Free Pattern :: Valentine's Day Welcome Wreath

A smile is the universal welcome. -- Max Eastman

A smile is the universal welcome. -- Max Eastman

 The history of the wreath dates back to Ancient Greco-Roman times the first being worn as a crown.  They were worn to represent rank, status and achievements. While these original wreaths were made of ribbon or fine metals, bay laurel branches were later fashioned into the shape of a circle.  Laurel was associated with the Greek God Apollo and became symbolic of victory and therefore the winning athletes in the original Olympic Games wore laurel wreaths.

 

 

The common shape of a wreath is the circle.  The circle is a symbol for life and eternity and within the Christian faith it represents God.  Evergreen branches, symbolic of life, were fashioned into wreaths to mark the coming of Christmas.

Today, wreaths while they still have symbolic meaning such as those made of evergreens for Christmas, the welcome wreath on the front door may be made of any materials you happen to have on hand.

This Rag wreath draws upon the earliest history of the wreath as a crown made of ribbon.  You may upcycle old bed sheets or use up scraps of fabric from other craft projects.  The color may reflect the season, such as pink for Valentine’s Day or Easter, Red, White and Blue for the 4th of July, the possibilities are limited only by the number of holidays you celebrate.

Things You will need:

2-yards of 40-inch width fabric

12-inch Box Wire Wreath Frame  

18-inches of half-inch wide ribbon

Rotary Cutter

Self-healing Cutting mat

Metal or plastic ruler

Scissors 

Cut all the fabric into 1 x 5-inch strips. This process is quickly done with a rotary cutter, though you may also just use scissors. Starting from the inner ring and working your way out, tie the fabric strips onto the ring using a half-knot, continue until the frame is covered. Tie the ribbon onto the ring to act as a hanger.Hang the wreath from a hook on your front door.

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Starting from the inner ring and working your way out, tie the fabric strips onto the ring using a half-knot, continue until the frame is completely covered.Tie the ribbon onto the ring to act as a hanger.Hang the wreath from a hook on your front door.