Holiday Fabric Wreath

I was inspired to make my own wreath this year after seeing one made of fabric on etsy.  What a creative idea! It cost me about $7.00 and a few hours of my time to make this wreath.

first the supplies…

wreath supplies

I only needed a few items:

10″ Styrofoam Wreath

Holiday Fabric (1/4 yard of each fabric)


Fabric Mod Podge

Foam Brush

then a little mod podge and cutting…

fabric strips

First I used a foam brush to cover the back of the fabric with a thin layer of Mod Podge. This will prevent the fabric from fraying at the edges and will also make it a little stiffer so the fabric will hold up better on the wreath. Once dry, I cut the fabric into strips. I made my strips about 13″ long x 1″ wide.

finally a little tying…

Finished WreathI tied a ribbon in the middle of the Styrofoam wreath for hanging purposes and then I started tying on the fabric. I used a criss-cross type pattern so the the fabric would fill-out the wreath evenly.  I used about 70 fabric  strips total.

Project Complete!!!

side view outside

Front View Outside 2

The final result:  A festive wreath that is sure to brighten up any home this Holiday Season!!!

Note:  Since this wreath is made of fabric it may not do well in an area that is exposed to harsh weather conditions.  If you have a covered patio that is mostly protected from the snow then it will probably do fine.  Otherwise, it makes a great indoor decoration. 


(C) 2012 Pocketful of Motherhood


Plastic Containers “Jazzed-Up”

When I was a preschool teacher I had a large collection of baskets because they helped me organize stuff around the classroom. Well now that I’m a mom, I have a rather  large collection of empty plastic containers! My son LOVES to play with empty containers, sometimes even more than with his regular toys!!!  I’m glad they keep him occupied but I also have an overflowing supply of them…I wanted to find another way to use them rather than just throwing them away.  Since my son is just now developing a little interest in art, I thought I could re-purpose some of these containers for storing art supplies like crayons, stickers, markers, etc.  I also figured that I could use some of the containers that fit easily into a diaper bag, to fill with little toys (or other items) that can occupy my little one while on-the-go!  I’m all about making things look a little cuter by adding a “creative touch!”  So I decided to take on the task of “jazzing up” a few containers and then re-using them for storing my kiddo’s stuff!

First, you’ll need to gather some supplies:

an assortment of kid-themed fabric,

Fabric Mod Podge,

a foam brush,

spray adhesive (or fabric glue if you prefer)

 empty plastic containers (remove all labels)

Then, use a foam brush to cover the fabric with Mod Podge. Allow the fabric to dry completely (I waited a few hours). You only need a rough cut of fabric for this step because once the Mod Podge dries, the fabric will become stiff and easy to cut so that it won’t fray at the edges.

 Once the fabric is dry you will need to cut it to the correct size to fit the container (being the perfectionist that I am, this part took a little trial-and-error for me). A ruler and a pair of good scissors will help. Then flip the fabric over (to the non-mod podge side) and spray it with adhesive. As the wise lady in Hobby Lobby told me, do the part outside because it stinks…and she was right!

Then cover the container with the fabric and you’re done! Note: this example is done with a “Gerber Puffs” container (because I have SO many), but it is a little challenging to get the fabric on perfectly because the middle is “caved in.” It’s possible but it takes a little more work. I found that containers likes coffee cans which are even all around work a little better.

Now I have some cute containers that I can use for organizing my son’s art supplies, storing stuff in the diaper bag, or whatever else I think of!!!

©Pocketful of Motherhood, 2012