Welcome everyone! Today I am excited to be participating with several talented blogging friends for “The Thrifty Chicks” February challenge: “Something I Love.” Since I absolutely love making wreaths and Valentine’s Day is on the way, I decided to share my DIY Neutral Farmhouse Heart Rag Wreath for the challenge. You can find links to each of the Thrifty Chicks’ posts at the end of this post.
This pretty farmhouse rag wreath is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but it will also work year round since it is neutral.
A few years ago I shared the DIY Shabby-Farmhouse Heart Rag Wreath that I made using red ticking stripe fabric, muslin, crocheted ribbon, lace and knitting yarn. It was a very popular post! I enjoyed making the wreath so much that I was inspired to make a neutral one to use throughout the year.
Have you ever made a rag wreath? They are so easy! If you can cut fabric in strips, cut ribbon, and tie a knot, you can make a rag wreath too!
How To Make A Heart Rag Wreath
I used a 12 inch wire heart wreath form that I purchased from Joann Fabric for around $4.00 after coupon. The next day I discovered that Dollar Tree has the same forms for only $1.oo. (*The red ticking stripe heart wreath was made with a single heart wreath form so it isn’t as full as the neutral wreath.)
I am not sure of the total cost of materials since I already had muslin and some of the ribbon in my stash. I had previously purchased three types of neutral ribbon at Dollar Tree (Floral Garden brand) for $1.oo each, and I had found the yarn on clearance at Joann Fabric for $2.00 last winter. I bought the buff colored satin ribbon, lace decorative ribbon, and wide crocheted ribbon at Joann Fabric using coupons. I paid around $12.oo total for the wire heart form and ribbon. If you purchase the heart wreath form from Dollar Tree you can easily make a similar wreath for $10-15 dollars or even less depending on what ribbon, lace or fabric scraps you already have on hand.
I cut the ribbon, yarn, lace and muslin in 7 inch strips (I just realized I had cut the small crocheted ribbon too small for this picture, but for the wreath I used 7 inch pieces). The lighter muslin is about 1 inch wide and the darker is 3/4 inch wide. (I tea stained some of the muslin for a darker color variation.) I started this wreath on a whim and was already well into the project before deciding to do a post, so I didn’t count the exact number of strips of fabric or strips of ribbon I used. At the beginning I did cut about 50 strips of muslin and if I needed more strips I just cut them as I went along. *Fold the fabric in half to make multiple cuts at the same time.
To tea stain the fabric, I placed the strips in a bowl with two tea bags and hot water and let them sit for a couple of hours. I have had this this vintage Pyrex bowl for a while but this was the first time I had used it. I think it is super cute!
I used a paper towel to squeeze out the excess tea and then placed the strips on a dry paper towel to dry.
I began by tying the light and dark muslin on the three different individual wires evenly around the wreath. I didn’t worry about tying the muslin or ribbon in an exact pattern or any particular order. I used mostly the lighter strips and filled in with some darker strips here and there before adding ribbon. I only used a few pieces of yarn.
As you can see here I just tied the strips on in random patterns. If things looked uneven I just “eye balled” it and added a different material where needed. It was easy to separate the ties apart and squeeze in a piece of ribbon or lace where needed.
I added the buff satin ribbon, sheer ivory ribbon, and crocheted ribbon, lace and yarn to fill in the gaps and to add interest and texture. After all of the green of the heart form was covered I was finished! I took two days to make the wreath, but it could easily be made in a couple of hours or less.
I just love all of the varying textures!
I made the wreath in January and first styled it in my music room with some of my winter decor.
For my Winter Home Tour I dressed up the wreath with a pretty free graphic from The Graphics Fairy.
For Valentine’s Day I moved the wreath to the dining room where it is hanging on the doors of a corner cabinet filled with vintage ironstone and some winter treasures.
Rag wreaths are so easy and inexpensive to make. Of course you can make a round rag wreath using spring colors, patriotic colors, burlap and denim or whatever strikes your fancy. I have had several readers share that they were inspired to make a wreath just like my Shabby- Farmhouse Heart Rag Wreath and they all loved how theirs turned out. That makes me so happy! I hope this post has inspired you to make a rag wreath too! If you do, I certainly would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about this DIY, feel free to leave me a comment or email me anytime.
