Here comes summer… oh and there it went again. Why can’t the European summer just deliver the goods for more than a few days? I am starting to think I will never have the answer to this question, but what if it is going to rain, the least I can do is take advantage of this and make some sunny DIYs.

Today I’m creating a little bit of summer inside with this DIY Summer Wreath using some sunny coloured fabric scraps and the lid of a pizza box. Now that’s my kind of recycling!

Materials: Fabric scraps or clothes you no longer want, scissors, cardboard or last night’s take away pizza boxes, multi-purpose or fabric glue, 1 small round plate, 1 large round plate and a pencil.

First you need to go order and eat some pizza and save the boxes. Bon appetit!

Secondly you need to cut off the tops of your pizza box and use the large and small plates to draw your circular wreath shape. Then cut out around them. So far so good!

Now use long strips of a fabric of your choice to wrap around the wreath to cover up all the cardboard. Use the glue to hold the strips in place  on the back of the wreath. This doesn’t need to look perfect as it will be covered up eventually.

Now it’s time to cut up your fabric scraps into strips that are long enough to tie around the wreath’s sides in a bow. I cut up my fabric very roughly and varied the widths as I wanted it to look more scruffy than neat, which certainly suits my personality better! You can be as precise and perfect as you wish. I started tying my bows in colour order but then just added the colours where it looked right.

I had planned to usemore material than I actually did but for some reason these three colours worked well for me so my advice is to maybe stick to three or four colours you really like. And a little tip to stop the ends of the material fraying too much, spray your wreath with hairspray!

Now attach some string or find a hook to hang your summer wreath in pride of place. Lets’s hope it brings some sunshine…


This post was written by Frankie Thompson who was a Travelette from 2012 – 2015. Originally from London, UK, Frankie was nomadic for several years before settling in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she lives with her Australian partner and baby boy. She spends her time buying vintage dresses, riding a rusty old bike around the canals and writing books inspired by her travels. Frankie blogs about travel, writing and motherhood at As the Bird flies blog.