The T-shirt Wreath

Once upon a time I went on a camping trip, for which, of course, I bought all new clothes.

I was a little nervous because I only knew two of the twenty-some people going. I kept having nightmare-visions of sitting alone in my tent while they all talked about me. I think my brain is still in junior high. Of course, no one stood around and talked about me, everyone was very nice and I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know the entire group. I’m such an idiot sometimes.

Anyway, I was nervous as I prepared for this adventure, so none of my clothes were quite right. Nerve-shopping (for me, at least) inevitably results in regretted purchases. Case in point: dark green Aeropostale t-shirt. (Equal parts eck and blah) (Trust me.)

I’ve been stashing this and a few other rarely worn t-shirts in my sewing box for ages. I keep thinking I’ll come across a tutorial somewhere that will show me how to remake the truly abysmal into something absolutely fabulous. A girl can dream, anyway.

I’ve had a wreath on the front door the past few years, but I don’t have an indoor holiday wreath. In fact, never even thought of one (purchased holiday wreaths usually look rather funereal to me–all that cheap, shiny ribbon– not the vibe I’m going for with my ’tis-the-seasoning) until I was digging through my sewing box the other day and came across the dark green t-shirt.

And I thought, OF COURSE! It’s a WREATH! Voila!  fabulousness.

The T-shirt Wreath

Here’s what you need:

  1. A wreath form. I got mine for $4.00 from Michaels.
  2. A t-shirt that you’re ok with cutting up. I went all traditional and used green… but the next iteration of this project might just include pink polka-dots or black and white stripes.
  3. Scissors
  4. String (to hang the wreath)
  5. An ornament, a few baubles, a big bow– something with which to accent the finished product.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut the t-shirt into strips about 1″ wide and 8-12″ long. Don’t measure anything, this isn’t science. The longer the strip is, the fewer ends will show on your wreath. I kind of like the ends hanging out, so I cut strips on the shorter side . I found it easier to cut a large panel (like the size of the back of the t-shirt), fold it like an accordion and cut it like a salami. Each little piece will be a strip. But don’t use just the large pieces of the shirt–the sleeves will give you a few strips, around the neck will give you a bit… you want to use up all of your material.
  2. Hold the end of the strip while you wrap the first loop around, then tuck the end under the loop to hold it secure. Don’t worry about hiding the ends, we’re embracing the textural element. Wrap the wreath till you come to the end of your strip and tuck the end back under the last loop.
  3. Keep going till you run out of wreath. You should run out of t-shirt and wreath at about the same time–I actually had a bit of material left over that might get made into some sort of accent for the wreath. (Actually, I ended up using some Christmas bells of my mom’s. I like them on the wreath–always before I’ve just had them tied into a bunch, which is fine, but this shows off the individual bells a bit more.) 
  4. Hang it somewhere purdy.
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One thought on “The T-shirt Wreath

  1. Love your wreath. Quick, easy, free (mostly). I get wreath forms from garage sales and keep them on hand. This one I am about to make out of a tee from my daughters university for her front door.

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