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Your wreath is lovely, Amber! I love how you used a multiple of textures to create it.February 13, 2019 at 8:57 am
It’s beautiful Amber! That head vase with the tree hat is adorable! Did you make the hat and if so did you share that somewhere?
TaniaFebruary 13, 2019 at 9:49 am
Hi Tania! I was just looking over this older post and saw your question. Actually it’s just a bottle brush tree stuck down in the vase head. Easy!
Hope you are doing well!January 14, 2023 at 11:15 pm
LOVE this Amber. The neutral is perfect year round!February 13, 2019 at 10:47 am
Great project for those of us who have hoards of trim;) Good to see how the different forms can vary the thickness of the wreath; I love them both, though! Kinda loved this ‘freestyle’ month for something different! Happy Vday, Amber!February 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm
Such a bee-you-tee-ful wreath Amber! Tea-dying things was a great idea; I love the monochromatic-ism of the wreath on your ironstone cupboard 🙂February 13, 2019 at 3:48 pm
Both your wreaths are fabulous Amber! I love all the different textures, and I’ve been wanting to try making one of these for some time. Thanks for simplifying the process for me.February 13, 2019 at 3:52 pm
This is gorgeous Amber! Rag wreath perfection!!!February 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm
I did love the red ticking wreath but this one may just edge it out. I love the different textures you used and how you tea stained it.February 13, 2019 at 6:06 pm
Amber, so lovely! The neutral colors are amazing! I hope you will link-up at Homestyle Gathering! We need you! 😉February 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm
Your wreath is stunning! Thanks for sharing your sources. Finding the triple heart wire wreath form for a $1 is amazing.
JudithFebruary 13, 2019 at 11:20 pm
The little picture did not do justice to this wreathe. I was fascinated by the textures and colors in the larger picture. I am generally not a neutrals fan, but the variation of colors and textures fascinated me. I’m due for a trip to the Dollar Tree; I will have to check out their wreathe forms! Great project.February 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Really cute!LOVE the neutral colors!!February 15, 2019 at 12:54 am
The wreath forms are so versatile and I’ve really enjoyed seeing your rag wreaths, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!February 17, 2019 at 2:08 pm
Love your heart-shaped rag wreaths. I will definitely be making one or two! I make crafts to give as door prizes at our family reunion so I will start making one to take to that. I just adore the one with the red-ticking rags and the paper hearts garland. Makes me feel warm and fuzzy!!!February 18, 2019 at 10:11 am
I absolutely love your hearts. I made a set of wings similar to your wreath and I love them. Thank you for sharing. I just might have to make one of these. HugsFebruary 18, 2019 at 11:37 pm
This wreath is so pretty. I’m going to have to try one myself. I have the perfect spot in my SheShed!February 20, 2019 at 9:54 am
Very pretty! This will be one of my features this Saturday at the Snickerdoodle link party!February 20, 2019 at 8:08 pm
So perfect Amber and easy to live with all year round.February 22, 2019 at 1:34 am
Thanks for sharing at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your sweet rag wreath at the party tonight and pinning too.
Such a pretty rag wreath, Amber! Love all the neutral tea dyed fabrics/ribbons, interesting textures, and how full the wreath is. Pinned 🙂February 25, 2019 at 12:59 pm
Thank you so much Marie!February 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm
Amber,February 14, 2021 at 4:03 pm
I love this rag wreath. So beautiful. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Party. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2021/02/over-moon-linky-party_14.html
Have a great week.
Such a stunning wreath! Love it!February 14, 2021 at 9:59 pm
Absolutely love this rag wreath idea! I found the heart shape wreath at the dollar store and made my own today.January 14, 2023 at 7:44 pm
Love the way it turned out. Thank you for inspiring me to make this!
Oh I am so happy! I am glad to know they still have the heart shape wreath at the Dollar Store because I have been thinking of making another one in different colors. Thanks for stopping by!January 14, 2023 at 11:17 pm