Zipper flowers + an old sweater = one very zippy fall wreath

Zippity do dah, this is a gorgeous fall wreath! From the repurposed sweater that makes it all cozy and covers the wreath of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, to the repurposed zippers that “bloom” like flowers, I can’t get enough of this Zipper Flower Wreath. With Kathleen’s zipper flower tutorial and a little practice, you can make beautiful zipper flowers, too. Hmm, what about zipper poinsettias for a Christmas wreath . . . .?

how to make zipper flowers for a fall wreath

Zipper Flower Wreath by Kathleen George.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a stash of vintage zippers on hand, I have several sources for you. Kathleen purchased the sweater at a second-hand store, and the zippers online at ebay. Maya Road sells strips of zippers online, and will ship them to you via the store nearest you that carries them. You can also purchase metal zippers on etsy or at The Ribbon Retreat.

To make a Zipper Flower Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath (flat back & curved front)
  • Old sweater, or other soft & cozy fabric with stretch
  • Indelible marker
  • Metal zippers, 10 or more, 8” – 24” long
  • Craft pins
  • Needle & thread
  • Ribbon, 12” length for hanger
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: knippers, scissors
how to make zipper flowers from old zippers to decorate a wreath made with repurposed sweaters

Kathleen explains two ways to make zipper flowers, including these made with petals and coiled centers.

To make a Zipper Flower Wreath:

1. Place the wreath on the back side of the sweater. Draw a circle 1” away from the outer edge of the wreath, and 1” away from the inside edge of the wreath. Cut out the fabric ring.

2. Place the fabric and wreath face down. Pin and glue the inside edge of the fabric ring to the back of the wreath, making sure the front is smooth. Repeat for the outer edge of the fabric ring, pinning and gluing the excess to the back of the wreath. Check to see that the fabric is smooth and taut on the front.

3. Unzip and separate the two sides of each zipper. If they don’t come part, use knippers to trim away the stop at the end. You’ll need just one side to make each flower, and the longer the zipper, the larger the flowers.

4. There are two ways to make the zipper flowers:

how to make zipper flowers to decorate a fall sweater wreath

It’s o.k. to vary the sizes and colors of flowers and petals.

  • To make a flower with petals, hold the zipper strip face down in your left hand, with the zipper teeth facing right. With your right hand, make a loop with the zipper strip, keeping the front facing down. Glue the petal in place in the middle of your flowers. Make four or more petals, gluing each one in the center before going on to the next. Make sure you have a little strip of zipper left for the center. Roll the remaining zipper into a tight coil, gluing as you roll, and glue to the center of the flower. If you’d like more contrast, you can also make the coiled center from a different color zipper.
  • To make a zipper “rose”, sew a running stitch along the fabric edge of the zipper strip. Gently pull the thread to gather the zipper, forming a coil. Keep the gathered edge as tight as possible, while letting the metal edge flare out like a flower. Stitch and/or glue the bottom together to hold the shape. Keep rolling till you have the size you like, and then cut away the extra zipper strip.

5. Arrange the flowers on your wreath, pinning in place while you arrange them. Use the zipper strips to add coils and swirls, using the photo for a guide.

6. When you like your arrangement, remove the pins and glue everything in place.

7. Tie a length of ribbon in a loop, and pin and glue to the center back of the wreath for hanging.

I am pinning this one to the Amazing Wreaths Pinterest board for sure!

And speaking of wreaths, do not miss the Fall Harvest Wreath I’m giving away, along with a collection of current fall craft magazines.

And now I’ll “zip it” till tomorrow!

Happy crafting.


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16 Responses to Zipper flowers + an old sweater = one very zippy fall wreath

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  2. I haven’t tried zipper flowers yet but they are on my list. Love the wreath!

  3. LindaCO says:

    I saw this on Tumblr – fabulous!! Love it.

  4. I love the zipper flowers – you could do so many things with these!

  5. violet w. says:

    I love the wreath. I would love to make one. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Lisa M says:

    Wonderful zipper art. With the kids I have lots of broken zippers around. Looks like fun.

  7. Donna O'Neil says:

    That is so cool! Zipper flowers are so “in” now. I was at Micheal’s the other day and they had some in the scrap book section. I thought there has to be a way that I can learn how to make them. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Donna. They aren’t hard, and I’m sure they’re cheaper to make than purchasing readymade. If you make a Zipper Flower Wreath, I hope you’ll share! Sharon

  8. Laurie says:

    Who knew old zippers could be so pretty? I love it!

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