{5th day of christmas: diy wreath}

The fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Fiiiiiive gold riiiiiiings!

Our Christmas craft today may not be gold, but it's bound to ring in the holidays! For what's Christmas without a festive wreath on your front door?

After scouring the internet for a good wreath-crafting idea, I was at a loss to find something cheap, easy, festive, and made of materials I wouldn't have to go out and buy. Having no luck, I decided to try something innovative and see how it turned out.

Fortunately, the outcome was pretty spiffy, so I'm sharing my fun little project with you!

{diy christmas wreath}


All you need for this tutorial are some old t-shirts, a wire clothes hanger, and a bow.

First bend the wire hanger into a circle. Don't worry if it's not perfect; when the wreath is finished, it smooths over any small deficiencies. Just get it as close as you can.


Next, cut your old t-shirts into strips about 2" wide and 4" long. I didn't measure my strips, I just eyeballed them. They don't all have to be perfect, but if you make the strips too long, the wreath will end up a little droopy.

T-shirt color will have a fun effect on what kind of wreath you make. Tanner has an abundance of old white t-shirts, so that became the theme of my decoration. After making one, though, I'm inspired to try it with only red and green shirts, or with a whole collection of fun colors!


Tie the t-shirt strips in single knots along the wire hanger. Make sure you tighten them as much as you can to make the knots as small as possible. This will allow you to put more strips on the hanger and thus make the wreath more "full" looking.

I also alternated the direction in which I tied my knots (right over left, then left over right), otherwise the knots started to angle in the same direction.


Continue tying strips and pushing them together as tightly as you can all along the wire hanger until it is full.



From here you can choose how you want your wreath to look. You can either leave your wreath like this, or you can twist and turn each knot to give your wreath a "tousled" look. I tried mine both ways and liked it better with the tassels hanging the same direction.

Straight ties Tousled ties

Put a bow on your wreath and hang it up for all to enjoy!




Or, if you're looking for a snazzier kind of diy wreath, check out these beauties!

Flowers via {holly's charmed life} Peppermints via {gwynn wasson designs}
Rosettes via {domestifluff} Ornaments via {shelterness}