Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath

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This year, I have the privilege of decorating one of the homes in Edmonton’s Homes for the Holidays event. Five homes will be decorated by local designers and florists, and I’m one of them! The home I get to design is my dream home: a turn-of-the-century brick foursquare. I can’t wait to get my hands on it in a couple of weeks, but meanwhile I’ve been crafting away on some DIY Christmas creations for the space. I’m turning the home into a romantic and magical shabby chic wonderland, so this fluffy dropcloth rag wreath will fit right in! Read on to see how to make a rag wreath out of a dropcloth like this, and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for 20 more DIY Christmas wreath ideas.

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

The nice thing about this wreath was that it didn’t cost me much to make at all. I already had a stash of painter’s dropcloth and ribbon on hand, so all I purchased for this wreath was the form, some faux greens and some glass ornaments.

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

I found these little glass ornaments at Michael’s, but real vintage ornaments would look so lovely in this wreath too!

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

Here’s what you need to make this shabby chic Christmas dropcloth rag wreath:

  • wire wreath form (I used a 12″ form)
  • a painter’s drop cloth (I used about a quarter of a large 9 x 12′ cloth) – wash it to soften it
  • faux greens (I used sparkly faux cedar branches)
  • wide wired ribbon
  • thin satin ribbon
  • small glass ornaments
  • scissors
  • glue gun


DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

To begin, start ripping your drop cloth into 1 1/2″ wide strips. I measured the width, cut a small slit with scissors, and then teared the fabric the rest of the way. Pull off any loose strings. This creates a lovely, rustic fringed edge on your drop cloth pieces.

Next, cut your strips into 9″ lengths. I think I used about 200 1 1/2″ x 9″ pieces of drop cloth for my 12″ wreath.

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

Tie the strips around all 4 rings of your wire wreath form as pictured above. To do this, I folded a strip of fabric in half, placed it under a wire ring, and then brought the free ends of the strip through the loop of the strip on the other side. Place the knotted strips quite close together to created a nice, full wreath.

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

Next, arrange your faux greenery onto the bottom of your wreath as you like it. Glue it in place with a glue gun.

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

Create a big, fluffy bow out of the wired ribbon. Here’s how I make mine. Cut a piece of thin ribbon that’s about 10″ long, fold it in half, and safety pin it to the center of your wired bow as shown above.

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

Tie some glass ornaments onto the bottom of the thin ribbon, and then glue the bow in place on your wreath with a glue gun.

DIY Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath in Pink, Natural, Gold

Shabby Chic Dropcloth Rag Christmas Wreath

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Read on to see how to make a Christmas-themed romantic and magical shabby chic dropcloth rag wreath!

Materials

  • Wire wreath form (I used a 12" form)
  • A pre-washed painter's drop cloth (I used about a quarter of a large 9 x 12' cloth)
  • Faux greens (I used sparkly faux cedar branches)
  • Wide wired ribbon
  • Thin satin ribbon
  • Safety Pin
  • Small glass ornaments

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

Instructions

    1. Rip your drop cloth into 1 ½" strips. Measure the width, cut
      a small slit with scissors, and then tear the fabric the rest of the
      way.
    2. Next, cut your strips into 9" lengths. You will need about 200 strips.
    3. Tie the strips around all 4 rings of your wire wreath form. Fold a strip of fabric in half, place it under a wire ring, then bring the free ends of the strip through the loop of the strip on the other side. Place the knotted strips quite close together.
    4. Next, arrange your faux greenery onto the bottom of your wreath. Glue it in place with a glue gun.
    5. Create a big, fluffy bow out of the wired ribbon.
    6. Cut a piece of thin ribbon that's about 10" long, fold it in half, and
      safety pin it to the center of your wired bow.
    7. Tie some glass ornaments onto the bottom of the thin ribbon, and then glue the bow in place on your wreath with a glue gun.

Your romantic, shabby chic Christmas wreath is ready to be hung and enjoyed!

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44 Comments

  1. Hey, from the back, that wreath also looks pretty cool!
    The shabby-chicness is adorable, and those ornaments are perfect for the ribbon and the bow.
    Another stunner!

  2. This is absolutely perfect! I love the use of the drop cloth (how easy) and the greenery is so pretty. Then the bow just pulls it all together! Nicely done!

  3. I love the idea of using drop cloth. Thank you for showing the back detail of your wreath as it provides nice detail for adding all those pieces to achieve a similar look. And those sweet little ornaments are perfect. Beautiful!!!

  4. Christina, aren’t those dropcloths amazing things! So many uses! Your wreath really is lovely, soft and very romantic. Adding those ornaments on the bow really is the icing on the cake.
    Well done and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of your holiday decor.
    Hugs, Lynn

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