I have this one little spot in our kitchen that has always bothered me. I hate that the phone jack is right in the middle of the wall and that it is a different color than the rest of the switch plates. I mean, who even uses a home phone anymore? If it was up to me we would take it out and I would be left with a smooth, pretty, uncluttered wall. But it’s most definitely not up to me.
In the few years that we have lived here I have hung different things in that spot, but nothing ever seemed to fit quite right. Recently I saw this wreath and I fell in love with the way that it looked, but more importantly,I fell in love with the color.
Our whole house is a combination of browns and greys and this would fit perfectly in that space. The only issue was that it cost $70. Like always, I was sure that I could totally make one like that for WAY less than that so I headed to the fabric store with a small budget and a dream. Surely, I could duplicate this wreath, right? Wrong. I couldn’t find any grey burlap at the fabric store and the grey was what I loved most about it. I was feeling a little bummed but then I spotted another grey fabric in the ‘utility fabrics’ section. And, it was $0.99 a yard!
What I ended up getting is called upholstery underlining. It the kind of stuff that you might see if you took the cushions off your couch. Well, I mean after you cleared off the 2 inches of broken fruit loops and popcorn kernals.
It wasn’t going to fray at the edges like burlap does, but I decided I could risk the 2 buck and give it a try.
I started with a 12 inch straw wreath base.
Next I cut the fabric into strips, about 2 – 3 inches wide. I wanted to completely hide the straw color of the base so I took a few of the strips and wrapped the whole base first. I used a floral pin to secure the end of the fabric but you could also use a straight pen or hot glue.
Once I had the base wrapped, I began adding the layers of fabric. I used the strips I had already cut and I started by gluing one end of the fabric to the wreath and then laying down a strip of glue and folding and sticking the fabric down in an all over pattern.
You want to make sure that you are not being too neat with this. You don’t want to start on the outer rim and make uniform ruffles all around that edge and then move in to the next layer. It won’t look right in the end. The best way I have found to do it is to glue down a few loops, then fold the fabric over, glue a few more going another direction and move on from there.
When you have come to the end of that fabric strip, grab another piece and do the same thing all over again until your wreath is full. If you notice that there are spots that aren’t as full as you want, just use shorter strips of the fabric to fill in those spaces. When you get done it will look similar to this:
Because I am hanging mine on the wall, I didn’t worry about doing the backside of my wreath because I want it to hang flush with the wall. If you are hanging yours on a stand or in a place where the back will be seen, just go ahead and continue with the ruffles and loops all the way around. I made a hanger for mine with some yarn that I doubled over and tied in a know and then just hot glued it on the the back.
The finished project turned out to be exactly what I needed to cover the phone jack and to bring a little color and interest to our little desk corner.
The best part is the whole thing ended up being well under $5.00. I’m thinking that I basically saved my husband $65 since the original inspiration piece was $70. If that doesn’t qualify me for a trip to Target, than I don’t know what does!