Most times, it’s the little things that count. The unexpected kiss on the cheek, the wink across the room, the help when unasked.
There is nothing nicer than leaving a little gift for someone anonymously, and this little heart wreath is a simple way to show those you love that you appreciate them. Leave them hanging on the door, from the car mirror or maybe even on the shower handle. Depending on the size made, it would take no time at all to whip up half a dozen. They use mostly scraps or repurposed materials and cost almost nothing.
Medium Gauge Wire – (recycle an old hanger!)
A pair of pliers and a wire cutter
Scraps of fabric (left overs from sewing projects, old pillowcases, bits of worn out clothing)
Bits of Ribbon to hang with
Step One: Bend a small heart from a piece of wire. Tip: start from the bottom of the heart and bend upward. Bend each side of the top of the heart by gently bending the curve around. Perfection is not needed.
Step Two: Twist the ends of the heart together. If too long, trim shorter. Tape ends with tape for safety. ( if the twisted section is too long, as it is above, trim with a pair of wire cutters. The tape will hold it together.
Step Three: Tear strips from a variety of types of cloth. The width required will depend on the size of wreath made. For a 7 inch wreath, I used approximately 1 inch wide strips. If using very thick material, make narrower strips.
Step four: Cut the strips into a length that will make an easy hitch knot. My sample was made with approximately 4 inch strips
Step five: Tie the strip onto the frame using a hitch knot. ( Fold the strip in half, forming a loop. Fold over the frame, insert the ends of the strips through the loop and pull tight.
Continue all the way around the frame pushing the knots close together and varying the colours and patterns.
Step Six: To finish the wreath, pull the ends of the knots apart from each other to give it a fluffed appearance.
Tie a longer length of ribbon in a loop and thread it around the wreath to form a hanger.
Ta Da! A cute little gift to brighten someones day!
* Options (I love options!)
Use a bigger frame and wider strips to make a really fluffy wreath
Use scraps of ribbon, or widely different textures of fabric for a beautifully diverse wreath
Hang a string of beads from the middle or the bottom – or a charm – or a bow – the possibilities are limitless!