Plucking fallen pine needles out of the carpet is cause for Grinch-style grumbling, so we’ve asked Santa for nontraditional, creative wreaths that don’t shed like pets. Try these crafty DIY garlands (made from recycled fabric, plush paper and art supplies) that celebrate the season in chic, clean style.
A Cut Above
Curtis Steiner, owner of art-card shop Souvenir (Ballard, 5325 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.297.7116; curtissteiner.com), fashioned an enchanting three-dimensional star wreath out of basic cardstock found at The Paper Zone (SoDo, 1911 First Ave. S; 206.682.8644; paperzone.com). After cutting and folding paper octagons, he glued them onto wires, which he inserted into a foam core, placing the stars in clusters for a fireworks effect.
Feather the Nest
We spotted this egg-and-feather wreath at Macrina Bakery (macrinabakery.com) and learned that it can be inexpensively re-created with a foam core, plastic eggs, feathers and a hot-glue gun—all available at Pacific Fabric and Crafts (Northgate, 838 NE Northgate Way; 206.362.0111; pacificfabrics.com). Still waiting on your hot-glue gun license? Similar wreaths are available at Miller-Pollard (millerpollard.com).
Local Glam.spoon apparel designer Tina Witherspoon (glamspoon.typepad.com) made sweet use of sweatshirts found at Goodwill (seattlegoodwill.org). She cut them into thin strips, which she then tied onto a wire frame in multiple layers to create a plush, tufted look.