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« on: December 02, 2010 08:51:30 PM »

What I love about the holidays: the cool crisp weather, steaming hot cocoa, cranberry sauce, the desserts, and decorating! What I don't like so much is all the waste that follows the holiday season!

As much as I tell a cashier, "no bag, thanks" somehow I still seem to have accrued more plastic and paper bags than I am happy with. So when I was thinking about this challenge, I wanted to try and make something beautiful from these not so pretty things and give in to my wreath making kick too.

And voila, this Upcycled Waste Stream Wreath:

What I like the most about this wreath is that is has an earthy feel, reminiscent of acorns and snow, while being made of garbage! What do you like about it?

  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Buttons from an old shirt
  • Plastic Bags

  • Mommy and Me Template
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Needle and Thread

  • I cut 9 plastic bags to make 1" wide "plarn" (plastic yarn).
  • I tied them all together and started to braid, each strand being 3 stands thick.
  • I wrapped the braided plarn around the embroidery hoop and finished it with a loop, in order to hang the wreath.
  • With the leftover plarn strips, I sewed rosettes of varying sizes.
  • I cut out the flowers from the brown paper bags using the Mommy and Me template.
  • They were assembled by sewing the button in the center.
  • I then assembled the rossettes and flowers to my taste and then hot glued them in place.
  • Finally, hang and enjoy!


« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2010 09:00:27 PM »

I love this and that fact that it's made from 'garbage' makes it all the more lovely!

Thanks for inspiring me!

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2010 09:05:10 PM »

my Mom was impressed! She was skeptical when I said "Look what someone made out of trash!" All she could say was "Wow!, That's cleaver"! I think she really liked it. (She was at one time a florist by trade)
And so do I! I'm having sudden guilt pangs of all the stuff I throw away.

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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2010 09:47:53 PM »

So very, very pretty! Well done Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2010 10:49:09 PM »

Wowwww!  What do I like about it?  EVERYTHING!

Wow, just wow.

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010 11:45:26 PM »

Beautiful. Gorgeous. Amazing. What more can I say? "This rocks"
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2010 04:26:23 AM »

Beautiful.  I love the muted colour scheme, it makes it look very classy and something you could pay big bucks for in a shop. 

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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2010 07:04:10 AM »

what a wonderful way to use the things that i too feel guilty collecting!
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2010 08:28:55 AM »

At first I had no idea what I was looking at--paper? leather?


Absolutely beautiful and so well done...very impressive that you recycled so much...love it!

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2010 10:54:46 AM »

I like the composition of this wreath. It's minimal and unique, which I love! You used the Mommy and Me template from Paper + Craft in a creative way and your materials really take this project to another level. Nicely done!  Smiley

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