Rustic Christmas Wreath for a Cozy Christmas

Rustic Christmas Wreath for a Cozy Christmas

I wanted to make a a rustic Christmas wreath by upcycling some of the flannel shirts (and scraps) I had. Even though I live in the suburbs, I always imagine that our home is actually a Christmas cottage in the north woods. So, I decided to pair up some flannel fabric with some woodland Christmas decor into a wreath that was perfect for a cozy Christmas.

So, I selected some shirts in holiday colors – red, green, and white – and grabbed a straw wreath form that I had found at a thrift store.

Wreath supplies for a Christmas cabin or log cabin Christmas with flannel fabric

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Rustic Christmas Wreath for a Cozy Christmas

After gathering my flannel shirts and scraps, I measured the thickness of my wreath and cut out strips of flannel fabric that were long enough to wrap around the wreath once with about an inch of overlap.

Somewhat arbitrarily, I decided on a 3½” width for each strip of flannel material.

Cutting up strips of flannel material or flannel fabric to create a wreath for a cozy Christmas

I started out with 4 strips of each of the 4 shirts I ended up using. I ironed the strips (they were pretty wrinkled from my half-baked rolled/folding method I used during storage) and then did a quick ¼” hem on one long side of each fabric strip.

Next, I wrapped the first strip of flannel fabric around the wreath, pulled it taut (but not stretched), and pinned it in place.

Wrapping the flannel fabric or flannel material around a straw wreath form for a Christmas cabin

Then, I simply applied a little hot glue to secure it and removed the pins. Ta-da, first strip done! And to make my cozy Christmas idea come to life, I just needed to do this over and over again.

Rustic Christmas decorations for a log cabin Christmas by upcycling the flannel shirts from the thrift store

I continued to do the same thing over and over again, carefully overlapping over the raw edge, so only the hemmed edge was visible. Sometimes I like a frayed/raw edge, but I wanted something cleaner for this cozy Christmas project.

Strips of flannel material or cotton flannel that are wreath supplies for a Christmas cabin or cozy Christmas

And then I was done with my Christmas wreath- at least as far as the flannel fabric was concerned! I ended up needing 2 more strips of flannel material than I originally cut. So, I decided to hem both edges of the final strip (that wider red one on the lower left).

I also trimmed the final strip into a long triangle before hemming- like of a long narrow pizza slice.

Front door wreath ideas for a cozy Christmas and woodland Christmas decor with flannel fabric

Doing so and hemming it along both edges made a big difference in the end, I think- nice and clean and it fit the remaining space perfectly.

Cozy Christmas Inspired by a Christmas Cabin

For the last step, I decided to forego the typical bow route. I also didn’t think that a big poofy bow would look right on a wreath that was inspired by a Christmas cabin.

Instead, I purchased some floral stems and woodland Christmas decor that had the feel of a cozy Christmas.

Woodland Christmas decor and floral stems as wreath supplies for rustic Christmas decorations

I pinned a loop of red ribbon to the back of my wreath and hung it on our front door! It looked FABULOUS against the red door. Truly the perfect wreath for a cozy Christmas or log cabin Christmas, don’t you think?

DIY Christmas wreath for a cozy Christmas and cabin decor with flannel fabric

I recently learned of the Norwegian word “koselig” which effectively means “a sense of coziness”…and I think this wreath embodies the idea of koselig quite nicely.

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for rustic Christmas decorations, then you’ll love these Christmas luminaries that I made from light bulb cages!

Christmas lantern for a rustic Christmas by upcycling the light bulb cages into luminaries with sheet music

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Comments

  1. Super cute! Just shared the project on my FB Page! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  2. uber uber cozy! i like 🙂

  3. Sarah, I love this wreath!!! All your flannel projects are awesome!! I can’t wait to see what you use flannel on next! 🙂

  4. Such a nice wreath! I have been saving a straw wreath for about 4 years. Not knowing what to do with it. Now I do! This looks so very easy! Thanks for posting.

  5. LOVE it!!! think I’ll hunt for some plaids!
    thanks ms clever lady! 😉

  6. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Just love it Sarah. I think it’s much better than a traditional wreath because you are using left overs and creating something that will last longer than one month. Well done!

  7. I seriously love this!

  8. Absolutely love this flannel wreath! It is darling and I can’t wait to make one. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is adorable! I love your ideas! Thanks for sharing at #OMHGWW.

