Make a Tattered Fabric Heart Wreath

An easy DIY, this airy and shabby heart wreath is crafted with tattered strips of fabric and lace. Add a touch of romance with this pretty handmade wreath.

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I love all things shabby and feminine! This heart wreath is all those things and more! It's so cheap to make (I paid just $1.25 plus tax) because I had the fabric scraps on hand. But even if you need to purchase the fabric, read on for my tips to getting a deal ❤

How to Make a Tattered Scrap Fabric Heart Wreath

I've been wanting to make a shabby fabric strip wreath for awhile, but I couldn't find the heart shaped wire wreath at Dollar Tree. After visiting a couple, I finally found one and bought two because I'm sure I'll want to make another heart wreath in the future ❤

This wreath is very simple. You're just tying fabric strips onto a wreath shape, very similar to my patriotic ribbon wreath

However, there are two major differences that completely change the look of this heart shaped wreath, and give it that airy, shabby look many of us love!

The differences are:
  1. fabric is torn into long strips
  2. wreath form is a single wire

Separate wire heart form

Let me show you what I mean. In the image below, the heart wreath on the left is how it looks when you purchase it. You'll want to use wire snips or a rotary cutter to cut the connecting wire and separate the wreath into three separate heart shapes.

Fabric strips

I used an old white cotton sheet, a sheer cotton curtain that had seen better days, a lace remnant and some crochet ribbon on my wreath.

Cheap Fabric Source Tip - I purchase white cotton sheets at the thrift store when I find ones that look clean with no stains. I always wash them in bleach and use them for crafting! They're usually only about $4-5 for a Queen size sheet!

I cut the lace with scissors because it is delicate, but tearing the cotton fabrics goes quick and leaves you with some nice tattered and frayed edges, which adds so much charm to this light and airy heart wreath!

My strips all ended up being different sizes, the longest were about 16". I cut the lace 2" wide and 20" long but ended up cutting those down to 10".

I wish I could tell you exactly how much fabric you will need, but I can't because it really depends on what fabrics you use. You will need more than you think for a nice and full wreath. My advice is to prep a big pile of each, similar to what I've shown above. I did end up having to cut more strips to finish the wreath.

Make sure the fabrics you choose are soft so they'll hang nicely. We want fabric strips that droop. Sometimes just washing and drying the fabric using high heat will soften it if it feels a little stiff to you.

You can make your wreath with any fabric and any color you want, but I prefer the look of mixed whites for this shabby DIY wreath.

Tie fabric knots

I folded my fabric strips in half, made a loop, and drew the two ends through the loop to make a knot. Make sure you are drawing the fabric through the same side for each loop. Pull the knot tightly, and to avoid any of the wire frame showing, squeeze the knots tightly together.

The heart shape will lose a little of its dimension with the long fabric strips, and if that will be an issue for you, consider cutting your fabric strips shorter to maintain the heart shape.

I didn't keep track of the time, but I would guess this wreath took me about 1-1/2 hours to make, including prepping the fabric. Once you get going attaching the strips, it goes fast.

I tried hanging this wreath in multiple locations, but think I like it best in the winter white guest room with the vintage bed. You can see how I decorated it for a cottage Christmas with red and white HERE.

I hung the wreath from one of these farmhouse hooks (less than $10 for a package of 10) on the vintage style shelf Mr DIY and I made. Let me know if you'd like a tutorial for the shelf.

Whether you make this wreath for Valentines Day, or just add it anywhere you want a little romance any time of year, I think you'll love this heart wreath!

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  1. What a cute wreath! Great idea. I’m love the shelf you and Mr DIY made! Yes please to a tutorial!

    1. Thank you, appreciate it! A tutorial for the shelf is in the works!

  2. Love the wreath and I really like the shelf! I have been looking for something similar to that. Can you please share a tutorial on the shelf?

    1. Thanks so much Beverly, I am working on a tutorial for the shelf!

  3. Love the wreath, Cindy! Its got that touch of romance that I so enjoy :) Thank you so much for sharing your how-to gifting... i would have never thought that heart form could be used in this way. ❤️

    1. Thanks so much, I am so happy you like it! I would fill my home with shabby white goodness if Mr DIY would let me lol!

  4. Oh wow... this is one gorgeous wreath! I just adore the layers upon layers of fabric!

    1. Thank you so much Donna, it really turned out so much better than I expected!

  5. Your wreath is so feminine and romantic. I am also loving its neutral colours. It kind of reminds me of jessica mcclintock bridal wear lol

    1. Thanks so much Leanna! Oh, I love jessica mcclintock clothes, that is a huge compliment, that you!


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