My “Fallidays” Wreath with Homemade Wired Ribbon

My “Fallidays” Wreath with Homemade Wired Ribbon

This…this is kind of a crazy project, just so you know. I won’t dwell on the details, but it’s worth noting that this was NOT the Autumn wreath I had originally planned on. The first one was a complete and utter disaster and is now known as “the wreath who shall not be named”. Suffice it to say, not all of my ideas are winners!

BUT…as I changed course with a new idea, I decided to take on a challenge- which started with a pretty plaid shirt from the thrift store.

Plaid and flannel shirts at the thrift store for repurposing DIY craft projects by Sadie Seasongoods /

It may be 90 degrees out, but I’ll still be seeking out plaid and flannel shirts!

One of the disasters of “the wreath who shall not be named” was finding the right ribbon. All the Fall-colored ribbons were too…something. Too bright, too glittered, too…something. And that’s when I wondered…is it possible to make my OWN wired ribbon? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

I had already purchased the perfect shirt because it was $1- I’m a sucker for clearance thrift store plaid! And the colors and quality of the fabric were ideal for my DIY ribbon challenge. So, I attacked it (thoughtfully) with my fabric-only scissors and cut out all the large/long blocks of fabric from the shirt that I could.

Repurposing a flannel plaid shirt by salvaging fabric by Sadie Seasongoods /

…with very little wasted!

After determining the width of ribbon that I wanted and accounting for necessary hemming along both sides, I cut my blocks into thinner strips and sewed them end-to-end until I had one continuous piece (about 12 yards).

DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /

Starting to resemble ribbon yet?

Then the real challenge- adding the wire! But it was easier than I had feared- I simply strung along some nicely-weighted jewelry wire as I hemmed the raw edges, making sure to keep the wire under the fold as I went along.

DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /

Things are working out…

And after carefully stitching in the wire- it was done. I made my own wired ribbon!!

DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hey now- it worked!

Since I’m not overly-skilled at bow making, I watched a couple of videos on YouTube…but hurray, hurray- I used my wired ribbon to make exactly the kind of bow I wanted.

DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /

A shirt no longer…

Now I could assemble my wreath! I decided on a grapevine wreath, but I wanted to add just little shimmer here and there. So, with some pretty metallic craft paint (this one and this one), I dabbed a little autumn “magic” on the dark grapevine.

DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /

A little pizzazz never hurt anyone, right?

Next, I hot-glued a few shafts of wheat to the wreath a long with some of my leftover “faux sea oats” from my sea glass bottle project.

DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s put it all together now!

Interspersed in the wheat, I wanted to add some autumn-y feathers. BUT…the animal lover in me decided to forego feathers from a craft shop. I can’t bear to think about how they are harvested…so I did a little research and found an Eco-farm in West Virginia that sells the naturally molted feathers from their variety of free-range chickens! Aren’t they so pretty??

Humanely sourced chicken feathers for DIY craft projects from Running Bug Farms by Sadie Seasongoods /

A fan of feathers…

Humanely sourced chicken feathers for DIY craft projects from Running Bug Farms by Sadie Seasongoods /

Cheeky little boy winking at me!

Cottonball is quite the fan of their feathers- all of them humanely harvested (collected from the ground), sanitized, and dried to perfection. I might be a little obsessed, so expect future projects to involve feathers.

When it all came together, this is what I ended up with- I really LOVE it. Autumn-y but not too kitschy.

DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /


All in all, making my own wired ribbon was definitely more complicated than buying some at the craft store. BUT, if I can do it, then anyone can- and it opens up a world of possibility! Especially if you don’t have oodles of craft stores to choose from OR simply can’t find the perfect design.

And before you go, please check out my full collection of upcycled autumn decor here…for even more inspiration!

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  1. Well, how smart and creative you are making your own wired ribbon. Cute wreath!

