Edit: I got a new camera! You can see the difference between the new one (first and last picture) and the old one (all the other pictures in this post).
Here's a project that anyone can do! I know because I first did this in second grade (except I didn't have to cut the fabric then). It's easy, fun, and requires few materials.
You will need:
- a foam or straw wreath (I got mine from Walmart for under $3. I opted for straw because it was slightly cheaper than the foam, and because I figured if I didn't have enough fabric, maybe I could leave some of the straw showing and it would look okay.
- about 3 yards of cotton fabric - I used three different kinds (there are four in the picture but I didn't use the red print). Check your fabric scraps before you buy anything - the flag fabric is actually from my mom's scrap bin. I spent about $10 on fabric but if I hadn't bought the red bandanna print I could've spent a few dollars less.
- a sharpened pencil, pen, chopstick, knitting needle - something that comes to a blunt point (too sharp and it will poke holes in the fabric, but if it doesn't have a point it'll be really hard to drive into the wreath) - I went through all my chopsticks and found one that was a little more tapered at the end than the others
Step 1. Cut all the fabric into 4-inch squares using pinking shears - not only is it cute, it prevents the material from fraying. The best part is, it doesn't matter if the measurements aren't exact or if you don't cut in a straight line. The fabric is going to get all crumpled up anyway so it won't make any difference.
Step 2. Wrap a fabric square around your chopstick (or whatever) - you want the tip of the chopstick to be in the center of the fabric. Drive it into the wreath so that the fabric is secure.
Step 3. Repeat Step 2 until you run out of fabric. I alternated patterns, but you could also create stripes or a different pattern depending on what you want your wreath to look like.
And there you go! The finished product is full, fluffy, and lots of fun! I added some adhesive foam stars in red, silver, and blue (the silver showed up best). I love my wreath so much I think I'll make another non-patriotic one to put up for the rest of the summer.