How to DIY a Redskins (or other team, I guess) Rag Wreath for Under $30!

by Nicole on August 30, 2012

Posted in: DIY

First of all. A little disclaimer, in the event that people actually read this blog post.  This blog isn’t done.  My fabulous friend Jess, of Jess Creates is working with me on some *real* branding. In the meanwhile, it’s boring, and I apologize.  It also won’t be updated super super regularly until later this year when we really get rolling!  Anyhow, I digress. If you want to get in touch, read more of my stuff, or just waste time at work, you can check out my other blog: Big Day for $10K.

Moving on, I suppose… Hubby and I wanted a Redskins wreath.  My MIL made us a wreath when we moved into our house… and little did she know, but she infected me with the wreath-making bug (it’s a serious ailment). Riddle me this: why on earth would you go to the store (or Etsy, or anywhere, really) and spend $40-50 (or more!?) on a wreath for your door? You don’t have time to make your own, you say? Pish tosh. I work 40-50 hours a week, coach 20-30 hours a week, somehow manage to be a pretty decent wife (you know, cooking, cleaning, dog-walking, etc) and I still had time to make this bad boy! (It took me about an hour)

DIY Redskins (NFL) Wreath

Plenty of stores (both on and offline) would charge you upwards of $40 for something like this. You’re welcome: I’m going to show you how to make your own for less than (likely way less than) $30.

Start with a straw wreath like this. Under $3. Budget win already. Keep in mind that you’re going to add a ton of fabric to this guy… so a 12″ wreath isn’t going to look like a 12″ wreath… because it’s going to puff up once you add the fabric of your choice.

Now. I made the mistake of removing the plastic wrapping… do not make the same mistake I did. Leave the plastic ON. You’ll thank me later… I’m STILL finding straw all over my house and I did this 2 weeks ago. #fail

What You’ll Need

  • Your (plastic-wrapped) 12″ straw wreath
  • A screwdriver (of the flat head variety)
  • Scissors
  • 5-6 yards of cheap fabric (in the colors of your choosing)
  • A decal or little thing-a-ma-jig of some sort to stick on once you’re done

That’s all. That’s it. Bingo, bango. Easy as pie.

Now. The fabric. Don’t go overboard and buy expensive fabric. It’s not worth it. The cheap stuff… quilting cotton, stuff like that, is what you want. We’re talking $8 or less a yard.  Visit the remnants bin.  Patterns are cool, but you’ll want to make sure you have a ton of solids (to give you an idea, 3/4 of my fabric was solid, the other 1/4 was assorted patterns). If you get some coupons (G Street, Jo-Ann and Michaels always have ’em) or go to Walmart, you can likely get ALL your fabric for about $15.

DIY Rag Wreath

Cut your fabric into 4″ squares. Or triangles. Or trapezoids. Doesn’t matter. Whatever’s clever. 4″ is the sweet spot, though… so make sure whatever shape(s) you cut are about that size.  Doesn’t have to be perfect either.

Tip: if you don’t want a million little threads to clean up, use pinking shears instead of regular scissors.  If using scissors, try to pull off as many of the little straggler threads as possible BEFORE putting the wreath together.

Cut a bunch of each color/pattern to start with… this way you can mix/match and pick/choose as you go without having to stop and cut every 2 minutes.

Using your screwdriver, jam the fabric into the wreath. Imagine the wreath to be someone you really loathe.  I think it really adds to the overall look and feel of the finished product… :)

Like this:

DIY Redskins Rag Wreath

Start stabbing away and jamming fabric all over the front of the wreath (you’ve still got your plastic on there, right? If so, this is the  moment where you should be thanking me… go ahead).  Keep going until the front is covered.  You can always pull it out and replace with another color if you want… this’ll help ensure that it looks even/balanced color-wise.

Once you finish the front, flip it over and jam fabric all around the inner and outer edge (this way, when you look at it from the front, you won’t see any straw)… and you can finish the whole back if you’d like (cheaper if you don’t).

You should have a fluffy wreath that looks a little something like this:

DIY Fabric Wreath

Sure, it’s cute, but it’s missing a little something, right?

