Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Recycled Roses Wreath Tutorial


I keep seeing fabric flowers EVERYWHERE- clothing, jewelry and crafts- so to kick off spring I decided to make my own fabric flowers out of recycled materials and turn them into a pretty wreath for the door. These flowers are super easy to make and can be used in a multitude of projects!




Start with strips of recycled fabric, canvas, paper, ribbon- you can use just about anything.
I started with some scraps of painted fabric that would have otherwise been thrown away!




Tie a knot at the end of the strip and begin twisting and rolling the strip around the knot, dabbing glue as you roll. You can use fabric glue, regular tacky glue, hot glue or even use a stitches instead of glue.




Continue rolling and twisting your strip until you reach the end and secure with glue to the back of the flower.
Experiment with different twists and rolls for different effects.



Make a variety of sizes, colors and materials...






I used junk mail,



and old silk scarf and pillow case,



recycled book pages,



scraps of painted paper, an old shirt and more!



Cover a wreath form with paper or fabric and starting gluing the flowers to the surface
Stack, layer and fill the entire surface with flowers.









The result is a colorful and delicate wreath to celebrate spring (if it ever gets here!!)




FYI- giveaway winners are posted in the previous entry- below

74 comments:

  1. So beautiful. I hope I might find some time to try this. ♥ that you recycle so often.
    LOL I'm still working on my wreath that you had taught before valentine's day. Yipes. Too many distractions.
    Thanks for all your kindness and sharing.

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  2. fabulous up-cycling! I love this idea!

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  3. Just too pretty and so trendy.

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  4. This is the perfect spring wreath and rainy day actvity for my little cousins and I.

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  5. OOoOoo... LOVE THIS TUTORIAL... Flowers everywhere because we all want it to be SPRING.

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  6. Kittyj11:11 AM

    I LOVE this! I have so many odd size scraps from the dolls this is perfect!!!

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  7. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Funny, i was making roses today out of an old black t-shirt. Dipped edges in red dye (which eventually looked burgundy). I am loving your recycled newsprint ones!

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  8. Thanks for showing how to make these flowers. I've seen them all over and loved them but didn't figure out how they were made. I'll be trying them today.

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  9. hmmmm - I have some old falling apart piano music - wondering if I can roll the paper without it falling apart. Any ideas? I have no experience with paper but you've got my mind churning.

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  10. Very clever! It's time to think spring, that's for sure!

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  11. These are soooo gorgeous... I'm definitely going to try this! I love that you can use just about anything to make them!

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  12. Rochelle5:46 PM

    This is so cute! Thank you!

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  13. Absolutely Beautiful

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  14. Looks great .
    Thanks for charing this tutorial .

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  15. Anonymous2:41 AM

    omg...can't believe that this is the first time I'm reading your blog(via Kelly Rae)........you are sooooo inspiring....love the wreath...thanks for sharing!
    A new fan.

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  16. I can’t believe how many great ideas! :) *AMAIZING*

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  17. i love it! i'm going to have to do that with the scraps of fabric i didn't know what to do with...would make a cute brooch or hairpiece, or bow on a present...wow, the possibilities are endless! thanks for the tutorial!

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  18. OMG I LOOOOOOVE this!

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  19. Oh wow. This HAS to be the next wreath I make. I love, love, love it! Thanks soooo much for sharing your talents with us Alisa. I jsut love your projects so much! I'll be linking.

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  20. I can't wait to try this out! It's so perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. ACK!! I LOVE this!! Can't wait to try it myself!! Its just PERfect for spring! TFS!

    katie- www.hipposanddinosaurs.blogspot.com

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  22. so fun, love the paper roses with the fabric ones.

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  23. featured on my blog here:
    http://punkprojects.blogspot.com/2010/03/make-it-monday.html

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  24. Oh my goodness I love this! And it looks easy :). I'm definitely going to give this a try!!!

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  25. This is gorgeous! What a beautiful craft!

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  26. Love all the combinations of recycled materials you're using. The flowers are stunning! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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  27. Looks so beautiful, can't wait to try it myself!

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  28. this is amazing. i am going to do it.

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  29. Alisa- that's great stuff! You make the process of making roses so much easier than other tutorials I've seen! Mine just fall apart! I'll try your way- good for you using recycled stuff. Your work is so free spirited and pretty. Thank you for sharing this!!
    ~Christine

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  30. Most Excellent and Beautiful!

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  31. Thank you for sharing this! <3

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  32. Anonymous11:53 AM

    This is really beautiful!! Very easy with unlimited applicattions. Thank you for sharing your ideas!!!

