Dollar Store Christmas Crafts: Pool Noodle Christmas Wreath

I don’t know about you, but I have the Christmas bug this year.  I am having so much fun making presents and decorations.  I need to stay away from Dollar Tree and JoAnn’s, or at least set a weekly limit of visits.  It’s a good thing the Christmas stuff is buried deep in the garage.  Otherwise I think I would have wanted to put up a tree before Halloween.  I try to wait until Thanksgiving or the day after.  Maybe the day before this year since I will be busy cooking on the day of.  I think that is a fair compromise.  Anything sooner would be for the blog of course. 
 When are you decorating this year? Have you started, or do you have a day or weekend that marks the beginning of the season?
If you have some old magazines and a pool noodle, you have the basics for this fun Christmas Wreath.  I love gingerbread house colors for Christmas, and originally inspired by a yarn wreath, I decided to make this out of strips of Christmas fabric.  I really like how it turned out, and I will tell you a couple secrets that save a lot on this project!
I used a Dollar Store pool noodle donated by fabulous friend Donna (you rock Chica, thank you soooo much I was running out and it’s November!) and after pricing Styrofoam balls at the craft store, dollar store and even Wal Mart I decided I could make them.  I found a couple old magazines, a handful of paper grocery sacks, and some Scotch tape, and got to work.
I scrunched up pieces of paper grocery sacks, and magazine pages into a variety of different sizes, securing each with a few pieces of tape as I went.  You could also use old gift wrap, plastic grocery sacks, the recycling possibilities are endless.  To make the base of the wreath, I pulled the ends of the pool noodle together and connected them with strong painter’s tape.  Next I used about one yard of pretty green cotton fabric, tearing it into 5 inch strips, I wrapped each around the noodle until it was covered.  I used a dot of hot glue to secure the ends of each strip.  To this I added a lighter color green ric-rac, wrapping it around the fabric covered base and attached the ends.
Next I used about five different types of Christmas fabrics torn in 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide strips (a great way to use left over fabric odds and ends from past projects) and using a dot of hot glue on the end of the first strip, just wound them around each ball, gluing the ends down, and saving a piece to tie around each in a knot.  I then trimmed the edges and frayed them slightly by pulling on them.

When I had enough fabric covered balls made. I glued them to the wreath in a zig-zag pattern, knowing that I wanted to alternate them with the other little dollar store find, silver ornaments.

After adding the silver ornaments, gluing each down here are there around the wreath, it just needed a hanger on the back.  I used a little scrap of fabric, and secured it well on both sides on the back of the wreath to create a hanger.  And voila! our new, and thrifty Christmas wreath was done.
Thank you as always for reading, your sweet comments make my day, and I love to hear what you are up to.  Hugs & Blessings
xoxo, Tanya

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  1. So cool! I would never have thought you could make a wreath out of a pool noodle. Genius! Looks very cute and festive 🙂 Will have to put this on my Christmas craft list.

  2. How clever! I have to make a trip to Dollar Tree this week for Operation Christmas Child gifts. I hope they have pool noodles!

  3. Tanya!
    This is absolutely amazing. You're an inspiration! Christmas Crafts bug already bit me but since I don't celebrate Thanksgiving I tend to not sugggest it because people would start saying "no Christmas. There's Thanksgiving to work at before" ahahahah But I'm saving all these amazing tips.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. This is so neat! I'm so making one of these, your blog is great i could hang around for hours. Not in the weird creepy way but just looking kinda way 🙂 I hope your having a great Monday.

  5. this is SO COOL!!!

  6. What a fun wreath! I love all the colors!

  7. Really beautiful bright wreath. I love that you made your own balls 🙂

  8. I LOVE making wreaths, and this one is adorable! I can't wait to make one 🙂

    I'm a new follower..would love if you can check out my blog too!


    Oh, and I pinned this on Pinterest!

  9. I want your wreath Tanya!! SERIOUSLY!! 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening 🙂

  10. I love this wreath. The colors are so cheerful and you are so creative to have made your balls to cover.
    Thanks for sharing on SPARK link party. I am co-hosting this month and am loving all the links. 🙂

  11. Thank you for linking up this cute wreath to Think Tank Thursday last week!! The party will be live tonight at 9:00pm est. at

  12. Hey Tanya, this turned out so cute! I just made a tree using dollar store stuff – they must hate (or love) bloggers! lol!
    Thanks so much for linking up and linking back last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured. Don't forget, we will be giving away more free ad space! 🙂

  13. Oh Tanya, this is so stinkin cute! I love it.

  14. You always have the best ideas! twelveOeight is one of my favorite places to stop by for some creative inspiration 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to the November SPARK Party!
    I've featured your pool noodle wreath on my blog today, come over and take a look-
    🙂 Molly

  15. This is such a cute and unique wreath! I like it!

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