Drop Cloth Wreath Under Ten Dollars

Drop cloth fabric, scissors, a glue gun, and a piece of cardboard are all you need to create a drop cloth wreath for under $10.

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If I were on one of those shows where they ask you rapid-fire questions, and I only had 30 seconds to answer, and they asked me if you could use one fabric for home decor for the rest of your life, what would it be? I could answer that question in five seconds or however long it would take to say…

Drop Cloth!

Give me a 9′ x 12′ drop cloth, and I can make a super fancy valance, curtains, napkins, a table runner, or a pillow.

It’s cheap, neutral, and readily available. ย Three things I adore.

Let’s Make A Drop Cloth Wreath

A few weeks ago my mom brought me a washboard that belonged to my grandmother.

Antique washboard used a backdrop for my drop cloth wreath project.

Isn’t it fantastical?

I was sitting in my living room chair pondering all things related to my kitchen when I noticed the empty wall space above our hideaway trash can and I realized that washboard would be the perfect fit.

The warmth of the wood is just the touch I felt that space needed, but I decided the washboard needed a little something extra to go with it.

I took to Pinterest to search drop cloth projects because I have quite the scrap end collection going on and I found something I had totally forgotten I had fallen in love with from Thistlewood Farm.

If you guessed drop cloth wreath, you are correct. ย Am I trying to reinvent the project wheel?

Not today my friends!

The only supplies I used were:

  • a small glue gun
  • round cardboard disk
  • scrap piece of drop cloth
  • sharp scissors
  • leaf pattern

I traced what I thought was a respectable looking leaf onto a notecard. My fabric had already been washed and dried, so it was nice and soft, making it easy to fold 3 or 4 times.

I cut between 40 and 50 leaves then arranged them on my cardboard wreath form to get a visual of the composition.

Using my hot glue gun, I applied a small bead of glue to the ends of each leaf, pinching and holding each one for about 30 seconds before laying them down to cool off.

The last step was to glue each one down. I started at the top in a counter-clockwise pattern.

Before you know it, I was done.

A drop cloth wreath is simple to create with a glue gun, scissors, cardboard, and scrap of drop cloth.

Sneak Peek

I’m only giving you a sneak peek of this cutie today. ย I love the texture and the contrast between the fabric and wood.

I plan on cleaning up the washboard before I add a coat of hemp oil to condition the wood.

Sneak peek of my drop cloth wreath project which will grace the walls as part of the big reveal of my kitchen makeover.

Since I had everything on hand already, I didn’t spend a dime on this project.

If you don’t have any drop cloth scraps, you could easily use old book pages or any other fabric that has a bit of body to it.

I also wonder how it would look to add a small amount of silver glitter to each tip for a holiday look?

Hmmmm. What do you think?

Let’s check out the links below to see what these budget-savvy ladies have to share this month.

See you back here tomorrow for more kitchen makeover in 31 days fun!


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My Heart Lives Here

Patina and Paint

White Spray Paint

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Blue Sky at Home

Poofing the Pillows

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  1. Stacey says:

    I love a good wreath project! Wreaths make pretty spots look complete. Right? I have a bunch of matelasse around here. I wonder if that would work for leaves. Do you think it would be too limp?

    I don’t like that word but you know what I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait to see how your kitchen project goes.

  2. Kim says:

    Beautiful, I am all about simple and elegant and this one is a big score! I love the washboard, too. I remember one in our laundry room growing up…I wonder where it is? Hmm…

  3. Carol@Blueskyathome says:

    Lisa, this is so awesome. First, how lucky you have your grandmother’s washboard. People pay good money for those things! And using the drop cloth scraps was brilliant. I made a banner out of a drop cloth once and it’s the best fabric. The wreath turned out so cute. Great job.

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