Well, I pondered and pondered. MIL and I went to Michael’s. We went to Jo-Ann. I was uninspired.  I couldn’t find the perfect little something for it… until I got home (of course). Hubby had a Redskins decal (on a white background) that was PERFECT. So, I slapped it on some cardboard, whipped out my X-Acto knife (ok, maybe I didn’t whip it, that’d be dangerous), and started hacking away.

I was impatient so I ripped a piece off a box and did this.  It was corrugated cardboard… which made for one hell of a time cutting away at it cleanly. So, that being said, please learn from my mistake and use foam board or single-ply cardboard. Don’t be impatient like me… take the time to find the right backing for the decal.

Since it was corrugated, I actually just pulled the bobby pin out of my hair, bent one end straight out (like an upside down “L”) and slipped the other end down through one of the ripples of the cardboard… and stuck it into the wreath in the spot of my choosing (impressed at how resourceful I am? Me too.) — there are other ways you could do this… like hot gluing it, using a paperclip and gluing it to the back and jamming it in… get creative.

Well, folks. There you have it! Your very own wreath for around $20. Good job, you.

DIY Fabric Redskins Wreath

Now, I’m not going to judge you too hard if you choose colors other than burgundy and gold… but I wouldn’t be doing my Redskinsly duty if I didn’t recommend that you use the [ahem] RIGHT [cough] colors to do this. Enjoy! xo

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina Clark July 13, 2013 at 2:22 am

I made this for a friend who is a huge redskins fan. I followed your instructions and it turned out perfect!! I used 2 yards each of the gold and maroon fabric and one yard of white fabric. Thank you for the tip to leave the plastic on the wreath!.

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Nicole July 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hi Tina!! I’m so glad you stumbled upon this tutorial and it worked for you! Enjoy … and HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! :)

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Crystal July 23, 2013 at 6:55 am

OMG! This is awesome! I come from generations of Redskins fans! I see Christmas presents in my future! My cousin graduated from Virginia Tech…maroon & orange might be happening to.
Thanks for posting this, I’m so glad I stumbled across it on Pinterst!

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Nicole July 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Crystal!! Enjoy … they’re super fun to make, too. And … HTTR! :) You’re cut from the very best cloth if you come from a long line of Skins fans 😉

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Theresa August 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I am so exited. I saw something similar only she used a diff. kind of wreath & tons of stick pins! I just asked my fav. wreath maker to make me & redskins wreath for hubby’s bd & when she questioned whether I wanted }”mesh” I wondered what else she could do it with so I googled Redskins wreaths & voila! Here you are. I think I can so do this!!!? I can’t wait. THANK YOU!!! It’s beautiful! Heading to Va. this weekend so will look for some thingamajigi to stick on the front!\

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Nicole August 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Ha excellent! I’m so glad I could oblige :) good luck … and enjoy your VA trip. HTTR!

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Kristie August 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Does the fabric stay in place, or would you suggest using a little hot glue before you put the fabric into the wreath mold?

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Nicole August 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I’ve had the wreath on our door since last season, and haven’t lost any fabric … definitely don’t need the hot glue :)

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Debbie August 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Hi Nicole,
I was so excited when I found your site and the wreath. My brother is a huge Redskins fan and was
running out of things to get him. This is awesome, because all who come to his house will know he’s a skins fan. Thank you.

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Nicole August 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

So glad!! Enjoy making it, it’s super fun!

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MIA August 28, 2013 at 1:49 am

Thank you for the tutorial. My husband loved it. I also don’t feel it’s complete without some type of Redskins logo, but it’s hanging in his classroom until something is found. Thanks again!

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Nicole August 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Perfect!! Good luck finding the perfect trinket :) thanks for stopping by!

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Angel May 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Thank you for posting this! I am making this for my cousin’s funeral and my aunt will be able to take it home with her and keep it. Her son (my cousin)is a HUGH Redskins fan! I told her I would try and find something so this is an amazing find. Again thank you for posting.

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Nicole September 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

You’re so welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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