DIY Sweater Wreath – Thrift Store Sweater Upcycle

A DIY sweater wreath is made from a thrift store sweater, and a Dollar Tree Wreath. This easy Christmas craft can be made in under 30 minutes.

Sweaters don’t last long in my house. I’ve got a thing for cutting them up and making all kinds of decor. If they aren’t worn for an entire season – its time to upcycle!

Unfortunately I was fresh out of sweaters, so I set out to the thrift store. I found a cream sweater for $2.99, then bought a wire wreath from the Dollar Tree.

I used ribbon and greenery from previous projects, so this wreath came together for under 5 bucks. Not a bad deal!

Supplies for a DIY Sweater Wreath


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diy sweater wreath

Instructions


I started by cutting the sleeves off the sweater.

diy sweater wreath

The Dollar Tree has been killing’ it for Christmas decor in my house. I love to customize their basics, like these Dollar Tree Rae Dunn ornaments. You also don’t want to miss the Christmas Tree Farm Display!

This wire frame makes a great wreath base, I used the sweater sleeves to bulk it up a bit.

I snipped the wire and slid the sleeves on. Then, I secured the sleeves together with a safety pin so everything stayed in place.

diy Christmas wreath wrapping the sleeves on

Then, I cut the rest of the sweater into strips. I cut along where the cable knit patterns changed, but your cuts will depend on the material of your sweater.

diy Christmas sweater cutting

Wrapping the Wreath

Brace yourselves – hot glue burns are coming!

Just me?

After the sweater was cut I preheated my glue gun and laid out the strips.

laying out the DIY sweater wreath

I started wrapping the strips of the sweater around the wreath at an angle and hot gluing as I went.

hot gluing the diy sweater wreath

I glued the rough edges down as I wrapped because I wanted a clean look.

You’re feeling the burns now, aren’t ya?

gluing the edges on diy sweater wreath

I kept wrapping and gluing all the way around the sweater. Luckily, this sweater happened to be perfect size and I ended up using all but one piece!

No leftover scraps added to my ‘maybe I’ll need this one day’ collection.

Although I wanted this wreath to be pretty simple, I still wanted to add a little something. I had some leftover soft greenery from this Fall wreath that I thought would be perfect!

I tucked a few sprigs underneath the sweater pieces and secured them with hot glue.

adding lambs ear sprigs to DIY Christmas wreath

Then I used a 9″ piece of buffalo check ribbon to hang the wreath up with a little pin.

I liked this, but you know the feeling when it’s just missing something?

A bow it was! I’m not the most skill bow-maker, so I went with a simple little bow tie.

To Make the Bow –

Cut a 28 inch ribbon. Fold one end in 6 inches, and then fold it over 3 more times. Pinch the center.

Then wrap the remaining tail around itself and tuck it in. Secure with a little glue!

Here’s the finished DIY sweater wreath.

completed diy sweater wreath hanging

You guys this was so easy! I thought this was a great way to upcycle old knit sweaters.

Have old sweaters to put to use? Pin this for later!

What do you keep an eye out for at the thrift store? Let me know below! I’ll see you next project.

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