Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trash Bag Wreath, The Details

Stephanie at Under the Table and Dreaming, had this fabulous idea, to make a wreath out of trash bags. What a wonderful idea to recycle some things from your home and make something decorative.

Though, the name of the wreath is not quite attractive, I had to check it out.

Here is her's, and I  love it.

I think, though, once you read my blog, that I "re-invent" the ideas of my fellow bloggers and throw my little twist into the mix. Normally, because I do not have exactly what they used, nor do I want to load up the car with the kiddos and head to the local craft mall and get two things.

So here is my twist:

I started with the styrofoam 12 in wreath
hot glue
screw driver/ knife
trashbags, clear & white

We do not have a ton of extra trash bags lying around, so I bought some from the store. The cheap ones, this total project cost about $5!

I folded the bags three times, due to the length and the fact that I wanted a full wreath!

Hot glued the ends together and then clothes pinned them, I hate sitting around waiting for the glue to cool!

This worked better and made it go faster. I did about 15-20 bags, but needed more, so total bags ran about 30-45, but remember I want FLUFFY!

I started with the screw driver to make the holes, but wanted to make sure the bags were in there good, so I used a steak knife to dig out the hole and filled it with glue and pressed the glued end of the bag instead, making sure I had all the edges inside, so they would not fall out later.

This is what I got! I rotated two white bags per one clear bag.

The clear bags were longer and wider.

I cut the folded end with scissors and began fluffying them out, see the one I already fluffed, to make sure that I liked it.  Since, the clear bags were longer I cut off about 2 inches so that they were in uniform with the other bags!


This is what I got.

I love the fullness and the price!

Here it is over the entry table, that I will re-do later. It kinda brightens it up some!

(I did not have the flash on though)

Love it! Love it!

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  1. WOW -- No way would I have ever guessed it was made from trash bags. VERY clever. Thank you for sharing. You are getting my creative juices going with this project!

  2. Melissa, I love your take! Your wreath looks fabulous! Thank you so much for the link back. I always love to see others creations! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn