DIY Barbed Wire Wreath

DIY Barbed Wire Wreath

If you drive around in the country you’ll see several barbed wire fences.  And if you’ve ever had the same fence, you know there are many reasons to change it out; rust, it stretched out, upgrading, broken from animals, or like us, you could have a tree fall on it.  Well since country people (that’s what we are in this post) are great recycler’s, I thought a DIY Barbed Wire Wreath would be a perfect use for the discards.

Materials Needed:

  • Barbed wire
  • Pliers
  • Zip Ties
  • Scrap pieces of fabric (at least 36″ long)

If you don’t have barbed wire sitting around, you can look for some on country roads, ask a Rancher (I bet he has some he’d love to give away), and check areas around the suburbs where they are tearing down the fence to build houses.  They too will probably give you as much as you want.

 

How to make a Barbed Wire Wreath

We started out with several pieces each about 4 foot in length.  That’s just what we had and it seemed to be manageable.  The Mister couldn’t stand watching me struggle to bend and wrap it so he had the grand idea of using plastic zip ties.  Those things are awesome.  Best part is he did most of the remainder of the work. 😉

DIY barbed wire wreath using zip ties to hold it in place

After bending and tying the first two strands, we occasionally wrapped another piece around weaving it in and out. With every piece of wire we used a couple of zip ties to keep it secure.  When the barbed wire strands got to be a little much to hold with our hands, we started using pliers to bend the wire around and hold things in place.

Making a barbed wire wreath using pliers and zip ties

Once we got about two rings done, it seemed to go fairly fast.   When I felt the wreath was as thick and as large as I wanted it to be, the Mister used the pliers to clamp and tightly bend the ends around each other.

Wrapping the end pieces with pliers for a DIY barbed wire wreath

When it was completely secure and we knew if wouldn’t unravel or spring apart, he cut the zip ties off with scissors.

No matter how rustic or simple, you know I can’t leave an unadorned wreath, right?  🙂  I gathered left over scraps of fabric and ribbon to make a bow.

fabric and ribbon scraps to make a bow for barbed wire wreath

I cut and ripped 2 inch wide strips of drop cloth and muslin in about 36″ lengths.  Stacked three layers of fabric and ribbon together and simply tied a bow to the piece of barbed wire that was sticking out the most.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.



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DIY wreath made from barbed wire displayed with bow on a metal shelf

I love how it turned out and the juxtaposition of the rusty wire with the soft bow.  It’s not that heavy so it can hang anywhere.  Only thing you need to watch out for is that it can scratch wood, walls, glass, etc. if it rubs against it.  I managed to move it around to several places trying to decide where I wanted it to hang.  Do I want it sitting on the shelf I got on my very first trip to First Monday Trade Days in Canton TX?

barbed wire wreath hanging above stove in farmhouse kitchen

Or maybe hanging above the stove in the kitchen?  What about inside the blue door that hangs on the two-story wall in our entry?

 

DIY barbed wire wreath haning in entry on window and door collage wall

I had a lot of fun moving it from place to place while the Mister was so kind (and patient) taking pictures.  I decided to let it hang in the entry after all but have it on the landing shelf located in the middle of the stairs.

I’ll tweak it a little because it’s not actually sitting 1/3 to the right in the old window frame.  That sort of thing will drive me crazy and quite possibly make me lose sleep.  And I know one day when I’m bored, I’ll change out the decor that sits around it.  But for now, I’m done.

Stairway landing that is decorated with DIY barbed wire wreath, finials and an old window frame

Hope y’all like it and want to make one for yourself.  If you have any questions, let me know – I’ll be happy to help!

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11 Comments

  1. May 11, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Love your barbed wire wreath. I have made a couple of wreaths with barbed wire that I gathered from my sons farm. I like the tip about the plastic wraps. Need to try this next time.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • May 11, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Thank you Beverly. Would love to see your wreaths – send a picture!

  2. May 19, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Cindy I love this idea so much I will pin and share it. You know it was not until I started a blog that I began to appreciate the beauty in the ordinary and everyday. My farm is full of trash but I now see that it can be taken and turned into stunners.

    • May 19, 2017 / 4:59 pm

      Thank you! As a very new blogger, that means a lot. I’m so glad you like it. One girls trash is another girls fantabulous-repurposed-I-can’t-believe-she-did-that-treasure! And thank you for sharing. I’m grinning from ear to ear!

  3. May 24, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I love the simplicity of using an ordinary material. And isn’t it great your husband took over the hard part and you can have fun styling it. The wreath looks so pretty however you decide to use it. Pinned.

    • May 24, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much. And yes, the Mister is awesome!

  4. May 24, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    This is a very nice idea. We still have quite a bit of barbed wire. I would like to try making one of these. Thanks for the inspiration. I am pinning this.

    • May 24, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Yay. You’ll like making one. It’s super easy really. Thanks for the Pin and visiting my blog!

  5. May 31, 2017 / 1:40 am

    This is such an awesome project! I love the rusticness of it and how it looks fabulous where ever you have hung it!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fun project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday and congratulations on being featured!

    • May 31, 2017 / 7:20 am

      Thank you, I’m so excited you liked it and for the feature! What an honor!

  6. June 1, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    This is an adorable wreath. I love it. Thank you for sharing it with us at Waste Not Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing more from you each week.