Aleisha called me and exclaimed she had THE best idea! A Chewbacca Wookie Wreath! She knew I had made other wreaths over the past couple of months and figured my table cover technique would work perfectly. She was right! As an added bonus, I had all of the supplies on hand except the PVC pipe insulation. Previously, I have used wreath forms, but she suggested trying the insulation this time around. Honestly, while this worked fine, I prefer the wreath forms. The insulation doesn’t hold the round shape very well, but because these materials are so light, it didn’t really sag. On the other hand, if you are on a very tight budget, the insulation is a super thrifty alternative. At any rate, I was very excited to make this Chewbacca Wookie Wreath and my son was absolutely beside himself when I hung it on his door.
Chewbacca Wookie Wreath Materials
- 2 Brown Table Covers
- Black PVC Pipe Insulation
- White Poster Board
- Black Duck Tape
- Silver Duck Tape
- Clear Packing Tape
Chewbacca Wookie Wreath Instructions
Step 1: Use the clear packing tape to connect the ends of the insulation tube. I know the black Duck tape is pictured, but it ended up being too stretchy to hold the ends of the insulation tube together. I had to peel back the table cover and redo it later on.
Step 2: Unfold the first part of the brown table cover so that the shortest side is still folded. It should be approximately 14 inches by 108 inches. By leaving this part folded, it will be much easier to cut.
Step 3: Cut off two, four-inch strips. Unfold the strips.
Step 4: Take one of the strips and use the clear packing tape to tape it to the wreath at a slight angle.
Step 5: Wrap the strip around the wreath, making sure no foam shows through.
Step 6: Once you get to the end of that strip, use the packing tape to stick it to the wreath.
Step 7: Start again with a second strip, taping it over the end of the first piece at a slight angle. Trim off excess. I used two strips to cover the whole wreath.
Step 8: Cut the remaining table covers into four-inch strips.
Step 9: Cut all of the 4-inch wide strips into 12-inch long pieces. When you cut them, bunch them up slightly so the edge is a little jagged. It’s okay if you cut them slightly longer than 12 inches occasionally, but anything shorter will be difficult to tie and won’t look as nice.
Step 10: Tie the 12-inch pieces into double knots, closely together, all around the wreath.
Step 11: As you tie the pieces around the wreath, skew and turn them so the knots aren’t lined up perfectly. This will give the wreath a fuller look.
Step 12: Tie all the pieces around the wreath until you have covered the entire circle. Set aside.
Step 13: Cut a piece of posterboard into an 18-inch long by 1 7/8-inch wide piece. This is the width of the Duck Tape.
Step 14: Trim off an 18-inch piece of black Duck Tape. Carefully stick it to the posterboard so it isn’t crooked. The posterboard will keep the bandolier from sagging.
Step 15: Trim off a second 18-inch piece of Duck tape and carefully stick it to the other side of the posterboard. It should be black on both sides.
Step 16: Cut off seven, 1/2-inch pieces of silver Duck tape.
Step 17: Place the seven silver pieces along the center of the black strip, 1/2-inch apart.
Step 18: Cut another 18-inch piece of black Duck tape. Cut a 1/2-inch piece along the entire length so you have a long strip. Place the long, black strip down the center of the bandolier, over the silver squares.
Step 19: Separate a section of the wreath. Use a piece of clear packing tape to stick one end of the bandolier to the wreath. Fluff the wreath pieces around the bandoleer. Repeat for the other side straight across.
Step 20: Use a paintbrush or pencil to create an opening in the ties on the top center back of the wreath. Insert a strip of brown table cover and tie in a loop. You can use this to hang your wreath.
Whew! I know that might seem like a lot of steps, but it goes pretty quickly. The most time-consuming part, as always, is tying on the strips. You don’t need any special reason to make this Chewbacca Wookie Wreath, you just have to be a fan of Star Wars crafts. I know both Aleisha and I are for sure!
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