DIY: How to Make Your Own Rag Tie Garlands/Wreaths

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Rag Tie Garlands/Wreaths

If you are anything like me, it is always great to figure out a decoration that is not only inexpensive to do, but can either be used all year long or put away with your Holiday decorations.

At the time of this photo I hadn't yet dug through my room to find my Christmas decorations, so I took a few shots of my rag tie garland to share with you. This could also be a wreath, but in my house I already have enough things on my walls, so I hang it off of my apple ladder or my rocking chair.

The directions are not  hard, but mostly it is up to your creativity how you decide to make them.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Rag Tie Garlands/Wreaths
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If you are anything like me, it is always great to figure out a decoration that is not only inexpensive to do, but can either be used all year long or put away with your Holiday decorations. At the time of this photo I hadn't yet dug through my room to find my Christmas decorations, so I took a few shots of my rag tie garland to share with you. This could also be a wreath, but in my house I already have enough things on my walls, so I hang it off of my apple ladder or my rocking chair. The directions are not  hard, but mostly it is up to your creativity how you decide to make them.
Ingredients
  • A roll of wire which you can usually get black or rusty or silver at your local Walmart, Target in the hardware section, or your hardware store.
  • I use homespun but you can really use any 2 sided print/fabric.
  • If you are doing Christmas colors there is usually a great selection at JoAnn Fabrics or another store like it.
  • Buttons if you so choose or miniature spools either natural or dyed in tea to make it look old (or coffee is you prefer) then let them dry.
  • Scissors
  • Wire Snips
  • Your imagination
Instructions
  1. Start by deciding how long you want your garland to be, or how big around you want your wreath to be and snip your wire to that length.
  2. My garlands for decoration around the house are about 4-5 feet long, which also enables me to make a wreath if I so choose.
  3. You will want to cut your fabric into "about 4 inch strips", you can use more than 1 color/pattern. This part is your choice, as well as the length of the strips.
  4. If you plan to use buttons or something else sporadically or every so many rag ties, make sure they are ready for you to string on.
  5. Once you start at one end you will tie the rag ties on, it is up to you if you tie them once or twice to secure them more, then you should have 2 tails.
  6. I usually went 10 or more then put a few different sized buttons between them- again your choice how big you want your buttons, or what colors.
  7. As I do each section I make sure the rag ties (fabric ties) are all pushed together. They can be different lengths or you can trim them to be more uniform.
  8. One you have it to the length you want, you can secure the ends by making a small loop (also good for hanging) and then bend the wire around itself on each end, this way the fabric doesn't fall off and you have 2 ends with loops to hang if you want it to drape or one end if you are hanging it off of something.
  9. If you decide to make a wreath just twist your 2 loops together and if you want tie a few extra fabric strips so that the connection of the loops is not so noticeable.
  10. Then you are done.
  11. *Note: if you want to make them for your Christmas tree you can either do 7 foot garlands and then make however many will go around your tree so you have a continuous garland. (and if you don't have time for that this year-you can always work on it for next year).
  12. Most of all have fun with it. I know I did.

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I am all for decorations that are inexpensive to do and can be used all year round.

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