  2. Wow!! I never thought of making my own wire ribbon!! Your wreath looks great!

  3. Oh my! It had never occurred to me to make my own wire ribbon and I never seem to find the colors and size that I want. I will totally be hitting up the local thrift stores for shirts and copying this great idea. I also love the simple use of wheat, feathers and the texture of the grapevine. This allows each lovely piece to be appreciated individually and as a collection. Well done, as always. So happy to share this tour with you. Susie from Chelsea Project

  4. Holy cow! You are a genius. Making my own wire ribbon never occured to me. And you’ve made it look so easy. Plus I love the fact that you researched and used nicely harvested feathers. Not to mention that the wreath is simple and perfect. Thanks for sharing your knowledeg and for joining us on the fall ideas tour! ~ Angie

  5. Love the wreath and the cat!

  6. How so very, very clever!!!!….Great bow…love the fabric/shirt….such a most beautiful wreath!!!
    Happy to be partying with you today!…

  7. I really love it too. You amaze me Sarah. I think you can do just about anything. The wreath is perfect. I would never attempt to make my own wired ribbon although I know what you mean about what is available, ugh. Happy touring!

  8. christykjames says

    Oh my gosh, the DIYer in me LOVES that you made your own wired ribbon! How have I never thought to do that? SO clever and definitely the star of this beautiful wreath! XO

  9. Seriously girl, you just opened the door for us DIYers to finally have unique ribbon for our projects. I would have never thought to make my own wire ribbon and my mind is going back to so many projects where that would have been perfect. Once again, you blow me away with your creative talents! Love your wreath – pinning your wreath and thank you for the clever idea! P.S. Cottonball and my Rexy could be twins!

  10. I love plaid in fall and this is a great way to use plaid shirts in your fall decor. Love it!

  11. You are so clever to make your own wire ribbon! It’s so hard to find just the color or pattern of ribbon that I want and I’ve never thought about making it. And I have to say you have a gorgeous cat! 🙂

  12. love your wire ribbon and how your wreath looks! i think Cottonball is just the cutest!

  13. Thank you for noting the humanely harvested feathers!

  14. I love that wreath. The ribbon is a favorite,since I love anything plaid. You sure a talented lady.

  15. You are amazing. Seriously. I love all you do and this is just awesome!

  16. What a great idea!!


  17. How absolutely clever!! I just love the entire project and I’m so glad we got to be part of this fun tour together!

  18. Perfect timing for me! I was looking through my fall wreaths and they. had seen better days! Now you have my creative juices flowing now I’m excited to start this now! Thank you so much!

  19. Love this idea! Wired ribbon is so expensive. What a great alternative!

  20. So fun! What a great idea….love the wreath!

  21. BEAUTIFUL! Love the simplicity… so pretty!

  22. Love all your posts Sarah! Stumbled upon the pumpkin craft you just did before this and it got me looking through more of the stuff that you’ve done. So creative!!

  23. This is just beautiful! You are so frugal and have a phenomenal imagination.

  24. You are a girl after my own heart! I love to repurpose for fabric! The wreath is so pretty and love the plaid bow!! Pinning!

  25. Clever, clever, clever. Love your wreath and Cottonball is absolutely fabulous. #Catlover 🙂

  26. Sarah, I would never have thought to cut up an old shirt to make into a ribbon, but it is just as cute as can be!! Makes me want to run to my closet and cut up everything I own! Haha! Love the feathers and wheat combination too.

  27. Ok wow girl. I have used clothes for crafts before but never thought to make wire ribbon? This is so cool. Thank you for sharing this with us! Visiting today from Funtastic Friday

  28. This is way cool, and who cares about that first wreath! I’m just imagining all the possibilities with home-made wired ribbon!!

    Thanks for dropping by Throwback Thursday with your post this week! 🙂


  29. What a lovely wreath. I love that you used an old shirt for the bow. So clever! We’d love to have you share this at our weekly link party! Hope to see you there!

  30. Oh wow. Never knew you could do this. Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

  31. What a great idea! I have the same problem finding the perfect ribbon, so I usually don’t use one. Love it!

  32. Can you get anymore creative? Seriously? We never would have thought to make our own wired ribbon. It turned our great and your wreath is beautiful! Super fantastic idea!

  33. Very nice, Sarah. I appreciate that you appreciate flannel. And, I love the part about the cruelty free feathers.

  34. What an excellent idea. And a pretty wreath was made.

  35. I would never tell you to stop being awesome but, STOP IT! Everything you touch seriously becomes some magical stuff 😉 Thanks for sharing your handmade ribbon and wreath with us at Funtastic Friday!

  36. If any of my husband’s shirts go missing, it is all due to you! What an absolutely genius idea of making your own ribbon. I can’t wait to make some! Pinning and sharing!

