One of the best ways to get into a festive mood is to create your own Christmas decorations. Today we have for you zero waste wreaths! 

They are a wonderful way of giving a second life to the old things you have home and were considering getting rid of (or even forgot you had them at all…). Check your closets and drawers and get ready for some eco craft fun! 

 

What you will need for eco friendly wreaths:

 

  • A wire hanger, usually obtained from the dry cleaner, which can be stretched into a circle as a wreath base
  • Old newspapers – to increase the volume and to improve the shape
  • Brown paper to finish a wreath form
  • A thread or cord to keep it all together in shape

 In addition (our 6 options):  

  • Used netting fabric
  • Cord, thread
  • Old scarves, which you don’t plan on wearing anymore
  • Feathers and old beads, which you no longer use
  • Ribbon or piece of fabric, which you can tie into a bow, or strip for hanging
  • White leftover paper, sewing pins, scissors
  • Sprigs and twigs with leaves or needles, twig of red berry holly

HOW TO MAKE BASIC FORM

  1.  Take the wire hanger from dry cleaners.
  2.  Open it and form it into a circle.
  3.  Connect the ends of the hanger with sticky tape.
  4.  Wrap the wire with old newspaper.
  5.  Keep it together with a tape or a thread.
  6.  Then wrap the wreath with the second layer of brown paper.
  7. Wrap the wreath with netting craft fabric (it’s up to you to use this fabric, you can skip this step).
  8.  Finish with the cord to keep all together with a nice shape.

1. WREATH WITH FEATHERS

  1. Place the feathers under the cord.
  2. Thread the beads and attach them to the wreath between feathers.
  3. Wrap half of the wreath with an old scarf.

2. OLD SCARF WREATH

  1. Wrap the wreath with an old scarf.
  2. Place small apples and any cones you will be able to find (which is not easy for instance in London, as coniferous are very rare here) underneath the scarf.
  3. Make a strip for hanging.

3. WREATH WITH RED BERRY HOLLY

  1. Wrap the wreath with an old scarf.
  2. Tie a ribbon or a piece of fabric into a bow.
  3. Attach with a thread red berry holly.

4. WREATH WITH RIBBON

  1. Wrap the wreath with a spare piece of fabric.
  2. Enlace the wreath with a ribbon.

 

5. WREATH WITH PAPER SNOWFLAKES

  1. First wrap used netting fabric around the whole wreath (in case you skipped the fabric when preparing a basic form).
  2. Enlace the wreath with a cord. 
  3.  Cut white leftover paper snowflakes (please check our instruction how to do it).
  4. Attach them with sewing pins.

6. WREATH WITH TWIGS

Attach sprigs and twigs with leaves or needles, twig of red berry holly with a wire or thread.

 

Looking forward to your zero waste Christmas? Then make sure to check our 25 zero waste gift wrapping ideas! 

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