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I absolutely love making something beautiful out of something mundane, and this wreath is my latest creation made from simple items you may never have though to use as a home decoration: plastic tablecloths!
Plastic tablecloths are easy to find, inexpensive, and come in a wide variety of colors so you can make wreaths for any season, to represent your love for your favorite sports team, or even a baby shower.
I buy my tablecloths from The Dollar Tree and WalMart. They are $1.00 or less. I also get my wire wreath frame from The Dollar Tree for $1.00 (WalMart has them for around $3), making this a very cost-efficient way to decorate.
Let's get started!
What you'll need:
Plastic tablecloths in the colors you like (I use 3 colors, and roughly 6 tablecloths per wreath, so get 2 tablecloths in each color)
A wire frame wreath form
How to make it:
1. First, lay out your tablecloth straight out of the package like shown in the photo above. Cut a strip off of the tablecloth, measuring roughly 1.5 inches wide.
2. Cut the strip in half.
3. The strips that you have cut may be folded on one side. This is where the tablecloth was folded to fit into the package. Open up each strip until all layers are flat and you can see the folded seam that runs down the middle. Cut each strip in half again on this seam.
4. Now we need to cut the strips into petal shapes. Just trim a bit off of each side of the ends of the strips so they have a point. This doesn't have to be perfect at all.
5. Separate all of the layers of the petals. They will be pretty thin, but will look brighter once you start making the wreath and everything gets squished together. Repeat all of the steps for each color of tablecloth you are using.
6. Now comes the fun part: actually making the wreath. Take a petal and gently tie it onto the wreath frame, starting on one of the sections in the center of the wreath.
7. Because the petals are thin, you need to use two of each color before moving on to the next. For example, tie on 2 red petals, then 2 orange, then 2 yellow. I know things are looking a little funky right now, but the more petals you tie on, the better it will look.
8. As you tie on more petals, slide them tightly together so they are dense and fluffy. Here is a photo of another wreath I'm in the process of making with baby shower colors in blue, pink and yellow. Continue tying on your petals until all of the wire is covered.
Don't worry if it looks a little rough. We'll fluff it out and make it pretty in just a second.
9. When you have as many petals tied on as you want, flip the wreath over. Use your fingers to gently push any straggling petals from the back of the wreath through to the front. The back should look like the photo above.
10. Fluff out all of the petals on the front on the wreath, and you're done! Tie a piece of wire or string to the wreath frame so you can hang it up.
If you happen to make a wreath like this, I would love to see it!