Vintage Crocheted Wreath


Back in October I saw a super cool wreath idea on the blog 20 North Ora.  “Ms. Ora’s” wreaths were made with vintage crocheted potholders and doilies, and I just loved the idea of using beautiful needleworked items in a wreath. So clever!  I found the doilies and potholders I needed to make the wreath on eBay and followed the directions on the 20 North Ora blog post with just a few exceptions.

1. I did use a straw wreath as instructed, but covered it with inexpensive white acetate ribbon instead of lace.  The wreath I selected is 13″ in diameter at the outer edges.

2. I didn’t use any glue, I just pinned the doilies on with T pins. I like the idea of being able to take this wreath apart and re-make it in a different color scheme/pattern if I want.

Straw wreath covered with ribbon

Crocheted pieces laid out, ready for pinning

Pinned, before the bow was attached


I think vintage needlework is lovely and am pleased with how well the three round pieces and three square potholders came together on this one wreath.  I just added a simple bow of aged and tattered lace to finish it off, and it was ready to hang. What do you think?

Personally, I really love that this wreath idea is so versatile.  By mixing different colors and patterns you can make themed wreaths for any occasion – Christmas, Chanukah, Valentine’s Day, Spring, 4th of July, and more. Or just choose colors and patterns that will appeal to you year-round and skip the seasonal reference!


Oh, and by the way, if you happen to have any vintage crocheted potholders similar to those on my wreath, aren’t using them, and want them to go to a good home, please keep me in mind! I’d be happy to adopt them.  :]

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:22 am by susie carranza | Permalink

    LOVE this wreath! i’ve never hung a wreath in my home – this one makes me want to! 🙂

  2. Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:09 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks – I’m so glad you like it! I know what you mean, since I’m not a big wreath person either, but I just love this and may have some version of the wreath up year-round now. :]

  3. Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:39 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    That’s so cool. The idea could be adapted in many ways.

  4. Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm by Melody | Permalink

    I totally agree. There are so many ways to go with this one idea! I’ll post future incarnations of the wreath if I make them – am already thinking about Valentine’s day, St. Patrick’s Day, spring, etc. :]

  5. Posted December 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm by Amanda | Permalink

    I am so going to make me one for easter!! Awesome job, i just love it!

  6. Posted December 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm by Melody | Permalink

    I’m sure your wreath will be darling – can’t wait to see it!