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Upcycled Christmas Wreath

I have had this upcycled Christmas wreath project in my imagination since last January. It all started when I found this wooden cut out Merry Christmas sign at a thrift store. It was absolutely perfect. By “sign” I mean a bag of wooden Christmas shapes, at .25 cents each.


At the same time I had all these old work socks laying around that had tops in perfectly good condition, but just with older soles.

These are not them. These are a picture of some new ones I bought for this year just in case you’re out there asking what the hell a work sock is.

I love work socks. I don’t know what it is about them that I adore but to me they scream Canadian Winter, and endless decor and craft projects. Last year I used them to make some Valentine’s Cards.

But onto the wreath. Because I have tons of embroidery hoops that I have picked at various thrift stores I am always brainstorming ideas on what to do with them. So when this all came together in my mind, all I thought was “Damnit Christmas just passed”.

So I have literally waited a year to get this one done. Which looking back, seems silly, but at the time I was so Christmas decor’ed out.

How to make the Upcycled Christmas Wreath.

It went like this.

I got two embroidery hoops:

  • one 12″
  • one 8″ one

I traced both of them onto a craft foam core board to create a wreath form. Then I used my X-Acto knife to cut out the wreath form.

This is a very inexpensive way to get a good wreath form template by the way.

I then fitted the foam core wreath template into my embroidery hoops as depicted in the photo below.

If you do this please make sure the hoops pass with ease over the form. If they are stuck, trim the edges of the foam core and leave a small gap of space.

Why? Because you will be covering this form, so you need to be able to slide your hoops into and around the foam core base after you are done WITH the fabric around the foam template. If you make it too big, they won’t fit.

And you will cry.

Next, I got my work socks and trimmed them to fit around the wreath form. I used my glue gun to glue them to the form.

I’ve started doing tons of projects on my floor upstairs in our future home office. I am sure my husband is going to catch onto me using the glue gun on the carpet.

Maybe that will entice him to get rid of the carpet up there. It’s all part of my evil plan.

I added some felt.

And wrapped some yarn.

I placed each embroidery hoop in their respective spots around the wreath template. It was a tight squeeze – which is why I recommended some leeway between the foam core template and the embroidery hoops.

After I used E6000 glue to glue a small wooden house and the Merry Christmas sign to the inner sides of the embroidery hoop. I pushed the two as tightly possible next to each other to fit securely.

And finally the wreath that had been hanging out in my imagination for a year came to life.

I affectionately call it my Winter Canadiana Christmas Wreath because for some reason I can envision it being hung in a modern log cabin, that I totally cannot afford. You know the ones that people have as their weekend homes.

I want a weekend home. Is there really such a thing as a weekend home? Oh right. “The Cottage”.

Forget that, I like the term Weekend Cabin. Don’t believe me, Google the term and try not to imagine your weekends in one.

One day, one day…

In the meantime, I make cost effective crafts. Which to be honest even if I won the lottery, I’d still probably do.

How cost effective was this wreath for me to make?

  • 2 embroidery hoops (thrift store) $1
  • Used socks (free – sort of given that they were going to be thrown out).
  • E6000 glue (pre-owned – a new tube would be around $5)
  • Grey and Red Felt $ 2
  • Yarn $3
  • Wooden signs (thrift store) .50 cents

For a Grand Total of approximately $6.50. Maybe $7 with taxes in.

Merry Christmas!

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    December 3, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Love this! So original and might I add Canadian! It would also be so cute in Hudson Bay stripes!

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    December 3, 2013 at 3:21 am

    love this! I’m all about greys and red for christmas. And who can resist a little canadiana? This is great.

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    December 3, 2013 at 8:46 am

    This rocks πŸ™‚

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    December 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Alex, this is your best yet!

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      December 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

      My best yet? Damn I need to take a bow then. LOL

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    December 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    This is a really cute idea!

    I love the look of work socks, too. Right now Joe Fresh has kids sweater dresses that totally remind me of work socks. So cool.

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      December 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Bluenotes had a sweater in their men’s line that was a giant work sock and I totally missed out on buying it like the Canadian winter dressing nerd that I am.

