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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

DIY Fabric Christmas Wreath from an Old Dress

If you're wondering what to do with old bridesmaid dresses, this DIY wreath is the answer.

By: Jane Monzures for
Updated August 28, 2019
DIY Fabric Christmas Wreath from an Old Dress
DIY Fabric Christmas Wreath from an Old Dress
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If you're wondering what to do with old bridesmaid dresses, this DIY wreath is the answer. Make a fabric wreath for Christmas using an old dress you'll never wear again. This is one of the easiest video tutorials for making a wreath. All you need is a wreath form, the dress, and a few embellishments like Christmas picks to complete the project. Hot glue is your friend when making this wreath, and you'll be amazed by how quickly you finish it! If you've always wanted to make your own wreath, consider raiding your closet to see what fabric you might have on hand already!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFabric, Styrofoam

Primary TechniqueRepurposing



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Fancy Dress
  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Straight Pins
  • Hot Glue
  • Embellishments like baubles, Christmas picks, bells, and anything else you'd like!
  • Kai Scissors


  1. Jump right in and cut up that dress! Start with the skirt portion and cut long, narrow strips up toward the waist. Next, cut off any portions of the dress that might be useful. 

  2. Wrap the wreath with the narrow strips of fabric until its all covered. Pin the edges down as you go. Note: you can leave the edges raw or use pinking shears.

  3. Next, add more layers of fabric. Loosely ruche the fabric so the wreath has movement and texture, and pin it around the front face of the wreath.

  4. Repeat this layering and ruching process until the wreath looks full with texture.

  5. Glue on any embellishments to give that finishing touch to your holiday wreath.

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