  37. Hi Sarah, nice to meet you…visiting from Funky Junk Party. I too love working with flannel and also buy thrifted flannel items. Love the ribbon idea! [email protected] Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  38. A beautiful wreath!! And I love your helper too! LOL – Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  39. This is very pretty!! I love the way the colors blend so well together.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope you’ll come back again next Friday when we open our doors again at 12 AM EST.

  40. beth lee-shepard says

    Love the wreath! I also have made my own wired ribbon. I use heat-n-bond or stitch witchery and iron the edge. It is very fast doing it this way.

  41. I absolutely love how the bow is made from a thrift store shirt! It came out amazing!
    Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Merry Monday link party!
    We hope to see you again next week!
    Kate |

  42. What a beautiful wreath you created Sarah! It looks so wonderful and I never thought of making a bow out of a shirt. That is such an incredible idea! I am glad Cottonball liked your wreath as well! Have a wonderful week!

  43. Seriously, you are so inventive. I love that you made your own wired ribbon. The bow is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  44. Wow… I would never have thought to make my own wired ribbon Sarah. This is fabulous!!
    Thanks for sharing on Shabbilcious Friday. I’m delighted to be featuring this project and yoru wreath at tomorrow’s party. Pinned it too!!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  45. Oh this turned out so cute! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  46. I’m still mad for plaid this year and well check out the thrift store for shirts to make napkins with. Your wreath is beautiful and definitely one of a kind. Martha Stewart should be calling you for tips and ideas, this is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  47. I love this! Your ribbon really gives a nice touch to the wreath.

  48. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Sarah that is one beautiful repurpose of a plaid shirt. You are a girl after my repurposied clothing heart! I cannot believe you made the wire ribbon, Truly you have outdone yourself this time. Of course having the cat as assistant doesn’t hurt either.

  49. This is the coolest. I can imagine so many different ribbons to make!

  50. Dear Sarah,
    this wreath is absolutely amazing! I’m in love with that stunning plaid bow! It’s such a marvelous idea. WOW!
    Have a nice week,

  51. When you can’t find what you want, sometimes its just better to quit and figure out a way to do it yourself. This is a terrific wreath. Congrats on the ribbon.

  52. Your wreath is so pretty! I hope you will share it with us at #thecraftycorner link party this week. Have a good day 🙂

  53. nikkifrankhamilton says

    Sadie, First off the wreath is gorgeous! Just enough fall without going over board. I would love to hang it on my door!

    Second, what a brilliant idea! I’ve been stuck when I couldn’t find the right ribbon, I usually end up settling. Now i won’t have too! The bow turned out perfect, and buying the shirt from the thrift saved you quite a bit of money, and you got a pattern you liked! Yeah!

    Third, I love those feathers! What a great resource, and the patterns and coloring is perfect!

    Love it!

  54. Me and my hubby have a lot of old shirt and this tutorial would be a perfect solution for them. In addition, the cat is so cute. Thanks so much for sharing!

  55. I just wanted to say hello and a great big Thank You! Crafting wise, I mainly create quilts and truly love working with the fabrics and creating each and every block that becomes a treasure that will help keep someone warm and know someone cares. Yet, in the past year or so, I have discovered the beauty of wreaths. My first attempts are far from beauties, but they are my beauties! I have bought loads of items at garage sales, second hand stores and the Dollar store. They are all fabulous hidden treasure hunts, you just have to search for the “gold”. Wired Ribbon is pretty expensive and being on a budget, I just could not figure out how to beat the system. Yet, you did! Thank You so much for sharing your superb discovery. With loads of fabric and floral wire (in a box at a garage sale loaded with artificial flowers and the wire for one dollar) and your example, I can now create Wire Ribbons galore! Thank You so much. I am definitely signing up to follow you!

  56. How creative making your own wire ribbon, and your bow it beautiful. Love the plaid! I am not a very good bow maker at all. Your wreath is gorgeous, love the dried sprigs, and the feathers. Looks like Cottonball loves feather as well. LOL


  58. WOW! What a gorgeous wreath, and a fabulous idea! I often think a piece of wired ribbon would be really useful for a project, but where we live there is a VERY limited selection, and even shopping online, I can’t always find or afford what I would like, so I will DEFINITELY be using your idea of making my own, and can’t think why it never occurred to me to do it before. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Judi in the UK

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Judi- that is precisely why I made this project! I think those of us that live near craft/hobby stores with oodles of ribbon take it for granted, and this is a work-around that is affordable for sure!


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