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    Victoria β€’ Restoring our Victorian
    December 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

    If you had come to my house, and made a pile of those supplies… I would have never in a million years gotten anything usable out of it. Let alone something so adorable. Love the yarn!

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    December 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Well SOCK IT TO ME, girl! That is just about the most creative thing I’ve seen in a long time. How in the world do you come up with this stuff? AMAZING! I love the simplicity of the natural wood with the blocks of color. The grey and red combo is perfect. Every time I see an embroidery hoop I think of YOU!

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      December 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

      I have a bag and by bag I mean a big bag of them hanging out in the garage messing up James work space area. I just feel like they have so much potential.

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    Amy D (LoveOnSunday)
    December 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Every time I read your blog my mouth is always open. And then I utter the words OMG. My co-workers must think I’m crazy. You are so creative and talented! LOVE THIS! The colours and textures make me so happy πŸ™‚

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      December 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

      And your cheque is in the mail…

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    December 3, 2013 at 11:42 am

    How much do I love this wreath?! What a great idea to use socks!! Pinning!

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    December 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This is so CUTE. I love it!

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    December 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    This turned out so lovely! Great concept : ]

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    December 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Ooooh I love this! What an incredible wreath! Great work! πŸ™‚

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    Stephen Hughes
    December 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Creative – say it with socks!

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    December 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Alex… this is so pretty and clever! I love that you can translate this idea into any holiday or color scheme. You might be catching the “wreath” bug.

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    sketchy styles (@RebeccaCaven)
    December 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I cannot get over how much I love this wreath. It is stunning. And I guaran-freaking-tee this will be the only time i ever use the word stunning to describe old socks!!

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    Inspire Me Heather
    December 4, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Well now that is just too stinkin’ cute – love your wreath!

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    December 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

    You make me want to never pass up another embroidery hoop – on sale or not.

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      December 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      I’ve got quite a few I can mail you…lalalala

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        December 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Haha! I’m sure you’ll come up with something awesome with the rest of your leftovers!

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    December 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    This looks so fabulous! Love the yarn wrapped around to hide the seams, totally the idea I was looking for! Perfect indoor wreath!

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    Alexis @ Persia Lou
    December 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    This is genius-level crafting. I LOVE it. So glad I’ve found your blog. I will be following along. πŸ™‚

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    Alexis @ Persia Lou
    December 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    And – If you have a minute, I’d love if you linked up to the Handmade Holiday Link Party over on my blog. πŸ™‚

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    December 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    So VERY clever! Love this!

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    Tara @ Suburble
    December 5, 2013 at 3:44 am

    This is gorgeous, Alex! I love it! Pinning!

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    Shauna Oberg
    December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

    What a great idea. I’m always glad when people work out the project kinks before I attempt it!

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    Dani @ lifeovereasy
    December 5, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Love it, clever girl! You may not have a weekend cabin but you definitely have a weekend cabin wreath. Which is 1 step closer than the rest of us. And if you walk around town holding that wreath, people will think you’re on your way to your weekend cabin. You can wear the socks too, and they’ll all sigh and wish they were you.

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      December 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

      I’ll wear it as an ornament around my neck. It’s pretty light so I think it should work over an ugly Christmas sweater. LOL

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    Kathryn Blythe
    December 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    this is SPECTACULAR.

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    December 15, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I should make one of these with glitter socks for my mother-in-law. She loves everything that sparkles. Who said disco was dead (not me of course), but you’re welcome to.

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    December 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Popped over from Sarah richardsons instagram. Congrats on getting picked as one of the wreaths she featured. I think this such a clever idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    December 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I love love this!!! My dad always wore those socks, I need to make one and maybe go thrift shop shopping with you!!

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    December 19, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I mean really, how original is this? I too have a “wooden thing” (silhouette of deer purchased at St. Vincent thrift store), but I never would have thought to put it in the middle of a wreath. Love the wreath and trust, no sock monkeys were harmed in the making of this project!

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    Midsommarflicka aka. Elena
    September 8, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I love this one! It confirms even more, that I gave to find some (a lot) embroidery hoops!!

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    October 1, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Just came across this great wreath! I am also a collector of old embroidery hoops, and assorted other things… Can’t wait to make them with the people I work with!

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