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Old 12-10-2008, 11:41 PM
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Trash bag Wreath we made (pic w/ instructions)


(Pictured above: Our Christmas Wreath made from trash bags)

We had wanted to a white wreath for our front door so my oldest son and I worked on making our own this weekend.

This homemade Christmas wreath is a craft project that recycles. It can be made from plastic shopping bags. New trash bags may also be used. Since it's made from plastic, this Christmas wreath is weatherproof. If you decide to use trash bags, you can choose either white or dark green for a more traditional homemade Christmas wreath.

I stumbled across instructions for a white trash bag wreath while reading blogs. Lessons Learned on the Farm has wonderful instructions along with a beautiful photo of their White trash bag wreath.

Here I listed my instructions on how we made ours.
Materials needed:
White Trash bags about 4-5 (you can use green for a Green wreath)
1 wire coat hanger
Wired Ribbon or red bows

Instructions:
1. Cut trash bags into strips about 6 inches long and 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide. (We cut ours at 8 inches long for a larger wreath). We used thick Kitchen trash bags as recommended. It took us about 6 bags, but then we had 13 gallon trash bags.
Tip: The length of your plastic strips determines the fullness of your homemade wreath. Six to eight inches is a good length.

2. We took a white wire hanger and shaped it into a circle. We bent the hook part of the hanger into a loop so that the wreath could be hung after it is completed.

3. Have your children start tying the strips with one knot to the wire hanger. We did this while listening to Holiday music and then while watching Holiday movies. (We took a break now and then because even a nine year old can get bored tying knots) As your wreath begins to get full, you push some of the strips aside to make room for more. Remember, the more strips you have. the fuller your wreath will look.

4. After your wreath is completed, you can add decorations to it. Red bows make a festive touch. For ours, we used silver metallic paper twist to make the bow and then added some silver ball ornaments to it. We did not have to buy anything extra since we already had the materials in the home.

We hung our wreath on the front door. Tomorrow we'll be adding our paper snow flakes (we laminated) that the kids made.
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:42 AM
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That's really cute! What a nice job you all did!
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:27 AM
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That is so pretty! I might try that with my kids!
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:36 AM
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Thanks. We are making one for my mom too!
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:54 AM
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we did the same thing with sandwich bags when I was a kid in girls scouts, the sandwich bags did not have ziplocks back then.
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:20 AM
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You really did a great job. I love your ideas. If you get a chance, add a picture with the snowflakes. Beth
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:28 PM
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This is too cute! I wonder if I could get my two to sit still at all to work on it?! We already have white trash bags....I'll just need to find a wire hanger! Yeah! Weekend project!
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:49 PM
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I had a wreath similar to that growing up only it was made from strips of leftover fabric. It was really cute and we would tie different bows and decorations to it to match the time of year.
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What a great idea and very cute too.
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Thanks for sharing.
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