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:

winnsangels said...

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.

Phoenix Peacock said...

fabulous up-cycling! I love this idea!

Jeanette said...

Just too pretty and so trendy.

Katrina said...

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

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

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

Kittyj said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Vone said...

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.

lyric said...

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.

The Dreaming Bear said...

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

PiecesofD said...

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

Rochelle said...

This is so cute! Thank you!

Bree said...

Absolutely Beautiful

Miek said...

Looks great .
Thanks for charing this tutorial .

Anonymous said...

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.

~Valentina~ said...

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

Karen said...

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!

Jennifer said...

OMG I LOOOOOOVE this!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

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.

Mama Tuttle said...

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

Katie said...

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

katie- www.hipposanddinosaurs.blogspot.com

judy coates perez said...

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

katiebug92 said...

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

brlracincwgrl said...

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

kermiefrg said...

This is gorgeous! What a beautiful craft!

Edie's Fashion Factory said...

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

Lu said...

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

ampersandity said...

this is amazing. i am going to do it.

Christine said...

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

Lady Baillio said...

Most Excellent and Beautiful!

La Gata Lola said...

Thank you for sharing this! <3

Anonymous said...

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

Wendy T. Gibson said...

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

Kasia said...

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

DebiJ said...

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.

Chantal said...

Wow thanks for sharing this!!! :D

Pink Rufflez said...

Excellent project - thanks so much for the tutorial!

Hollymoo said...

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!!

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

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!

...............cata.............. said...

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

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

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!

Alexa said...

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

Kahler and Katy said...

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

shawna [of styleberryBLOG] said...

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

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Green Parks said...

Just Beatiful !!

SV said...

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!

Karie Ford said...

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

mommy2luke2008 said...

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

Samantha {Papermints} said...

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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Kate said...

I love your flowers thanks for the Tutorial.

Erik & Nellie said...

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.

florist said...

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

International Flower Delivery said...

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

Navita said...

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.

scrapbook heaven said...

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!

Karen L said...

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

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

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

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

fightingcomet said...

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!

lish25 said...

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

pat said...

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

Katiejane said...

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

jannette said...

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

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Debra said...

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

online florist said...

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

Leagh@bunchesdirect said...

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

San Trash said...

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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April said...

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

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Enjoyed the tutorial for the wreath. Will make it. This Is A Great guft.

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