Upcycle old pajama pants or use scraps of colorful fabric to create a fun, festive and easy Scrap Fabric Christmas wreath plus get more handmade gift ideas for the holidays.
Learn how to make a Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath as an easy homemade present for family and friends.
Many, many years ago, my family started a Christmas tradition of opening festive new pajama pants on Christmas Eve. I know it sounds like a cute idea for the kids, but my siblings and I were actually adults when this tradition started!
It happened on accident. My youngest brother and I were in our early twenties and shopping before Christmas at Old Navy. We saw the cutest flannel blue pajama pants with snowflakes on them and each bought a pair to wear that night. Well, my younger sister, who happens to be between my brother and me in age, was appalled when she saw us in matching pajama pants.
The next year she made sure she was in on the matching pajama pants action:
This tradition continued year after year with new matching pajama pants and slowly grew to include our older brother and his wife, our significant others, our parents and now even our children. After more years than I can count, we’ve amassed a wide array of pajama pants.
There are some cotton, some flannel, some fleece pajamas in all different colors and seasonal themes. Snowmen – yup. Reindeer – you betcha. Christmas lights – of course!
In fact the year we had Christmas light pajama pants was the first year my brother-in-law (who was my sister’s boyfriend at the time) participated. He had no idea what he was really getting himself into. My younger brother and I picked out the pajama pants that year and happened to find Christmas light boxer shorts.
You can only imagine the look on his face when we all brought out the new Christmas jammies for that year and his were short! We told him those were his “training pants” and if he stuck around maybe he’d get the full-length ones next year.
After we nearly fell over ourselves laughing with hysterics we brought out long pants for him and told him we were just kidding. Despite the craziness, he married my sister anyway!
In time, many of our Christmas pajama pants have worn out or we just have too many to feasibly wear in one holiday season. My sister and I were thinking we ought to turn the Christmas jammies into something else but weren’t sure what to do with them.
Then last fall, I came across the idea for making a Scrap Fabric Fall Wreath from This Mama Loves and immediately texted it to my sister. YES! We knew this would be the perfect way to turn our beloved pajamas into a DIY Christmas gift for our brothers. This beautiful DIY Fabric Garland is also a great way to use up any old fabric.
How to Make a Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath
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It’s incredibly easy to make a Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath as a DIY gift for someone you love. This is actually one of those crafts that’s so easy you can do it while you’re watching a holiday movie. You just need a wire frame, scraps of fabric and something to embellish it. For our Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreaths, my sister and I chose to actually paint wood signs with quotes from Elf, one of our favorite Christmas movies!
What You Need:
- Wire wreath frame
- Old Christmas pajama pants or Christmas fabrics in assorted colors
- Unfinished wood sign
- Green acrylic craft paint
- White paint pen
- Glittery silver or white puffy paint
- Paint brush
- 1/4 inch wide silver ribbon
- High temperature glue gun
- Glue sticks
1. Cut your fabric into strips
Using sharp scissors, cut your Christmas pajama pants or Christmas fabric into long strips. Ours were approximately 1 inch wide by 6-7 inches long. We didn’t worry about making them perfectly identical and just eye-balled it using strips we’d already cut as our template for cutting other scrap fabric strips.
2. Tie scrap fabric strips to the wire frame
Starting anywhere around the wire wreath frame, begin to tie strips of Christmas scrap fabric to the four wires around the outer edge of the frame. You don’t need to worry about having a particular pattern, but do make sure you vary which style or color you use each time so you don’t end up with too much red or green in one place.
We just used a singular knot and pulled it tight. Do this over and over and over again until your Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath is full and fluffy. (It may take 1-2 Christmas movies per wreath to tie the scraps onto the frame depending on how large the frame is and how good the movie is.)
3. Paint Christmas signs
Using a wide craft brush, paint your unfinished wood sign with green acrylic craft paint. Allow it to dry then apply 1-2 more coats until you’re satisfied with the coverage.
Once the paint has dried, lightly write your message on the signs with pencil making sure to center the message on your signs. Go over the pencil with a white paint pen. You may need to do a couple of coats of the white paint pen to get the letters filled in well.
Lastly, once the white paint is dry, go over a word you want to emphasize with white or silver glittery puffy paint. You can see how it really makes the word POP when the sign is on the wreath.
4. Attach the sign to the Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath
Cut two long strips of silver ribbon per sign and attach the ribbon to the back of the sign using hot glue. Once the glue has dried you can tie the ends of the ribbon around the wire wreath frame to attach the sign.
We ended up making four of these wreaths, two to give to our brothers, one for my sister and one for me. It’s very easy to do, but is a little time consuming. To get four Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreaths completed in time for my family’s Christmas celebration, we had to enlist my parents to help us. We even had my Dad tying on scraps of fabric!
Be sure to notice my sister’s wreath. Hers is the one that distinctively does NOT have any of the original blue flannel snowflake pajama pant scraps in it. She refused to include those in her Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath out of principle. Typical little sister…
Once your Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreaths are ready, you can package them up to give as DIY gifts. We found large round festive boxes at Hobby Lobby that worked perfectly for this.
Our brothers had no idea we were making each of them a Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath out of the old pajama pants, so the look on their faces when they opened these bright packages was absolutely priceless. I can’t wait to see where they each choose to hang their Scrap Fabric Christmas Wreath this year. I know exactly where mine is going – by my front door for all to see!
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