Bike Tire Rim Fall Wreath-Tutorial

1-y68I made this project a few years ago and it is still one of my favorite fall decorations. The bike tire rim was found in a pile of childhood bicycle parts that my son was cleaning up. Old vines and leaves were tangled in it’s spokes. It almost looked like it was decorating the area. Giving it a closer inspection, I realized the structure and the spokes would be ideal for a decorative fall wreath.

The rim had the rusted axle and bolts still attached, so my husband supplied the muscle to remove them. I used a grease cutter to remove the icky oil inside the center hole of the wheel.

Unfortunately I just have the one finished photo of the wreath, but I think it will be enough for you to visualize the steps.

Step 1
Paint both sides of the rim and the spokes using a brown or orange acrylic paint. I used an old paintbrush that I could pounce on the spokes. It actually gave the metal a textured surface that looked similar to rust, which was perfect for this project. Allow the paint to dry well or it will scrape off when decorating. Note: A spray paint could also be used, but the texture will be smoother.

Step 2
Wind a 9-foot long fall garland around the rim. If your garland has decorative berries and flowers like mine, adjust the garland with the decorative elements on the front of the wreath. Weave the beginning and end of the wreath under the spokes to secure. Cut away excess garland if needed. My rim was 16 inches in diameter so 9 feet of garland was more than plenty.

Step 3
Cut 1-yard of black netting in half lengthwise. Netting is usually about 72-inches wide. After cutting you will have two pieces 18-inches wide by 72-inches long. Scrunch the width of one length together and lightly wind halfway around the rim over the garland. Tuck the beginning and end of the netting under the vine of the garland to secure. Wind the remaining netting around the other half of the rim.

Step 4
Gather several strands of raffia in your hands and tie into a bow. Cut a 6-inch length of craft wire using wire cutters. Thread the wire through the back of the raffia bow knot and tie the ends of the wire around the rim at the top of the wreath.


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Country Rag Boa Wreath-Tutorial

6-rag boa wreathCountry Rag Boa Wreath

7-DSCF1250You may have seen this wreath in my dining room post. It was the perfect addition to the screen door.

3-rag boa wreathWho says wreaths have to be round? This picture frame inspired another outside-the-box project.

1-rag boa wreathBits of cutter quilt scraps left over from previous projects were the perfect medium to create a rag boa to wrap around the frame, but you could use any fabric scrap of your choosing.

The tutorial for my Country Rag Boa Wreath can be found HERE.


Jean Seam Wreath-Tutorial

5-DSCN5280When you craft, don’t you just hate to throw away even the tiniest scrap? I decided to use my considerable scrap pile of jeans to craft a jean seam wreath. Since the seams are harder and thicker than the fabric of the jeans, using them in sewing projects is next to impossible. A project using a hot glue gun was my easy answer.

1-DSCN5267I cut all the flat-fell seams and hems from my jean scraps. The flat-fell seams are usually the inseam of jeans. They are the easily identified seam that has two parallel top stitching lines. Be prepared to cut a lot of them.

2-DSCN5268Each seam was then cut long enough to wrap around the thickness of a foam wreath. I hot glued them around the wreath, mixing the colors and shades for random design.

3-DSCN5270Ouchie Tip: To prevent burned or blistered fingers, keep a bowl of ice water nearby to dip your fingers in if they get hot glue on them…not that that has ever happened to me. 😉

4-DSCN5272The flowers were made from jean hems. Each one was cut 6 inches long, rolled up and hot glued to hold the shape.

5-DSCN5280The flowers were hot glued to the wreath.

A variation of this project can be achieved with fewer jeans or their scraps. Simply cut the denim in 1/2-inch-wide strips. Attach them in the same way as the seams and the hems.


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Christmas All Through The House

****Two weeks before Christmas and all through the house,

Scents and sights of the season filled the rooms and pleased the spouse.

The stockings were hung on the buffet with care.

Oh well, no fireplace! I will not despair.

Above the entertainment center was festooned with charm. With no mantel, it couldn’t do any harm.

The snowman decor was stuffed into a birdcage, and I was writing my Christmas lists as another year turned a page.***

Yep, that’s all I got for that parody. I have been thinking about these two weeks remaining before Christmas though. There is so much to accomplish in a short amount of time. I can happily say I am miles ahead of where I was a week ago. The decorations are mostly complete and the pile of baked goodies is making me very happy.

But, all is not calm. I still have masses of Christmas shopping to do and Christmas gifts I really want to craft. So…in keeping myself on track, I am posting a few of my Christmas tutorial links. They are, of course, frugal and fast, as I know everybody is in need of quick, inexpensive holiday ideas.

Painted Snowman Pallet

Primitive Candy Candy Ornies

Rustic Wood Sign Ornaments

Spool Snowmen and Reindeer Ornaments

Straw Hat Reindeer Wreath

Bike Tire Rim Wreath

Sometimes my mind just goes there.


To the imaginary land of inspiring junk transformations.

This wreath, made from a bike tire rim, is one of my most favorite designs.

The tutorial can be found here.