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.
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.
I cut off the sleeves (that’ll be project #2) and cut the front and back panels apart at the side seam.
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.
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.
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.
And here’s the finished product.
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!
P.S. I used the word “I” 15 times. That’s annoying.
This is a great one!
Southern Gal says
That’s gorgeous. And I happen to have a sweater on hand. Hmmm.
I love the wreath! Looks like I need a trip to the thrift store to search for the perfect sweater.
Happy shopping, Virginia! Thank you!
Oh I love this idea!
Heather R. says
Love how it turned out!
Rachel Tatem says
That’s awesome! I don’t think I would have thought to cut up an old sweater but it turned out great!
Kathy C. says
I would have never thought! I really love it!!
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 says
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!
Two doors–lucky girl! Have fun! 🙂
That’s just beautiful! I will “steal” this idea for sure! I love cable knit.
that is just fabulous! I love it!
Love that you used a sweater for your wreath, too cute!! And I love the feathers that you added!
Thank you, Kayla!
so pretty! it’s warm & cuddly which is just perfect for this time of year!
Shannon Fox says
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…
I usually try to be more conscious of it, Shannon, but I just wasn’t in the mood. 🙂 I just said “I” two times. 🙂
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!
Pheasant feathers for free! Perfect, Mandi! Good luck!
Love it! I’m especially digging what a neat contrast you get against your front door. Awesomely creative!
Thank you, Jenny!
Shirley Moore says
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!
Whew! Just in time! 😉 Have fun with yours!
Cute, cute, cute!!! Another great recycled sweater project. I just HAVE to get to the GW! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Carla!
this is so pretty! I will be copying… I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a big ‘ole copycat. 🙂
OH Mandy, I think we’re all big ol’ copy cats! That’s what makes blogging so fun! 🙂
Jessica @ Decor Adventures says
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!
Thanks so much, Jessica! I liked the idea of it being able to stay out through the winter, too. Great minds, eh? 🙂
Gorgeous! Mimi x
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!
Nice way to cover the styrofoam.
The finished product looks super !Very much Fall………
Kerri, A Pop of Pretty says
I’m still laughing at “wreath backside creeper”! Too funny! Classic! Thanks for sharing such a great sweater wreath. I love it! Kerri
I need one! off to hunt some cable knit… 🙂
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 says
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 ♥
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!
What a beautiful wreath. I just hung a grapevine wreath incorporating some feathers but I love how the added white cableknit makes everything pop.
I just made a similar wreath using satin ribbon to wrap the wreath instead of sweaters. Yours turned out so cute!
Ooooh….satin ribbon? That sounds pretty awesome too! Thank you!
Sue Erickson says
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?