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  33. Many things inspire me but you get my ass off the couch and into the studio, time and time again. Thank you!

    I made the roses and the toilet paper roll angels the minute I saw them here!

    I also just ordered Somerset Workshop with your Canvas Crown tutorial and bought the canvas for it, too! Unprecedented!

    Thank you thank you thank you!

    Wendy

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  34. Beautiful and very creative! Love it and will definitely try to make one :)

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  35. Thank you for sharing...I have wanted to know how to make these & wow, here is all the details....I will surely have fun creating. Love recycling & this is perfect. fabulous idea.

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  36. Wow thanks for sharing this!!! :D

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  37. Excellent project - thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  38. Hollymoo8:30 PM

    My fifth grade daughter and i made a few of these for a little play she is doing at school that takes place in a rose garden. Lots of fun and soo cute!! thanks for all of the creative ideas on your blog!!

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  39. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!! I made some similar roses based on your tutorial last week and will be using them for ornaments ~ I LOVE the wreath idea! I'll definitely be making more! I added a link to your instructions my blog. Thanks again!

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  40. OH! I'm so happy because I found You!!!
    Love your blog.
    I can't wait to make some roses.
    Regards from Tuscany
    Cata

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  41. How lovely! This would be a great addition to the nursery we're planning for our baby girl that's due in February. Love the old book page flowers...never would have thought of that!

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  42. What a great use for all those selvedge bits that might otherwise be thrown out!

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  43. junk mail? how creative! i LOVE the textures and colors of this.

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  44. alisa--this is fabulous! thank you for sharing!

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  45. In principle, a good happen, support the views of the author

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  46. Looks beautiful.I have few fabric flowers that I made.I was wondering what to do with it.I will make wreath like yours.Thanks for sharing your idea!

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  47. Love it! Sooo pretty. I just linked to your tutorial from my blog. I can't stop making these roses. Thanks!

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  48. I love this wreath! I'm not a sewer but I'm thinking of going through my closet to see if I can find some old shirts that I don't wear anymore to try this! I featured this on my friday favorites!
    http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/12/friday-favorites.html

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  49. Love this tutorial ~ I'll have to try this. I like the fact that it involves just a couple materials (fabric & glue). Thanks for sharing!

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  51. I love your flowers thanks for the Tutorial.

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  52. Great idea with very nice result. I just tried with dark red fabric but didn't succeed so well so I skipped the glue and did small stiches on the back instead, that worked better and was less messy.

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  53. WONDERFUL!!! Very unique idea...can't wait to try this. Thanks for the tutorial... :)

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  54. i love all your works. you always amaze me! thanks.

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  55. Navita5:49 AM

    Thank you for sharing. I start making recycle roses and i surprise that they came out so well.It great idea to use up scrap fabrics.When i finish I post picture up.

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  56. This is so beautiful, and so green! I hope it is ok that I link to it for an upcoming online crop (the post is scheduled for the 12th of March). Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  57. These are so beautiful...and so simple to make! Can't wait to give it a try!

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  58. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

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  59. I love this idea! I have a TON of old tshirts I need to repurpose, and this seems like a great way to do so. :3

    Thanks for posting!

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  60. does anyone think it would be possible to make a large flower big enough to cover a decorative pillow?

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    1. April8:03 PM

      Don't see why not, but it will take quite a bit of fabric/ribbon! Great idea.

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  61. Little Lucy is beautiful, and the hats are pretty cute too.

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  62. Thanks so much for the tutorial, I'm deffinately going to try this.
    Congratulations on the birth of Lucy, she's just the cutest, adorable. I'm so going to have to try and make one of your hats, I've never seen that glue before (I live in the Netherlands) so I'll have to stitch mine. I can't wait to give it a go.
    Thanks for the amazing inspiration and enjoy your time with your new baby girl, it flies by so quickly. Best Wishes......Katie xx

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  63. love this idea cant wait to try it,love the wreath, tutorial was very helpful,thanx for sharing

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  64. Oh my god, there's so much effective information above!

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  65. Anonymous12:25 PM

    I adore you :))

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  66. Debra9:51 AM

    Thanks for sharing the idea. I hope to try it soon.

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  67. The recycled roses wreath tutorial teaches to make good wreathes. It is great to learn all about it

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  68. Great DIY project! To go along the style of the wedding, ask your guests instead of writing wishes - print them on a typewriter.

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  69. Hi!
    I linked this cool spring idea on my recycle-upcycle blog (http://freshtrashplace.blogspot.com/)I hope you don't mind! Feel free to stop by! Thanks for idea! :)

    Cheers!

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