Are you looking for a farmhouse DIY project that’s easy to make, budget-friendly, looks great and can transition easily from season to season? You’re in luck! This DIY neutral rag wreath is just what you’re looking for.
DIY = Cheap, Pretty Decor = A SAHM’s Dream
So the theme for my life these days – in eating, in going out with my boys, in decorating, in vacationing, in clothes – pretty much everything – is how can I save money?
I’ve talked about it a lot lately – how the downside of being a SAHM when your kids are little is how hard it can be living on one income. Totally worth it, but not easy.
As a result, I’ve really had to become something of a DIYer. Let me say upfront, that’s not naturally my strong suit. My sisters – yes. My dad – yes. I think I have the genetic potential, but I’ve always been more of a booksmart girl than a crafty girl.
But desperate times calls for desperate measures.
You Can Have a Home You Love Without Spending A Lot
As of a year ago, we are pretty much starting fresh in Tennessee, after moving from New York. We didn’t bring much with us, and most of it wasn’t really worth the cost of transporting anyhow.
But I’m still not back to work full-time – and I won’t be for at least another year, so when it comes to meal planning, eating, clothes shopping and yes, decor and holidays, I’ve been forced to come up with some cheaper options. I learned a lot of money-saving tips for decorating when you’re on a tight budget, and I was somewhat forced to make it even more specific in finding creative ways to decorate for fall without spending a lot of money.
Having a space I feel peaceful in is important to me, and I couldn’t really live in an empty house or wait to celebrate the holidays for one more year. So, here we are, where my home has now become DIY Central.
If You Can’t Afford to Buy It, Make IT
Like lots of moms, I’m on Pinterest after the kids go to bed, and I’m busy collecting my ideas. As soon as I find something I love, I either read the tutorial or figure out how to customize it to what I want. This DIY acorn tree for fall was one of the projects I wanted to do (and actually did, lol), and this rag wreath was right behind it (as well as the many fall farmhouse DIY projects here! But you know… motherhood and free time aren’t always compatible.)
So, one night I was scrolling Pinterest and I saw this fantastic wreath from Live, Laugh, Rowe. I was looking for a neutral-colored fall wreath for my porch, since I wanted to try out decorating in neutrals this season and I fell in love with it.
I read through the tutorial, made a few tweaks, and I’m pretty happy with the result. It used a wire wreath and some fabric, and I thought that sounded simple enough for me! The original used cut strips of drop cloth. I took a bit of a shortcut and used ribbon instead.
Rag Wreath: Perfect for Customizing for All Tastes and Seasons!
What I love about this wreath is the potential for future wreaths. You can use any pattern of ribbon or fabric or a combination of several, and you can come up with a very original, custom-looking wreath that is pretty inexpensive.
I originally was going for the one-colored neutral-colored wreath, but I kept running out of ribbon! When I went to Hobby Lobby to get more, they didn’t always have the exact same thing, so I got something that was kind of close.
I actually ended up like the mix of colors better because I felt like it added some more interest and texture than just a solid colored neutral wreath, especially if you aren’t going to put a windowpane or shutter behind it.
The solid neutral colors are good if you want to add bows, faux greens or other embellishments, but by mixing up some colors and textures, it can really stand alone.
Tips for An Easy DIY Rag Wreath
As this was something of trial and error for me, here are a few things you should know.
1| The wire wreath I used was 12″. I ended up using about 7 spools of 3-yard ribbon. So, for a wreath to be the fullness that you see (I probably could have used a couple of spools more and it would have been fine), you’ll need probably 22-25 yards of ribbon.
2| The cost of the ribbons were $1.99-$2.99. Hobby Lobby has sales regularly, so I got a bunch of spools for 50% off – $1.49 each. The wire wreath was $2.99, but you can also get them for $1 at Dollar Tree (which I realized after).
The thickness of the ribbon varied, which I liked too.
3| I cut the ribbon into 4-5″ strips. I measured the first few, and then just eyeballed it. If some pieces are too long, just double knot them when you time them on.
4| Once your pieces are cut, you tie them on the wire wreath. That’s it. Be sure at the end to push the loose ends through to the front, so all the fullness of the ribbons aren’t wasted on the back of the wreath.
You can use fabric, ribbon, spare clothes, patterns you love…there are a lot of possibilities with this one. I especially like a neutral wreath because you can add embellishments seasonally, all on the same wreath. That’s a big money saver, too.
Here’s how the wreath came out. I displayed it on my porch with fall decor that are neutral as well.
This wreath would also be amazing with spring decor, Christmas or winter embellishments or as inside decor. There’s a lot of potential in this simple DIY project.
Projects like this are really easy, really popular, and actually very on-trend too. They are super-adaptable to rustic farmhouse, boho, and shabby chic styles!
How to Make An Easy Farmhouse DIY Neutral Rag Wreath
- Wire Wreath 12" or size of your preference
- Ribbons or Fabric (22-25 yards approximately)
- Cut ribbons in 4-5" lengths.
- Thread pieces of ribbon wire on wreath and make a single knot that faces the front. If the ribbon is long, you can knot it twice.
- Continue until entire wreath is covered filled with ribbons.
- If using varying colorings, randomly mix in different colors according to your taste.
- Once wreath is as full as you'd like, turn it over on the back and push loose end through to the front for maximum fullness.
- Add any embellishments of your choice (faux greens, bows, seasonal decor) and hang on display!
- Trim any loose ends of ribbons that are fraying (if you choose! Leave them for a more boho look!)
DIY Rag Wreath = Easiest Wreath DIY Ever
I’m super-happy with how it came out, and I’ve already got future ideas for wreaths I want to make in the future. To be honest, I feel like I may tweak this one a little more…can’t leave well enough alone, right?
If you make a rag wreath, I’d love to see it! Please tag me on Instagram @100affections If you know someone else who might enjoy this post as well, I’d be so honored if you shared!
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