  10. Thanks for sharing at #OMHGWW! I shared on our blog’s FB page too!

  11. Thanks for stopping by to share, I love your wreath with the plaid.
    http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/heartsie-girls-wordless-wednesday-43/

  12. This is beautiful and could even be left up after Christmas is over. Found your blog on the link-up today! 🙂

  13. I really love this…and may try and scrounge enough to do this NOW! thanks, Sandi

  14. I am a sucker for anything plaid. This is adorable! Pinning for future reference. Can’t wait to curate a collection of plaid shirts.

  15. Love the flannel and you made this project look super easy! I brought out an old flannel wool shirt of my Dad’s this Christmas to decorate with. Was the perfect shade of red and green too. I might have to take a trip to the second hand store to find some more. This would make a neat winter project.

  16. Love this wreath. It’s so pretty. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. See you again soon.

  17. Love this! I am partial to wreaths and always looking for new ideas. This is pinned to my I Love Wreaths board! Really cute great idea. I recently bought a men’s flannel shirt at Goodwill for a craft project. I only used the bottom of the shirt so now I wear it around the house when it’s cold! Of course it is plaid!

  18. Pretty! What a great idea to use pieces from old shirts.
    Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty link party.

  19. Your flannel wreath is adorable. This fall you have come up with so many great uses for thrift store flannel shirts but this one is definitely my favorite since I am a confirmed weathaholic. Thank your for sharing your great tutorial at Vintage Charm.

  20. This is such a cute wreath! Love that you made it with flannel!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  21. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    What a pretty wreath Sarah! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. This is really Cute!! I love that you used different colored flanel material instead of just one! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week (with out any glitches) Pinned!

  23. I love this wreath! I’m a plaid person so this would suit me well! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday, we hope to see you again this week!

  24. thesummeryumbrella says

    As always, GORGEOUS!! Such a great way to repurpose and create a beautiful new piece. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Creative Circle link party 🙂

  25. Hello Sarah!! I’m just stopping by to let you know that your fabulous post has been selected as a Feature on the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Please stop by tomorrow morning to see your post linked up! Don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button” too! ~Lisa~

  26. Just wanted to give you a heads up that this post is my featured pick on Vintage Charm tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Such a lovely wreath! I love the plaid flannel fabrics!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  28. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing. Very cozy indeed … and LOVE your red door! TAke care, Cynthia

  29. What an adorable project Sarah! I love how cozy everything is as soon as you introduce flannel! Thank you for sharing at Create • Share • Inspire! I hope to see you back tonight!

    Alicia xo

  30. Such a creative and cute idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  31. Love this wreath! All of the colors and texture. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday!

  32. Hi this touched my inner koselig! I went out today and purchased several different variations of plaid flannel from the thrift store to create my own version. My best scores came from the men’s PJ dept at Value village. Surprisingly they had better colors of plaid flannel than the long sleeve shirt section. The flannels in the PJ section were just a bit more brighter and not so drab. Can’t wait to get started but they are in the wash machine so they won’t have that wrinkled look that you commented on (hate ironing!). Do you remember where you picked up the straw wreath from? I seen some at a craft store but they did not have the plastic wrapped around them. I actually found a grape vine wreath at V V while I was there but was curious about yours.

  33. Super cute and definitely cozy-looking! I love it!

  34. jenness nordstrom says

    Did this hold up in different weather?

  35. What a great way to re-purpose old shirts! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  36. janetvinyard says

    Hi Sarah, I love it – it’s so unique! Thanks for the clear instructions also! Blessings, Janet

  37. This is a terrific wreath!!! Trying to pin it, but your pinterest button wasn’t working for me and there was none available in your side bar. Found you on Wow me Wednesday.

  38. As soon as I saw this thumbnail in the party link up I knew it was from you. Your style is very distinctive and I love it!

  39. What a fabulous repurpose of old flannel!! So festive and cheery!! 🙂

  40. Another amazingly creative project. Thanks for sharing with the Waste Not Wednesday Link Party….your projects make me smile every week!

  41. This is so unique. Love it! Thank you for sharing at Thursday’s Your Inspired Design.

  42. I love this wreath! The plaid is awesome!

  43. really cool. looking for masculine wreath for grandson’s front door. what a winner. you are so talented and share all of your passion. thank you

  44. How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The Wreath made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck, Sarah! 🙂

  45. I love it.

  46. The perfect wreath for Christmas! The flannel looks great with the Christmas greenery. Love!

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