downloadable tutorial on how to make these scrappy flowers.
- Again using pins, secure flowers to foam through the buttonholes.
- If you wish to hang your wreath, take a length of ribbon of twill and again using pins, secure it to the top of the main wreath.
To make the fabric flowers shown above (and below), download this tutorial I prepared a few months ago for my subscribers. They are super easy and you won't be able to stop at one!