Sweater Wreath

by Chris on October 25, 2011

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of texture. So…I decided to buy a few sweaters at Salvation Army last week to make some things with. Project #1? A wreath.

feathers on wreath

I used a straw wreath that I had on hand, but I would recommend a foam one if you have the choice. Straw worked fine, but the foam would offer a little more structure for you. The sweater was $3.99. It’s the price I’m willing to pay for cable knit. Lu-huve cable knit.

straw wreath and sweater

I cut off the sleeves (that’ll be project #2) and cut the front and back panels apart at the side seam.

craft with a sweater

Because the material is so forgiving, I just kind of pulled and adjusted as needed to get it lined up. I was able to cover the whole wreath with a bit of fabric to spare.

hot glue sweater

After hot-gluing it into place around the back, I trimmed off the excess. I didn’t do anything else to the back. Just left it raw. Who’s gonna see it? Whoever does see it is nothin’ but a wreath backside creeper. Eww.

sweater craft

One of my favorite “go to” items is a big ol’ fat satin ribbon. I used it in the spot that seemed to expose the most of the straw wreath, and I used some feathers to adorn it. Cutting off the excess wire and hot gluing them to the ribbon was all that was needed. The feather bundle in the center just lent itself to the arrangement.

wreath supplies

And here’s the finished product.

sweather wreath

The materials definitely make it too fragile for the elements, so I used it on my garage door. I thumb-tacked the ribbon right to the top of the door. It was just too much work to figure out the door hanger on this one. Ta-to the-dah!

sweater feather wreath   





  P.S. I used the word “I” 15 times. That’s annoying.



Comeca October 25, 2011 at 8:09 am

This is a great one!

Chris October 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thank you!

Southern Gal October 25, 2011 at 8:23 am

That’s gorgeous. And I happen to have a sweater on hand. Hmmm.

Virginia October 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love the wreath! Looks like I need a trip to the thrift store to search for the perfect sweater.

Chris October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Happy shopping, Virginia! Thank you!

Erica October 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

Oh I love this idea!

Heather R. October 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

Love how it turned out!

Rachel Tatem October 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

That’s awesome! I don’t think I would have thought to cut up an old sweater but it turned out great!

Kathy C. October 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

I would have never thought! I really love it!!

Luisa October 25, 2011 at 10:18 am

That looks fantastic! I think I might try that with a red sweater for the holiday. A while back you had post that had a few wreaths for the fall in it and it was great I’m determined to make one this week.

Linda Jo October 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

It’s wonderful. Love the feathers! Looks awesome on your black door. I’m moving in a few months and will have TWO garage doors….. I am excited to duplicate your efforts!

Chris October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Two doors–lucky girl! Have fun! :)

Nicole October 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

That’s just beautiful! I will “steal” this idea for sure! I love cable knit.

kristen October 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

that is just fabulous! I love it!

Kayla October 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

Love that you used a sweater for your wreath, too cute!! And I love the feathers that you added!

Chris October 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Thank you, Kayla!

Lisa October 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

so pretty! it’s warm & cuddly which is just perfect for this time of year!

Shannon Fox October 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

The white cable knit is yummy and the feathers are sleek and chic!
How the heck do you blog without saying “I”???
I (lol) have been trying so hard not to use it but…
Shannon =)

Chris October 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I usually try to be more conscious of it, Shannon, but I just wasn’t in the mood. :) I just said “I” two times. :)

Mandi October 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Chris, this is bee-u-tee-ful. Probably not the best spelling when commenting on a teacher’s post but oh well. :) My husband hunts birds and often times it’s pheasants. This would be a great project to do with some of the feathers. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Chris October 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Pheasant feathers for free! Perfect, Mandi! Good luck!

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle October 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Love it! I’m especially digging what a neat contrast you get against your front door. Awesomely creative!

Chris October 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Thank you, Jenny!

Shirley Moore October 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Ok, too funny that you happened to write this post today. I just went thru my closet and pulled out some stuff….one of which is a white cable knit sweater! Totally hanging onto it now until I can get to the store for some feathers and a wreath! Those colors really pop together. Thanks!

Chris October 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Whew! Just in time! ;) Have fun with yours!

Carla October 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Cute, cute, cute!!! Another great recycled sweater project. I just HAVE to get to the GW! Thanks for sharing.

Chris October 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thank you, Carla!

Mandy October 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm

this is so pretty! I will be copying… I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a big ‘ole copycat. :)

Chris October 25, 2011 at 7:49 pm

OH Mandy, I think we’re all big ol’ copy cats! That’s what makes blogging so fun! :)

Jessica @ Decor Adventures October 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I saw the top half of the first photo in Google Reader and immediately popped over to see more. This is fabulous! The feathers are a perfect addition, nice contrast to the white. And it can certainly last though January for sure. Great project!

Chris October 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Thanks so much, Jessica! I liked the idea of it being able to stay out through the winter, too. Great minds, eh? :)

Kirsten October 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Very cool!

meghan October 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm


Mimi October 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Gorgeous! Mimi x

Adrieanna October 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing such a simple, yet classy project. I cant wait to try this!!!! Keep up the inspiring work. You are awesome!

Cnnie October 26, 2011 at 1:45 am

Nice way to cover the styrofoam.
The finished product looks super !Very much Fall………

Kerri, A Pop of Pretty October 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m still laughing at “wreath backside creeper”! Too funny! Classic! Thanks for sharing such a great sweater wreath. I love it! Kerri

lisaroy October 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

I need one! off to hunt some cable knit… :)

Courtney {a thoughtful place} October 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

That’s adorable. I am a huge fan of the sweater anything. I love the feathers on it. I am all about tossing a thumb tac right in the top of the door as well. So much easier! :)

Chris October 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Me too, Courtney! Whatever saves time, right? :) Thank you!

Lisa October 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

Chris, “I” did not even notice your usage of the word “I”!!!
Loving the wreath – can a wreath look cozy? Because it does and what a great way to upcycle an old sweater! The ribbon and feathers are a beautiful touch.

Melissa-Emily of Life Beyond Base October 28, 2011 at 2:17 am

I’m seriously so in love! This wreath is beautiful! I can’t get over how pretty it is! Im going to send this to my neighbor since her fall/winter theme match this perfectly. Xoxo ♥

Stephanie@cre8tive November 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

Oh that is so pretty! I was just making a sweater bangle today and a vase cover and trying to think of what else I could use with my leftovers! Thanks for the inspiration! Oh and congratulations on the House of Fifty article. So cool! I love her new magazine. You do too deserve to be in there!

casacaudill November 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

What a beautiful wreath. I just hung a grapevine wreath incorporating some feathers but I love how the added white cableknit makes everything pop.

elz November 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I just made a similar wreath using satin ribbon to wrap the wreath instead of sweaters. Yours turned out so cute!

Chris November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Ooooh….satin ribbon? That sounds pretty awesome too! Thank you!

Sue Erickson March 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hey Chris! Nice Black Door and Wreath! Im so doing the Black door! Where can I buy those Vinyl Numbers, Ive tried googling them and cannot locate any that look that great?

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