Jan 23, 2014

Valentine's Day Rag Wreath

Old Man Winter has turned foggy, dark, and gloomy here in Boise. He reaches right through our windows and darkens every corner of our home!




 What better way to chase the gloominess of winter away than with a bright red Valentine heart?


  
My raggedy red heart was made from strips of the red shop towels from Costco that I use for rags in my craft studio. They cost about $10 for a big bag of 100 which will last for about the rest of my life. Using a rotary cutter, a ruler, and a self healing mat, I cut each rag into 1-inch strips, and then I cut the strips in half crosswise. (Scissors would work great, too, if you don't have a rotary cutter.)




 I twisted a dry cleaner's metal coat hanger into a heart shape using two pliers and then tied the rag strips on, snugging them up close to each other.



Take that, Old Man Winter! See ya, gloom!


Party Time!


43 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful wreath for Valentine's Day, and so inexpensive too. You knocked it out of the ballpark with this one.

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  2. Love this! I have wire hangers and have been looking for a wreath to make with one...this is it! Thanks for the inspiration. This inversion needs to go away already!

    ~Trisha

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  3. That is one very sweet wreath Laurel! Where do you get your red shop towels? I'm all for banishing the gloomy winter days, The first few snows were fun, but now the freezing temperatures are just exhausting!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! My red shop towels are from Costco and I only use them for clean-up, not waxing or staining, since they bleed.

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  4. You are so right about our gloomy weather ~ I want our sun and 40's back!!! Your wreath is the perfect antidote ~

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  5. GORGEOUS Laurel!!!
    I've made them out of dropcloths - but this red is just beautiful!
    XOX

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  6. Thanks for saying what you used for the form, can't wait to try it!

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  7. Love this Laurel! Great idea to use the shop towels!!!

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  8. Ooh! I love your wreath, Laurel! What a beautiful idea! I have to try to make one! Beautiful!

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  9. Sweet! That's just what I need in our house to brighten up our gray winter days!

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  10. Love love love the rag wreath. It's gorgeous!!

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  11. That's really cheerful, and what a wonderful project! Definitely pinning this. Thanks, Laurel!

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  12. Great wreath. I can see it in creamy white for my cottage.
    *Smiles*

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  13. Laurel, this wreath is just gorgeous!! That would also be a pretty red for Christmas.

    Cynthia

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  14. so simple and so pretty Laurel! So happy you linked up to CCC. :)

    love that you used shop towels.... I need to get me some of those.

    gail

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  15. This is UH-dorable!!!! Pinned it! Thanks so much for linking this up with our Super Saturday Link Party! Deb

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  16. Lauren - I just adore this wreath!!!! Pinning for sure!

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    :) Linda

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  17. Love your rag heart wreath, Laurel! And I love that you've displayed it on a rustic wood background! So cute!

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  18. I love this wreath!! You have set it off perfectly with the background and the birds-you have certainly let cupid know your house is ready for his visit!
    Pinned too!

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  19. Oh, so pretty!!! That bright red heat will surely chase old man winter away! :)
    Have a beautiful Sunday, Laurel.
    xo,
    Lin

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  20. I love, love, love this, Laurel. When I first saw the photo -- before reading the post -- I wondered how you got that wonderful aged look to the fabric. Then I saw that you used red shop cloths. Brilliant! I'm pinning this. Your projects are the best. xx ~ Nancy

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  21. How sweet! I don't normally decorate for Valentine's Day, but I might just have to make this wreath and start a new tradition!

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  22. I just love this. GREAT job. Pinning!

    - Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {www.designertrapped.com}

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  23. great easy idea......I just don't have those red rags!

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  24. This has got to be my favourite Valentine's Day craft I've seen so far. I love the wood backing!
    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  25. I am behind because we were in Utah skiing. I love snow when I can play in it!

    Thanks for showing your rag wreath. I made a colorful one last spring and I must remember to get it out when I start the Valentine decorations. Yours is sweet.

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  26. SO pretty :) I had my grand daughter do one last week. Well she is 7 and hers looks like a 7 year olds...much less strips and all but I clicked on to see yours since it looks so much better, lol! Still, she and her little brother were quite pleased with themselves ( he helped by getting to tear some strips : )

    Anyway, very very pretty wreath that you made! :)

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  27. I love that you used a wire hanger and it looks completely fabulous! LOVE it!! I adore rag wreathes so much. Great job and I so pinned this to my Valentine's board. ~ Jamie

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  28. How could you not feel happy with that gorgeous shade of cherry red Laurel. Beautifully done.!!

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  29. Oh sweet Laurel! Your wreath is fabulous! I simply love the delicious shade of cherry!!! hugs...

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  30. Your red wreath is really striking! Love it!

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  31. I love this Laurel! I love that you used a hanger to make the heart wreath form.

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  32. It's very bright and cheery!!! Great color red! Thank you for sharing - I'll pin this. :)

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  33. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it at The Makers!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

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  34. This wreath is absolutely beautiful! I love that it's not over the top, but still fits the valentine's theme. Very nicely done!

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  35. Laurel, found your blog by way of A Joyful Cottage and so glad I did. I'm a new follower. Love this wreath by the way. So cute!

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